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Meet our Facilitators


Robin Alter PhD
Dr. Alter received her doctorate from the University of Florida in 1981 and has been working in Toronto as a child clinical psychologist ever since. She has been a consultant for the formerly known Hincks-Dellcrest Centre (now the SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health), and Blue Hills Academy for over 30 years. She has taught at York University, and also conducts fetal alcohol syndrome assessments for Anishnawbe Health Toronto.

Dr. Alter is the author of Anxiety and the Gift of Imagination, which stems from her private practice work with children and adolescents for over 25 years. She is a trustee with the Psychology Foundation of Canada and author of Stress Lessons and From Stressed Out to Chilled Out. She is a major contributor to The ABCs of Mental Health. She has made numerous television and radio appearances, and given over a hundred talks to community groups of parents, educators, and mental health workers in both Canada and the United States.

 
Lindsay Barton MA
Lindsay Barton is a Registered Psychotherapist who works all over Toronto to promote the importance of children's mental health needs across environments.  Her approach aims to strengthen an understanding of the individual child's perspective when approaching institutions (school, hospital), as well as from within the family. 

Lindsay holds a Masters Degree in Infant Mental Health and a post graduate degree in Autism and Behavioural Science.  She teaches Early Assessment and Intervention at the University of Guelph Humber in the Early Childhood Studies department, is faculty at the Canadian Institute for Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

 
Nili Benazon PhD
Dr. Benazon did her PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Ottawa, graduating in 1997. She held academic positions at Wayne State University in Detroit and at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. Dr. Benazon has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed medical and psychology journals.

Dr. Benazon is currently in private practice, where she treats mood and anxiety disorders as well as sexual dysfunction and marital distress using empirically validated treatments, such as cognitive behaviour therapy and emotion-focused therapy. Dr. Benazon gives lectures and workshops to mental health professionals on how to apply empirically validated treatments for common psychiatric conditions. She is licensed as a child and adult psychologist.

 
Andrew Blake
Co-founder of Sarana Institute, a charitable education centre, Andrew is dedicated to bringing mindfulness and compassion skills and training opportunities to the hospice palliative care community.

In 2010, he completed Upaya Institute’s chaplaincy program, developed by Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD. His final thesis, Mindful Listening at End-of-Life, explores the neuroscience of mindfulness, empathy, and compassion as a means of understanding burnout and empathy fatigue. www.andrewblake.ca.
Anne Bulstrode BBM, FICB
Anne Bulstrode is an international speaker, trainer, personality specialist, business coach, and author with over 20 years of experience in helping people reach their goals. In her private practice, she works with individuals, corporations, non-profits, and government ministries.

Anne's area of expertise is interpersonal and management development. This includes topics such as team leadership and building, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, communications, problem solving, and project management. She is the co-author of Colour Savvy: Helping You Achieve Success in Your Work Life.

 
Wylie Burke BA Honours and Adler Trained Coach 
Wylie Burke is an Adler Trained Coach. She has been coaching clients privately for 7 years with a specific interest in connecting mindfulness with personal growth and change.

After completing the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program in 2008 she has done extensive research and practice in the field of mindfulness. Her focus has been to help clients develop a mindfulness practice and bring it into life and work. Her open, compassionate and present approach to her coaching practice helps clients to deepen self-awareness and self-trust allowing them to take risks in order to reach their goals.  

 
Colleen E. Carney Ph.D, CPsych
Dr. Colleen E. Carney is an Associate Professor and Director of the Sleep and Depression Laboratory at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.  She is the current President of the Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Insomnia and Other Sleep Disorders Special Interest Group. Her research has received support from the National Institutes of Health, the Canadian Institute of Health Research, and Ministry of Research and Innovation. 

Dr. Carney trains students and mental health providers in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Insomnia at invited workshops, and international conferences each year.  She has numerous publications on the topic of insomnia, including the first self-help CBT for insomnia book written for those with comorbid issues, and she a passionate advocate for improving treatment options for those with insomnia and other health problems.

