Dale began his career as a Street Outreach Worker for a community-based agency that served street-involved youth engaged in sex work in downtown Toronto. It was during this time that he developed a passion for working with clients that faced stigmatization and marginalization on a daily basis due to their use of drugs and/or mental health concerns. For the past 17 years he has worked at the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH) as a psychiatric social worker and the former Discipline-In-Chief of Addiction Therapy. Currently he is an Advanced Practice Clinical Leader in the Acute Care Program and the Social Work Lead. He has served as a Board Member of the former Toronto Harm Reduction Task Force as well as the John Howard Society of Toronto.
His other passion is teaching and bridging academic scholarship and theoretical frameworks with clinical practice. He pioneered inter-professional education & collaborative practice (IPE/IPC) at CAMH with structured IPE placements, staff trainings & student seminars. He has co-developed 3 accredited psychiatric-based IPE electives and, holds the Educator Member status at the Centre for IPE, University of Toronto for his ongoing engagement, development and advancement of educational practices of IPE/IPC and curriculum planning and evaluation. He has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dale co-designed, developed and delivered the first online harm reduction course through the School of Continuing Education at York University. He is internationally recognized as a Master Trainer of the Treatnet curriculum with the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for his clinical expertise of evidence-informed psychosocial interventions; he has trained health care professionals in Africa, South & Central America, the Caribbean, Middle East and South East Asia.