Annabelle earned her Master's degree in English literature from the University of Western Ontario, after which she worked as a writer for the Ontario Minister of Health, specializing in issues regarding Ontario's mental health system, children's mental health issues and aboriginal health.
She then went on to complete a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Toronto after which she accepted a post-graduate fellowship in Social Work at the Hincks-Dellcrest Center, one of Toronto's leading children's mental health and teaching centers. She simultaneously completed a fellowship in child and adolescent mood disorders in the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.
In 2004, Annabelle was appointed an adjunct faculty member at the University of Toronto's Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, and went on to become one of the first clinical supervisors for the University of Toronto's pioneering professional development programs for practicing social workers.
Annabelle continues to enrich her professional development by participating in on-going training to ensure she remains knowledgeable about the most effective research and consultation practices. By keeping up-to-date she can share this expertise with the individuals and families with whom she consults. She is currently registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and is a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers.
Technology has the ability to enhance kids' lives in many ways, but it also contributes to nasty problems including Internet addiction, narcissism and anxiety. So if your kids have enjoyed a tech-free summer, why not help them ride that wave into the fall?
Kids often hear the phrases, "You can do anything you want to do or be anything you want to be." But it's just not true. In fact, this is exactly the kind of thinking that further entrenches them in unrealistic dreams that take them away from one of the important tasks of growing up.
It's scary and exciting out there. And it takes a long time to figure out who you are, what matters to you, what energizes you and how you are different from your parents, teachers, and friends. But remember, you are the captain of your own ship in life.
Parents and kids are necessarily going to be at odds from time to time. But when power struggles between kids and parents become the norm and are making everyone miserable, it's time to switch things up and think about tossing the traditional rewards programs.