Tom Caplan, Adjunct Professor

Tom CaplanTom Caplan is a social worker in private practice who works with individuals, couples, families and groups. He is an adjunct professor at McGill University in the School of Social Work and director and supervisor of the McGill Domestic Violence Clinic. He is also a designated expert in Domestic Violence for the Quebec Court System. Tom does clinical work with forensic populations, is the Clinical Director of the Montreal Psychotherapy Centre and is the founder and supervisor of the Montreal Anger Management Centre. Tom is on the faculty of the Argyle Institute of Human Relations. Tom also presents workshops, gives trainings and lectures in universities, junior colleges and local community centers. He has participated in research projects in collaboration with McGill University, Concordia University, the Jewish General Hospital and the Douglas Hospital. Tom is on the editorial board of Social Work with Groups, is a certified marriage and family therapist and a certified marriage and family therapy supervisor (A.A.M.F.T.), an internationally certified alcohol and drug counsellor (I.C.A.D.C.) and a member of the Professional Order of Social Workers of Quebec (OPTSQ).

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Defina, P., Krane, J. & Caplan, T. Mothering through the storm of domestic violence: An examination of issues in intervention. Funding Agency: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). $17,500.00 (2006-2007).

Brown, T.G., Caplan, T. & Werk, A. "Transfer of Valid Assessment and Brief Intervention Technology for Substance Abuse into Conjugal Violence Settings". Funding Agency: Conseil Québecois de la Recherche Sociale (CQRS). $30,000  (2001-2002).

Co-Principal Investigator, Conseil québécois de la recherche sociale (CQRS). Grant for project "Transfert de connaissances et technologies sur le dépistage et le traitment bref des femmes violentées et toxicomanes admises dans ces centres refuge.". $30,000.00 (2001-2002).

Co-Principal Investigator, Integrated Intervention for Substance abuse in Conjugal Violence $10,000.00 (2000 to 2003).


Caplan, T. (2012). A Focus on Relational Needs: Supporting group work goals with mandated clients. In Grobman, L. & Clements, J. (Eds.). Riding the mutual aid bus and other adventures in group work. In press.

Caplan, T. (2010). First Things First: How to encourage and motivate clients in their group work firsts (first contact, first interview, first group) using the Needs ABC Model. Intervention, la
revue de l’Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et thérapeutes conjugaux etfamiliaux du Québec, Numéro 133 (2010.2) : (66-74).

Caplan, T. (2010). The Needs ABC Therapeutic Model for Couples and Families: A Guide for Practitioners. New York: Routledge.