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: 
  • Family-centred practices in addictions and mental health
  • Family involvement in problem gambling treatment and recovery
  • Problem video gaming and mental health concerns in adolescents
  • Building competencies in family therapy and social work
  • Simulation in social work teaching and assessment

 

Biography: 

Dr. Kourgiantakis is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream and Coordinator of the Simulation Program at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (FIFSW). One of her areas of research focuses on family involvement in addictions and mental health. Other research interests include competency building in social work and use of simulation in social work teaching and assessment. As Simulation Coordinator, Dr. Kourgiantakis has been working with colleagues and field instructors to integrate simulation in the classroom and the field.  Along with the collaboration of colleagues, she launched Practice Fridays – a voluntary educational enhancement that facilitates the development of interviewing and assessment skills in MSW students.

Dr. Kourgiantakis is a Registered Couple and Family Therapist and a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).  She is President-Elect for the Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (OAMFT) and a Council member for the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW).  Dr. Kourgiantakis’ research and teaching is informed by 25 years of clinical practice across different settings including child welfare, schools, mental health and addiction treatment centres. She continues to work with couples and families in private practice and also offers consultation and supervision to professionals and agencies.

Dr. Kourgiantakis teaches the following courses:  Elements of Social Work Practice (SWK4103), Social Work Practice Laboratory (SWK4105), Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families (SWK4605), Social Work Practice in Mental Health (SWK4604), and Family-Centred Practices in Addictions and Mental Health (SWK4636).

Book Chapters: 

Kourgiantakis, T. & Bogo, M. (in press).  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.

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: 

Kourgiantakis, T., Saint-Jacques, M.C. & Tremblay, J.  (2017).  Facilitators and barriers to family involvement in problem gambling treatment. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction.  doi: 10.1007/s11469-017-9742-2.

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.

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: 

Kourgiantakis, T. & Stark, S. (2015). Problem Gambling: A Guide for Parents. Toronto, ON: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Kourgiantakis, T. & Stark, S. (2015). Guide pour les parents:  Le jeu problématique,  Toronto, ON:  Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Kourgiantakis, T. & Stark, S. (2015). Working With Parents Who Have a Gambling Problem: Recommendations for Professionals. Toronto, ON: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

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.

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.

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.

Selected Presentations:

Kourgiantakis, T., Bogo, M. & Sewell, K.  (2016).  Practice Fridays:  Using deliberate practice and feedback to develop holistic competence.  CSWE Annual Program Meeting:  Advancing Collaborative Practice Through Social Work Education.  Atlanta, GA.  (November 3-6, 2016).

Kourgiantakis, T., Pont, L. & Anderson-Giberson, D. (2015). Problem video gaming and complex mental health in adolescents. CMHO Conference – Better Together: Collaborating for a Stronger Child & Youth Mental Health System. Toronto, ON. (November 22-24, 2015).

Kourgiantakis, T. (2015). Children of problem gambling parents: Understanding loss, trauma and resilience. Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario Specialised Training for the Ontario Treatment System. Toronto, ON (November 12, 2015).

Kourgiantakis, T. (2015). Les jeux vidéo et la santé mentale chez les adolescents. Webinar: Canadian Mental Health Association: Working with Youth and Children with Complex Mental Health Needs. Toronto, ON. (January 19, 2015).

Kourgiantakis, T. (2014). Restoring hope in couples affected by an addiction. Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference: Family Resilience, Richmond Hill, ON. (November 22-23, 2014).

Kourgiantakis, T. (2014). Resultat du sondage 2013 sur la consommation de drogues et la santé des élèves de l’Ontario (SCDSÉO). Webinar: CAMH Centre de ressources en promotion de la santé, Réseau CS. Toronto, ON. (September 18, 2014).

Kourgiantakis, T., Saint-Jacques, M.-C. & Tremblay, J. (2014). What does the research tell us about problem gambling and families? 5th International Gambling Conference: Gambling in a Mobile Era: Developments, Regulations and Responses. Auckland, New Zealand. (February 19-21, 2014).

Kourgiantakis, T., Saint-Jacques, M.-C. & Tremblay, J. (2013). Problem gambling and families. American Family Therapy Academy Annual Conference: Coupling today: Love, parenting, and community. Systemic practices with couples and families in their social contexts, Chicago, IL. (June 5-8, 2013).

Kourgiantakis, T., Saint-Jacques, M.C. & Tremblay, J. (2013). Involving families in problem gambling treatment. Poster presented at the International Family Therapy Association 21st Annual Family Therapy Congress: Working with Families: Whole or Parts. Orlando, FLA. (February 20-23, 2013).