Carolyn FitzGerald is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University's Waterloo campus. Her PhD is in Clinical Psychology from Western University, where she focused her dissertation and research on the long-term impact of childhood trauma on subsequent relationship development. Since that time, her research addresses opportunities for non-mental health professions to support the mental health and well-being of young people. This interest began in the 1980s, when she became a volunteer at a local telephone distress centre, and expanded when she was asked to develop and instruct the Mental Health Certificate, an 80-hour non-credit program to help educators learn about impact of mental health issues on student learning in the classroom.
Carolyn describes her involvement in this certificate as source of immense joy in her life. She is passionate about helping educators become knowledgeable, compassionate and confident in their ability to support the well-being of their students.
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