The following information provides a detail explanation of employment, practicum and volunteer placement.
Assessments/ Family Conference
Office of the Children’s Lawyer- Clinician September 1, 2016- Present Clinician assessing s. 112 custody and access assessments, reviewing court documentation, assessing family separation/divorce situations, reviewing collateral (personal and professional) information, liaison with lawyers and other parties, preparing s. 112 report & facilitating disclosure meetings and attending court appearances as witnesses.
Kujenga Wellness Project- Co-Funder/ Manager –July 2020-March 2023. Funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation to provide support groups, educational programs and a navigation system for Black parents, caregivers and guardians; oversee program development and content, supervise Project Coordinator, attend community meetings, and deliver workshops/webinars.
Ifarada: Centre for Excellence- Executive Director – January 2018-Present. Non-for-profit, member of the Family Services Ontario providing counselling, education support, mentorship, and other programs and services for families, individuals and couples. Organization focuses on culturally informed lens, trauma-informed, and equity based principles.
Tropicana Community Services –Involve Youth Program Coordinator –September 2008-August 2009. Youth Coordinator in a Bachelor of Social Work placement program, aimed at engaging youth in high risk neighborhoods in civic engagement and community progress. Assisted with group program, provided support with social-emotional needs, transported and accompanied youth to community engagement events, participated in a retreat for youth, helped youth achieve a grant for $15,000 to host a summer program for youth in the apartment complex, addressed systemic issues within their community, and provided crisis management.
Child Welfare and
Durham Children’s Aid Society-Children Service Worker -November 2001-November 2008Case manager for children who were in foster care or residential treatment centers; Monitor children in foster and residential care to ensure that their physical, emotional, spiritual, cultural, medical, recreational, psychological, educational needs are met. Counseling, crisis intervention and support to clients. Accessed community resources such as recreation, group activities, behavior management program, life skills programs, and counseling agencies that meet a client’s needs. Completed assessments and quarterly reviews for Ministry audits, attended and conducted treatment meetings, supervised family visitations.
Various Placements- Foster Parent Caregiver – September 2008- April 2019. Provided foster care services to children and youth ages 0- 21 years old in my home. Provided daily care, emotional and attachment interventions, advocated for and attended school appointments, medical appointments, family visits and other requirements, completed social-behavioral assessments on a monthly basis, attended and facilitated plan of care meetings, followed Ministry guidelines. During the time period, worked for three different fostering agencies, fostered over 30 youth and children
Teaching and Education
Durham College- Sessional Instructor -September 1, 2018- Present Sessional instructor in Community and Social Services program, develop curriculum, support learners with special accommodations, evaluate progress, and consult with faculty staff. Taught in the Child and Youth Program (Courses: Equity/Diversity, Child Welfare Course, Advanced Professional Practice, Family Systems & Social Welfare, Interviewing), Addictions and Mental Health (Courses: Trauma Informed Practice, Youth in Addictions/Mental Health), and Developmental Social Worker (Courses: Family Systems).
Equity Leadership and
Ontario Association for Children’s Aid Societies –Sessional Instructor January 2020- Present. Sessional instructor and Facilitator for new worker, and anti-Black racism curriculum content for children’s aid societies workers.
Promoting Empathy and Empathy, A Cultural Perspective– Presenter .May 2020 Canadian Wellness Family Summit (May 2020): Article and Workshop: Workshop on educating families on equity, intergenerational trauma and mental wellness.
Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy- Guest Lecturer- December 2019-July 2020. Equitable & Inclusive Interventions in Play Therapy: Workshop on integrating equity and therapy for children and youth
Community Inclusivity & Equity Council of York Region- Project Manager March 2017- Dec. 2018. Develop and coordinate an equity leadership course for senior leaders throughout Ontario, support the development of course instructors, manage Grant funds and objectives, develop advertising and marketing strategies, coordinate venue locations.
Blue Hills Child & Family Services-Placement (Practica)-September 2016-December 2016. Master of Social Work placement student with executive director and community outreach coordinator, developed an Anti-Oppressive Practice Framework for the organization, assisted with completion of a grant to the Ministry ($140,000), attended Board meetings, reviewed organizational structure, and attend community-based executive meetings.
Clinical and Supervision
Aset Group Consulting & Counselling Services-Clinical Director – Jan. 2015-Present. Clinical director and supervision provided to student graduate and undergraduate interns; Developed private practice focusing on providing psychotherapy, counselling and crisis services to children, youth, families, couples and adults; Developed, initiated and facilitated group programs for youth and adult women using a cognitive behavior and dialectical behavior therapy approach. Other activities as a consultant include trauma specialist and interventionist (single incident trauma), Employee Assistance Program counsellor (short-term brief service).
