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Welcome! I’m a registered Clinical Social Worker in Ontario, Canada and a licensed Signs of Safety trainer and Consultant with over a decade of practical experience working with organizations, families and social workers. I have spent 13 years at the Children’s Aid Society as a Child Protection Worker and as a trainer, mentor and coach. Currently, I offer training and consulting services, as well as individual and family therapy based on the internationally recognized Signs of Safety framework.


I am available in a variety of capacities to agencies interested in implementing Signs of Safety within their workplace. I also consult and advocate for families who have become involved with the child welfare system and can help them to navigate the confusing and intimidating process. Recently, I have opened up a private family practice that is focussed on helping parents and families in need. I use the Signs of Safety framework as I strongly believe in its tenets of partnership, compassion, safety and non-judgmental practice.





The Signs of Safety approach focuses on the question “How can the worker build partnerships with parents and children in situations of suspected or substantiated child abuse and still deal rigorously with the maltreatment issues?” This strengths-based and safety-focused approach to child protection work is grounded in partnership and collaboration. It expands the investigation of risk to encompass strengths and Signs of Safety that can be built upon to stabilise and strengthen a child’s and family’s situation.

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As a licensed trainer and consultant, I provide staff with a grounded understanding of Signs of Safety use with families, and the support this work requires on an organizational level.

 Organizational SofS Implementation 


Video Consultations

Hands-On Coaching With Staff


Informed by years of practice and training in a variety of approaches, my goal is to help families and individuals to resolve the challenges that impede their ability to function either as healthy individuals, or as a family unit.

Family Therapy

Family Consulting Services

In-Person Consultations

Prevent The Call To Child Protection