McMaster University, M.S.W., (Clinical Research Program),
Research Thesis: Child Welfare Trend: From the Clinical to the Forensic.
University of Windsor, B.S.W.
University of Windsor, B.A. (Sociology)
Studies also included academic requirements for majors in Psychology and Criminology.
University of Western Ontario.
Canadian Association of Social Work, Reg. #: 2016-1133.
A member in good standing of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (1989 to 1995 and 1997 to present), Reg #: 3471.
A member in good standing of the College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, Reg #: 420908.
Registered to provide treatment for Veterans Affairs and the Department of National Defense, Medavie Blue Cross
Reg #: 420908 – Registered as Clinical Case Manager for VAC.
Reg #: 4209080 – Registered as Treatment Provider for the Recovery Centre for VAC and DND.
Reg #: 4209080A – Registered as Treatment Provider for Baxter Antoniazzi & Associates for VAC.
Canadian Society of Clinical Hypnosis - Ontario Division and Canadian Federation of Clinical Hypnosis.
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies – Reg #: 17390.
Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists – Reg #: 3708.
Certified Trauma Responder – Reg #: 2012-R101.
Certified Trauma Treatment Specialist – Reg #: 2012 - 1001.
Registered Treatment Provider with Health Canada, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Ontario Region, Mental Health Crisis Intervention Counseling Program.
Workplace Safety and Insurance Board – Provider #: 980060222
International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation – Reg. #: 022790
Leading Edge Seminars - Roy Kiessling. LISW.
Wounded Warriors Canada – Dr. Tim Black, Psychologist.
Mental Health Commission of Canada.
Completed training to response to crisis and trauma situations and to provide defusing and debriefing interventions.
The certificate course completed at the Hincks Dellcrest Centre focused on the development of core competencies in various treatment modalities for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and related co-morbid psychological sequelae of trauma and PTSD.
Completed competency based training in the use of direct/indirect hypnosis for mood disorder, chronic pain, trauma and various other emotional concerns.
Completed competency based training in the use of direct/indirect hypnosis treatment.
Completed the required training to actively apply hypnotherapy in clinical settings (according the standards of the Canadian and American Societies of Clinical Hypnosis), to treat issues such as phobias, anxiety, stress reduction, pain management and trauma.
This program, completed at the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, qualifies persons: to respond to crises where the victims are likely to experience Post-traumatic Stress Disorder or stress-related symptoms; to treat trauma and grief concerns; to treat Post-traumatic Stress Disorder; increase staff retention related to vicarious trauma in the work place with the use of defusing and debriefing interventions; and to treat persons with the symptoms of multiple traumas.
Completed the course work required to provide field practicum instruction to Master’s and Baccalaureate level students of Social Work.
Completed the courses to provide field practicum supervision to Master’s and Baccalaureate level students of Social Work.
A short-term committee of community professionals created to develop funding proposals for the treatment of children's mental health issue.
Owner/Operator of a clinic for the treatment of abuse and trauma issues.
Employed part-time as a Clinical Social Worker to treat trauma, mood disorders and pain management issues for various populations.
Employed with the Cambridge Psychology Centre to provide clinical assessment and treatment to adults and children, with a treatment focus in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, mood disorders, adjustment to workplace accidents and motor vehicle accidents, chronic pain management and marital therapy. Treatment with adults, couples, Veterans, adolescents and families.
Employed with Gouws and Associates Psychologists to provide clinical assessment and treatment for various trauma-related concerns and mood disorders, as well as rehabilitation and pain management.
Various tasks as outlined below.
Duties included: developing a Children’s Services Department; providing direct clinical supervision and case management to Children’s Services Workers to assist in the permanency planning for foster children; case conferencing with others to develop treatment plans to reduce family pathologies; staff training; assure compliance with Ministry of Community and Social Services standards; and participation in various committees, internal and external, that addressed policy and practice issues.
