Ellen Katz

Title(s): 
Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream; Director of Continuing Education; PhD., Social Work, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto; MSW, Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto; B.A., Anthropology, McGill University
Email: 
Phone Number: 
(416) 978-5570
Office Location: 

Room 330

Research Interests: 

Clinical practice and social work education
•    using mindfulness in clinical practice and social work education
•    developing novel practice interventions in family therapy
•    developing novel assessment approaches for testing competence in family therapy
•    using simulation in social work education

Biography: 

Ellen Katz is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream and and the Director of Continuing Education at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (FIFSW), and an Academic Clinical Educator at the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre. Dr. Katz comes to the FIFSW with over 20 years of clinical practice working with individuals, couples, families and groups in hospitals and children’s mental health settings, with a particular interest, and with advanced training, in family therapy.  Her research and clinical interests focus on mindfulness, family therapy, simulation,  and the development of competence in both students and clinicians.  The latter interest has led to her work with Professor Marion Bogo in developing novel approaches to assessment of student and practitioner competence.  Dr. Katz is a Senior Investigator with the Mind and Life Summer Research Institute, the Dalai Lama’s initiative to bring science and contemplative practice together in developing interventions to ease human suffering and increase knowledge of how mindfulness can be used in that process.

Book Chapters: 

Katz, E. (2009).  Integrating Affect Regulation with Mindfulness in Family Therapy.  Hick, S. (ed). Mindfulness and Social Work.  Chicago: Lyceum Press.

Publications In Refereed Journals: 

Tufford, L., Yorke, J., Bogo, M., Katz, E. (in review).  Examining Meta-Competence in Graduating BSW Students.  Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work.

Katz, E., McPartland, S., Rines, J. (in review).  Fleshing out clinical practice skills and refining the concept of micro-skill to enhance direct practice. Clinical Social Work Journal.

Katz, E., Serbinksi, S., Mishna, F. (in review).  Taking the show on the road in holding academic classes in community agencies:  Exploratory study findings.  Journal of Teaching in Social Work.

Katz, E. (2015): Seeing Clinical Attention Anew: Results from an Exploratory Study of Attention in Clinical Practice, Journal of Social Work Practice: Psychotherapeutic Approaches in Health, Welfare and the Community, 29, 4, 413-427, DOI: 10.1080/02650533.2015.1025374

Logie, C.H., Bogo, M., Katz, E.  (2015, online).  “I didn’t feel equipped”:  Social work students’ reflections on a simulated client ‘coming out’.  Journal of Social Work Education. 51, 2, 315-328

Katz, E., Tufford, L., Bogo, M., Regehr, C. (2014).  Illuminating students’ pre-practicum conceptual and emotional states: implications for field education.  Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 36, 96-108

Bogo, M., Regehr, C. Katz, E., Logie, C., Tufford, L. Litvack, A.  (2012). Evaluating an Objective Structured Examination adapted for social work.  Research on Social Work Practice, 22, 4,428-436.

Bogo, M., Katz, E., Regehr, C., Logie, C., Mylopoulos, M., & Tufford, L. (2012). Toward understanding meta-competence:  an analysis of students’ reflections on their simulated interviews, Social Work Education, iFirst Article, 1-15

Bogo, M., Regehr, C. Katz, E., Logie, C., & Mylopoulos,  M. (2011). Developing a tool for assessing students’ reflections on their practice. Social Work Education, 30, 2, 186-195

Bogo, M., Regehr, C., Logie, C., Katz, E., Mylopoulos, M., & Regehr, G. (2011). Adapting objective structured clinical examinations to assess social work students’ performance and reflections.  Journal of Social Work Education, 47, 5-18

Katz, E. (2002).  ‘At the still point of the turning world’:  A journey through the temporal dimensions of a father-son conflict.  Journal of Family Therapy, 24, 4, 369-384

Other Selected Publications: 

Peer Reviewed Conference Paper and Poster Presentations:

Smart, C.M., Katz, E., Ali, J.I, Cochrane, M.M., Koudys, J., and Krawitz, A., (2016, June).  The Impact of Vajrayana Buddhist Meditation on Decision-Making on the Ultimatum Game: A Multi-Method Investigation.  Poster presented at the Canadian Psychological Association, Victoria, B.C.

Katz, E., Litvack, A. (2016, June).  Fostering Self-Awareness, Reflection and Emotion Regulation in Supervisees.  Conference presentation at Twelfth International Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision, Adelphi University School of Social Work, Long Island, New York.

Litvack, A., Katz, E. (2016, June).  Providing Constructive Feedback in Sensitive Situations:  A Challenge for Supervisors.  Conference presentation at Twelfth International Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision, Adelphi University School of Social Work, Long Island, New York.

Litvack, A., Katz, E. (2016, June).  Challenges in Supervision:  The Art of Delivering Constructive Feedback and Fostering Self-Reflection and Emotion Regulation.  Preconference Workshop presented at Twelfth International Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision, Adelphi University School of Social Work, Long Island, New York.

Litvack, A., Katz, E., Bogo, M. (2015, October).  Using Simulation to Teach “Best Practices” to Field Instructors:  An Online Resource.  Field Directors’ Development Institute presented at Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, Denver Colorado.

