Course Lecturers 2015-16


The McGill School of Social Work is honoured to have many community, graduate,

and clinical lecturers in our academic programs. 


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brookmanlisa [at] (Brookman, Lisa)

Lisa Brookman is a licensed psychotherapist with 19 years experience working with adults and adolescents who have faced a range of complex challenges. She is the founder and co-director of the West Island Therapy Centre, a Montreal based clinic offering psychological services to children teens and adults. She is also the co-creator of Wise Women Canada, a lifestyle blog for Canadian women.

Lisa is passionate about her work and believes in empowering her clients to meet their therapeutic goals. She loves working with people and she takes great pleasure in watching her clients move forward and achieve success.

Her clinical experience includes working with individual, couple and group therapy for issues such as infertility, postpartum depression, parenting challenges, marital conflict, anxiety, depression, self-esteem and confidence building, grief and bereavement and life cycle issues. Lisa has also taught social work classes at the CEGEP level and facilitates various workshops and support groups throughout Montreal.

Lisa received her Bachelor’s degree in social work from McGill University and her Master’s Degree from the Université de Montréal. She received additional post master’s training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at McGill University and is a certified psychotherapist. Lisa is a member in good standing of both the Ordre Professionnel des Travailleurs Sociaux du Québec and the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec.



 melanie.doucet [at] (Doucet, Melanie  )    


Melanie completed a Bachelors of Applied Arts in Criminal Justice at Saint Thomas University in 2003. She then completed her Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of New Brunswick in May 2008, where her research focused on the effects of classroom disciplinary climate on students' attitudes and educational success. Melanie has been involved in various university-based research projects, conference presentations and three publications. She also had the honour of presenting her thesis research in front of an international audience at the annual American Educational Research Association meeting held in New York City in March 2008; her submission to present was chosen among some 12,000 applications. Melanie started working for the Department of Education in June 2008 to assist with the government’s response to the New Brunswick Ombudsman and Child and Youth Advocate’s recommendations contained in the Connecting the Dots and Ashley Smith reports. Upon the successful release of the response report she was promoted to Project Officer for the provincial Integrated Service Delivery project and is assisting with the planning and implementation of two regional demonstration sites in the province.

Melanie is also been involved in various youth engagement initiatives in the province of New Brunswick, and is very passionate about providing youth with opportunities to voice their opinions and influence government policies and approaches to service delivery. She is currently enrolled at McGill University to complete her PhD in Social Work, with goals of becoming a university professor, research consultant, autobiography author and motivational speaker /mentor/advocate for underserved children and youth.


kara.fletcher [at] (Fletcher, Kara)


Kara Fletcher is a PhD student in Social Work at McGill University. After completing her MSW at McGill in 2009 Kara moved to Vancouver where she worked as both a family counsellor and a concurrent disorder clinician. She has returned to complete doctoral studies with special interests in couple and family therapy, attachment, addictions, concurrent disorders, and mental health. Kara continues her clinical work at Pavillon Foster, a drug rehabilitation centre here in Montreal.



myra.giberovitch [at] (Giverovitch, Myra)

Myra Giberovitch has more than twenty-five years of experience in gerontological social work practice where she specializes in developing services and programs for survivors of mass atrocity crimes. She initiated the first community-based social service program for Holocaust survivors in Canada and subsequently founded Services for Holocaust Survivors at the Cummings Centre in Montreal. She has published articles and is an invited speaker at national and international conferences. Myra is affiliated with the McGill School of Social Work as an adjunct professor, sessional and guest lecturer and field supervisor. Her topics include: social work practice with older adults and trauma and aging. Her innovative book, Recovering from Genocidal Trauma: An Information and Practice Guide for Working with Holocaust Survivors (University of Toronto Press, 2014), describes a strengths-based practice philosophy that guides the reader in how to understand the survivor experience, develop service models and programs, and employ individual and group interventions to empower survivors. It is essential for anyone who studies, interacts, lives or works with survivors of mass atrocity.

Myra is passionate about her work and consults in: program development and implementation; clinical supervision; and staff training for healthcare and social service providers. She is a licensed social worker with the Quebec order of social workers (OTSTCFQ) and a graduate of McGill University, where she earned B.S.W. (Great Distinction) and M.S.W. (Dean’s Honour List) degrees.


hasgold [at] (Goldman, Rick)

Rick Goldman is Coordinator of the Committee to Aid Refugees (CAR), a church-based non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of refugee claimants. He is also supervising lawyer at the Just Solutions Clinic of the Montreal City Mission, and Refugee Protection Coordinator of the Table de concertation des organismes au service des personnes réfugiées et immigrantes (TCRI), the 130-member coalition of groups serving refugees and immigrants in Québec. Mr. Goldman is a three-time graduate of McGill University, having received a B.A. in Economics as well as degrees in Civil Law and Common Law. He began his legal career at Québec Legal Aid, and then worked briefly in private practice before embarking upon a career in the community sector. Mr. Goldman was staff lawyer at Project Genesis for 12 years, concentrating mainly on welfare and housing issues, before moving to CAR in 2003. At CAR, Mr. Goldman has been active in many public campaigns for reform and improvement of laws and policies affecting refugees and immigrants in Canada, often working in close collaboration with the Canadian Council for Refugees. Mr. Goldman has also provided presentations and trainings to community groups, health and social service agencies, associations of lawyers and judges, parliamentary committees and United Nations agencies, as well as doing considerable work with the media.

Rick recently received an Honourary Doctorate form the United Theological College in Montreal.

For more details, please see link.

For the Article on Quebec Austerity



katrina.heyde [at] (Heyde, Katrina)

Originally from British Columbia, Katrina Heyde has been in Montreal for 7 years.  During this time she finished a Bachelors of Sociology at Concordia and a Masters of Social Work at McGill University.  She has been actively involved in community work for more than a decade.  In Montreal, she has worked coordinating a variety of projects for at-risk youth, and as a community organizer for the NDG Community Council.  She now works full time for the Santropol Roulant, a food security organization, as the client manager.  Katrina is especially interested by the partnerships between community and clinical practice.


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dj [at] (Johnson, Darrell)





mohammad.khan [at] (Khan, Mohammad)

Mohammad N. Khan is a doctoral student at the School of Social Work, McGill University, and the research coordinator for Social Development Research Group (SDRG) at the Centre for Research on Children and Families (CRCF). His teaching interests include research methods, social policy, and community practice. His research interests are poverty and social development broadly, and financial capability, family economic stress, and asset-based interventions specifically. Mohammad holds an MSW from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, USA, an MBA in banking and an MSS in social welfare from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He worked for eight years in the field of small and medium enterprise (SME) finances in Bangladesh. Currently, he is studying financial capability of Canadian low-income families.    


red and yellow tulipsmyrnalashley [at] (Lashley, Myrna)




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jaime.levitt [at] (Lenet, Jaime)


Jaime Lenet has more than ten years of experience in working with, and providing support to, immigrants, refugees and non-status migrants, as well as other vulnerable populations and under-served communities. As a registered Social Worker, Jaime currently provides on-call service to children and families in need at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa, Ontario. Jaime is also actively involved with Carty House, a small transitional housing provider for refugee and refugee claimant women in Ottawa. As part of her work with this organization, Jaime was able to help secure Carty House’s first ever major funding contract with the United Way of Ottawa.

Jaime has previously worked as an asylum caseworker in the United Kingdom, and as a consultant on governance and community support projects in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Her work in Canada has included the provision of employment services for New Canadians, involvement in community development and harm reduction initiatives in Ottawa, service provisions to clients of an Employee Assistance Program, and social work in a health care setting.

