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SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health (CCMH) Learning Institute is pleased to provide training that is orchestrated by innovative, accomplished and experienced experts in their subject matter. These mental health professionals also align their education with current training approaches and methodologies to provide the best practice training in their field of distinction.
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Branka Agic, PhD.

Dr. Branka Agic is Director of Knowledge Exchange in the Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at CAMH.  She also is an Assistant Professor and the Associate Field Director of the Master of Science in Community Health (MScHS) in Addiction and Mental Health Program at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.

Branka has extensive experience in counselling, research and service development with immigrants and refugees.  Her primary research interest is in the area of mental health and substance use among immigrants, refugees, ethno-cultural and racialized groups.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT) and is a member of the UNHCR Regional Beyond Detention Strategy Working Group.
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Katy Albert, M.Ed., OCT., BCBA.

Katy Albert is an Academic and Behaviour Coach at The Redpath Centre, specializing in children and adolescents with autism spectrum and other neuro-developmental disorders. She is an Ontario Certified Teacher and received her Master's in Developmental Psychology and Education before pursuing a career in Applied Behaviour Analysis. She has worked as a behaviour therapist and consultant in the public and private sector.

As an educator and a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA), Katy integrates a variety of approaches including Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), special education teaching practices, and cognitive behavioural strategies (CBT) to promote academic and social development. She is passionate about supporting families and individuals with a range of challenges including executive functioning, anxiety disorders, sleep difficulties, irritability, school attendance, academic performance, impulsivity, excessive gaming and aggression. She also develops and facilitates workshops for parents and professionals on a variety of topics for agencies such as Geneva Centre for Autism, SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health Learning Institute as well as private schools in Toronto.


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Robin Alter, PhD., C.Psych. 

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, has conducted Fetal Alcohol Syndrome assessments for Anishnawbe Health Centre and Sick Kids Hospital.

Dr. Alter is the author of Anxiety and the Gift of Imagination, and co-author of The Anxiety Workbook for Kids,  both of which stem from her practice with children and adolescents for over 40 years.  She is a trustee with the Psychology

Foundation of Canada and major contributor to Stress Lessons and From Stressed Out to Chilled Out. She is a major contributor to the website ABC's of Mental Health. She is on the Board of Anxiety Canada in British Columbia. She has made numerous television and radio appearance, and given over a hundred talks to community groups of parents, educators and mental health professionals in both Canada and the United States.


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Leena Augimeri, PhD.

Dr. Leena K. Augimeri, is Director of SNAP Scientific and Program Development at the Child Development Institute and Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto. This scientist-practitioner's work over 32 years has focused on development, research, dissemination and implementation of SNAP (Stop Now and Plan), an evidence-based gender specific model, and a comprehensive crime prevention framework for young children with serious disruptive behavior problems.

Dr. Augimeri has authored numerous publications, conducted hundreds of presentations and keynote addresses and received several prestigious awards, including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health's (CAMH) Difference Makers Award (150 leading Canadians for mental health), Prime Minister's Regional Social Innovation Award, the Elizabeth Manson Award for exemplary contributions to the promotion of children's mental health and the inaugural CWLC's inaugural Outstanding Achievement Research and Evaluation Award,

Dr. Augimeri is currently leading a multi-million dollar SNAP National Expansion in Canada using a venture philanthropy framework bringing together government, business/corporate, foundations and philanthropic donors to create massive social change within children's mental health by scaling SNAP to 140 new communities reaching approximately 20,000 children and their families.


Mary Bell, MSW., RSW.

A long time therapist serving adolescents and their families, Mary has worked in the Adolescent Medicine Substance Abuse Program at SickKids since 2001.

With Dr. Sheri Turrell, a former colleague at Trillium Health Centre, she co-developed an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy treatment program for adolescents. Research based on this is in publication.  Mary has trained other clinicians in ACT through the CAMH Northern Communities program, Peterborough Regional Health Centre, and the McMaster Children’s Hospital.

She has co-presented on ACT at three World Conferences of The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. She is currently leading The ACT Alliance, a SickKids hospital and community initiative to advance knowledge and skills in ACT. 

Together with Dr. Turrell, Mary co-wrote the therapist manual “ACT for Adolescents: Treating Teens and Adolescents in Individual and Group Therapy” Paperback – May 1 2016 and with Dr. Chris McCurry, Ph. D., they also co-wrote “The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Teen Anxiety: Activities to Help You Overcome Fears and Worries Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy” Paperback – Oct 1 2018.
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Nili Benazon, Ph.D.

