Annabelle Fell
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.

Entries by Annabelle Fell

Parents Unite! Get Empowered to Stop Bullying

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2011 | 10:43 AM

One of the most common complaints I hear from parents is about unchecked bullying in their child's school and the frustration that the school "isn't doing enough" to improve negative interactions between kids. Parents feel the weight of their children's pain and like their kids, often feel helpless to do...

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Help Your Kids Ride the Tech-Free Wave Into Fall

(2) Comments | Posted August 11, 2011 | 12:44 PM

Many camps have firm policies about the use of technology by campers and staff for the discreet periods they are at camp. These policies often stipulate no cell phones, no handheld gaming devices, no blackberries, no iPads, no laptops.

Initially, kids can mildly panic at the idea of being...

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Fact or Fiction: Can Kids Be Anything They Want to Be?

(17) Comments | Posted July 22, 2011 | 12:04 PM

"You cannot be anything you want to be -- but you can be a lot more of who you already are. "

Tom Rath writes this in his bestselling book, StrengthsFinder 2.0, first published by Gallop in 1997.

I'm down with that statement.

Believe me, as a kid...

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For the High School Graduate: When Should You Take Advice?

(2) Comments | Posted June 30, 2011 | 7:30 AM

Earlier this year there was an article in the Globe and Mail about giving advice. I have to confess, I didn't read the article. I know, shame on me. But I also confess, I wasn't all that interested in reading the piece, because I've never been very good at taking...

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Kids Reward Revolution: Using Guerrilla Rewards to Motivate Your Child

(2) Comments | Posted June 25, 2011 | 1:23 PM

Ever since I began working with kids and families, the benefits of the many reward systems used to tame the wild and unwanted behaviours in children have been lauded by the experts who created them far and wide.

And lots of parents bought into these programs, ever-diligent, ever-desperate, for...

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End the School Year on the Right Foot: How to Help Your Kids Finish Strong

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2011 | 2:00 PM

It's that time of year again. Right about now, kids and parents alike are white-knuckling it until that last day of school. Exhausted and ready for a break after 10 months of science projects, spelling tests and friendship drama (not to mention the relentless after school programming, carpooling, and parent...

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