HAMILTON-NIAGARA REGIONAL DIRECTOR (2018-2020)
Representing OASW members in Hamilton and Niagara Branches.
Christina Harrington, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW, PhD. Christina has over 15 fifteen years of clinical experience. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Social Work from McMaster University; and her Masters of Social Work from Dalhousie University, NS. Christina completed a PhD in Social Work through Memorial University, NL.
Christina has practiced as a medical social worker for 13 years working in the emergency departments of St. Joseph's Hospital and Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS); in critical care at the regional trauma centre (HHS), and in the surgical program at the Juravinski Hospital (HHS). Prior to this she worked in community and hospital based mental health programs with the Canadian Mental Health Association and the former Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital. In these varied settings Christina has worked with children, youth, adults, couples and families with complex needs.
For the past five years Christina has practiced privately with individuals and families who have been affected by motor vehicle accidents, injury, loss and bereavement. She is the co-owner and Clinical Director of Social Work Solutions Canada. In this role Christina is a consulting supervisor to five practicing clinicians. Throughout her practice experience Christina has welcomed opportunities to provide education and clinical training to new and seasoned social workers.
Christina values critically reflective practice. To this end, she has conducted qualitative research, has been published on several occasions and seeks opportunities to share what she has learned as a means of informing practice and policy.
As a member of OASW since 2009 (as well as earlier in her career), Christina strongly believes in the mission and values of the OASW. She is looking forward to working with OASW to promote and strengthen social work's professional identity and is excited to assist in social advocacy and increased awareness of the needs of marginalized populations.