Toula Kourgiantakis

Title(s): 
Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream | Simulation Coordinator; Ph.D. (École de service social, Université Laval); Post-graduate COAMFTE certificate couple/family therapy (JGH, Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry); MSW (École de service social, Université Laval); BA (Psychology, York University)
Email: 
Phone Number: 
(416) 978-4176
Office Location: 

Room 340

Research Interests: 
  • Social work education
  • Building competence in social work practice
  • Simulation-based learning in social work teaching and assessment
  • Developing competencies in mental health, addictions, and suicide
  • Family-centred practices in addictions and mental health
Biography: 

Dr. Kourgiantakis is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream and Coordinator of the Simulation Program at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (FIFSW). Her research interests include social work education and use of simulation in social work teaching and assessment. Her research also focuses on family involvement in addictions and mental health. As Simulation Coordinator, Dr. Kourgiantakis has been working with faculty members and field instructors to integrate simulation in the classroom and the field.  In 2015, Dr. Kourgiantakis launched an innovative educational enhancement known as Practice Fridays. Practice Fridays is a simulation-based learning activity that enhances interviewing and assessment skills in MSW students.

Dr. Kourgiantakis’s research and teaching are informed by more than 25 years of clinical practice working with families. She is a Certified Couple and Family Therapist and a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). She is also President of the Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and an Executive Council member for the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). She continues to work with couples and families in private practice and offers consultation and supervision to professionals and agencies.

Dr. Kourgiantakis has been the recipient of several awards and fellowships including the University of Toronto Early Career Teaching Award (2019), University of Toronto Teaching Fellowship (2018), the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work Teaching Award (2017-18), the Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research in Primary Health Care (TUTOR-PHC) research training fellowship (2018), and the Ontario SPOR Support Unit through (OSSU) INSPIRE-PHC fellowship (2018).

In the 2019-2020 academic year, Dr. Kourgiantakis will be teaching the following courses:  Elements of Social Work Practice (SWK4103), Social Work Practice Laboratory (SWK4105),  Social Work Practice in Mental Health (SWK4604), and Family-Centred Practices in Addictions and Mental Health (SWK4636).

 

 

