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Kenta Asakura

Founding Director

Degrees:MSW (Smith College), Ph.D. (Toronto)
Phone:613.520.2600 x 3123
Website:School of Social Work Profile

As a licensed/registered clinical social worker, Dr. Kenta Asakura has spent the last 20 years working with a variety of marginalized client groups in the U.S. and Canada, such as queer and trans* people, newcomers, and youth and families involved in the child welfare system. His clinical practice took place in outpatient mental health, residential treatment, settlement services, youth centres, and most recently in private practice. He currently maintains a small private practice of clinical consultations for social workers and agencies. Building on the questions that emerged out of his clinical practice, Kenta is committed to revitalizing education and practice of clinical social work through simulation-based research. Kenta was first introduced to simulation-based education while working on his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto, where he had opportunities to train under Professor Marion Bogo, Officer of the Order of Canada and a pioneer in simulation-based social work education. Since he arrived at Carleton in 2015, Kenta has taught clinical practice primarily in the Master’s program and is passionate about integrating critical perspectives in teaching and researching clinical practice. Kenta was recently awarded Carleton’s New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, as well as the Faculty of Public Affairs Teaching Fellowship.