Penny Smith is an experienced social worker who approaches clients and their situations with humour, understanding and practical solutions. Penny is comfortable with a wide range of client ages, stages and challenges.
She is a registered member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, and a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. Penny received her Master of Social Work from Wilfred Laurier University. Her background includes front line and supervisory positions in Child Protection, and project management in research and community development for the Toronto Child Abuse Centre. Penny worked for the Halton and Peel District School Boards, and developed The Parent Watch Program for parents of high-risk adolescents, and Peers Empowering Peers, an orientation program for grade 9 students provided by grade 12 students. She has extensive experience in individual, family and group therapy, recovery from addiction and from the trauma of sexual abuse.
Penny has a dynamic presentation style and regularly provides workshops at parent conferences, and professional social work conferences on a variety of subjects dealing with the challenges of parenting.