About Phil

Phil Barrette

Dr. Barrette has delivered numerous interactive and customized workshops on “Managing Workplace Relationships”. The goal of these workshops is to improve morale, trust and mutual respect. Participants learn advanced communication and conflict resolution skills.

Credentials and Qualifications

Dr. Barrette, a psychotherapist for 37 years, was also an Assistant Clinical Professor with McMaster University’s Department of Psychiatry for 20 years.

These professional experiences have enabled him to specialize in facilitating difficult conversations, whether they involve union-management representatives, supervisors and employees, team leaders and their subordinates or parents, siblings and spouses.

Education & Associations

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Massachusetts (1991)
  • Master of Social Work (M.S.W.), Smith College School for Social Work (1971)
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (B. Social Sciences), St. Patrick’s College, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario (1967)
  • Family Business Advisor, Family Firm Institute (2009)

Guest Speaker

  • Stepping Stones Inter-Governmental Conference (2006, 2009)
  • Certified General Accountants of Ontario (2002-2008)
  • Center for Conflict Resolution (1996-2007)
  • Family Mediation Canada (1996-2000)


  • “All Aboard! Using Community Leaders to Keep Clinical Researchers On Track”, (2010) in When Research Goes Off The Rails: Why It Happens and What you Can Do About It, edited by Streiner and Sidani, The Guilford Press.
  • “Psychodrama in the Workplace: Skills to Reduce Negative Behaviour”, (1999). Interaction, Volume 11, no.2.


  • “Ten Relationship Tips For Families In Business” (2009)
  • “Workplace Survivors: Tips and Traps for the HR Practitioner” (2009)
  • “Relating to the Bereaved” (2008)
  • “Living Healthily While Practising Law” (2008)
  • “A Manager’s Checklist for Creating A Respectful Workplace” (2007)
  • “Un Milieu De Travail Respecteux” (2007)

Workshop Manuals

  • “Managing Workplace Relationships” (2008-2010)
  • “Positive Parenting Through Separation and Divorce” (1995-2009)
  • “Advanced Communication and Conflict Resolution Skills” (1996-2007)