By Mary Giles

Karen Sewell is a clinical social worker committed to the mental health of children and youth, as well as professional and pedagogical improvements in the field of social work, including simulation-based learning. Sewell joins FPA after completing her PhD at the University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work.

While the pandemic has kept her in Toronto for now, she looks forward to relocating to Ottawa in the near future.

This year at Carleton, Sewell is teaching interpersonal practice in social work, including ethics, knowledge and skills, as well as advanced social work practice with individuals and families.

“My research interests centre on the improvement of mental health services for children and youth from marginalized populations through the development, delivery and evaluation of effective clinical programs, with the role of staff supervision a key component. This includes teaching and supporting the development and ongoing maintenance of holistic competence for practitioners and students,” she says.

Sewell’s doctoral research involved assessing the feasibility of implementing a model of supervision to support children’s mental health services. Through her doctoral research she was involved in coordinating studies focused on simulation-based learning to support social work education, including “the role of feedback in learning, understanding cognitive and affective processes and the enhancement of competence in assessing mental health, addictions and suicide risk.”

She also coordinated a research project using simulation as a research method to understand the decision-making process of allied health professionals in times of high-risk and uncertainty.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 in ,
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