A Registered Social Worker, Maureen Pollard obtained a Bachelor of Social Work degree in 1992 and has been working in the field of social work with families and children for more than twenty- six years. She returned to school and graduated with a Master of Social Work degree in 2011, and obtained a Teacher/Trainer of Adults certificate in 2013. Maureen is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, the Ontario Association of Social Workers, the Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts, Bereavement Ontario Network, Hospice and Palliative Care Ontario and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
Maureen has experience providing support for parenting issues, family challenges and transitions. Practicing a non-judgmental, goal-oriented approach, Maureen works with families to negotiate solutions to problems that arise in family life, as well as during separation and divorce.
Maureen is a Compassionate Bereavement Care Provider, offering support for those who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death, child death, suicide loss, homicide loss and sudden traumatic death. Through individual and group services, she helps individuals navigate life after a tragic loss. Maureen is also certified to provide bereavement care education for health care professionals through Resolve through Sharing (RTS) Bereavement Services, to help caregivers support families at the time of perinatal death.
Maureen also helps professionals who experience trauma, vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue. She is a certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist, registered with the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology. Maureen is prepared to provide education and workshops, or counselling and support, to helping professionals as they manage the impact of the difficult work they do supporting people during life's greatest challenges. Maureen is trained to provide the Accelerated Recovery Program for Compassion Fatigue, as well as in Traumatic Incident Reduction, and she is prepared to support individuals coping with traumatic experience.
Social Work services from a Registered Social Worker are covered under many benefit plans and are exempt from HST.
Maureen offers individual and family counselling to assist families who face difficulties with transitions from one stage of family life to another as their family grows and changes over time.
Maureen offers individual and group support to assist bereaved parents who face the loss of their child. Maureen offers educational workshops for professionals who support families when a baby dies.
Maureen offers educational workshops for professionals who may experience compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma and burnout while doing the difficult work of helping others.