 
Jean M. Clinton BMus, MD, FRCP(C)
Dr. Jean M. Clinton is a Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster, division of Child Psychiatry. She is on staff at McMaster Children's Hospital with cross appointments in Pediatrics and Family Medicine, and an Associate in the Department of Child Psychiatry, University of Toronto and Hospital for Sick Children.  She is also a senior scientist at the INCH (Infant Child Health) Lab at McMaster University.  In addition she is a Fellow of the Child Trauma Academy.

Dr. Clinton has been a consultant to children and youth mental health programs, child welfare, and primary care for almost 30 years. Dr. Clinton was recently appointed as an education advisor to the Premier of Ontario and the Minister of Education.

 

 
Scot Cooper RP
In practice since 1998, Scot is a Registered Psychotherapist, international trainer and consultant in brief therapy and narrative community practice.  Scot is a Supervisor of the Child Clinical/Brief Services at a children’s mental health centre where he practices, as well as oversees the Walk-in Clinic, supervises students, and the clinical team. 

From 2002-2012 Scot was an external training and research faculty member at the formerly known Hincks-Dellcrest Centre (now the SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health, Gail Appel Institute), providing brief therapy workshops in Canada and abroad and teaching in the year-long brief and narrative therapy extern program.  He has co-developed several international conferences focused on contemporary brief therapy development.
Lyndsey Davies MSW, RSW
Lyndsey Davies has been working at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health since 1999 in the areas of both addictions, and mental health and has provided numerous trainings and workshops in the areas of substance use and mental health issues. Lyndsey is a Therapist in the Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic and an Adjunct Lecturer in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. 

Lyndsey also has a private practice working with individuals with BPD. At CAMH, she is both an individual therapist and skills group facilitator, utilizing Dialectical Behaviour Therapy in a comprehensive DBT program, and a 20 week skills group. In addition, she offers supervision to other staff members and students.
Sally Doulis, MSW, RSW, Dip. TCPP,
Sall Doulis is a registered social worker with post-academic training in: intensive child psychotherapy at the Toronto Child Psychoanalytic programme (TCPP); marital therapy with Dr. Kas Tuters, an emotion-focused therapy for couples with an emotional injury with Dr. Leslie Greenberg; infant-parent psychotherapy (IPP) with Elizabeth Tuters, and high conflict in custody disputes.

Sally has served as president of the TCPP where she continues to be on faculty and is a supervisor. She has worked in the field of children`s mental health as a therapist, supervisor, and teacher for 35 years, and served as head of the Individual Psychotherapy Program at The Hincks-Dellcrest Treatment Centre.  She has a private practice providing individual (child, adolescent, and adult) psychotherapy, infant-parent psychotherapy with under fives and their families, marital therapy, counselling to divorcing families, family therapy for reconnecting a child with a parent, and custody access assessment through the Office of the Children`s Lawyer.

 
Sheri Eggleton BA
Sheri received her Hons. B.A. in Psychology from Brock University and has completed the classroom and clinical hours required for certification through the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy. In addition to play therapy, she is working towards certification as a trauma integration clinician. 

Sheri is currently working at Pathstone Mental Health as part of a multidisciplinary team in the Early Assessment Support and Intervention program. This role involves using therapeutic play therapy techniques with young children ages 0-6 who have experienced trauma, as well as providing support to parents and caregivers.  She is also working part time for the Attachment and Trauma Treatment Centre for Healing doing trauma and attachment work with children and families. 


 
Kimberly Enns, MSW, RSW
Kimberly is a Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute (CTRI) trainer with extensive experience as a therapist working with adults with mental illness, high needs children and youth in the child welfare system, as well as through her private practice. She is a specialist in the areas of self-injury and disordered eating – topics on which she has written CTRI training materials. She draws on her experience in the field and her passion for these issues to provide energetic, enlightening and interactive training experiences.

