Geraldine Crisci, M.S.W.
Geraldine Crisci, M.S.W. is a mental health professional with 30 years experience in the field of trauma. She is a private practitioner who provides assessment and treatment to children, youth and their families. She is also a professional trainer providing educational programs to mental health, protective services, law enforcement, medical and other helping profession. Geraldine developed and teaches the 6 day Trauma Assessment and Treatment Program for Safeguards which has reached 1500 professionals in the past 10 years. Geraldine has developed protocols for the assessment and treatment of trauma, sexualized behaviour problems and sibling sexual abuse. Geraldine also developed reunification protocol for families. She has provided support to agencies and families in successful adoption of children from the Protection system. She has worked extensively with residential treatment programs for children and youth for the past 20 years. She specializes in addressing the impact of trauma on the behaviour of children and youth. To this end she develops clinical programs to provide children, youth and their families with corrective effective therapeutic intervention. Geraldine is a member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC). She co-authored Paper Dolls and Paper Airplanes: Therapeutic Exercises for Sexually Traumatized Children, which is currently in its 10th year of printing.
Shiona Robertson, B.S.W.
Laurel Choat is a graduate of the Toronto Art Therapy Institute and has been on the Board of Directors for the past three years. She has also been a guest lecturer at the Institute and works as an Art Therapist/Child & Family Therapist at The Etobicoke Children’s Centre, specializing in the area of trauma with latency-aged children. Laurel has also developed and co-facilitated a CBT/Art Therapy group and an Anger Management group at The George Hull Centre for Children and Families for the past five years and was in private practice for six years before joining the ECC full time. With a Design Arts background Laurel worked as an Interior Designer for ten years and was also an art teacher for eight years, working at two private elementary schools in Etobicoke before returning to school to study art therapy. Laurel is a painter, sculptor and stained-glass artist.