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Joelleann Forbes


Joelleann Forbes is a social worker and psychotherapist registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She has spent many years providing mental health care in various settings, including a community health centre, hospitals, and private practices. She holds a BA in Bioethics and a Master of Social Work degree from the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, and has also received training in cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, narrative therapy, and motivational interviewing. Her practice philosophy reaffirms the importance of empowering communities, addressing the social determinates of health, honouring intersecting identities, and engaging in anti-oppressive and anti-racist practices. Further, she has provided clinical supervision and training to masters-level social work students and peer counsellors.

Joelleann has co-authored multiple peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, notably the chapter “Religion, Spirituality, and Counseling Psychology” in the Handbook of Counseling and Counselor Education in 2019 and the chapter “Black Women’s Resilience: Therapy and Support for Refugee Women” in the book Africentric Social Work in 2021.



Forbes, J.R., Curling, D., & Donaldson, S. (2021). Black Women’s Resilience: Therapy and Support for Refugee Women. In Mullings, D. V., Clarke, J., Bernard, W. T., Este, D., & Giwa, S. (Eds.), Africentric Social Work (pp. 257-283). Fernwood Publishing.

Adamson, K., Maxwell, J., Forbes, J. (2020). Interprofessional guide to documentation in the electronic health record: Leveraging interprofessional care. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice. 21, 100387–.

Williams, C.C., Forbes, J.R., Placide, K., & Nicol, N. (2020). Religion, hate, love, and advocacy for LGBT human rights in Saint Lucia. Sexuality Research & Social Policy, 17(4), 729–740.

Curling, D., Barnes C., & Forbes, J. (2018). Religion, spirituality, and counselling psychology. In M. O. Adekson (Ed.), Handbook of Counseling and Counselor Education (1st ed., pp. 153–167). Routledge.