Kimberly believes that all people have inherent strengths, that problematic coping strategies are a manifestation of underlying issues, and that relationships are the venue for lasting, positive change. Wellness can occur when helpers both recognize this and feel equipped to work collaboratively with their clients. As a trainer, Kimberly is gifted at creating a warm and engaging learning environment that honors the wisdom of all involved.
Dr. Jamie C. Farquhar
Dr. Jamie C. Farquhar is a registered clinical and health psychologist who specializes in the delivery of evidence-based treatments for eating disorders, body image disturbances, depression, and anxiety. He obtained his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Concordia University, and completed his clinical training at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the McGill Comprehensive Health Improvement Program, and the Eating Disorder Program of the Douglas Mental Health Institute. He has co-authored research papers on topics of eating disorders, body image, and life regrets.

A former team member of the Eating Disorder Program of the Toronto General Hospital, Dr. Farquhar now operates a private practice in downtown Toronto. He also facilitates skills-based support groups at Sheena’s Place Hospice for Eating Disorders. He is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association, the Canadian Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies, the College of Psychologists of Ontario, and the Ontario Psychological Association. 
Susan Geary PhD
Susan Geary has over 20 years’ experience as a trainer, coach, consultant, and corporate education manager. She has developed and facilitated workshops for managers, supervisors and employees in management, communication, influence, change management, supervision, teambuilding and coaching skills. Susan is passionate about adult learning and believes in creating a learning environment that is safe, energizing, focused on learning, practical, and relevant to the job. She is a dynamic presenter and her workshops are enthusiastically reviewed time and time again.

Susan's mission is to help managers and employees develop the necessary skills and knowledge to perform optimally within organizations. Her clients include many organizations in the non-profit sector as well as major national and international organizations and the provincial, and federal government. She has a PhD in adult education and is the co-author of the book Colour Savvy: Helping you Achieve Success in Your Work Life (2010).

 
Leslie S. Greenberg, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Dr. Greenberg is Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology at York University in Toronto, Ontario and is the Director of the York University Psychotherapy Research clinic, as well as the developer of an Emotion-focused approach to therapy. 

Dr. Greenberg has co-authored the major texts on emotion focused approaches to treatment.  Most recently he has published Emotion-focused couples therapy: The dynamics of emotion, love and powerEmotion-focused therapy: Theory and practice (2010), Working with Narrative in Emotion-focused Therapy: Changing Stories, Healing Lives (2011), and  Therapeutic Presence (2011). 
He has been on the editorial board of many psychotherapy journals.

Dr. Greenberg is a founding member of the Society of the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI) and a past President of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR) from which he received a Distinguished Research Career award in 2004 as well as the Carl Rogers award of the American Psychology Association.  He has also received the Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Program Award for Excellence in Professional Training, and the Canadian Psychological Association Professional Award for distinguished contributions to Psychology as a profession.  
Ross W. Greene, Ph.D.
Dr. Greene is the originator of the innovative, research-based model of intervention now known as Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) as described in his influential books The Explosive Child and Lost at School and the forthcoming books Lost and Found and Raising Human Beings

He is also the Founding director of the non-profit, Lives in the Balance (www.livesinthebalance.org), which aims to disseminate the CPS model through no-cost web-based programming; the advocate on behalf of behaviorally challenging kids and their parents teachers, and other caregivers. Dr. Green takes a strong stand against the use of corporal punishment at home and school, as well as the use of punishment at home, school, and in therapeutic facilities the use of detention, suspension, and expulsion in schools, preschools, and daycare settings; he encourages the use of non-punitive, non-adversarial interventions. 

Dr. Greene served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School for over 20 years, and is now on the faculty of the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech.  His research has been funded by the Stanley research Institute, the National Institutes of Mental Health, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Maine Juvenile Justice Advisory group.  He lectures and consults extensively to families, general and special education schools, inpatient psychiatry units, and residential and juvenile detention facilities throughout the world.

 
Diane Gehart PhD, LMFT
Dr. Diane R. Gehart is a Professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at California State University, Northridge. She has authored numerous books, including ​Mindfulness and Acceptance in Couple and Family Therapy, Mastering Competencies in Family Therapy, Theory and Treatment Planning in Counseling and Psychotherapy, and The Complete MFT and Counseling Core Competency Assessment System, ​she has co-edited with Harlene Anderson ​Collaborative Therapy: Relationships and Conversations that Make a Difference. 