Duties included: providing direct clinical supervision and case management instruction to Family Service Workers and Children’s Services Workers; assisting workers in completing forensic investigation of child protection concerns; assisting staff to prepare for Court matters; testifying in Court; assisting staff in managing involuntary clients; and, participating in various committees that addressed contentious cases, as well as policy issues.
Duties included: providing direct supervision and case management instruction to Intake Workers.
Duties included: completing psychosocial assessments of families; developing treatment plans; providing therapeutic interventions to families; forensic investigating of child abuse and neglect cases; preparation of material for and testifying in Family and Criminal Courts; maintaining complete and accurate records; and committee work.
Duties included: completing psychosocial assessments of families; completing forensic investigations on child protection matters; and preparation for and testifying in various Courts.
Employed as a full-time, sessional instructor of various Sociology and Psychology courses for the Social Service Worker, Police Education, Law and Security and Child and Youth Worker Programs, at both the Oakville and Brampton campuses.
Duties included: Lead investigator on physical and sexual abuse cases for latency aged children; completing psychosocial assessments of families; developing treatment plans for families; and, providing short-term treatment for families. Qualified as an expert witness in the Halton Family Court and the Hamilton Family Court.
Duties included: completing psychosocial assessments; providing clinical short-term solution-focused therapies to individuals, couples, families and groups; providing mediation services to separating and/or divorcing couples; active member of the Trinity Program (a domestic violence treatment program), and provided individual and group treatment to abusive men; and lead workshops in the community on various topics.
Duties included: advocating and assisting developmentally challenged adults who resides in the community; being a Public Trustee for disability pensions; and, case planning in collaboration with various community resources.
Windsor Essex Children’s Aid Society, After Hours Emergency Worker.
Duties included: assisting developmentally challenged adults to maintain a home and employment in the community, budget their funds; and, monitor their health issues.
Duties included: assisting developmentally challenged patients to do crafts and wood working for public sale; assist with communication skills and social skills.
Support group for female First Responders who suffered PTSD in the line of duty, with psychoeducation and self-care components.
Presentation to Victim Services in Norfolk/Haldimand Region about managing acute stress reactions.
Presentation at the Addiction Studies Forum Inc. designed to highlight the lifelong connections between addictions and one’s susceptibility to abuse and trauma.
Presentation of training and 8 self-directed modules designed to be completed by couples to aid them in proactively cope with mental health issues.
Training to Children’s Aid Society staff to aid them in recognizing traumatic stress responses, and how to develop a Peer Support Team.
Training for military personnel and their partners about understanding how the demands of military life affect relationships and tips to solve possible issues. Sponsored by True Patriot Love, London Military Family Resource Centre and Military Family Service Program. Presented modified version that addressed First Responders to the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists, Southern Ontario Networking Group.
Presented “The Achievements and Challenges of AOE Practices.”
Training and mentoring registered clinicians in the use of hypnosis in clinical practice.
Provide ongoing training regarding trauma/PTSD reactions and how to identify stress, trauma and anxiety reactions with peers, as well as the development and implementation of a Peer Support Team to minimize the effects of direct and vicarious trauma reactions in the workplace.
Training for front-line child welfare staff to improve their clinical needs assessments when placing a child in foster care.
Facilitated the creation and the implementation of a Peer Support Team at the Hamilton Children’s Aid Society to debrief and defuse staff following a traumatic event. Currently providing ongoing training for Peer Support Teams.
Provided Safety Training to the front line staff of the Hamilton Children's Aid Society and developed Staff Safety Manual.
Co-facilitated an Alliance for Sexual Abuse Program treatment group for adult male survivors of sexual abuse from 2000 to 2004.
Facilitated various therapy groups for: mothers of victim of sexual abuse; adult male survivors of sexual abuse; and, female survivors of sexual abuse.
Facilitated a Children’s Safety Group to teach children under the age of six to protect themselves from abusive situations.
Facilitated therapy groups for men with histories of domestic violence partners, who were on Probation or Parole.
Facilitated a full-day workshop aimed at increasing the awareness of service professionals of the problems of adolescents by utilizing a panel of youth who discussed their experiences with various community social services.
