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Faculty Profiles

David Boudreau

David Boudreau

Professor, Social Service Worker program

Office: B334, Faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies, Trafalgar Campus
Phone: (905) 845-9430 Ext. 2389


B.A. (Honours Sociology, University of Western Ontario, 1979)
M.A. (Sociology, University of Western Ontario, 1982)
B.S.W. (McGill University, 1989)
M.S.W. (McGill University, 1991)


David has been a full-time faculty member at Sheridan College in the Social Service Worker programs since 2006.

David has over 25 years of clinical Social work experience in the Social Service sector.  His work experience spans a number of sectors including social assistance and employment services, children’s mental health, child protection services, housing (youth shelters), employee assistance programs and private practice.

David has enjoyed a variety of Social work roles as Counsellor, Supervisor, Program Coordinator, Regional Manager of Clinical Services, Individual and Family Therapist, E-Counsellor, Consultant and Educator.

He has extensive post-graduate training in counselling and psychotherapy including family systems therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, narrative and solution-focused therapies and mindfulness-based approaches.

David is experienced with in-person, telephonic and e-counselling modalities and provides service to clients through individual, couple, family and group counselling.

His clinical practice spans a wide range of concerns including mood and anxiety issues, stress, grief, parenting, work and career issues, addiction, LGBT issues, life transitions, relationship issues, separation and divorce, trauma, anger, and wellness.

His professional interests include mental health, mindfulness-based approaches to counselling, Anti-Oppressive Practice perspectives, LGBT issues and disability.

David is a Registered Social Worker and a long-standing member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers and the Ontario Social Service Worker Educator Association.

David’s teaching interests and experience to date spans numerous courses in the Social Service Worker programs including Introduction to Social Service Work and Field Placement, Social Diversity in Contemporary Canada, Social Justice and Social Change, Field Preparation, Professional Practice, Group Work Methods, Human Development, Concept of Helping and Helping Models and Strategies.

David’s philosophy of teaching mirrors core principles that guide his clinical work: professionalism, partnership, collaboration, creativity, authenticity, transparency, accountability, integrity and client or student centeredness. He focuses on developing strengths and competencies and believes strongly in the power of relationship to foster learning, growth and change.  David believes that in Social Service work particularly, who you are in the classroom as an educator needs to align with the values and skills that you hope students will take with them into the profession. This is how students will change lives and bring about social change.