Her areas of specialty include mindfulness, Buddhist psychology, sexual abuse, postmodern therapies, gender, children, relationships, client advocacy, mental health recovery, qualitative research, and education in family therapy and counselling. She speaks internationally, having given workshops to professional and general audiences in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Mexico. Her research has been featured in newspapers, radio shows, and television worldwide.

 
Sarah Hughes MSc
Sarah is a family therapist working in Nelson, BC.  She developed her understandings of Narrative approaches through eleven years of travel with Michael White to attend his teachings and make his books and materials available. She has been practicing and teaching Narrative ideas for the past 15 years and is very passionate about these approaches.

Sarah has a particular interest in finding ways to integrate Narrative Therapy with other approaches without losing the philosophy and ethics of Narrative ideas and practices. She works with many clients who have a history of trauma and significant physical pain.






 
Louisa Jewel MAPP
Louisa is the founder and president of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association (www.positivepsychologycanada.com) and principal of her own consulting practice (www.louisajewell.com). Louisa is considered one of Canada’s leading experts on positive psychology and is a graduate of the master of applied positive psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. Louisa is an instructor of positive psychology at the University of Toronto and regularly delivers talks, webinars, and workshops to audiences around the world.

Louisa has 16 years of experience as an organizational consultant, promoting positive organizational culture. Louisa’s publications have appeared in the European Handbook of Positive Psychology, Positive Psychology at Work (Wiley, March 2011), Choice Magazine, The Huffington Post and Positive Psychology News Daily. For three years Louisa co-hosted a weekly radio show on CIUT-FM, where she interviewed a wide range of positive psychology experts and interesting guests on the topic of energizing organizations.

 

 
Michel Jones MSW, RSW
Michel specializes in trauma care for marginalized populations. She is the  coordinator of telepsychiatry at the northern psychiatric outreach program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, where her counselling work includes individuals from First Nations communities who experience multiple layers of trauma including personal trauma and historical trauma.

Michel has also served as a trauma counsellor for women living in poverty, people within the LGBTQ community, and seniors. Michel is working with CAMH to develop clinical supervision and educational support for direct service workers in northern communities who work with clients around issues of trauma, and severe, persistent mental heath problems.
Eric King MSW, RSW
Eric is the director of family programs at Pine River Institute, a residential treatment and wilderness program for teens dealing with addiction and mental health issues. He has an extensive background in systemic and strength-based family and group therapy in a range of contexts, including mental health clinics, residential treatment centres, schools, and hospital settings.

Since 1993, Eric has been on the faculty of Brief Therapy Training Centres-International, a post-graduate training centre for mental health professionals operating out of the formerly Hincks-Dellcrest Centre (now known as the SickKids Center for Community Mental Health). Eric has a cross-appointment with the department of child psychiatry in the faculty of medicine at the University of Toronto. He has maintained a private practice with families and individuals since 1990.

 

 
Pamela King, MS, LMFT
Pamela King is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, speaker, and trainer in private practice in Utah, USA. Having earned a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts and a master’s degree in Family and Human Development, Pam strives to uncover and refine clients’ gifts of creativity to build their own solutions.

Well versed in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, she has designed and implemented innovative solution-focused play therapy treatment programs with children and families. With over 25 years of experience Pam has worked in numerous settings including domestic violence treatment programs, public schools, as adjunct university faculty, and in private practice. Pam is an international presenter and author of Tools for Effective Therapy with Children and Families: A Solution-Focused Approach.
Marshall Korenblum MD, FRCP(C)
Marshall Korenblum is psychiatrist-in-chief of the SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health (formerly known as the Hincks Dellcrest Centre). He is an associate professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Toronto faculty of medicine, and an active staff member of the division of youth psychiatry at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

His particular interests include psychotherapy with adolescents who have mood and/or personality disorders, and he has published in the area of personality development.

