Laurier Expert Alert: Bell Let’s Talk


Waterloo – Bell Let’s Talk Day, taking place on January 26, is an annual event designed to raise awareness and encourage conversations about mental health. Wilfrid Laurier University has many experts available to comment on mental health topics.

Heidi Ahonen is Professor of Music Therapy, Director of the Manfred and Penny Conrad Institute for Music Therapy Research, Registered Psychotherapist, and Registered Music Therapist. She is an expert in music therapy and its potential to support people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), burnout and other psychological trauma. She has worked with traumatized people, including refugees, using clinical improvisation, guided imagery and music. Learn more about his work. Contact: [email protected]

Olena Darewych, an adjunct faculty member at Martin Luther University College, is an expert in art therapy, particularly for adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). As a licensed art therapist and psychotherapist, she has 20 years of experience working with people of all ages and culturally diverse backgrounds in a variety of settings such as hospitals, child and family services , schools and long-term care facilities in Australia, Canada. , the United States and Ukraine. Her current research focuses on imagination in adults with ASD using arts-based assessments and digital technology. Contact: [email protected] or 647.889.7753 (cell)

Carolyn FitzGerald, assistant professor in the Faculty of Education at Laurier, is a specialist in mental health in education. FitzGerald’s research focuses on the mental health of student teachers, teachers and school administrators, and how educators can deliver effective programs to meet the mental health needs of Ontario children and youth. . She is the Laurier’s Mental Health Issues in the Classroom Certificate Coordinator and has provided training on how to support student and faculty mental health in remote learning environments. She is also available to talk about how the COVID-19 outbreak can impact the mental wellbeing of children and young people and what parents can do to help their children. Learn more about his work. Contact: [email protected]

Kate Harper is an Assistant Professor in the Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy Program at Martin Luther University College and a Registered Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor at the Delton Glebe Counseling Center in Waterloo. His expertise is in the area of ​​neurodynamic psychotherapy (how the brain changes with psychotherapy), spiritually integrated psychotherapy, neurotheology (the integration of neuroscience and theology or spirituality), neuropsychoanalysis and the history of psychoanalysis and neuroscience. Contact: [email protected]

Maritt Kirst is an Associate Professor in the Community Psychology Program and Co-Director of the Center for Community Research, Learning and Action at Laurier. She specializes in mental health, addictions and homelessness, with a particular interest in making community health care and social services more accessible to marginalized populations. Contact: [email protected]

Danielle Law, associate professor in the Youth and Childhood Studies and Psychology programs at Laurier, is an expert on how children and adolescents develop cognitively and social-emotionally as they interact and socialize using technology. Learn more about his research. Contact: [email protected]

Kristine Lund is Professor, Senior Dean of Martin Luther University College and Clinical Director of the Delton Glebe Counseling Center. She is an expert in pet-assisted therapy and has studied college students’ interactions with dogs during final exams. She has also studied and written about professional ethics and graduate teaching and learning. She has worked with individuals and couples dealing with grief and loss, anxiety and depression, and relationship issues with a particular interest in making sense of experience. Contact: [email protected]

Magnus Mfoafo-M’Carthy is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social Work. He is an expert in community mental health, specifically mental health and stigma in immigrant communities and treatment options for people with mental illness in the community. Prior to joining Laurier, Mfoafo-M’Carthy was the Community Treatment Order Coordinator at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health to help people with serious mental illness. Contact: [email protected]

Michael Woodford, a professor in the Faculty of Social Work at Laurier, is an expert in the mental health and well-being of LGBTQ2S+ youth. Woodford’s research explores how bullying and other forms of discrimination can increase the risk of poor mental health and other negative outcomes among LGBTQ2S+ youth, as well as factors that can promote resilience. Woodford leads the Thriving on Campus Study, a province-wide study exploring the experiences, mental health, and academic achievement of LGBTQ2S+ university students in Ontario. Learn more about his work. Contact: [email protected]


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