Upon completing an MSW I have worked with the International Institute of New Jersey as a case manager with a refugee resettlement program. I then took a position, with the same agency, as a clinical social worker with the Cultural Adjustment Program and Psychological Support for refugees, I worked for three years with people from Africa and the Middle East providing counseling for victims of trauma. I also offered settlement and counseling services to newcomers with the aim of supporting their adjustment to life in North America. As well, over the last five years I have established a private practice in the cities of Montreal and Ottawa, serving families with counselling services for individuals, couples and families. I was recognized and acted as an expert witness by the “Chambre de Jeunesse” youth courts in Montreal and Longeuil in Quebec for access rights and custody issues. Also, since 2010, I have been working as a member of a team of professionals with the Specialized Organizational Services of Health Canada’s EAP program providing trauma, and crisis counseling.
My research interests are in the areas of cultural diversity, ethnic diversity, children and youth in immigrant families, the transmission of cultural values between generations and the conflicts that may arise. In particular, I am interested in applying a Symbolic Interactionist approach to studying acculturation, and enculturation processes. I seek to understand the conscious and an unconscious choices that minority individuals in general, and immigrant individuals in particular, make in their quest to adjust to mainstream culture.
I have had the opportunity to supervise students in their practicum both at Ottawa University, and at Carleton University. My experience in supervising students practicum led me to develop a particular interest in identifying ways to improve the linkage between academic education, and the field education. I also had the opportunity to supervise master's students in the areas of:
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