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.


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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.


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Laura Brown, PhD., C.Psych.

Dr. Laura Brown is a registered Clinical Psychologist whose life work has primarily been to help pre-teen, teenage, and young adult individuals and their families struggling with a variety of mental health challenges.  For the past 15 years in her private practice work with Insight Psychology on Norfolk in Guelph, Ontario, she has provided therapy for a variety of learning, emotional, and mental health issues, as well as learning to cope with the challenges of living.  However, her early training at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Hospital for Sick Children, and University Health Network Psychosocial Oncology Program has also provided her with the unique ability to work with young people coping with physical, life-threatening, or chronic illness and/or pain, as well as children, adolescents, and their families coping with grief and bereavement. 
For several years, Laura volunteered with Hospice Wellington providing grief support to families coping with the bereavement associated with the loss of beloved member of their lives.  It was through her work with Hospice that she recognized the need for a dedicated non-profit centre to serve the grief and bereavement needs of children and youth in Guelph and Wellington County.
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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.


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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.
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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.

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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.
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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. 


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Amy Gajaria, MD., FRCPC.

Amy Gajaria is Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Amy also works at Black Creek Community Health Centre in the Jane/Finch neighbourhood of Toronto and in Iqaluit, Nunavut, she is the faculty lead at the University of Toronto for Underserved Selectives. Her clinical and research interests are in working with racialized and underserved children, youth, and their families, and in global mental health.


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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).


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Bethany Good, RSW., PhD. Candidate

Bethany Good is a PhD Candidate at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. She has used her 15 years of direct practice experience with children, adolescents and families to inform her teaching of graduate level social work students for five years. Her doctoral research focuses on how technology and new media use among youth is addressed within services such as residential and day treatment. She has presented her preliminary research findings internationally and across Canada. Bethany offers consultation, training and workshops to professionals, treatment teams and parents which focus on supporting safe digital media participation among vulnerable populations.


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Ross W. Greene, PhD.

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 (, 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.
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Cleo Haber, BSW., RSW., MSW.

Cleo Haber, obtained her Masters of Social Work at Hunter College School of Social Work in New York City, she has been practicing as a social worker for over 15 years specializing in mental health, working with individuals, couples and groups. She has certifications and training in Emotion-Focused Mindfulness Therapy (EFMT), Emotion-Focused Therapy, Emotionally- Focused Couples Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy and CBT. Cleo is the retreat manager at the annual EFMT meditation retreat and is also a Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor.

For the past 10 years Cleo has taught family medicine residents psychotherapy skills. She was part of the faculty in the Interviewing and Communication Skills curriculum and Wellness curriculum for family medicine residents and has conducted clinical research at the Mount Sinai Academic Family Health Team.
In her current practice, she provides individual and couple psychotherapy and facilitates Emotion-Focused Mindfulness Therapy (EFMT) groups.

Lance L. Hawley, Ph.D., C.Psych.,

Dr. Hawley is the Clinical Lead (Outpatient Psychological Services) and Co-Director of Training for the Frederick W. Thompson Anxiety Disorders Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Dr. Hawley is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto (Division of Neurosciences and Clinical Translation), and associate graduate faculty at the University of Toronto, Scarborough. He is an Associate Editor for the peer-reviewed journal Mindfulness (Springer Publications). Dr. Hawley previously worked as a staff clinical psychologist for the Mood and Anxiety Outpatient Service and the Psychological Trauma Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. 

His clinical focus involves providing effective individual and group psychotherapy treatment to adult outpatients experiencing mood and anxiety disorders.  His research focus involves understanding cognitive mechanisms underlying optimal treatment response, using longitudinal statistical modeling approaches. Dr. Hawley has led professional training workshops and has provided clinical supervision to mental health professionals involving the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness Based CBT (MBCT) approaches.


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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.


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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.


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Dr. Marshall Korenblum, FRCP(C)., Dip.,

Dr. Korenblum is the Medical Director of the Sick Kids Centre for Community Mental Health, and an Associate Professor in the Dep’t. of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.  He is also a Consultant to the Division of Youth Psychiatry, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Dr. Korenblum has been a practicing child/adolescent psychiatrist in Toronto for over 30 years.  His main clinical and research interest is individual psychotherapy with adolescents who have co-morbid mood and personality disorder.

