- Gerontology Instructor
I have been a mental health nurse for 18 years. I have a Masters degree in nursing and am a certified psychiatric mental health nurse with the Canadian Mental Health Association. Most of my experience has been working in adolescent mental health at the Sick Kids Centre for Community Mental Health (formerly the Hincks Dellcrest Centre) in Toronto. I was a volunteer nurse with the Sherbourne Health bus, providing medical care and basic hygiene supplies to marginalized people in downtown Toronto. I am currently a Nurse Clinician at Humber River Hospital, providing mental health assessments, consultation, and staff coaching.
I have experience running various groups such as CBT based groups, structured relapse prevention, and self esteem groups as well as various methods of counselling including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.
“Our mission is to help students gain a better overall understanding of the aging process. I’d say the most important concept students learn is that aging doesn’t just mean ‘getting old’ and planning for death. There are so many layers and dimensions to consider. We look at healthy sexuality and issues with sexual orientation, cognitive conditions, quality of life, emotional and psychological factors, legal issues, and many other key aspects of aging.”