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Mental Health Social

Toronto, ON, Canada
April 30, 2020

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Sara Collings Wilken


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Toronto, Ontario, M4E2G4


Registered Social Worker. Registration #828695

Social Work Experience

CATCH Collaborative Therapy for Children and Youth Therapist (private contractor)

2007-2008 and 2017- present

Provided part-time individual, twice a week therapy for children a total of three children in TDSB schools through an arrangement developed between Kidfix and the TDSB.

Private Therapy Practice:


Provided play therapy for children in the east end of Toronto. More recently I have begun providing therapy for new mothers to support their adjustment to new parenthood.

Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers Qualifications Evaluator

2007-2009 and 2016-2018

Worked with a team to evaluate applications to the College from applicants who do not possess a social work degree.

Ontario Central West Region Family Group Decision Making Roster

Family Group Decision Making Coordinator


Coordinated conferences between families involved with child protection agencies and their children’s aid workers. Conferences aimed to foster collaboration between family members and children’s aid workers in order to develop safe plans for children at risk of becoming Crown Wards.

Toronto Children’s Aid Society/Children’s Service Worker

1999-2000, Summer 2001 and Summer 2003

Planned and advocated for the care of children and youth who were Crown Wards.


McGill University/ Doctor of Philosophy, Social Work and Education

2000- 2008

●Thesis title: Experiences from the front-line: Implications for a critical child protection practice

●Supervisor: Dr. Linda Davies

York University/ Master of Social Work


●Practice Research Paper title: Access, Voice and ownership in the Wraparound process: An analysis of parent/professional power relationships in child welfare conferences.

York University/ Bachelor of Social Work

●Graduated Magna Cum Laude

University of Toronto/ Bachelor of Arts

●Major in philosophy and sociology

Additional Training





Teaching Experience

Canadian Institute for Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Certificate Programme/Year Four Candidate

Level One Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy/Fall 2018

Seleni Institute

Maternal Mental Health Intensive: Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (online training)/ July 2019

Maternal Mental Health Certificate Training for Mental Health and Clinical Professionals

Hosted by PSI and 2020 Mom (online training) /ongoing

SSHRC/ Doctoral Stipend awarded through a standard research grant for Mothering, Schooling and Work, Dr. Linda Davies, PI ($15000). 2002-2005

McGill University/ Mary Margaret Burns Fellowship ($5000) 2000, 2003, 2004

McGill University/ McGill Graduate Studies Fellowship ($5000)

2000, 2003, 2004

York University/ Graduate Entrance Scholarship


Collings, S. (2003) Book Review. [Constructing lived experiences: Representations of black mothers in child sexual abuse discourses. By Claudia Bernard]. Journal of the Association of Research on Mothering. 5(1), 203-4.

Davies, L., Collings, S., and Krane, J. (2003). “Making mothers visible: Implications for social work practice and education in child welfare”. Journal of the Association of Research on Mothering. 5(2) 158-169.

Davies, L. and Collings, S. (2004). “Subject-to-subject: Reclaiming the emotional terrain for practice”. In Scepticism/Emancipation: Social work in a corporate era. Edited by Peter Leonard and Linda Davies. Ashgate Press.

Conference presentations

Collings, S. (2001). Mothering discourses in child welfare. Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work Conference. Laval University, Quebec City.

Collings, S., Davies, L., & McKinnon, M. (2002). ‘You can’t just throw a life away’: Young women’s talk about abortion. 19th Qualitative Analysis Conference. McMaster University, Hamilton.

Davies, L., Collings, J., & Krane, J. (2002). Mothering & Social Work Education ‘Bringing Mothers into the Academy Association for Research on Mothering Conference. York University, Toronto.

Gnanamuttu, M., Pare, A., & Collings, S. (2002). Social Work Recording: A ‘critical’ issue for social work

Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work Conference.University of Toronto, Toronto.

McGill University/ Course Instructor


Qualitative Research Methods (SWRK 653)

McGill University/ Teaching Assistant

2002, 2004

Rethinking Child Welfare (SWRK 606)

McGill University/ Thesis Tutorial Leader


McGill Indonesian MSW Program

McGill University/ Teaching Assistant


Social Work Policy and Administration (SWRK 458)

McGill University/ Teaching Assistant


Social Work Practice with Mothers (SWRK 600)

McGill University / Co-Instructor with Dr. Kamal Fhami

2001, 2002

Qualitative Research Methods (SWRK 653)

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