 
Annette Kussin MSW, RSW
Annette Kussin is a registered Social Worker and Marital Family Therapist. She has been the Clinical Director of a number of Children’s Mental Health Centres and until 2013 she was the owner/director of the Leaside Therapy Centre, a multi-discipline private clinic. She specializes in Attachment Theory, Trauma and Brain Development and has received extensive training in these areas. Annette has a private practice where she offers assessments and therapy in Attachment and Trauma, training for many organizations and consultation to agencies and therapists.  

 
Andrea Kwan, MSW, RSW
Andrea Kwan is a grief counsellor and educator, and registered Social Worker. She has her own private practice supporting young adults coping with grief and loss, and specialises in working with those who have experienced sudden and/or traumatic loss.

She is committed to creating safe and inclusive spaces where bereaved individuals can grieve authentically and holistically, she practices from an Anti-Oppressive framework. Andrea also provides education about grief and loss, and specialises in training professionals and service providers on how to work with grieving individuals and communities through an Anti-Oppressive and Diversity lens. 

 
Marion Langford M.Ed
Marion is an experienced and certified coach, facilitator, and organizational change specialist with over 25 years experience. Marion specializes in the practical how-to of difficult and transformational conversational methods and questions.

Her focus is on supporting leaders in the creation of positive change in their relationships with staff, community partners, and funders, while operating from a deeply empathic set of values, skills, and premises. She specializes in innovative leadership development, team and group dynamics, workplace communications, mind/body integration, and career transitions and decisions.

 
Janine Lawford MSW, RSW
Janine is a senior social worker and psychotherapist with a specific interest and expertise in the area of trauma. Janine has extensive experience working with children, youth and their families. She worked at the formerly Hincks-Dellcrest Centre (now the SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health), as a therapist, trainee supervisor and instructor for many years.

Janine co- leads both a trauma seminar and a trauma-focused assessment and treatment team. In her private practice, she offers psychotherapy and specialized training, as well as consultation to the Tele-Link Mental Health program at the Hospital for Sick Children in the area of trauma. Janine also works in the field of high-conflict divorce as a Clinical Investigator for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer.

 
Noah Lazar, Ph.D., C.Psych
Dr. Lazar offers assessment and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for a wide-range of difficulties, including schizophrenia and psychosis, depression, and anxiety, with particular interests in Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia and Social Anxiety Disorder. He also has experience working with individuals dealing with chronic pain and relationship issues. He also works extensively with clients in preparation to return to work after sustaining a disability, as well as within the LGBTQ community.

Dr. Lazar completed his PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Western Ontario. He completed his clinical residency at St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton, in the Mood Disorders Clinic, Neuropsychology Service, and the Schizophrenia and Severe Mental Illness Clinic. He has full-time in private practice at CBT Associates of Toronto. Dr. Lazar frequently teaches CBT workshops, and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto.

 
Michelle Leybman PhD
Dr. Michelle Leybman is a Psychologist at the Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). She completed her PhD at McGill University and did her internship at CAMH in both the BPD clinic, and the Anxiety Disorders Clinic. Her current role involves providing group and individual DBT, conducting research, and supervising students who are learning psychotherapy. She also works privately to offer a broader range of clinical services, for example working with clients who have eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and general difficulties with emotion regulation. Dr. Leybman is deeply involved in training. She has developed several training programs and has provided trainings across Canada in various settings including health care facilities, correctional facilities, and to school boards.

 
Adam Lodzinski PhD
Passionate about the application of psychology to real-world problems, over the last 25 years Dr. Lodzinski has contributed to many fields, including learning disabilities, adult literacy, child, youth and adult mental health, addictions, family violence, career development, youth employment, youth and adult justice services, community health promotion, and early childhood education.

Over the span of his career, he has been involved in many projects, including program proposals and designs, program evaluations, organizational reviews, surveys and data analysis, as well as writing several widely used professional development resources. He is also a professor at the Adler Graduate Professional School, where he teaches in the M.Psy. program. Additionally, he has a practice in individual and group work in career transition and conflict resolution.

 
Liana Lowenstein, MSW, RSW, CPT-S
Liana Lowenstein is a Registered Clinical Social worker, Certified Play Therapist-supervisor, and Certified TF-CBT Therapist who has been working with children and their families since 1988.  She presents training across North  America and abroad.  Recent speaking engagements include South Africa, Israel, England, and Australia.  

