Professional Engagements  (1995 – Present)
Consultations, Speaking, Training, and Mentoring

  • Conducts trauma-informed educational workshops for social service and healthcare providers in community and institutional settings to sensitize them to survivors’ unique needs and teach practical interventions.
  • Conducts staff training on practice issues pertaining to survivor populations.
  • Provides clinical supervision for social service and healthcare professionals.
  • Conducts workshops on self-care practices to guard against vicarious trauma.
  • Conducts workshops on wellness strategies including stress management and relaxation techniques.
  • Advises developers of services for survivors of genocide and war-related trauma.
  • Provides mentoring for social service and healthcare providers and university students.
  • Provides external field supervision for social workers.

 

McGill University, School of Social Work (1991 – Present)
Adjunct Professor, Sessional and Guest Lecturer, Field Placement Supervisor

  • Designed, developed and teaches a practice oriented sessional course: “Social Work Practice with Older Adults.”
  • Onsite and external field supervisor for social work program interns.
  • Guest lecturer on topics which include: trauma and aging; understanding the unique needs of Holocaust survivors and their psychosocial functioning; theoretical frameworks: strength-based practice, post-traumatic growth; clinical interventions and psycho-educational/social programs; wellness strategies; vicarious trauma; and vicarious resilience.

 

Cummings Centre (2000 – 2015)
Program Manager, Services for Holocaust Survivors and their Families

  • Managed Services for Holocaust Survivors which include: a Drop-in Centre; Survivor Assistance Office; inter-generational projects and programs; publication and distribution of memoirs; survivor compensation funds from various governments; and Holocaust advisory committees.
  • Provided direct service to survivors through consultation, supportive counseling, referrals and program facilitation.
  • Conducted needs assessment research to identify emerging trends and gaps in service in order to recommend new or expanded programs and services.
  • Researched, developed and implemented new programs and services. Examples include a partnership with the Canadian Red Cross, Quebec Region to establish a Holocaust Survivors’ Tracing Centre, the first of its kind in Canada, and the Claims Conference Hardship Fund program targeted for the Moroccan community.
  • Organized the annual Holocaust Commemoration Service for agency and Federation Combined Jewish Appeal staff.
  • Trained staff and volunteers on issues that pertain to Holocaust survivors.
  • Advocated with the German Embassy. Established the first health resort cure facility in Quebec and pioneered community authorization to stamp life certificates.
  • Secured grants to establish the first Survivor Assistance Office in Canada and to publish a survivors’ memoir book.

 

Private Practice (1995 – 2000)
Therapist/Social Worker

  • Provided individual, couple and family counseling.
  • Counseled individuals, families and groups in the areas of post-traumatic stress.
  • Incorporated mind-body-soul approach into clinical practice that empowered individuals to cope with challenges, changes, and traumatic events.
  • Identified the need for a Holocaust Survivor Drop-in Centre and secured funding from the Montreal Jewish Community Foundation to develop the service. Designed, implemented and facilitated this one-year pilot project that evolved into the present Services for Holocaust Survivors at the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors.
  • Provided case management for survivors whose adult children lived out of town.
  • Facilitated educational, support and discussion groups for Holocaust survivors and their descendants.
  • Conducted educational workshops for healthcare providers in community and institutional settings to sensitize them to survivors’ unique needs and teach practical interventions.
  • Trained interviewers about the emotional impact of trauma for Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, a project initiated by filmmaker Steven Spielberg. Counseled Holocaust survivors who required support after the interviews.

 

Jewish Support Services for the Elderly (1989 – 1995)
Coordinator of Outreach

  • Secured a grant from the Claims Conference in 1989 to develop an outreach program for Holocaust Survivors. This community-based service model was the first of its kind in Canada.
  • Planned, developed and facilitated support groups for Holocaust survivors.
  • Conducted staff training workshops on understanding Holocaust survivors.
  • Developed and conducted the outreach program for older adults.
  • Coordinated and facilitated a psychosocial day program for Jewish seniors.
  • Conducted one-on-one counseling, case management, and psychosocial assessments.