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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson

Professor, Social Service Worker program

Program Area: Community Studies

Nicole Johnson is a full time Professor and Program Coordinator in the Social Service Worker (SSW) Program. She has been teaching at Sheridan for four years and specializes in teaching in the clinical and placement stream courses.  Nicole brings 18 years of experience in the social service worker field, holding both front line and management positions.  Her area of expertise is in the area of trauma/violence against women and children, including working with women who have experienced woman abuse, sexual violence, child abuse and sexual harassment.  Nicole has held various positions at two Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Centres in Ontario, including as a Counsellor, Public Educator, and Volunteer Program/Crisis Line Manager and as an Executive Director.  In New York City, Nicole held the position of Clinical Coordinator for a national victim services organization, where she managed a team of 100 crisis counsellors managing four 24 crisis hotlines and led the first response to victims/families impacted by the September 11th terrorist attack.  Nicole has also led several community development initiatives and held the Community Coordinator position with the Peel Committee Against Woman Abuse working with a collaborative of over 40 social service agencies in the Region of Peel.

Nicole’s formal education includes a BA in Psychology/Sociology, a Diploma in Assaulted Women and Children’s Counselling Advocacy and a Master’s in Education.  She is a certified trainer in Non Violent Physical Crisis Intervention (CPI) through the International CPI Institute, a Compassion Fatigue Specialist and is trained in advanced level REIKI.  Nicole is a committed lifelong learner and is currently studying alternative/holistic approaches to healing, including REIKI, Reflexology, Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga.  

Nicole continues to be active in the social service sector in her work with Interim Place, a woman’s shelter in the Region of Peel.  She currently holds the position of Vice President on the Board of Directors.  

Nicole’s teaching style is guided by several social work and adult education theories and techniques, drawing upon an empowerment, strength based model and anti-oppressive framework.  She is passionate about social justice issues and supporting her students to become change agents in their own communities.