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Sherri Pinder H.B.A., D.A.C., B.Ed. (OCT), RP

Mental Health Addictions & Wellness Navigator



Education & Certifications

  • Honours Bachelor of Art, double major in Sociology & Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University (1994)
  • Bachelor of Education Degree, Nipissing University (1998)
  • Drug & Alcohol Counselling Diploma, Canadore College (1996)
  • Advanced Managers Course Diploma,
  • York University, Schulich School of Business (2010)
  • Member in Good Standing of Ontario College of Teachers- Certificate # 427015
  • Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training Certificate (2014)
  • ASIST I – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training Certificate (2012)
  • ASIST II – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training Certificate (2018)
  • SafeTALK Instructor Training Certificate (2018)

Professional Affiliations & Volunteer

  • Registered Psychotherapist, Ontario College of Psychotherapists
  • Member of Ontario Teachers College
  • Mental Health Commission of Canada- MHFA
  • Living Works Canada- ASIST, ASIST II, & SafeTALK
  • Member of the North Bay & Area Drug Strategy Committee
  • Member of the Youth Justice Committee
  • Member, Mobile Crisis Committee, North Bay Regional Health Centre
  • Participant, Provincial Committee for College Disability Issues
  • Past Member, Partners in Addictions & Mental Health Committee, North Bay Regional Health Centre
  • Past North East Regional Member of the Provincial Advisory Committee –Ontario HIV & Substance Use Training Program
  • Past Volunteer Member – Crisis Intervention Program, North Bay Hospital
  • Past Volunteer Member- Crisis Line Worker, Amelia Rising Sexual Assault Centre, North Bay

Summary of Experience

Mental health & addictions professional with extensive experience in progressive learner/client centred focused experience in both the social service and education environments.

A supportive, positive-energy, and solution-focused education and mental health & addictions professional with over 22 years of progressive learner/client centred focused experience in both the social service and education environments.

Expertise in managing clinical staff & providing community based addiction mental health assessments, counselling and case management to youth, adults, seniors, families, aboriginal, concurrent disordered, youth justice & mandated client populations with a range of high risk & complex needs; including relevant legislation governing privacy of personal health information and confidentiality pertaining to service delivery, record keeping & successful proposal-writing submissions.

Skilled in utilizing evidence-based methodology, best practices and ongoing service delivery evaluation including the effectiveness of community based addictions mental health programs and identifying barriers & risks associated with facilitating effective treatment plans with clients to meet their prioritized needs & life goals.

Demonstrated expertise in the elementary & post-secondary education systems including experience in Student Success Services, at the Primary/Junior level as an occasional teacher (Algoma District School Board) and as a Post-Secondary- Mental Health Worker Program Professor (Canadore College) and Teaching Instructor in the Addiction Counsellor Diploma Program (Canadian Career College)

Continuing Education

  • Critical Stress Debriefing/ Critical Stress Management Level I&II
  • Hincks-Dellcrest Level I Trauma Certificate
  • Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training Certificate
  • SafeTALK Instructor Training Certificate
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Certificate
  • Cultural Safety & Diversity Training; “Walk a Mile” Cross Cultural Competency Training
  • Trauma Informed Relationships Training Certificate- First Nations, Inuit and Metis Program- Saint Elizabeth Health Care
  • ASIST & SafeTALK Suicide Training Certificates
  • Several CAMH Problem Gambling Certificates (youth/family/seniors)
  • Motivational Interviewing Training
  • Concurrent Disorder Training
  • Impact on Children of Violence, Abuse & Neglect Training
  • FASD training
  • LGBTTQ & EGALE (Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity) Training
  • School-aged Youth Violence, Aggression & Threat Assessment Training
  • CBT Primer: Assessment & Treatment Issues in Eating Disorders Training
  • Early Interventions in Psychosis Training
  • Professional Ethics in the Social Services Sector Training
  • Legal Issues for Social Workers Training
  • Verbal & Non-violent De-escalation Training
  • Steward & Leadership Unionized Training
  • Managing in a Unionized Environment Certificate
  • Coaching Skills for Managers & Supervisors Training
  • Team Building, Mentoring & Coaching for Managers Training
  • OCAN- Ontario Common Assessment of Need Training
  • Health & Safety Level I & II & WHIMIS & ADOA training Certificates
  • “Life in the FAS Lane” Training Conference Certificate
  • CICMH Flourishing Campuses Mental Health Summit Conference
  • MHCC #308 Suicide Prevention Symposium Planning Committee & Presenter
  • CMHA “Hope for A Better Tomorrow” Life Promotion Annual Suicide Prevention Conference
  • Draw the Line Bystander Intervention & Supporting Sexual Assault/ Violence Survivors’ Training
  • CCDI AGM & Provincial Meetings
  • CCVPS Conference- “Inspiring Courage, Resilience, Retention & Student Success” Professional Development Conference
  • MHCC Webinar Series-Topics: “Mental Health in the Workplace”, “ Depression & Anxiety in the Workplace”, & ” Workplace Mental Health Peer Support”
  • CICMH Ask the Experts Webinar Series- Topics: “Early Psychosis”, Supporting Students with Eating Disorders”, “Promising Programs & Practices to support Student Mental Health in Residence”, “Screening & Supporting students with depressive symptoms”


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