For over 10 years, he was Director of Postgraduate Education for the Division of Child Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, and for 2 years, he was Chair of the Education Committee of the Canadian Academy of Child/Adolescent Psychiatry.  He has also been an Examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and through these activities, has contributed to quality improvement and development of best practices for child psychiatry in Canada. He is a passionate advocate of public education and reduction of stigma regarding mental illness in youth, and so he has made numerous appearances on TV, radio and print media, as well as conducting workshops for and consulting to schools in both the private and public education systems. He is a member of the Collaborative Mental Health Care Network, which is an organization sponsored by the Ontario College of Family Practice, in which family doctors are educated about and supported in their work with patients who struggle with mental illness.


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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.

Ms. Kussin 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. Ms. Kussin is also the author of  "It's Attachment, A New Way of Understanding Yourself and Your Relationships", published by Guernica Editions to be released in Spring 2020.
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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 specializes in training professionals and service providers on how to work with grieving individuals and communities through an Anti-Oppressive and Diversity lens. 


Adèle Lafrance, PhD., C.Psych.

Adele Lafrance, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist, research scientist and published author. She is the co-developer of Emotion-Focused Family Therapy and developer of Emotion-Focused School Support. She is a founding member of the International Institute for Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (

Dr. Lafrance provides EFFT training for clinicians, school boards and mental health agencies worldwide. As a professor she teaches numerous courses on developmental and clinical psychology with a focus on family-oriented mental health care across the lifespan. She has published extensively in the field and currently supports the research base for EFFT. Dr. Lafrance is regularly interviewed in the media and is a frequent speaker throughout the world. She also makes many practical resources for parents, caregivers and clinicians available on her website (
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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.


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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.


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Noah Lazar, PhD., C.Psych.

Dr. Noah Lazar is a Clinical Director and Founder of The Downtown Psychology Clinic, which is a group private practice located in Toronto.  He is also an Adjunct Professor and the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Program Director at the University of Toronto.  He completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Western University, with a research focus in the neurobiology and genetics of schizophrenia.  he completed his predoctoral training at St. Joseph's Healthcare, Hamilton, in their Mood Disorders Clinic, Neuropsychology Service, and their Schizophrenia and Severe Mental Illness Clinic. 

He also worked in numerous inpatient and outpatient psychiatric clinics before beginning work full-time in private practice. He offers assessment and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for a wide-range of difficulties, including mood and anxiety disorders, psychosis, and ADHD. He also works extensively with clients, experiencing mental health issues, return to work from short-term or long-term disability.  He is certified by the Canadian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies in the provision of CBT. 


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Dr. Vivien Lee, C.Psych.

Dr. Lee has extensive experience in working with adults and teenagers with trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and substance use. She earned her PhD. and Master's degrees in Clinical Psychology from Western University and Hon. Bsc. from the University of Toronto. She worked as a staff psychologist in the Psychological Trauma Program and Work, Stress, and Health Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH from 2010-2017, and currently work full-time in private practice.

Dr. Lee is also experienced with operational stress injuries that can develop in military veterans and first responders (e.g. police, paramedics, firefighters, dispatchers, correctional officers) and other public safety personnel. She is a certified clinician trainer for the Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) program developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and Department of National Defence (DND) and adapted for first responder services. She is registered with as a provider with Veteran Affairs Canada (VAC) and Department of National Defence (DND). Dr. Lee serves on the Board of Directors for Toronto Beyond the Blue, a support organization for family members of Toronto Police Service officers.

Dr. Lee is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, and is a member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), the Traumatic Stress section of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), and the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA), the latter of which she served on the Board of Directors from 2008 to 2011.


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Karen Leslie, MD, MEd., FRCP(c).

Dr. Karen Leslie obtained her medical degree from McMaster University followed by the Paediatrics training at Queens' University and a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children.  She has a graduate degree in health professions education from the Ontario Institute for Students in Education, University of Toronto.

In her clinical role, she oversees the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program and also with the Transgender Youth Program as well as other Adolescent Medicine clinics. In 2009, Dr. Leslie was appointed as the Director of the Centre for Faculty Development, Faculty of Medicine.  She is involved in many levels of educational program development and evaluation.

Her scholarly interests are in the areas of faculty development, career development and mentoring, and in the assessment of, and treatment outcomes for adolescents with substance abuse.


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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.


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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.


Greg Lubimiv, MSW., CPT-S.

Greg Lubimiv, MSW., CPT-S.

Greg has over 30 years of experience in children's mental health and child welfare where he has been involved as a clinician, trainer and administrator. Greg has specialized in the field of play therapy, parenting and family therapy and has authored a number of books and articles on mental health topics. Greg graduated with his Masters of social Work from the University of Toronto and is a certified play therapist and supervisor.

