Patricia Smith began her career in the field of social services following her degrees in Criminology and Social Work. Over the past 25 plus years, Patricia has received additional training in Advanced Critical Incident Stress Management, suicide prevention/postvention, assessment of potential violent situations and clinical work with trauma survivors.
Throughout her many years in clinical work, Ms. Smith has lived and worked in Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ottawa and Canada's Arctic. For the past 15 years, Patricia has been working primarily with survivors of childhood trauma in Nunavut. Most recently, she has been part of the primary support team for Health Canada's Residential School Resolution Program and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (Northern Region). Her work with Employee Assistance Programs is extensive offering clinical services in both official languages (English and French).
She is a member of Canada's National Psychosocial Emergency Response Team (PESERT) and for several years was Eastern Canada supervisor for Shepell-fgi EAP trauma services. As Senior Therapist at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ottawa, she focused on supporting wellness and resiliency, trauma recovery, anxiety management as well as working through depression and grief. She is a sought after facilitator on topics of vicarious trauma, resiliency building, violence in the work place and work place wellness. Since 2002, Ms. Smith works in private practice in Gatineau QC.