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.
- Writes articles for YouAreUNLTD on a variety of topics including aging, life lessons, gratitude and spirituality.
- Motivational speaker
McGill University, School of Social Work (1991 – Present)
Adjunct Professor, Guest Lecturer
- Created and taught practice-oriented sessional course: “Social Work Practice with Older Adults.”
- Guest lecturer on topics that include: trauma, aging, and resilience; a community-based group trauma recovery model: The Drop-in Centre for Holocaust Survivors; and self-care practices that guard against burnout and vicarious trauma.
- Former onsite and external field supervisor and field liaison for social work program interns.
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)
- 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.