Greg is the recipient of several awards: Monica Herbert Award for contributions to the field of Play Therapy, Liz Manson Award for contributions to the field of children's mental health, Base Commander's Commendation for services to military families, Queen's Jubilee Medal for contributions to the treatment of military children and families. Greg is well known as a passionate and knowledgeable presenter with a focus on making content concrete, practical and fun.


Faye Marcotte

Ms. Marcotte has over 20 years’ experience in the design and facilitation of leadership and management development courses. She has extensive experience in leading development teams for major change initiatives and her services are often called on as trainer and coach for in-house facilitation teams.

Faye’s clients include organizations in the non-profit sector as well as major national and international organizations and provincial and federal agencies. Her courses integrate best practices and tools with applications to real work challenges. Her courses are lively and entertaining, and she is passionate about helping people and creating a welcome and positive learning environment. Faye has a particular interest in adult learning and has completed programs in educational technology and e-learning.


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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


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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 practicing 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 Hincks Dellcrest Centre, Gail Appel Institute (now known as the SickKids CCMH Learning 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.


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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.


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Robert T. Muller, PhD., C.Psych.

Robert Muller, trained at Harvard, was on Faculty at the University of Massachusetts, and is currently at York University in Toronto. Dr. Muller is a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma & dissociation (ISSTD) for his work on trauma treatment. His psychotherapy bestseller, "Trauma and the Avoidant Client," has been translated widely and won the 2011 ISSTD award for the year's best written work on trauma. Dr. Muller's newest book is titled Trauma and the Struggle to Open Up: From Avoidance to Recovery and Growth.

As lead investigator on several multi-site programs to treat interpersonal trauma, Dr. Muller has lectured internationally (Australia, UK, Europe, USA), and has been Keynote Speaker at mental health conferences in New Zealand and Canada. He founded an online magazine, "The Trauma & Mental Health Report," that is now visited by over 100,000 readers a year. With over 25 years in the field, he practices in Toronto.


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Priya Raju, MD., FRCPC.

Dr. Priya Raju is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health, where she and her colleague Dr. Debra Stein co-lead the Migration Consultation Team, a consultation service with expertise in issues of resettlement and acculturation.

Dr. Raju has provided public education to local as well as national audiences about the mental health challenges facing refugee children. In other practice settings she provides consultations to rural Ontario youth, and to Indigenous families in Toronto. An Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, she contributes to multiple academic initiatives related to culture, power and other equity issues in psychiatry.


Esther Rhee Carnat, MSW., headshot

Esther Rhee Carnat, MSW.

Esther Rhee specializes in autism spectrum disorder, children’s mental health including trauma exposure, grief counselling and family therapy. She currently works as the National Program Director for Autism Speaks Canada and supports grieving children and youth through the Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre. Esther’s work extends from training the Toronto Police Service, working with Military Family Services to building national programs supported by the Federal government.

In 2017, Esther was recognized as a top leading Canadian for mental health in Canada by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Esther is the 2018 recipient of the University of Guelph’s Award of Excellence, the highest honour presented to an alumni.  She has been published in the Journal of Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders and is a frequent contributor for media outlets including news and radio stations. Esther is regularly invited to the House of Commons where she spoke at the first publicly broadcasted meeting at the Canadian Senate. Her 2016 TEDx talk titled “The Autism World: Choosing In” focused on how before any change occurs, a choice must be made.


Ian Robertson, MSW., RSW., headshot

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.


Lisa Robinson, MSW., RSW., headshot

Lisa Robinson, MSW., RSW.

Lisa is a registered social worker who focuses her professional and creative energy on supporting children, youth and adults through tough situations. In addition to working as a grief therapist at Andrea Warnick Consulting, she is also a cancer support group facilitator at Gilda's Club.

Lisa is currently working towards her certification as a trauma integration clinician. With over 10 years of experience working with children and families affected by life-threatening illnesses in organizations including Camp Oochigeas and SeriousFun Children's Network, she has seen the impact that therapeutic intervention can have on children's ability to engage in life. She uses narrative therapy as her primary therapeutic framework while incorporating elements of CBT and a mindful approach to develop a collaborative understanding of the individual experience.


Alex Russell, PhD., C.Psych., headshot

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.


Matthew D. Selekman, MSW., LCSW., headshot

Matthew D. Selekman, MSW., LCSW. 