Jaime holds an MSW from Carleton University, an MA in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, and a BA in Political Studies and History from Bishop’s University. She is a lecturer for SWRK 641, Social Policy Analysis and worked as a Teaching Assistant for a variety of courses including: Critical Thought and Ethics in Social Work, History and Philosophy of Social Work, Political Economy of Social Welfare, Global Political Issues, Canadian Political Environments, and Canadian Political Institutions.


robinlevitt [at] (Levitt, Robin)


Robin Levitt has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Social Work from McGill University.  She is a licensed social worker, certified couple and family therapist, and psychotherapist. She is a member and an accredited clinical supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

Robin is a clinical supervisor at the Couple and Family Therapy Clinic of the Jewish General Hospital, where she supervises M.Sc. (A) CFT students.  She also provides private therapeutic services to individuals, couples and families in the West Island of Montreal.  For the past two years, Robin has taught the Social Skills Practicum Lab course (SWRK 350). She has also taught many courses at the CEGEP level, and has led various training programs within the community, covering child development, psychosocial issues, mental health challenges, group work training and program implementation.

Her social work experiences range from acute and chronic care hospital settings to working in the school systems both as a social worker and supervisor.



Michael [at] (Loft, Michael)


Michael Loft is a member of the Mohawk community at Kahnawake. He has twenty years of direct experience in Youth Protection and private practice. He cordially invites all students with interests in First Nations People and issues, social justice, poverty, resilience and qualitative research to join him in an in-depth exploration of these topics. Students will receive a first hand account of strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities affecting Native people today. O:nen.

Mr. Loft teaches in the areas of First Nations issues, Healing and social work practice. He is also part of Indigenous Access McGill, a support and mentoring program for First Nations people studying in the Health and Social Services disciplines (Social Work, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Dietetics and Speech and Language Pathology) at McGill He has two decades of practice experience in Child Protection, with individuals and families who attended Indian residential school, and in private practice with First Nations individuals.


nona.moscovitz.cvd [at] (Moscovitz, Nona)


Nona Moscovitz, a graduate from McGill University with a Masters in Social Work (1997), has over 24 years of experience working with a diverse clientele and over the past 15 years in the realm of mental health. She has an extensive background and expertise in program development and management, years of clinical staff and student supervision and an ongoing commitment to the field of education. She is presently Program Manager for Mental Health and Addictions at the CSSS Cavendish (Centre de santé et services sociaux de René-Cassin et Notre-Dame-de-Grace/ Montréal Ouest) and is also responsible for the Mental Health and Aging cutting-edge services, which includes direct services, research, training and the transfer of knowledge. Nona is presently a Member of the Seniors` Advisory Committee the Canadian Mental Health Commission of Canada. She has had several publications, been involved in numerous national research projects and presented at many conferences and workshops across Canada.


pam.orzeck [at] (Orzeck, Pam)


Pam Orzeck, MSW, is the coordinator of leading practices in caregiving issues at the CIUSSS Centre-Ouest-de-l'île-de-Montréal and an Adjunct Professor at McGill University School of Social Work. She has worked in gerontology for the past twenty years both as a front-line social worker and as a research-practitioner. Pam acts as a consultant on various committees and boards related to social policy and clinical practice, and as well, chairs a networking committee for professionals working with caregivers. Pam is a member of the CSSS Cavendish Research Ethics Committee and is a founding member of the Canadian Caregiver Coalition.

allanptack [at] (Ptack, Allan)


Allan Ptack is Director of the Department of Social Work, Co-Director of the Psychosocial Oncology Program (POP), and senior manager for the departments of Occupational and Physical Therapy. He is Chairperson of the hospital's Accreditation Executive Committee, and sits on the hospital's Management Executive Committee. He is a graduate of McGill University, where he earned a BA in North American Studies, B.S.W., and M.S.W. degrees. Mr. Ptack completed post graduate training at the Argyle Institute of Human Relations, where he obtained certification in marital and family therapy. He has also received extensive training in trauma counseling and crisis intervention. Prior to his current position Mr. Ptack worked in various departments from 1992-1995, including the Emergency Department, the stroke team and ICU. He then joined the staff of the Montreal Children's Hospital where he worked in areas such as intensive care, hematology/oncology, cardiology and neurosurgery. He served as the clinical coordinator of the neurotrauma program, and was President of the Multidisciplinary Council. Mr. Ptack is a member of, among others, the Quebec Order of Professional Social Workers (OPTSQ), the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), and the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO). He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the OPTSQ, and Jewish Family Services.

