A family professional is a neutral person who helps families identify and settle issues that can be emotionally and financially draining. The focus of this role is to support parents in creating and implementing effective parenting plans, when needed get the views and preferences of the children, foster effective co-parenting relationships, and support you to be your best self through the process. Though new to the role of Collaborative Law Family Professional, Cherrie brings several years of family law experience from her role as a family court support worker at a local non-profit agency supporting abused women involved in the family law process. Cherrie graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master of Social Work - Children and Families degree, has completed Level 1 & 2 of the Collaborative Law training program along with a Masters level course in Family Mediation, and has completed several trainings related to Intimate Partner Violence and Family Law. Cherrie’s experience also includes facilitating groups with teen survivors of childhood sexual abuse, women survivors of Intimate Partner Violence and adults struggling with mental health issues. Cherrie is a member in good standing of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, the Ontario Association of Social Workers, Chi Delta, the University of Toronto’s chapter of Phi Alpha Social Work Honour Society and Collaborative Practice Durham Region. Cherrie is a private practice counsellor and therapist in Whitby, works at the Durham Court House Family Law Information Centre (FLIC) facilitating mediation intakes and Mandatory Information Program (MIP) sessions, and teaches part time for the Continuing Education Social Service Worker program at Durham College. Cherrie approaches clients from a compassionate, non-judgemental, open-minded, and ethical perspective, as she supports clients to make positive changes in their lives.
173 Brock Street North, Suite 207, Whitby