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Ph.D., MSW, MPH, RSW
Katherine K. Chun has over 25 years of experience in providing the best practices in comprehensive and integrated mental health and social work services to children, adolescents, adults and families in a variety of community, health, school, and home settings. Prior to joining Boomerang Health, Ms. Chun worked in a large community-based mental health clinic and provided psychotherapy and social work services for culturally diverse populations and was the Director of the Children Unit and later the Operations Manager, providing program and budget oversight, supervision and training. Ms. Chun is bilingual in Chinese (Cantonese dialect) and is excited to be a part of the Boomerang Health Team to provide mental health and social work services that will benefit the children and families living in the Greater Toronto Area.
Ms. Chun started her college education and professional career in the San Francisco Bay Area in California and received her B.S. in Applied Behavioral Science at the University of California at Davis (UCD) with emphasis in community mental health. This was followed by receiving her joint Masters in Social Welfare (MSW) and Public Health (MPH) from University of California at Berkeley (UCB). Her internships were at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) in the outpatient teen clinic and also at a child development centre. She received her Ph.D. in Education with emphasis in School Psychology at UC Berkeley. Her internships were in urban elementary and middle schools and involved conducting educational assessments and classroom consultations with teachers, as well as facilitating groups for ADHD, school adjustments, anger and stress management, bullying and pro-social behaviour.
Ms. Chun also worked for ten years with adolescents referred by the school and the court system for being at risk for school drop out, substance abuse and gang membership. She believes strongly in working in collaboration with schools and parents and has organized workshops and support groups for parents. She also has extensive work experience in child development and mental health screenings, risk assessments, case management, early interventions and treatment for issues related to childhood anxieties, school phobia, autism, ADHD, poor attachment and self regulation, antisocial behavior, depression, at risk activities including truancy, sex, drugs and other substances, exposure to trauma including physical and sexual abuse, bullying, sudden loss and/or changes including adjusting to new siblings and blended family, moving, divorce and grief and bereavement.
Ms. Chun was selected as a Fellow in the Harris Training Program provided by the Children’s Hospital of Oakland(CHO), one of the leading experts and pioneers in relationship-based Parent and Infant Psychotherapy (PIP) in the United States. She is trained in both Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approaches and often utilizes both in responding to the unique strengths and needs of the individual.
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