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Heather B. MacIntosh, Assistant Professor

Bio

Dr. Heather B. MacIntosh comes to the School of Social Work from the University of Ottawa where she was a part-time professor in the Education Faculty Counselling programme and the Social Sciences Faculty department of Psychology and Clinical Psychology. Prior to this, Heather worked at St. Paul University for three years in the Counselling and Spirituality programme. She has been teaching at the university level for over ten years and has a real passion for engaging with students in both classroom and clinical supervision settings. Heather is a Clinical Psychologist who specializes in working clinically with individuals, couples and families in the context of trauma. She was also the Registrar for Accreditation for the Canadian Psychological Association. This blend of academic, clinical and administrative work is particularly appealing to her and motivated her pursuit of a full time academic appointment. Heather has a particular interest in Couple and Family Therapy and has been hired to work with Dr. Sharon Bond to implement the Couple and Family Therapy programme when it begins. In terms of research, she is particularly interested in applied clinical research into couple and family interventions with a focus on the needs of childhood trauma survivors within systemic therapies. As a result of the trauma, childhood trauma survivors often need particular help in managing the emotional intensity of therapy and this can be a real challenge in couple and family therapy contexts. Heather is also interested in examining the experience of same sex marriage and family relationships and looking at the specific needs of LGBT persons in couple and family therapy settings.

Résumé

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Research

Research Interests

 Dr. MacIntosh’s research interests fall into the areas of trauma and dissociation, couple and family relationships, sexuality and gender. She is currently working on research projects that explore long term same sex marriage, the impact of childhood sexual abuse on later relationships, developing clinical interventions for gender non-conforming children and their families and comparative studies of theories of dissociation and trauma from diverse psychoanalytic and trauma model approaches. Dr. MacIntosh has a particular interest in the development of psychotherapy models in the context of childhood trauma. Currently, she is working on the development of a psychoanalytically informed model of couple therapy for childhood trauma survivors. In this model is embedded psychoanalytic concepts such as Attachment Theory and Mentalizing. As a part of this process she is involved in an international collaboration that is working on the development of a psychometrically sound assessment measure for mentalizing capacity in individuals.

 Dr. MacIntosh welcomes those who are interested in volunteering in her research lab to gain experience in any of the above areas. Currently, she has opportunities for individuals with couple therapy experience who are interested in coding couple therapy sessions for research purposes. Additionally, she has opportunities for individuals interested in administrative tasks, transcription of therapy tapes and, eventually, participating in recruitment and data collection for two studies. Please contact her by email at heather [dot] macintosh [at] mcgill [dot] ca or (514)398-7056.

Publications

Please click here for a full list of Dr. MacIntosh's peer-reviewed publications.

Opportunities to Participate in Research

Dr. MacIntosh’s research is focused on better understanding the impact of trauma during childhood on relationships and the process of therapy, in adulthood. Participating in her research projects makes an important contribution to how therapists understand these impacts and, in making therapy more helpful.

Currently, we are recruiting volunteers to participate in a study that is going to help us understand how childhood sexual abuse survivors are doing in their lives and relationships. The results of this study will be used to help Dr. MacIntosh develop new forms of couple therapy for trauma survivors. She will be sharing these results with researchers and therapists to help people better understand the unique needs of childhood trauma survivors.

What is involved: Attending a meeting and filling out some questionnaires and talking about your relationships
How long will it take: It will take between 1-1.5 hours
Where will it be:
Montreal: In an office at McGill University
Toronto: In an office on Bloor St. W
Ottawa: In an office in downtown Ottawa
What are the benefits: You will be helping therapists better understand the impact of childhood sexual abuse on survivors and their relationships.
A $10.00 Tim Horton’s gift card
How do I find out more: email Dr. MacIntosh at heather [dot] macintosh [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Call: 514-398-7056 or 1-855-398-7056

For further details, please click here and here.


Opportunities to volunteer: Childhood Trauma and Couple Relationships Lab

Dr. MacIntosh’s research is focused on better understanding the impact of trauma during childhood on relationships and the process of therapy, in adulthood. Participating in her research projects makes an important contribution to how therapists understand these impacts and, in making therapy more helpful.

We are currently recruiting volunteers to help with transcribing research interviews and therapy sessions; input data into SPSS; coding couple therapy processes based on a mentalizing coding template; participate in a systematic literature review by coding research articles and other research activities.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Dr. MacIntosh at heather [dot] macintosh [at] mcgill [dot] ca or 514-398-7056

Courses offered

SWRK 350

3 credits
Social Work Skills Laboratory.

Social Work: This course accompanies Introduction to Social Work Practice. It links theories of ecosystems, stress, coping and resilience with practice as students master interviewing, contracting and assessment skills. It develops professional skills of critical thinking, self-reflection, and use of feedback which are applicable to agency-based practices encountered in social work settings.

Offered by: Social Work

  • Summer
  • Restriction: Limited to "Qualifying Year" MSW candidates only.
  • Terms
    • Fall 2014
  • Instructors
    • Robin Levitt

SWRK 657

3 credits
Seminar on Mental Health.

Social Work: Policies and practices of mental health, including historical trends in the conceptualization of mental illness/wellness, foundations of DSM-IV, Canadian mental health public policies and best-practice approaches for specific problems.

Offered by: Social Work

  • Terms
    • Winter 2015
  • Instructors
    • Delphine Collin-Vezina

SWRK 326

3 credits
Practice with Individuals and Families 2.

Social Work: Advanced integration of theories and techniques informing clinical social work practice with individual and family systems in a social context. Sexual orientation, race, class, gender, culture, ability and diverse family forms are integrated. Knowledge and skills required for assessment and treatment across a range of practice settings.

Offered by: Social Work

  • Prerequisite: SWRK 320
  • Restrictions: Limited to BSW U2 and 2-year BSW students. Not open to students who have taken SWRK 320 D1/D2 and SWRK 341.
  • Terms
    • Winter 2015
  • Instructors
    • Marion Van Horn