Durham Family Court Clinic- Intensive Support and Specialist Program -July 2012-August 2016. Psychotherapy services to youth with criminal records and mental health difficulties develop comprehensive treatment plan & assessments (BASC-II, CAFAS, PEI, CSS, YLS/CMI 2.0), create therapeutic goals & treatment approaches using motivational interviewing, cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, solution focused therapy and incorporate addictions counselling and treatment.
Turning Point Youth Services- Clinician/Service Coordinator (Contract)September 2013-May 2014. Residential clinician in a children’s mental health program for high special needs residence focusing upon treating mental health difficulties such as borderline personality disorder, early onset schizophrenia, social anxiety, intellectual delays, and youth who have experienced trauma due to parental neglect and abuse. Complete initial intake meetings for potential placement, prepare youth for intake, complete initial and follow up 90-day assessments, ie. CAFAS, consult with residential staff at weekly team meetings, conduct training for residential staff, conducted individual and family therapy with residential youth, liaison with clinical team and professionals and conducted group therapy for residential youth. Provided individual and family counselling to youth referred in the community by their families addressing mental health concerns and issues such as anxiety, bullying, depression and low self-esteem.
Durham Rape Crisis Center- Adult Counselor(Contract) –July 2012-March 2013. Clinical and crisis counsellor to women survivors of sexual trauma and child sexual abuse using cognitive behavior therapy, trauma therapy treatment, art therapy and dialectical behavior therapy; Initiated, developed and facilitated a treatment focused trauma-based group for women who experienced sexual abuse and assault using expressive arts therapy (narrative therapy, clay, music, mindfulness meditation, yoga, art, and more) for two 10 week sessions each.
Branching Out Enhanced Therapeutic Services-Child and Family Therapist– Nov. 2008- July 2013. Individual and group therapist for children and youth in residential or foster care due to neglect, trauma by their parents. Provided play therapy (included child-centered play therapy, cognitive behavior play therapy, narrative therapy, art therapy, music therapy) in supervision and consultation with certified play therapist supervisors, and family therapist. Developed and initiated group programs for youth such as, self-esteem focused groups, social skills, managing anger, depression/anxiety group, kinship family and sibling groups, and grief/loss groups ranging from 6-12 weeks in length; Conducted and developed initial treatment assessments, with follow up reports and treatment plans every 12-20sessions. Conducted thorough trauma assessments & psych-social assessment reports. Supervised practicum students by providing supervision, training, and co-facilitation in groups.
 Assessments listed: Behavior Assessment for Children 2nd addition (BASC-II), Child and Adolescent Functional Scale (CAFAS), Personal Experience Inventory (PEI), Criminal Sentiment Scale (CSS), Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (YLS/CMI 2.0)
Approved Supervisor and affiliation agreements with:
University of Windsor
College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
Clinical Training Courses & Experiences
January 2020- July 2021- Stop Now and Plan (SNAP) Facilitator Training
May 29-June 1, 2019- Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (Sue Johnson & Gail Palmer) (28 hours)
March 30, 2016- Social Media Training for Youth Involved with the Law-Laurie McCann;
March 7 &8, 2016- Intensive Support & Supervision Forum (workshops: SNAP ® program, DBT with Special Populations, World Café),
March 5-6, 2016- Dialectical Behavior Therapy Level 1 – Andrew Eklad, PhD, C.Psych;
March 1, 2016- Human Trafficking Training- Ministry of Children and Youth Services Youth Justice Services Division;
February 12, 2016 –Mindfulness and Acceptance with Families and Children: Focusing on Treating Trauma, ADHD and Depression in Children and Teens –Diane Gehart PhD, LMFT;
June 4 &5, 2015- Understanding and Managing Aggressive Behavior (UMAB)– Toronto Hostel Training (16 hours); June 16, 2015- Pharmacology Training– Leading Edge Seminars (6hours); June 25, 2015- FISW Symposium (Human Trafficking Workshop and Trauma-Informed Care) University of Toronto (4hours);
October 14, 2015- ATSA Pre-Conference Workshops (Trauma-Informed care & Fetal-Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) (8 hours).
December 8-9. 2014- Violent Threat Assessment- Level II– Kevin Cameron (16 hours);
October 29, 2014- Men who Lead– Jackson Katz (8 hours); October 22, 2014- FASD & the Law – David Boulding (8 hours); June 10, 2014- First Aid/CPR Training;
May 9-10, 2014- Holistic Arts Healing Conference- workshops included Facilitating Diverse Groups (special emphasis on LGBTQQ community), Emotion-focused Therapy, and Sandplay Therapy (12 hours)
November 6, 2013- UMAB Training Refresher– Turning Point Youth Services;
September 19-21, 2013- Theraplay Level 2– Lorie Walton (24 hours);
April 26-27, 2013- Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy Annual General Meeting: Infusing Resilience-Based Practice with Play Therapy Interventions, Working with Trans or Gender Variant Children and Youth, The Therapeutic Touchstone, Sandtray-Wordplay Therapy with diverse populations (12hrs);
March 11, 2013- The Attachment Road Map (5.5hrs)- Mary Rella;
February 14 and 15, 2013- Violent Threat Assessment (Kevin Cameron) (16hrs);
January 30 and 31, 2013-ASIST Suicide Intervention Course (16hrs); January 21, 2013– Engaging Traumatized Clients (8 hrs)– Robert Muller
November 10, 2012- Working with Brain-Based Parenting (3 hrs)- Hannah Sun-Reid; April 25-June 5, 2012- Trauma Assessment and Treatment Certificate (40hrs)- Geraldine Crisci
September 20-23, 2011-Theraplay Level 1 (24hrs)– Lorie Walton
June 15, 2010- Ethics Part 3 (6hrs)– Dr. Nancy Riedel-Bowers and CACPT; March 10, 2010- Nonviolent Crisis Intervention– Mike Murphy;
October 26, 2009- Living with and Healing Attachment Troubled Children: For Residential, Group, Foster Home Settings– Annette Kussin
June 21, 2008- Psycho-Physiology of Trauma (6hrs)- B. Desjardins and the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children; June 14-15, 2008-Trauma Intervention with Kids In Care and Art and Play Intervention(12hrs)-Dr. Betty Bedard Bidwell and the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children
May 25, 2008- Trauma Debriefing (6hrs)– B. Dorrington and B. Desjardins and the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children; May 24, 2008- Crisis Intervention– B. Dorrington and B. Desjardins and the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children; April 27, 2008- Structured Sensory Interventions (6hrs)-M. McHenry and the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children; April 26, 2008- Children of Trauma (6hrs)- M. McHenry and the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children
May 28-June 8, 2007- Intermediate Play Therapy Certificate Program Level II-Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy
September 19, 2006- Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy: Attachment-Focused Psychotherapy and Parenting (6hrs)– Daniel Hughes, Ph.D.; May 15-May 26, 2006- Introductory Play Therapy Certificate Program Level 1-Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy
2006, 2004, 2003-Understanding and Managing Aggressive Behavior-Hy-Ancement Group
November 23, 2005- Interventions to Increase Parental Effectiveness– Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies; November 8, 2005- Interviewing Children- Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies; October 11, 2005- Identifying and Responding to Child Maltreatment Part 1, 2- Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies; September 27, 2005- The Impact of Maltreatment Upon Growth and Development-Part 1&2- Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies
June 7, 2004- Structural Dissociation: An Integrated Approach to Chronic Trauma (6hrs)- Kathy Steele and Hincks-Dellcrest-Gail Appel Institute; June 8, 2004- Dependency Issues in the Treatment of Trauma-Related Disorders (6hrs)- Kathy Steele and Hincks-Dellcrest-Gail Appel Institute; 2004- (Workshop courses): Demystifying FASD Substance Abuse in Pregnancy; Treatment of Chronic Trauma; Working as Team for Children; Complexity of Trauma; Hair Follicle Testing- Various Presenters
2003- (Workshop Courses): Attachment (Diane Benoit-Hospital for Sick Children); Youth Criminal Justice Act; Eating Disorder Clinic; Normal Development and Effects of Trauma; Empowering Adolescent Girls; Bullying and Peer Abuse; LEAPS-Part 2; Permanency Planning Training-Various Presenters
June 10-11, 2002-Treating the Aftermath of Sexual Abuse– Treatment Foster Care Program for the Children’s Aid Societies of Durham, Kawartha-Haliburton, and Northumberland; February 5, 2002-Dealing with Difficult Children (6hrs)- Dr. Timothy Quek and Life Change
November 4, 1999-What’s Going On in There? Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and Brain Development– Dr. Bauman and the Geneva Center for Autism
The journey to wellness and healing is yours to decide to choose your path. Your experience with a psychotherapist and social worker consists of rights and responsibilities that you posses.
