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Social Work & Psychotherapy
Click here to meet our Social Work and Psychotherapy team.
What is a Social Worker?
In Ontario, Social Workers (BSW or MSW) are Regulated Health Professionals who work within a scope of practice that includes assessment and counselling of “individual, interpersonal and societal problems through the use of social work knowledge, skills, interventions and strategies, to assist individuals, dyads, families” to achieve optimum psychosocial and social functioning (College of Social Workers, 2016).
Social work is targeted on promoting the healthy social and emotional development of the child and overall well-being of the family. Parents and child are supported in gaining a clear understanding of the problem, in setting realistic goals, and in having a plan and timetable to acquire the knowledge, skills and links to resources to address the child’s identified difficulties and to improve the overall level of functioning. The goal is to help the child make successful transitions and thrive in the school, peer and home settings. Social workers are regarded for their collaborative and strength-based approach, their emphasis on the person-in-environment model, and their emphasis on social justice. The techniques and approaches used in social work are evidence-based, meaning that they bring together scientific research, clinical opinion and the needs, strengths and values of the client/family.
Social workers are governed by the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers of Ontario. The College sets out minimum standards of professional practice and conduct for members of the college, in accordance with the Social Work and Social Service Work Act, 1998.
What is a Psychotherapist?
Psychotherapists are Regulated Health Professionals that provide talk-based therapy intended to help people improve and maintain their mental health and well-being (College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, 2022). Psychotherapists work with clients to bring about positive change in a client’s thinking, feeling, behaviour and social functioning. Psychotherapists are regulated by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.
Presenting Concerns seen by Social Work and Psychotherapists at Boomerang Health:
- Bereavement, Loss & Grief
- High Risk behaviour among youth
- Marital Discord and its impact on family functioning
- Parenting through Separation and Divorce
- Parent-Child Relationship Problems
- Parent-Infant attachment difficulties
As well as:
- Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Adjustment Disorders
- Behavioural Difficulties
- Developmental Disabilities
- Disruptive Behaviour Disorders (e.g. ODD)
- Problems with Emotion Regulation
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Mood Disorders (e.g., Depression)
Practitioners work with each family to create a treatment journey that fits into their lifestyle, builds trust and helps achieve shared outcomes. Our clinicians will collaborate with other disciplines when appropriate to ensure the most comprehensive care is provided.
Using a collaborative and strengths-based perspective, social workers at Boomerang Health provide a number of evidence-based treatment and consultation services for children, adolescents and their families. These services are tailored to the needs of the child and family, in keeping with their presenting concerns. Social Workers at Boomerang Health work from an integrative therapeutic orientation: they have training in psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), brief therapy, and solution-focused therapy, within both an individual and family therapy context.
Current Consultation Services
Multidisciplinary consultation with allied professionals at Boomerang Health and in the community to support Boomerang Health clients in their course of treatment.
Parent consultation regarding parenting challenges, social-emotional and behavioural concerns and treatment planning;
Client-centered case consultation with schools regarding school-based social-emotional interventions.
Current Treatment Services
- Parent Counselling
- Play-Based Parent-Child Therapy for Young Children and Their Parents
- Family Therapy
- Individual and parent-supported therapies for children and teens
- For families and clients who are involved in allied services at Boomerang Health, social work will work closely with other team members to align and communicate treatment goals.
Rehabilitation services, including social work are not covered by OHIP, but may be covered under your extended health insurance benefits. Check with your insurance provider for details. Appointments with our physicians are covered by OHIP.
Social Work and Psychotherapy Services – $185.00/hour. This includes:
- Consultation and Treatment Sessions
- Report writing
For more information related to Social Work, visit the following pages on AboutKidsHealth, SickKids’ trusted health education website for children, youth, and their caregivers: