With over 30 years’ experience, Theresa is sought after to present in Canada, the US, Wales, Ireland and England on topics related to trauma, child development, play therapy, sand tray therapy, the brain, attachment and supervision. She is also trained in Theraplay and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Theresa is a published author of Billy Had To Move: A Foster Care Story and Adopting A Child With A Trauma And Attachment Disruption History: A Practical Guide, as well as We’re All Not The Same, But We’re Still Family: An Adoption And Birth Family Story, the latter which Theresa wrote with her son, Eric. Theresa has chapters published in edited books on play therapy. She is a regular contributor to magazines and newsletters for Child & Youth Workers and Play Therapists. Theresa also co-published a child and youth care text, A Tapestry of Relational Child and Youth Care Competencies. She is the current President of the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy and also a board member for the Child and Youth Workers Association of Nova Scotia.
In 2008, Theresa was awarded the North American Clinical Specialist of the Year by the National Institute for Trauma and Loss (Detroit). In 2010 she was awarded an Alumnus of Distinction from Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology and honoured in 2018 with the Jim Lewis foster care award, the Monica Herbert Award for mental health services for children and families, the Dennis McDermott Career Achievement Award by the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care and was also nominated for an Ontario Premier Award for her community service.
Theresa began teaching in the post-secondary system part time in 2001 and retired from full time teaching at Sheridan College in 2019 in order to move to Nova Scotia. Throughout her career, Theresa has worked in a variety of settings including adult and child community mental health, residential and foster care, schools, as well as justice open custody.