Dr. Pat Ferris // MSW, RSW, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Pat has a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work as well as Masters and Doctoral Degrees in Industrial Organizational Psychology.
Over her 30+ years in the mental health field, Pat has worked in every aspect of mental health ranging from institutions, emergency wards, and private practice. She currently provides service to both individuals and corporations. Pat oversees disability management of mental health issues for many companies.
Pat’s practice focuses on workplace issues such as Critical Incident Management and treatment in safety sensitive industries, employee stress, disability management, respectful workplaces, and the treatment and management of workplace bullying.
Pat developed a psychological first responder training program in 1997 which she has delivered across the country to safety sensitive industries. She is a member of several international associations including the Society for Occupational Health Psychology and the International Association for Workplace Bullying and Harassment where she is the Co-Convenor of the IAWBH Special Interest Group for Therapeutic Practitioners. She is currently leading an international project to determine which therapeutic interventions work best for the treatment of bullied individuals.
She publishes in top tier journals and frequently presents at conferences on these topics. Pat has been named a YWCA Women of the Year in the past and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Calgary Women’s Soccer Association for her work as a Past President on board governance.