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wayne_quartz [at] (Quartz, Wayne)





william.ryan [at] (Ryan, Bill)


With a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Theology, a Master's degree in Adult Education and a Master's degree in Social Work, Bill Ryan is a social worker and adult educator who has been involved in sexual education and prevention related work since 1985 when he founded the first support group for Persons with HIV in the Atlantic Provinces. From there he moved to Montreal to direct support services at Comité sida aide Montreal. Since then he has worked locally, provincially, nationally and internationally on issues related to sex education, prevention, care and policy development. He has worked with or been a consultant to the Québec Ministry of Health and Social Services, Health Canada, the International Federation of Social Workers, UN AIDS, Christian Children's Fund (in Geneva, Kiev (Ukraine), Minsk (Belarus)), UNICEF and to the Canadian AIDS Society. In 2004, he became a consultant to the Ministry of Education, Research and Youth of the Government of Romania, aiding in the implementation of sexual education in the school curriculum there.


guylaine.seguin [at] (Seguin, Guylaine)


Guylaine Séguin, Ph.D. (Université de Montréal) Staff psychologist in the Couple and Family Therapy Service. Coordinator of French cohort in the Couple and Family Therapy Training Program. Accredited as AAMFT (American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy) supervisor. Faculty lecturer at the University of Sherbrooke, Nursing Sciences and Department of Psycho-Education, Master`s Programs. Supervisor of doctoral clinical stages in family therapy at the University of Montreal. Has been working as child and adolescent psychologist at the CHU in Sherbrooke from 1979 to 2007.


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hagit.sinaiglazer [at] (Sinai-Glazer, Hagit)





catherine.roy [at] (Roy, Catherine)


Catherine Roy holds a Ph.D. in social work since 2003. She joined the Centre for Research on Children and Families in June 2014 as Associate Director. Previously, Catherine had already collaborated with CRCF working on the evidence-based management project (EBM). Be it as consultant or scientific professional, Catherine has gained valuable experience in the field of youth protection. She has led many program evaluation projects and has also contributed to developing and supporting systematic reviews and evidence-based assessments in the field of social sciences while working at Institut national d’excellence en santé et en services sociaux and at Centre jeunesse de Montréal-Institut universitaire. During her master and doctoral studies, Catherine’s research interests focused on teenage pregnancy, more specifically on the links between young mothers’ parenting behviors and children cognitive and motor development. She now aims to pursue the study of these themes while also developing knowledge and understanding around the notion of resiliency.


Corrie Sirota-Frankel

corrie.sirota13 [at] (Sirota-Frankel, Corrie)


Corrie Sirota holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from McGill University as well as a Graduate Certificate in Loss and Bereavement where she continues to teach as a sessional lecturer in the School of Social Work for over 20 years.  As a licensed psychotherapist, Corrie maintains a private practice specializing in Loss and Bereavement, Parenting, Stress management, and Relationship issues. She is a seasoned support group facilitator – currently animating groups for Post-partum support, Miscarriage and Perinatal Loss, Widow support as well as Caregiver’s support groups.

Corrie is also a well-known guest speaker, having presented at numerous conferences and workshops, both locally and internationally and continues to develop and facilitate psycho-social prevention and intervention workshops for school professionals, students, camping staff, various community agencies, organizations and businesses.

She has authored her first book entitled, “Someone Died…Now What – A personal and professional perspective on coping with grief and loss” available on Amazon. She has also written the article ‘Helping Children through the Grieving Process’ appearing in the Jewish Funeral Directors magazine as well as Living Legacies Volume III, and has written numerous other articles and blogs posts for ME Magazine, Cappino Physio and Wellness Centre, and Risk within Reason.


southall.kenneth [at] (Southall, Kenneth)


Dr. Southall is a researcher at Institut Raymond-Dewar, a Montreal-based public health and social service institution for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or who have communication difficulties. His research interests concern the stigma associated with age-related health conditions. Dr Southall is interested in how stereotyping, prejudices and discrimination impact upon the management of multiple age-related health conditions.