Prison For Women (1990-1991). Training of peer counselors. Crisis, short-term, and long-term treatment using cognitive-behavioural techniques for women having difficulties with depression, self-injury, dissociation, suicidal behaviour, anger management, institutional adjustment, fraudulent behaviour, and preparation for release. Preparing and presenting psychological reports for the National Parole Board.
Ontario Correctional Institute (1987-88). Psychological testing, interviewing, and the preparation and presentation of intake reports. Administration and interpretation of neuropsychological and personality tests. Group therapy with sex offenders and substance abusers.
Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational Institute (1987). In-depth psycho-educational assessments; developed and implemented remedial programs for 3 students.
Queen’s Counseling Service (1989-1990). Career counseling, assertiveness and communication skills training, individually and in groups. Cognitive-behavioural treatment of depressed women.
People Against Abuse in Lennox & Addington (1993-1994). Peer support trainer and consultant. Evaluated the need for peer support groups for survivors of sexual assault in Lennox & Addington County, organized quarterly professional workshops for professional and lay group facilitators, co-facilitated groups for female sexual assault survivors: three in local high schools for adolescent women, and one for women leaving the L&A Interval House, provided formal and informal consultation for therapy groups provided by the L&A Community Mental Health Services and helped with their transition to a peer model. All groups and workshops were systematically evaluated for consumer satisfaction and knowledge.
Prison for Women (1991-1997). A continuation of the assessment, crisis, short-term and long-term treatment that I began during my 8-month internship in addition to the development and evaluation of a treatment program for fraud offenders and the development of an assessment protocol for female sex offenders. My work has also included staff training, the development of behavioural programs, providing the administration with ongoing advice on crisis intervention, and the management of special needs offenders.
Better Beginnings, Better Futures (1997-1999). I was the site researcher for the Kingston site of a tri-ministerial prevention project for high risk families across Ontario. Supervising a 4-member team of research assistants, I oversaw the collection of longitudinal data based upon in-home interviews and the standardized testing of infants, children and their parents. I was also directly responsible for producing qualitative reports documenting the project’s programs, organization, management, agency, and community involvement.
Q&A Consultants, Inc. (1999-present). I am the director and an employee of a company that I own with my husband. Q&A Consultants, Inc. provides a range of psychological services to governments, social service agencies, and academic institutions. These services include assessment, education and training, and consulting on specific problems and projects.
As the director, I am responsible for managing the company, including hiring and supervising contract staff, bookkeeping, tax returns, marketing, and communications. As an employee, I have completed psychological risk assessments for the National Parole Board, as well as training and supervising psychometrists in this task. In addition, I have provided advice on academic programming and developed multiple choice test materials for the American Psychological Association. Through Q&A Consultants, I currently provide psychological services to the Isabel McNeill House, a small minimum security facility for federally sentenced women.