Liana provides clinical supervision to mental health practitioners, runs a play-therapy internship program, and consults to several mental health agencies. She has authored numerous best-selling books including: Paper Dolls and Paper Airplanes: Therapeutic Exercises for Sexually Traumatized; Creative Interventions for Children of Divorce; Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children; Cory Helps Kids Cope with Sexual Abuse; and Creative CBT Interventions for Children with Anxiety.

Liana is winner of the Monica Herbert award for outstanding contribution and dedication to children psychotherapy and play therapy in Canada.
 
Sara Marlowe MSW, RSW
Sara Marlowe is a clinical social worker, children’s picture-book author, university lecturer, musician, and mindfulness practitioner and teacher. She has developed and facilitated numerous mindfulness programs for children, adolescents, parents, and families in children’s mental health agencies, schools, and community settings.

Sara has a private counselling practice where she works collaboratively and creatively to support children and families move towards their hopes, dreams, and preferences for their lives. She integrates music, story, art, movement, nature, and play into her therapeutic work with children and families. Sara is the author of No Ordinary Apple: A Story about Eating Mindfully, which playfully teaches mindful awareness to children through the process of eating an apple. Sara can be found online at 
www.mindfulfamilies.ca.


 
Jason McCormack
With an extensive background in youth justice and residential treatment, Jason McCormack’s 25 year career is centered on providing youth with the best quality of care from a relational/strength-based perspective. Jason worked as a front-line Child & Youth Worker, and supervisor for the first 10 years of his career. For the past 10 years he has been managing three residential treatment programs, one transitional housing program, and a section 23 classroom.

Jason has taught in the colleges for over 10 years and is particularly interested in providing staff with crisis intervention, specifically as it relates to Understanding & Managing Aggressive Behaviour. He hails from Durham Region, loves his work and strongly believes “How you think, affects how you feel, affects how you act.”
Bonnie Miller MSW, RSW
Bonnie Miller has a busy private practice, where she specializes in working with people whose lives are influenced by anger, family conflict, depression and anxiety. Bonnie also works part-time in a family health team setting, engaging in therapeutic conversations with people on a wide variety of issues, such as identity issues related to grief, loss and serious health concerns, the impact and meaning of growing older, concerns related to sexuality, couple conflict, parenting and family change.

Bonnie has been practising in the field since 1990 and has grounded her work in post-structural and narrative therapy practices since 2002. Bonnie also taught the advanced year-long brief and narrative therapy extern program for several years at the SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health, Gail Appel Institute (formerly known as the Hincks Dellcrest Centre, Gail Appel Institute), providing skills development and live supervision to experienced practitioners in the helping professions. She has presented at conferences across Canada and in the U.S., and values the important intersections between clinical work, reflective practices and the rich opportunities for mutual influence in teaching and training.

 

 
Colleen Mousseau M.Ed
Colleen Mousseau is a psychotherapist with a certificate in cognitive behaviour therapy. For over 15 years she has been passionate about her work with children, youth, adults, and families. Her work has included supporting individuals facing a terminal illness, and grieving children and teens, including those living with autism spectrum disorder. She has focused her academic and professional careers on exploring ways to meet the unique needs of individuals living with grief and trauma through evidence-based and innovative approaches.

Colleen maintains private psychotherapy practices in Toronto and Hamilton, dedicated to supporting youth and adults through their anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, and other social-emotional difficulties. She is also a counsellor at the Max and Beatrice Wolfe Children’s Centre, Dr. Jay children’s grief program.
Lawrence Murphy MA
Lawrence Murphy is the co-founder of the Worldwide Therapy Online, the world’s first online clinical practice, which was established in 1994. In collaboration with the National Board for Certified Counselors, he and co-founder Dan Mitchell authored the first ethical code for online counselling.