Litvack, A., Katz, E. (2015, October).  Responding to Challenges in Field Education:  A Resource for Developing Field Instructor Competence.  Interactive Workshop presented at Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, Denver Colorado.

Katz, E. (2015, June). Bringing the Academic and Agency Worlds Together in a Novel Course Design and Offering. Paper presented at Canadian Association for Social Work Education, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario.

Litvack, A. and Katz, E. (2015, June).  Using Simulation to Teach Best Practices to Field Instructors. Field Directors’ Workshop presented at Canadian Association for Social Work Education, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario.

Katz, E. (2014, October) Using Simulation to Teach and Assess Competence Using Mindfulness in Clinical Practice.  Paper presented at Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, Tampa, Florida.

Rawlings, M., Bogo, M., Katz, E., Johnson, B. (2014, October).  Designing Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) to Assess Social Work Student Competencies.  Paper presented at Faculty Development Institute, Council on Social Work Education, Tampa, Florida.

Katz, E. (2014, May).  Including the Body as Well as the Mind in Clinical Social Work Practice.  Paper presented at Council on Social Work Education, Brock University, St. Catherine’s Ontario.

Bogo, M., Saini, M., Craig, S., Katz, E. (2014, May).  Using Simulation to Teach and Assess Social Work Students’ Holistic Competence.  Panel presented at Council on Social Work Education, Brock University, St. Catherine’s Ontario.

Korenblum, M., Katz, E., Philipp, D., Hayos, C. (2014, April).  Working In and With the Present Moment:  Theoretical and Clinical Perspectives on Innovative Therapeutic Practices with Children and Families.  Paper presented at Interpersonal Neurobiology with Innovative Therapeutic Practices.  Toronto, Ontario.

Katz, E. and Bogo, M. (2013 December).  Using simulation to assess social work students’ performance, reflections, and readiness for clinical field education.  Poster presented at SIM 2013 Ontario Simulation Expo, Toronto

Rawlings, M., Bogo, M., Katz, E., Johnson, B. (2012, November).  Designing Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) to Assess Social Work Student Competencies.  Paper presented at Faculty Development Institute, Council on Social Work Education, Washington, D.C.

Katz, E., Litvack, A., Bogo, M. (2012, November).  Assessment of Master’s-Level Students’ Competence Before Entering Field:  Implications for Field Education.  Poster presented at Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, Washington, D.C.

Rawlings, M.,  Bogo, M., Katz, E., Logie, C. (2011, October). Designing Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) to Assess Social Work Student Competencies. Paper presented at Faculty Development Institute, Council on Social Work Education, Atlanta, Georgia

Bogo, M., Regehr, C, Katz, E. (2011, October).  Objective Structured Clinical Examinations:  Assessing Educational Outcomes in Social Work Practice Courses.  Paper presented at Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, Atlanta, Georgia

Bogo, M., Katz, E., Regehr, C (2010, October).  Using Objective Structured Clinical Examinations and Reflective Dialogues to Address Student Competence.  Paper presented at Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, Portland Oregon

Rawlings, M.,  Bogo, M., Katz, E., Logie, C. (2010, October). Designing Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) to Assess Social Work Student Competencies. Paper presented at Faculty Development Institute, Council on Social Work Education, Portland, Oregon

Katz, E., Bogo, M., Regehr, C., (2010, June).  Evaluating reflective dialogues in an OSCE for social work.  Paper presented at the annual conference of the Canadian Association for Social Work Education, Montreal

Katz, E. and Hayos, C. (2010, June).  Multi-Family Mindfulness Groups:  A Model of Practice with Families in Children’s Mental Health.  Paper presented at the annual conference of Canadian Association for Social Work Education, Montreal

Bogo, M., Regehr, C., Katz, E. (2009, November).  Evaluating performance
and reflection: OSCE for social work.  Paper presented at Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, San Antonio, Texas

Rawlings, M., Bogo, M., Katz, E. (2009, November). Designing Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) to assess social work student competencies. Paper presented at Faculty Development Institute, Council on Social Work Education, San Antonio, Texas

Mylopoulos, M., Regehr, G., Bogo, M., Katz, E., & Logie, C. (2009, April). Exploring and assessing adaptive expertise in social work education. Paper presented at American Educational Research Association, Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Katz, E. and Psenicka, L. (2000, October).  Building connections for children and families:  The use of mutual aid groups to increase family therapy effectiveness with clients.  Paper presented at 22nd Annual International Symposium for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups, Toronto, Ontario

Awards and Honors: 

2009-2010 Francisco J. Varela Research Award, Mind and Life Institute

External Research Grants: 

2013 – 2015
Co-Investigator
Mind and Life Francisco J. Varela Grant.  Project Title:  Neural Effects of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy in Remitted Patients with Chronic History of Depression:

2011 – 2015
Co-Investigator
University of Victoria Internal Research Funds.  Project Title:  A Multimodal Investigation of the Mental and Neural Bases of Enhanced Cognitive and Emotional Control in Expert Practitioners of Somatically-Based Meditation:

2010 – 2016
Principal Investigator
Bertha Rosenstadt Fund, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto and Hincks-Dellcrest Centre Internal Research Funds.  Project Title:  Developing a Family Therapy OSCE:  Assessing and Articulating Family Therapy Clinical Core Competencies in Children’s Mental Health across Three Disciplines (Social Work, Psychology, Psychiatry)