Background and professional experience
Christopher graduated with his MSW in 2003 and has worked in a wide range of services including child welfare, emergency psychiatry, outpatient mental health, juvenile justice, and in implementing evidence-based treatments in community services. He has been providing comprehensive DBT treatment since 2005 with adolescents and adults. He is experienced in a number of behavioral and cognitive behavioral treatments including Prolonged Exposure (PE) for PTSD, Exposure and Response Prevention (ExRP) for OCD, and CBT treatments for mood and anxiety disorders. He is an approved PE consultant and supervisor with Dr. Edna Foa, the developer of PE. In addition to his clinical work and consultation services, he was the first social worker in Canada to achieve DBT Linehan Board of Certification status as a certified clinician. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor (Part time) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario where he coordinates the DBT psychotherapy module for psychiatry residents and has taught medical students interviewing skills, applied ethics, and evidence-based practice processes.