Through Therapy Online’s Research Institute, Lawrence and his colleagues publish regularly in the academic literature, including their seminal 1998 work “When Writing Helps To Heal: Email as Therapy”, which has been cited more than 200 times. In collaboration with the Factor-Inwentash faculty of social work at the University of Toronto, Therapy Online delivers two levels of training in cyber-counseling. To date they have trained more than 600 clinicians worldwide. Therapy Online also licenses software to individuals and agencies keen to deliver services online.

Lawrence received his MA in counseling psychology from University of British Colombia in 1995 and holds an adjunct appointment and teaches in the graduate faculty at the University of Toronto.

 
Jerome Price MA, LMSW, LMFT
Jerome Price is the founder and co-director of Michigan Family Institute and was a regional faculty member for the Family Therapy Institute of Washington, D.C. He is an internationally known supervisor and strategic therapist who consults for mental health centres, medical and psychiatric staffs, and outpatient programs.  His articles on brief family-oriented therapy have been published in the Journal of Systemic Therapies, the Family therapy Networker, Professional Counselor, and many others.

Mr. Price is an author and contributing author to many titles such as Defusing the High Conflict Divorce, Take Control of Your Divorce, and The right to Be the Grownup. He is a contributing author of Alternative Services in Community Mental Health, The Evolving Therapist, The Art of Psychotherapy, and several other professional books and texts. Mr. Price is an approved supervisor for the American association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

 
Barbara Spyropoulos BSc, MSc, ICPS 
Barbara Spyropoulos worked in the Department of Biology at York University for 32 years as a Senior Research Associate, she specialized in genetics and evolution.

Barbara has chaired the Community Police Liaison Committee at 12 Division, Toronto Police Service for 20 years where a number of crime prevention/community mobilization strategies have been enacted. Following her training with the OPP, she introduced the Restorative Justice Program to the Division in 2008 where it continues to thrive today.
Ian Robertson, MSW, RSW
Mr. Robertson currently works as the Regional Clinical Supervisor for Addictions and Mental Health at the Niagara Health System. He is a certified Clinical Traumatologist, Compassion Fatigue Specialist and Substance Abuse Counsellor. He is trained in Trauma Incident Reduction (TIR), Level 1 & 2 of EMDR, Threat Assessment, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Process Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

Ian has been a speaker at international, national, provincial, and regional conferences, as well as an organizational trainer on topics such as substance abuse, trauma, concurrent disorders, mental health, youth at risk, youth threat assessment, Motivational Interviewing, Stages of Change, Organizational Trauma-informed Practices.  Ian received an Advanced Certification as a Clinical Supervisor from Smith College, School of Social Work in MA, USA. Ian also owns and operates a private practice in Niagara. 

 
Alex Russell PhD, C.Psych
Dr. Russell is a clinical psychologist who provides assessments and psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults, as well as consultation and supervision to schools, teachers and psychologists. He is a popular public speaker and is the author, with Tim Falconer, of Drop the Worry Ball: How to Parent in the Age of Entitlement.

Alex is intimately familiar with the culture of the school system and the relationship that parents, teachers and counsellors share with regard to the children in our care. He has led workshops for educators and mental health professionals across Canada and the United States focusing on promoting children’s emotional resilience. 

 
Lance Taylor MSc, RPsych.
Lance initially learned SFBT with Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg, the original developers of the model, at the Brief Family Therapy Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He continued to develop his craft over 25 years as a therapist, clinical supervisor and manager in public mental health services, and then for 10 plus years as a therapist and trainer in private practice. He teaches SFBT in North America, Europe and Asia.  

He has focused his attention on nurturing communities of practice that effectively support implementation of innovative programming based on SFBT. He is known for presenting the essentials of the model in a simple, user friendly package as well as for mentoring practitioners at advanced and trainer levels of mastery.

 
Lysa Toye MSW, RSW ExAT
Lysa Toye is a Master’s-trained Social Worker and Expressive Arts Therapist with a collaborative certificate in Palliative and Supportive Care. She has worked in pediatric and adult health, mental health, and palliative care settings for over a decade.  Lysa works as a counsellor and psychotherapist with the Dr. Jay Children's Grief Centre and in private practice. She has taught extensively, authored several book chapters, and currently co-teaches in the SickKids/Sarana Institute's Mindfulness and Compassion in Healthcare and End of Life Care Certificate Program.

