About the Book

Creating Safe Schools introduces methods for registered social workers and school-based counsellors to use with students identified by peers, teachers, and parents as having problems with empathy & compassion. This book reviews effective evidence-based programs currently used such as peer mentoring, restorative justice, and virtues education programs to reduce peer aggression, bullying, and physical assaults at school. This book offers a creative humanities-inspired model to understand the role of the arts in healing processes. This book further elaborates on the intimate emotional space created in collaborative counselling sessions and discusses the importance of informed consent, parental involvement, and clinical competence when working with vulnerable populations at school or community-based mental health settings. Written primarily for registered mental health clinicians, this book offers hope to young people and their parents, siblings, and teachers.

About the Author

Wellness, Safe Schools, Parent Coach, Psychotherapist and Author, Lisa is a wife, mother, and mother-in-law. She graduated with a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Toronto in 1993, and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Culture, Language & Learning from York University in 2013. Highly awarded scholar, ethnographer, and keynote speaker, Dr. Romano-Dwyer has presented theory, research, and practice ideas at national and international levels. Lisa led several community and program-based research and evaluation projects using mixed qualitative and quantitate methods. Her research career was sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC); the Vanier Canada Graduate Award Scholarship; the Michael Smith Foreign Study Abroad Study Award;  the Knowledge Network for Applied Research Award in Ontario; the John Haddad Master of Social Work Award; and the Terry Fox Humanitarian Undergraduate Award Scholarship.

As a registered social worker in Ontario, Lisa offers psychotherapy services to individuals, families, and groups where offers a creative blend of strength-based solution-focused compassionate mind training that engages the imaginations in healing. Lisa offers barrier-free services to people. Lisa collaborates with health care practitioners, early education resource centers, boards of education, family law services, and not-for-profit organizations. Lisa is a prolific writer who is currently publishing practice guides, and workbook resources for clinical use with children and adolescents. 

She is currently providing mental health social work counselling and psychotherapy at Lakeside Wellness Therapy Affiliates in Toronto. Lisa is Psychology Today Verified.https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/lisa-romano-dwyer-lakeside-wellness-therapy-affiliates-toronto-on/423084