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Jane Sanders


Jane is currently working toward completion of her PhD at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (FIFSW). She holds a Master of Social Work degree from Wilfred Laurier University with a focus on Individuals, Families and Groups and a Bachelor of Social Work, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from McMaster University.

Jane has been distinguished as one of 11 Canadian doctoral students to receive a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral Scholarship to Honour Nelson Mandela, from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.


Research interests include: child and adolescent mental health, trauma, Trauma Informed Care, educational implications for children and youth who have experienced trauma, students who have been expelled, complex families, supervision and social work education, the clinical application of research and evidence based models, policy and clinical program development.

Jane has been a social worker and therapist for over 25 years with a focus on children and families. Her extensive clinical experience comes with a solid understanding of the application of social work services and mental health strategies within a variety of settings including hospital mental health, community mental health, child protection, and academic. Her clinical skills are partnered with experience in clinical supervision, program coordination, and program and policy development. These include development and coordination of the Mood and Anxiety Program (MAP), at Lakeridge Health and Ontario Shores, author of the parent component of the MAP group, as well as author of the Trauma Protocol for the Inpatient Program of the Child Youth and Family Program at Lakeridge Health. Jane continues to provide trauma assessment and treatment with complex cases and clinical supervision in a number of locations.

Jane has taught at the MSW level for the University of Toronto, and the University of Windsor, as well as instructing for Durham College. She is involved in the simulation program at FIFSW, about which she has spoken at international conferences.  Jane has been certified as a trainer for Mental Health First Aid Canada and has facilitated the Durham Talking about Mental Illness Coalition program.

Jane has worked, presented and published on many research projects including the Ontario Incident Study, a large SSHRC funded school-based research project on cyberbullying, the use of trauma informed care in children’s mental health and child welfare, the use of technology in school mental health supports, and gambling addiction among adolescents.  She is currently the Research Coordinator for #socialwork, an international study on the informal use of information and communication technology as an adjunct to traditional face-to-face practice.