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Faculty Profiles

Theresa Fraser

Theresa Fraser

Professor, Child and Youth Care program

Program Area: Community Studies

Office: B145, Faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies, Davis Campus
Phone: (905) 459-7533 Ext. 5486


Theresa Fraser holds a Child Youth Worker (CYW) diploma, a diploma in General Social Work, a Life Skills Coach certificate, is a certified Child Psychotherapist Play Therapist Supervisor, Trauma and Loss Clinical Specialist, and a Treatment foster parent of 20 years. Theresa is sought after to present in Canada, the US, Wales, Ireland and England on topics related to Trauma, Child Development, Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, the Brain, Attachment as well as LGBTQ issues. She is also trained in Theraplay and EMDR.

Theresa is a published author, (Billy had to move and Adopting a Child with a Trauma and Attachment Disruption History). Theresa has chapters published in edited Play Therapy books. She is a regular contributor to magazines and newsletters for CYW’s and Play Therapists. She is the current President of the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy and also a board member for the Toronto Art Therapy Association. In 2008, Theresa was awarded the North American Clinical Specialist of the Year Award by the National Institute for Trauma and Loss (Detroit). In 2010 she was awarded an Alumnus of Distinction Award from Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology. 

Theresa began teaching in the post secondary system in 2001 and is invited annually to guest lecture at Wilfred Laurier University, the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, and Ryerson University, on the utilization of play approaches in counselling. Theresa celebrated 30 years working in the field in June 2013. In those 30 years she has worked in adult and child community mental health settings, residential and foster care settings, school settings, justice open custody settings and has supervised Child and Youth Workers in most of these as well. She feels that CYW 's have much to offer families in Ontario particularly now that Adoption is being strongly supported for children and teens in our Child Welfare system.

Theresa loves teaching at Sheridan and is passionate about online and hybrid student instruction.              

"You can learn more about a person in an hour of play than a year of conversation." – Plato