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About Me

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Being a Second Generation Holocaust Survivor, I had a lot of exposure to loss. Most of my mother's and father's family members perished in the Holocaust. I experienced this trauma as a second-generation offspring. Upon reflection, I attribute my initial pursuit in grief studies to my attempt at making sense of my own personal experience. I then acknowledged and assessed that others could be assisted as well.

While using several assisting methods, my work reflects my strong grief background, coming from over 20 years of academic and independent study as well as professional and a lifetime of personal experience. I see the impact on the well-being of loss due to various adverse circumstances that individuals experience. This view is different from the conventional cultural view related to grief which is primarily related solely to death. To share this innovative view, I developed the ground-breaking Acknowledge, Assess, Assist - components of the 3-A Coping Framework.  The 3-A Framework was originally devised in 2007 to address the losses and grief that caregivers experience while witnessing the decline of their family members living with dementia.  It has been academically published, widely presented and well-received.​

My present role as a 3-A Coping Strategist reflects the advancement of Acknowledge, Assess, Assist over the years. Since devising the 3-A's, the model has been broadened to be applied not only with dementia but in various other serious illnesses such as schizophrenia, Parkinson's, and MS. As well, it has been further developed into a framework with coping tools for people experiencing situational losses related to a relationship breakup, job loss, etc. - further demonstrating that grief processing is not simple and not just about death. I pass along tools as a 3-A coping strategist, for you to make transformational change in order to cope on your own with whatever challenges you may face. Incorporated in the grief processing, I borrow from other methods that I have expertise in, such as mindfulness, cognitive reframing, and internal family systems - all in the assist component to enrich outcomes applying the 3-A Coping Framework.

Previous Employment

  • Social Worker

Alzheimer Society of York Region, Canada

  • Social Worker

Outpatient Mental Health, Markham Stouffville Hospital

  • Social Worker Intern

Community Psychogeriatrics, Sunnybrook Health Sciences, Toronto, Canada

  • Social Worker Intern

Newmarket Family Life Centre

Formal Education

  • Master of Social Work

University of Toronto, Canada

Masters Thesis Proposal: An Inquiry into Loss, Depression and Grief

  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Specialized Honours Program

York University, Toronto

  • Bereavement Education

Certificate, University of Toronto

  • Social Context of Mental Health and Illness

Accomplished with Distinction, Coursera online taught by Charmaine Williams, Associate Professor, University of Toronto

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

York Region, ON

  • 4 Day Intensive Internal Family Systems


  • 2 Day Workshop with IFS founder

Dr. Richard Schwartz​

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