Social work is the practice of helping individuals, families, and communities enhance their personal and collective well-being. Social workers assist their clients to develop their skills and expand their ability to use their own resources and those of the community in order to resolve the obstacles they face.

Social work focuses on both individual’s personal problems as well as broader social issues such as poverty, unemployment, parent-teen conflict, and domestic violence. By offering counselling that is confidential and nonjudgmental, social work provides professional support in a safe and caring environment. With support, you can learn to better understand yourself and make healthy changes by defining and reaching wellness goals.

Rayna Morris, B.A., B.S.W., B.Ed, M.S.W., RSW

Rayna has over 20 years’ experience as a social worker, assisting children, youth, and families. She began her career in child welfare in Toronto and has spent many years on a specialized Domestic Violence Team. Rayna has held a number of positions at the Children’s Aid Society, conducting comprehensive safety and risk assessments, providing ongoing service, and assisting with training and mentoring new workers. As a frequent guest speaker, Rayna has lectured at women’s and family shelters, community-based schools, and the Toronto Police College, where her focus has been on domestic violence and the Child, Youth and Family Services Act (CYFSA). Her experience also extends to the facilitation of the Parenting Resource Information Development Education (PRIDE) course offered to prospective adoptive and foster parents.

Rayna draws upon multiple approaches, including solution-focused therapy, strength-based practice, cognitive-behavioural therapy, and the signs of safety practice framework. Rayna is dedicated to adapting and meeting her clients’ needs and believes strongly in a healthy client-therapist relationship as an essential to helping people cope with life’s challenges.

Rayna holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in individual and family therapy. She has a Bachelor of Social Work from York University, specializing in children’s development, as well as a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degree from York University.

Rayna is a Registered Social Worker in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.