Book Chapters: 
  1. Kourgiantakis, T. & Bogo, M. (2017).  Developing cultural awareness and sensitivity through simulation. In R. Allan & S. Poulsen (Eds.) Cultural Safety in Supervision and Training.  New York, NY:  Springer International Publishing.  doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-64617-6_8
  2. Skinner, W., Kourgiantakis, T. & O’Grady, C. (2013). Family pathways to care, treatment, and recovery. In M. Herie & W. Skinner (Eds.), Fundamentals of Addictions: A Practical Guide for Counsellors (4th ed.), (pp.293-320). Toronto, ON: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
Publications In Refereed Journals: 
  1. Kourgiantakis, T., Sewell, K., Lee, E., Adamson, K., McCormick, M., Kuehl, D. & Bogo, M. (in press).  Enhancing social work education in mental health, addictions, and suicide risk assessment: A teaching note.  Journal of Social Work Education.
  2. Kourgiantakis, T., Sewell, K., McNeil, S., Logan, J., Lee, E., Adamson, K., McCormick, M. & Kuehl, D. (2019). Social work education and training in mental health, addictions, and suicide: A scoping review protocol. BMJ Open. doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-024659
  3. Lee, E., Kourgiantakis, T. & Bogo, M. (2019).  Translating knowledge into practice: Using simulation to enhance mental health competence through social work education. Social Work Education: The International Journal. doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2019.1620723
  4. Kourgiantakis, T., Bogo, M. & Sewell, K. (2019). Practice Fridays: Using simulation to develop holistic competence. Journal of Social Work Education.  doi.org/10.1080/10437797.2018.1548989
  5. Kourgiantakis, T. Sewell, K. & Bogo, M. (2018).  The importance of feedback in preparing social work students for field education. Clinical Social Work Journal.  47(1), 124-133. doi.org/10.1007/s10615-018-0671-8
  6. Ashcroft, R., Kourgiantakis, T., Fearing, G., Robertson, T. & Brown, J. (2018). Social work’s scope of practice in primary mental health care: A scoping review. The British Journal of Social Work.  doi.org?10.1093/bjsw/bcy051.
  7. Kourgiantakis, T. & Ashcroft, R. (2018). Family-focused practices in addictions:  A scoping review protocol.  BMJ Open. 8, e019433.
  8. Kourgiantakis, T., Saint-Jacques, M.C. & Tremblay, J.  (2018).  Facilitators and barriers to family involvement in problem gambling treatment. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 16, 291-312.  doi: 10.1007/s11469-017-9742-2.
  9. Ashcroft, R., Kourgiantakis, T. & Brown, J. (2017).  Social work’s scope of practice in the provision of primary mental health care:  Protocol for a scoping review.  BMJ Open, 7, e019384.
  10. Saint-Jacques, M.C., Godbout, E., Drapeau, S., Kourgiantakis, T. & Parent, C. (2017).  Researching children’s adjustment in stepfamilies: How is it studied? What do we learn?  Child Indicators Research, doi.org/10.1007/s12187-017-9510-7.
  11. Kourgiantakis, T., Stark, S., Lobo, D.  & Tepperman, L. (2016).  Parent problem gambling. A systematic review of prevention programs for children. Journal of Gambling Issues, 33, 8-29.
  12. Kourgiantakis, T., Saint-Jacques, M.C. & Tremblay, T. (2013). Problem gambling and families: A systematic review.  Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 13(4), 353-372.
Other Selected Publications: 
  1. Kourgiantakis, T., Sanders, J., Pont, L., McNeil, S. & Fang, L. (2017). Adolescent Problem Gambling:  A Prevention Guide for Parents.  Toronto, ON, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
  2. Kourgiantakis, T., McNeil, S., Fang, L., Sanders, J. & Pont. L. (2017). Understanding risk and protective factors in adolescent problem gambling:  A scoping review.  Report submitted to Gambling Research Exchange Ontario as part of the study Developing and Promoting a Prevention Guide for Parents on Adolescent Problem Gambling.  May 2017.
  3. Kourgiantakis, T. & Stark, S. (2015). Problem Gambling: A Guide for Parents. Toronto, ON: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
  4. Kourgiantakis, T. & Stark, S. (2015). Guide pour les parents:  Le jeu problématique,  Toronto, ON:  Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
  5. Kourgiantakis, T. & Stark, S. (2015). Working With Parents Who Have a Gambling Problem: Recommendations for Professionals. Toronto, ON: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
  6. Stark, S., Kourgiantakis, T., Lobo, D., Tepperman, L., Albanese, P. & Zahlan, N. (2015). The Intergenerational Transmission of Problem Gambling: Translating Knowledge from Research to Practice. Final Report submitted to the Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre. March 2015.
  7. Stark, S., Kourgiantakis, T., Lobo, D. & Tepperman, L. (2014). Children of problem gambling parents. A critical review of risks and prevention strategies. Report Submitted to the Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre as part of the study The Intergenerational Transmission of Problem Gambling: Translating Knowledge from Research to Practice. August 2014.
  8. Kourgiantakis, T., Weyman, M., Teasall, B. & Pont, L. (2013). Problem Gambling: Family Support and Psychoeducation Group Manual. Toronto, ON:  Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
  9. Jacques, M.-C., Godbout, E., Drapeau, S., Parent, C., Rousseau, M.E., Fortin, M.-C. & Kourgiantakis, T. (2009). Consequences and risk & protective factors for blended families: Synthesis of the literature / Conséquences et facteurs de risque et de protection pour les familles recomposées : synthèse de la documentation, Today’s Families: New Trends and Challenges, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.
Awards and Honors: 

University of Toronto Early Career Teaching Award (2019)

University of Toronto Teaching Fellowship (2018)

Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research in Primary Health Care, research training fellowship (TUTOR-PHC) – (2018)

Ontario SPOR Support Unit through (OSSU) INSPIRE-PHC fellowship (2018)

Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work Teaching Award (2018)

 

Service:

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Member of Substance Use Task Force

February 2019 – present
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Member of Council on Practice Methods and Specializations

2018 – 2021
Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW)

Executive Member of Council

2018 – 2019
Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (OAMFT)

President of Board of Directors

2017 – 2019