We have a strong commitment to and a firm belief that prevention and early intervention can assist the well-being of children and their families through the use of a social skills group.
Tania DaSilva, Certified Child and Youth Worker (CYW), Certified Child and Youth Counsellor (CYC), Hons.BA Psych, Certified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist – Program Director & Child, Youth & Family T
Karen Connort is a Certified Child and Youth Worker with over 25 years of clinical and group experience. In addition to being a co-founder of BEHAVIOUR MATTERS, Karen was a member of the Child and Adolescent Health Services team at North York General Hospital, where she was the intake coordinator. Her expertise includes child development and behaviour, providing resource services for families, and developing and implementing dynamic and credible social skills and anger management programs for children.
Cheri Boros is a Certified Child and Youth Worker with over 25 years of clinical and group experience. In addition to being a co-founder of BEHAVIOUR MATTERS, Cheri has worked with children, families and teachers in hospital, educational, day-treatment, mental health and home settings. Her areas of expertise includes developing and implementing effective social skills, self-esteem and anger management group programs for children, as well as working with parents to help them increase and develop positive parenting skills.
Tania DaSilva holds an Honors Bachelors of Arts and Science Degree majoring in Psychology and Sociology. She is also certified in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, training that she successfully completed at OISE, University of Toronto. Additionally, Tania has received certification in Applied Behavioral Analysis for Educators through the Geneva Centre for Autism. She also holds an Honors Advanced Child and Youth Care Diploma from Humber College, specializing in counseling, assessment, interventions, treatment and therapeutic activities.
She has worked at The Dunblaine School, a school dedicated to students with various degrees of developmental and learning disabilities. Dewson Street Jr. Public School (TDSB) working with the entire population, but more specifically with children with special needs and those in need of emotional and behavioral assistance. She was also part of the multi-disciplinary team at the North York General Hospital in the Psychiatric Unit, specifically in the eating disorder day program. Tania joined the BEHAVIOUR MATTERS team in January 2016, she is now the Program Director and Lead Therapist for families or individuals looking for assistance with their specific therapeutic needs.
Emily has an Honors Bachelor of Arts Degree from Trent University and a Master’s of Social Work from Wilfred Laurier. She is also a Certified Trauma Counsellor and trained in Mental Health Counselling, Autism Support, Accommodation Planning, Workshop Facilitation, and Curriculum Development. She has spoken at several clinical conferences and been apart of numerous panels, task forces, and committees.
Emily has extensive experience providing support and services to individuals with mental health challenges, developmental disabilities, Autism/Asperger’s, learning disabilities, acquired brain injuries, and survivors of trauma. Joining the BEHAVIOUR MATTERS team in 2017 as a Clinical Supervisor, Emily is excited about helping children, youth and families in achieving their goals. Emily is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) as well as the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW).
Marissa Wolicki earned her Master’s Degree in Social Worker from Wilfrid Laurier University. Since graduating, Marissa has worked extensively with children and their families. In her practice, she specializes in working with all ages of children, youth, and their families. Through her strength-based approach, she strives to help young people as well as their families achieve the goals they have in mind for themselves. Marissa is in the process of finishing her certificate in Solution-Focused Therapy from the University of Toronto. She is a registered member of both the OCSWSSW and the OASW.
Jennifer Fejer, M.A., earned her masters degree in counselling psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology. She has over fifteen years of experience providing assessment and treatment to individuals, adolescents and families. Trained in brief solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, and psychodynamic psychotherapy, Jennifer is able to work with families and their adolescent children who are dealing with mental health issues, behavioural concerns, and family dynamic problems.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Humanities from York University, Michael is also a Registered Behavioural Technician. Since 2008, Michael has worked with children and young adults with social anxieties and developmental delays. Recently he has helped create a curriculum focusing on developing and nurturing social skills at Dani's Place. As well, Michael heads the music therapy program at Zareinu. Michael joined BEHAVIOUR MATTERS in 2010; he has led countless social skills and emotional regulation groups over the years.
Sarah Latowsky holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from McGill University, as well as a Masters of Arts degree in Child Study & Education from OISE with an emphasis in Special Education. She is a certified Primary/Junior teacher in the province of Ontario. Sarah has worked with children with a variety of emotional and behavioural needs and their families through her work at Camp Robin Hood, both as group counselor/1:1 support worker, and as a Senior Staff member. After graduating from OISE in May 2016 Sarah joined the team at BEHAVIOUR MATTERS as a Group Facilitator and Executive Functioning Coach.
Melvin Sert earned her masters degree in psychology, specializing in forensics, from Maastricht University in the Netherlands and holds an Honors Bachelor of Science degree from University of Toronto. She has completed her clinical training in London, England at Springfield University Hospital, working in a forensic psychiatric unit with patients from diverse backgrounds and complex mental health needs. Trained in Schema Therapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Melvin’s passion is in her work with children and youth with various mental health needs.
Aubreyana is an Early Intervention Specialist. She spent over seven years as an Early Intervention Assistant at Lynn Center in California, a school that specializes in Applied Behavior Analysis. She is also a dedicated teacher’s assistant at St. Robert’s Catholic School in Toronto, Ontario. Aubreyana plans to return to school in September to pursue Child and Youth Counselling and continue her passion and education in child, youth and family care.