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My clinical focus is in the area of neuro-rehabilitation, specializing in supporting those individuals and families whose lives have been affected by traumatic injuries including brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and severe orthopedic injuries. Since these injuries occur within a social and family context, I give careful consideration to the complex needs and enduring impact upon both the injured individual and the total family unit. I am here to support, educate, advocate, encourage, re-connect and re-activate individuals and their families in order to help optimize recovery, personal success and overall quality of life.
I also provide teleconferencing/video counselling to best suit you and your families’ needs.

Services

Cognitive

Physical

Social

Emotional

Embedded in a biopsychosocial model, I provide comprehensive psychosocial assessments with clients and families aimed at identifying pre-injury interests, significant relationships, leisure/sporting activities, financial/practical matters and accommodation situations prior to the client’s injury and how these have been impacted upon post injury.  This enables me to work collaboratively with the rehabilitation team, clients and their families when identifying needs and goals to work towards in terms of ongoing emotional, psychological and practical support as part of a person’s ongoing rehabilitation program.

Brain Injury

Individual & Family

Relationships

Psycho-Educational

I provide counselling and support for clients and their families post acquired brain injury particularly in relation to issues of adjustment, grief and loss, feelings of self-concept and confidence, relationship and lifestyle changes, and career strain post injury. I also work with clients and their families towards identifying and re-establishing meaningful connections with community activities and interests, as well as re-establishing purposeful and meaningful relationships post injury. An important aspect of my services includes provision of information, liaison with and assistance with referrals/accessing community support services.

Pain Management

Sleep Program

Academic Strategies

How do I effectively “meet the client where they are at”? One of the ways I accomplish this most important objective is to tailor one or more of the programs I have created to best suit my clients’ needs. I can offer pain management, sleep, and academic programs.

Key Responsibilities

Psycho-social Assessments
Development of OCF-18 plans under Ontario’s Statutory Accident Benefit regulations
Provision of counselling services in a variety of settings (e.g. in person, via telephone, e-counselling)
Collaboration with other medical and rehabilitation professionals
Individual, couple and family counselling
Selective assignment of Case Management responsibilities

Qualifications

Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW)
PhD Student in Rehabilitation Science
Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS), American Academy for the Certification of Brain Injury Specialists, Certification #7226
Over 20 years of experience in clinical rehabilitation
Familiarity with relevant legislation (e.g. Health Care Consent Act, Mental Health Act, etc.)

What is social work?

“Social work is a profession concerned with helping individuals, families, groups and communities to enhance their individual and collective well-being. It aims to help people develop their skills and their ability to use their own resources and those of the community to resolve problems. Social work is concerned with individual and personal problems but also with broader social issues such as poverty, unemployment and family discord” (Canadian Association of Social Workers)

I provide support, education and treatment with the emotional, psychological and practical challenges faced by clients and families following an acquired brain injury or diagnosis of a neurological condition.

Consultant

My current research grows out of an interest in design, technology, behavioural economics, and rehabilitation. I fancy myself a slayer of sludge and hunter of butterfly effects. Further, I am interested in finding intervention and design features with advantageous asymmetries. I plan to hunt down those small changes that can serve as catalysts for big changes. The intersection of technology and behavioural economic theory offers an opportunity to not only conduct important research but to also leverage the reach and cost-effectiveness of technology and the asymmetrical nature of behavioural and design interventions.

Consulting in general has a bad-rap because many do not see or understand the value in it.  A good consultant has acquired useful knowledge, experience, and expertise has the interpersonal communication skills to transmit that knowledge and experience, and has the leadership skills to help the client effect and sustain change. The bad rap sometimes comes as a result of consultants who fail at one of those three things. In my consultancy work, I apply those same research principles to offer advantageous asymmetries.