Provided weekend-long marriage preparation courses for the Catholic Church.
Practice: Five-Day Intensive Training (August 27 to August 31, 2018)
Presented by Roy Kiessling, LISW to allow the participant to use a variety of EMDR based treatment modalities.
(Mar. 29/18: Badge of Life Canada: Various Presenters)
(Apr. 26 & Apr. 27/17: Leading Edge Seminars, Inc.: Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, MD)
(Oct. 3/16: Badge of Life: Various Presenters)
(Apr. 29/15: Public Safety 411: Mr. Ted Harris, Executive Director.)
(Apr. 24/15: Mental Health Commission of Canada, Ms. Robin Bender)
(Apr. 19/13: The Ontario Association of Social Workers, Hamilton and District Branch: Ms. Jan Wong)
(Mar. 27/13: Soroptimist International of Dundas, Ancaster and Flamborough: Ms. Jennifer Lucking, Walk With Me Program)
(Sept. 27 to 29, 2012: Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists: Various Presenters)
(Mar. 21 and 22, 2012: Ryerson University in collaboration with U.S. VA National Center for PTSD: Dr. Candice M. Monson and Dr. Kate M. Chard, Psychologists)
(Nov. 2 to Nov. 4. 2011: Ontario Brain Injury Association: Various Presenters)
(Nov 4 to Nov. 6, 2010: International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies: Various Presenters – Keynote speakers included: L. Gen the Honourable Romeo A. Dallaire (Ret’d), Senator; Nontombi Naomi Tutu; and, Richard Bryant, PhD & Simon Westley, MD).
(July 7, 2010: Hincks-Dellcrest Centre: Laurie Snowden, Paula Klien and Susan Double)
(Oct. 19, 2009, Ontario Psychological Association, Disaster Response Network: Dr. Gerry Goldberg, PhD, C.Psych.)
(Feb. 26, 2010: The Ontario Association of Social Workers: Milka Vujnovic, BA, LLB, LLM)
(Nov. 17 to Nov. 20, 2008: Trauma Management Group)
(Oct. 23, 2008: Ontario Psychological Association, Disaster Response Network: Jacques J. Gouws, D. Phil., C. Psych.)
(2009: Canadian Society of Clinical Hypnosis – Ontario Division: Dr. Maggie Phillips).
(May 14, 2008: Parkwood Hospital, Operational Stress Injury Clinic: Various Presenters)
(May 28 to May 30, 2007: Presented by the Hincks Dellcrest Institute: Dr. John P. Wilson, Ph.D.).
(Mar. 31, 2007)
(Apr. 1, 2007)
(Nov. 16 & 17, 2006: Leading Edge Seminar: John Briere, Ph.D.)
(Sept. 2006: Warsaw, Poland: Multiple Presenters)
Where, When and How (June 10, 2006: The Canadian Society of Clinical Hypnosis, Ontario Division: Dr. Syvain Neron.)
(Mar. 27, 2006: Hincks Dellcrest Institute: Dr. Susan Yabsley, Ph.D.)
(Mar. 14, 2006: Hincks Dellcrest Institute: John P Wilson, Ph.D.)
(2005: John P Wilson, Ph.D.).
(Nov. 26 & 27, 2005: The Canadian Society of Clinical Hypnosis, Ontario Division: Various presenters)
2017 to present, member of Hamilton Region group.
Board of Directors 2006 to 2008, Chair of Publicity Committee and Mentorship Committee 2008.
Committee focused on assisting child protection workers in developing an increased understanding of a multicultural practice and an awareness of issues for diverse populations.
Developed funding proposals for Hamilton agencies to submit to Ministry of Community and Social Services.
Board of Directors for four years and Chairperson of the Service Delivery Committee for two years.
Board of Directors, Chairperson of the Personnel Committee. Help found the grassroots organization until community members able to take over governing and organizational duties.
Training and speaking to community groups about child abuse and neglect issues.
Focused on the development and implementation of documentation and recording package for child protection services in Ontario.
Co-wrote the Safety Manual for the Hamilton Children’s Aid Society.