Meet the Team

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Jane Bourke MSW, MFT
Coordinator, Transitional Care Program
Jewish General Hospital 

I have a Masters in Social Work from McGill University, a Marriage and Family Therapy Certificate from the Jewish General Hospital, and a Psychotherapy permit from the Ordre des psychologues du Quebec. As the coordinator of the Transitional Care Program, I work with families of discharged children from child psychiatry, and supervise team educators who work with the referred children’s schools. My professional experience initially began in hospital social work in the departments of emergency and medicine. More recently I was a family therapist working with individuals, couples and families for a non-profit organization in Montreal. I continue to have a private practice in individual and couple therapy.

 

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Phyllis Zelkowitz Ed.D, MA, BA
Founder, Transitional Care Program
Jewish General Hospital

After completing a B.A. in Psychology from McGill University and an M.A. in Educational Psychology from the University of Toronto, I obtained a doctorate in Human Development at Harvard University. I am the Director of Research in the Department of Psychiatry at the Jewish General Hospital, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University. I am a licensed clinical psychologist, and worked for several years on the Child Psychiatry Day Hospital team. Based on that experience, I developed the concept of the Transitional Care team, and obtained funding to establish the program.

 

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Carol-Anne Blanshay, MA, BA
Consultant, Transitional Care Program
Jewish General Hospital

I have completed a D.E.C. in Early Childhood Education at Vanier College, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at McGill University, and a Master of Arts at Université du Québec à Montréal specializing in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Systemic approaches to therapy. I have worked extensively both on and off the island of Montreal as a Resource Teacher, as an Inclusion Coordinator for special needs, a specialized educator for children with autism or PDD, a phobic aide, a private clinician and a certified Psychotherapist from OPSQ. My role in the Transitional Care Program involves supporting children discharged from child psychiatry as they transition back to their school full time. I consult with child Psychiatry and the school staff during this transition to help the child maintain the gains he/she made while in the behaviour disorders program.

 

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Anne Smart
Consultant, Transitional Care Program
Jewish General Hospital

I completed a three year Child and Youth Program at St Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario. The program’s emphasis was on facilitating change in children, youth and young adults who are experiencing a range of social, emotional and/or behavioural challenges. I began work at the Jewish General Hospital Child Psychiatry unit in my 20’s and first worked in the evening hospital program for several years before I started working with children in the Day Treatment Center. From there I moved to the ETC and worked in the Nursery and kindergarten program and at the same time, managed the younger after school program. In 2002, at its inception, I was asked to join the Transitional Care Team, and have worked with its members and children ever since.

 

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Naomi Ashkenazy, 
MSW, PSW, CFT
Knowledge Transmission Team, Transitional Care Program
Jewish General Hospital

I am a Clinical Social Worker, licensed Couple and Family Therapist and Psychotherapist. I am a graduate of McGill University where I obtained a Bachelor of Psychology and Social Work and Masters of Social Work. Following my Masters, I completed a post-graduate training in Couple and Family Therapy, at the Jewish General Hospital, Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry. I currently have a private practice as an Individual, Couple and Family therapist. I also work as a member of the Transitional Care Program Team, in the Department of Child Psychiatry of the Jewish General Hospital.