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OPA members were recently invited to submit a few words that highlighted the various projects and initiatives that represent a current area of focus within the field of psychology. 


The submissions received were broad in both topic and scope! See below for a few of the most recent submissions.



OPA Spotlights


Dr. Jennifer Felsher


What attracted you to the field of Psychology?:
I have always loved people. Connections and connectedness is the key to mental health. I believe that with the appropriate social support we can overcome many things. As a psychologist, I strive to create those connections to help people work through difficult times in their lives.


What is your current area of focus or practice?:
I work primarily with vulnerable and high risk youth. A good majority of them are involved with the child welfare system, residential treatment or in conflict with the law. My particular area of practice is in the field of trauma, in particular those who experience sexual trauma and those that engaged in sexually abusive behavior. I’ve also been the coordinator of Telepsychology for over 10 years and consider myself an expert in telehealth.


What is an area/topic of Psychology that you feel more people should know about?:
I find many people are uncomfortable dealing with abuse, in particular sexual abuse and those who have engaged and sexually abusive behavior. People need to understand that youth that engage in sexually abusive behavior, often experienced their own chaotic childhoods.


What's a project or initiative you’re currently involved in that you’d like others to know about? (This is your ten second elevator pitch!):
I consult to several different organizations regarding childhood abuse and sexual trauma. I’m currently involved in a psychoeducation project to help caregivers understand youth who have been trafficked.


What can readers of this spotlight reach out to you for? What’s the best way for them to do so?:
My expertise is in telehealth and childhood trauma. Specifically, victims of sexual abuse and youth who engaged in sexually abusive behavior. The best way to contact me would be via the OPA listserv.



Spotlight Submissions

Interested in being a part of the next round of OPA member spotlights? We'd love to have you! Complete a submission using the form below!


Dr. Melissa Tiessen & Dr. Karen Dyck 

 

Dr. Melissa Tiessen & Dr. Karen Dyck are committed to helping female mental health professionals stay happy and healthy through the '4 C's' of intentional and playful self-care: Connection, Compassion, Courage and Creativity.

 

Dr. Melissa Tiessen completed her Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology at McGill University. Dr. Tiessen's professional background includes a unique opportunity as the Director of the Education Directorate of the Canadian Psychological Association, where she served for four years, overseeing the association's national accreditation and continuing education programs. For her, working within the accreditation field highlighted the incredible importance of quality training experiences for psychology students and the necessity of good work-life balance and self-care.

 

Dr. Karen Dyck completed her Master's Degree in Developmental Psychology at the University of Manitoba and her Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of South Dakota. Dr. Dyck has worked collaboratively with various healthcare providers, administrators and mental health professionals. Within this context, she became interested in the topics of healthy workplaces, employee wellness, and self-care. 

 

Learn more about their work at:  https://www.intentionaltherapist.ca/



Dr. Milena Spasojevic

 

Dr. Milena Spasojevic is the Senior Clinical Lead of the Before Operational Stress (BOS) Program facilitated through the Wayfound Mental Health Group. Dr. Spasojevic has been involved with BOS since co-facilitating the pilot group in August of 2018, and has since furthered her involvement by training clinicians across Canada in its delivery. 


The Before Operational Stress Program empowers public safety and provides training to ward off the impacts of operational stress. This year, BOS Online was introduced — an online, self-directed approach to the science-backed program. 


In Dr. Spasojevic’s own words, the development and dissemination of this cutting-edge and empirically-supported program has become her passion.


Learn more about Dr. Spasojevic & BOS: 

Wayfound Mental Health Group


Evaluation of Before Operational Stress: A Program to Support Mental Health and Proactive Psychological Protection in Public Safety Personnel



Dr. Anne McLachlan

 

Dr. Anne McLachlan, is a neuropsychologist whose passion is working with other healthcare providers in rehabilitation to identify and treat the cognitive and emotional barriers to a patient’s recovery.


Connect with Dr. McLachlan on Twitter: @MclachlanAnne



Jill Schroeder

 

Jill Schroeder is a clinical psychologist who provides psychological services to children, adolescents, and adults in a private setting. Her passion is fueled by helping people achieve their full potential in their life pursuits.  

 

Jill’s work encompasses both her private practice work as well as a growing focus on supporting individuals through their EPPP preparation. During Jill’s EPPP preparation, she reached a point in her studies where she noticed her skillset as a clinician began to grow. This motivated her to support others in learning the foundational concepts required by psychologists to transition into the profession. As a result, Jill created and wrote an integrated study method that evolved into a Masterclass that helps individuals deepen their understanding of the cornerstones of psychology. 


Jill has helped over 25 EPPP candidates successfully transition into autonomous practice by showing them how to study smarter and feel more confident while embarking on this licensing requirement. Jill is enthusiastic about helping early-year colleagues, and their supervisors navigate their success toward autonomous practice. 


For further information, she can be reached at [email protected] or (519) 981-0913. 



Dr. Maggie Clarke

 

Dr. Clarke is heavily involved in COPE Kids, a newly developed non-profit developed by psychologists and registered in January of this year. Dr. Clarke describes COPE Kids as currently very similar to the DRN model with the exception that its' focus is on children rather than frontline workers, and that psychology members can supervise or provide consultations to students or other clinicians to ensure that the quality of care remains high.

While the COPE Kids website is currently under construction (set to be live at the end of the month!) Dr. Clarke has kindly shared the COPE Kids recruitment brochure for readers to learn more — view the brochure here.



Dr. Jenn Bossio


Dr. Bossio is the Director of the Tri Health Clinic — an Ontario-based practice focusing on sexual health. 


As a psychologist with more than 10 years of clinical experience in sex therapy, Dr. Bossio and her team at the Tri Health Clinic are focused on helping individuals and couples live their best lives utilizing the practice of Sex Therapy. 


Learn more about Dr. Bossio, her team, and their work at The Tri Health Clinic



Spotlight Submissions

Interested in being a part of the next round of OPA Member Spotlights? We'd love to have you! Complete a submission using the form below!

Dr. Ameeta Dudani


Dr. Dudani is a Child & Adolescent Clinical Psychologist at the North Peel Family Health Team (NPFHT), a multidisciplinary family medicine practice in Brampton, ON. 


In addition to providing clinical service, Dr. Dudani has been developing several initiatives as part of the child and adolescent psychology program, including practicum training for clinical psychology doctoral students, health promotion activities, and interprofessional collaboration. 


Dr. Dudani is a passionate advocate for children’s mental health and public funding of psychology.


Dr. Joseph De Leo 

 

Dr. De Leo is a dual licensed Clinical and Rehabilitation Psychologist with the College of Psychologist of Ontario, working as Director of the Centre for Compassionate Care (C3) a community-based mental health clinic located in Hamilton, Ontario. C3 offers client-centered, person-focused, trauma- and culturally informed effective psychotherapies.


Learn more about the work led by Dr. De Leo and team at the Centre for Compassionate Care (C3).



Dr. Heather Prime  


Dr. Prime and her team are supporting interparental couples with young children amid the pandemic with a brief, online couples’ program. Their current CIHR-funded study will evaluate the program, with the goal of reducing relationship strain and supporting whole family functioning.


Learn more about Dr. Prime and her work at  Prime Family Lab.