She is passionate about supporting children, youth, adults and families living through end of life, grief and trauma to grieve, grow and give voice to their experiences through mindful creativity, art, ritual and the natural world.
Elizabeth Tuters MSW, RSW, FIPA
Elizabeth Tuters is a child, adolescent, and adult psychotherapist and psychoanalyst. She is a member of the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society, the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society, the International Psychoanalytic Association, the Canadian Association of Psychoanalytic Child Therapists, former Director and present Faculty and Supervisor at the Toronto Child Psychoanalytic Program, Faculty and Supervisor at the Institute for the Advancement of Self Psychology, Team Leader of one of the Infant-Family Assessment and Treatment Teams at the SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health (formerly known as the Hincks Dellcrest Centre), and Chair of the Scientific Program Committee at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society and Canadian Psychoanalytic Society.

Elizabeth is serving her third term on the Board of Directors of the World Association of Infant Mental Health (WAIMH). Ms. Tuters has been an invited presenter at the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health Annual Meeting and the Anna Freud Centre Infant-Parent Study Day.

 
Andrea Warnick RN, MA
Andrea is an educator, grief counsellor, nurse, and thanatologist with 20 years of experience in providing grief support and education. Her passions lie both in working directly with families experiencing the dying or death of someone close to them, and in teaching others how to optimize their care of the dying and bereaved, particularly when children are involved.

Recognizing the provision of support for grieving children and youth as a social justice issue, Andrea brings the topics of dying, death, and grief into the necessary realm of discussion, education, and advocacy. Andrea runs her own education and counselling practice in Toronto, Andrea Warnick Consulting. Learn more at 
www.andreawarnick.com.

 
Erica Watson MSW, RSW
Erica is a senior social worker and psychotherapist at the SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health (formerly known as the Hincks Dellcrest Centre), with a specific interest and expertise in trauma, she has extensive experience working with children, youth and their families. Over the past twelve years, Erica has provided family and individual therapy in Day Treatment and Outpatient Services. Erica has developed a strong passion for practising, teaching and training in the area of trauma assessment and treatment.

Erica co-leads a trauma seminar and a trauma assessment and treatment team. In her private practice Erica provides psychotherapy, professional workshops and does clinical custody and access assessments for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer.
Frank Yeomans MD, PhD
Dr. Yeomans received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, his medical degree from Yale University and then did his psychiatric training at Cornell University. He is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Weill Medical College of Cornell, Director of Training at the Personality Disorders Institute of Weill-Cornell, Adjunct Associate Professor at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, Director of the Personality Studies Institute, and Honorary Member of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He is the Chair of the Committee on Psychotherapy of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry.

Dr. Yeomans has helped establish training programs for psychodynamic therapy of personality disorders internationally. He has authored and co-authored numerous articles and books, including A Primer on Transference-Focused Psychotherapy for the Borderline Patient, and Transference-Focused Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality: A Clinical Guide, co-authored with Drs. John Clarkin and Otto Kernberg. His primary interests are the development, investigation, teaching and practice of psychotherapy for personality disorders, and advocating for fair reimbursement for psychotherapy.

 
Natalie Zlodre MSW, RSW
Natalie Zlodre was the head of the Trauma and Resiliency Centre and associate director of training at the formerly Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, Gail Appel Institute (now the SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health, Gail Appel Institute). She is currently the director of Community Resources and Initiatives, a
trauma-informed consulting firm located in Toronto. Her professional focus is in the areas of acute trauma, developmental/complex trauma and the impact of trauma on professionals, and on mental health services.

Natalie provides clinical consultation and supervision to mental health professionals and organizations. Her theoretical framework is trauma-informed and strength-based. Natalie is an experienced training facilitator and has provided hundreds of presentations nationally and internationally. She is known for her direct and lively style and her ability to translate complex theories about traumatic responses into relevant practices for post-traumatic growth in vulnerable populations.





 




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