Matthew D. Selekman is in private practice in Evanston, IL. He is an Approved Supervisor and Clinical Fellow for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, a licensed clinical social worker, and addictions counselor. He also is the Director of Partners for Collaborative Solutions (, an international family therapy and brief therapy training and consultation practice in Evanston, IL, USA. Matthew received the Walter S. Rosenberry Award in 2006, 2000, and in 1999 from The Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado for having made significant contributions to the fields of psychiatry and the behavioral sciences.

He is the author of eight professional practice-oriented books: (with Mark Beyebach) Changing Self-Destructive Habits: Pathways to Solutions with Couples and Families, Collaborative Brief Therapy with Children, (with Giorgio Nardone) Gorging, Vomiting, and Self-Injuring: A Brief Therapy Approach, The Adolescent and Young Adult Self-Harming Treatment Manual: A Collaborative Strengths-Based Brief Therapy Approach, Working with Self-Harming Adolescents: A Collaborative Strengths-Based Therapy Approach, Pathways to Change: Brief Therapy with Difficult Adolescents (Second Edition), and (with Thomas Todd) Family Therapy Approaches with Adolescent Substance Abusers. His latest book: Working with High-Risk Adolescents: An Individualized Family Therapy Approach, was just published by Guilford Publications.

He has presented workshops on his collaborative strengths-based family therapy approach with children, adolescents, and adults extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, Turkey, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.


Debra Stein, MD., FRCPC., headshot

Debra Stein, MD., FRCPC.

Dr. Debra Stein is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health (formerly the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre), where she and her colleague Dr. Priya Raju, lead the Migration Consultation Team, a consultation service with expertise in issues of resettlement and acculturation. 

Dr. Stein has 20 years of experience working with the refugee population in Toronto, formerly with the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture and now as part of her role at CCMH, where she also provides training in child psychotherapy.  An Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, she has lectured on various aspects of refugee mental health, to a wide range of audiences in the school, settlement and mental health sectors.  She currently acts as a Subject Matter Expert for CAMH's online course for Refugee Mental Health.


Lysa Toye, MSW., RSW., ExAT., headshot

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.


Sheri Turrell, PhD.

Dr. Sheri Turrell is a Psychologist and ACBS Peer Reviewed ACT trainer, who is most passionate about her work with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with patients of all ages. She has conducted research studies to examine the effectiveness of ACT as a group-based therapy. 

Dr. Turrell is coauthor of two ACT books: "ACT for Adolescents: A Transdiagnostic Guide for Clinicians", and "The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Teen Anxiety".

Together with Mary Bell, Dr. Turrell co-wrote the therapist manual “ACT for Adolescents: Treating Teens and Adolescents in Individual and Group Therapy” Paperback – May 1 2016 and with Dr. Chris McCurry, Ph. D., they also co-wrote “The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Teen Anxiety: Activities to Help You Overcome Fears and Worries Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy” Paperback – Oct 1 2018.
Andrea Warnick, RN., MA., RP., headshot

Andrea Warnick, RN., MA., RP.

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


Erica Watson, MSW., RSW., headshot

Erica Watson, MSW., RSW.

Erica is a social worker, psychotherapist and clinical supervisor with a specific interest and expertise in trauma. For over past 18 years, Erica has provided family and individual therapy in Day Treatment and Outpatient Services (OPS) at the SickKids CCMH, and she is currently the Clinical Supervisor for the OPS team at CCMH’s downtown (Jarvis Street) site. She co-leads a trauma seminar and a trauma assessment and treatment team. She provides psychotherapy at CCMH and in her private practice, as well as trainings and workshops. She previously conducted clinical custody and access assessments for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer. Most recently, Erica spent 2019 in NSW, Australia, working in the field of domestic abuse with adult survivors and their families.

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.


Bo Yih Thom, MSW., RSW., headshot

Bo Yih Thom, MSW., RSW.

Bo Yih Thom, MSW, RSW, is a Social Worker, Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor in private practice. She specializes in race/racism, LGBTQ communities, trauma, and non-death loss. Bo Yih has a long history working in direct service settings supporting adult survivors who have a relationship to substance use, and who are systems-involved. She was an adjunct professor through York University's Harm Reduction Certificate Program, and a part time professor at the Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/Advocate Program at George Brown College. Bo Yih practices mindfulness and joyfulness.

Natalie Zlodre, MSW., RSW., headshot

Natalie Zlodre, MSW., RSW.

Natalie Zlodre 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.