I am a hospice/palliative care social worker by training. I am a Psychosocial Specialist with Canadian Virtual Hospice and a founding member of the Canadian Grief Alliance. I worked for a decade as a hospice social worker, supporting the practical and psychosocial needs of hospice residents and their families, including implementing a Bereavement Support Program.
I hold an MSW from the University of Toronto, a postgraduate Certificate in Palliative and End-of-Life Care from the Smith College School for Social Work, and am a PhD Candidate in Laurier’s Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work.
Currently, I write, teach, research, provide clinical supervision, and do advocacy work related to palliative and end-of-life care and grief.
Currently, my research focuses on palliative care clinicians' (e.g., nurses, social workers, physicians, etc.) experiences working with patients' non-physical suffering, and the effects of this aspect of the work on clinicians themselves. Non-physical suffering includes suffering that is emotional, psychological, social, spiritual and/or existential in nature, including losses, worries and fears about dying and death.
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