I work closely with the Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration (MRCSSI) in London, Ontario. I have collaborated with them on research projects and consulted regarding programming and research planning since 2008.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario and RMFT (registered couple and family therapist in Canada). I have worked in community mental health since 1993 in various Ontario communities, and continue to maintain a small private practice, primarily "pro bono" (free) therapy for clients who fall between the ‘gaps’ in community-based services.
I have been actively engaged in my provincial, national, and international professional associations since the mid-1990’s. I recently completed a 3 yr term as a member of the Taos Institute Associates Council - http://www.taosinstitute.net – enhancing opportunities for exploring with international colleagues various applications of social constructionist ideas to practice and theory.
Together with Drs. Denise Whitehead, Dan Ashbourne, & Donna Lero, we have initiated and begun connecting with a Community of Practice focused on Family Law and Family Conflict for practitioners in law and mental health who are working with separating and divorced families. https://family.uoguelph.ca/community-of-practice
I have collaborated with Dr. Mohammed Baobaid and his colleagues at MRCSSI in London, ON on several projects with immigrant and refugee families since 2008. We have recently been working with the Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), Qatar, exploring the impact of migration from conflict zones on the family relationships of Arab refugees now in Canada. In this work, we also collaborate with Dr. Dora Tam, University of Calgary, and Dr. Abdallah Badahdah at South Dakota State University.
I have been involved in a CIHR Team Grant: Gender, Violence, and Health (PI: Helene Berman, Western University and a larger team of researchers), conducting participatory action research with marginalized youth. We currently have an anthology in press related to this research.
In the area of couple & family therapy research and writing, I have collaborated with Dr. Olga Smoliak (University of Guelph), Dr. Marshall Fine (Wilfred Laurier University), Drs. Sally St. George and Dan Wulff (University of Calgary).