As a client you have the right to be safe and secure within the sessions. Our clinicians seek to operate in a professional and ethical manner that follows the standards of the Ethical Standards established by each clinician’s governing body.
All records of therapy are kept in a file and available to you upon, if deemed legal and of therapeutic value.
You also have the right to be informed of the qualifications of the therapist working with you, as well as the right to decline or accept suggestions or therapeutic recommendations. We will remind of these rights and choices throughout our therapeutic relationship. We do not sell products directly, but if we make suggestions for books or other materials, it is your choice if you believe it would be helpful for you.
Termination of the therapy relationship will be made by you or by a collaborative decision between us both. In the event, we decide to terminate therapy, we suggest three final sessions to develop a positive closure.
As a client you have the responsibility to set and keep appointments on a regular basis as determined ahead of time.
It is important for you to work with us around developing your treatment plans and check in with me in every session around goals. It is also important to keep us informed of your progress towards meeting your goals and to terminate your therapy relationship before entering into arrangements with another counselor.
As a therapist we record notes and reports for your clinical records. You have rights to review your file upon your request verbally or in writing. Information may be shared amongst applicable Aset Group staff if appropriate.
Records are kept on site at the main office at all times. Once you terminate involvement or for a child/youth once they reach 18 years old, files must be maintained for at least seven years.
Most of the information is confidential, and will not be shared. Many times, clients will be able to take their art work and scrapbook home to bridge work done within sessions to their caregivers. There are some exceptions and they include:
a) the provision of a signed consent of a release of information,
b) If I believe you are going to hurt yourself, you are being hurt or are going to hurt another person,
c) If there is a disclosure in therapy of neglect, abuse or exploitation of a child under the age of 16, I am ordered by legislation to disclosure information,
d) Or if the court requests me to release information.
In addition, to adhere to professional standards and ethics need to discuss cases in formal supervision and also view video tapes of sessions which are used only for supervision, and will continue to meet this requirement by professional association. We will not use reference to full names to protect confidentiality to consultants or supervisors.
Here at Perryman Consulting and Aset Group Consulting and Counselling Services we value your privacy and your information. We do collect email addresses to send you reminders for appointments on TheraNest (R) our internal clinical database, Jane App and Mail Chimp to send you updates and information about our services and programs on a quarterly basis.
We comply with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), the DPA (Data Protection Act) and the PECR (Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations) and the Personal Health Information Act (2004 and 2016).
We are a multi service company providing services only to children, youth, families, couples, individuals and small-businesses. We do not share your information outside of AGCC, Perryman Consulting Services, and our newly recent addition: Ifarada Institute (non for profit organization). We collect and store the information we need to provide you with the service you purchase from us. For example, if you use our credit card processing, this occurs through Square Point of Sale. Our invoices are sent through Quick Books Intuit and or Jane APP.
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Data Storage: When you subscribe to our newsletters we store your email address. When you process payments, your credit card information is NOT stored on Square Point of Sale. Your email, address, and service details are stored on QuickBooks Intuit. Your information such as dates of sessions, phone and email contacts, details of sessions are stored on TheraNest and then placed in your hardcopy file.
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You can always request to have your data deleted at any time. Your files at TheraNest and on-site stay on record for 10 years, after which they are deleted or shredded.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
This section is on the process in your journey. Self-love is part of the life journey. Self-love begins at birth and culminates to our last breath. We demonstrate self-love through our feelings, our actions, behaviors, and movements that impact ourselves. How we define self-love influences our self-esteem, our confidence, our inner strength, and our mental wellness. We also define our self-love is dependent on our experiences in our world, our journey’s and/or our perceptions. It will define how visions, our goals, our dreams and all that we accomplish. Self-love is critical.
Body image has defined us from birth.
Chubby babies are cute. Thin babies are unwell, unfed and tiny.
Then the stigma flips. As children grow, the thinner child is preferred over a child who appears overweight and obese. I was eight years old when the stigma of weight preoccupied my thoughts. How old were you? Nothing helps. The media reinforces beauty through ads, actors and actresses, media images and news personnel. Toys and figurines reinforce ideal body types. Males are strong, have muscles, large arms, rippled chests… Females are large chested, flat stomachs, blond straight hair, white faces, pointy nose, thin legs. Gender is binary, either male or female. Obesity is defined by weighing too much for height and weight. It is assumed that people who are “obese” have health problems. This science is always wrong.
Dove Self-Esteem Project focuses on developing healthy body image and self-esteem image specifically for youth and girls. Their website provides detailed resources for parents, children, and professionals: Dove Self-Esteem Project.