Institute for Childhood Trauma & Attachment Leadership
Leticia Gracia, Director
Leticia Gracia, MSW, RSW, is the Director of the Institute of Childhood Trauma and Attachment at The George Hull Centre. Having worked with children and families for over 25 years, Leticia has extensive clinical experience in delivering Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), family therapy, trauma assessment and trauma treatment. Previously the Director of the George Hull Community Clinic for 6 years, Leticia has a passion for developing and implementing high quality clinical programs to treat the most complex of cases.
Leticia was instrumental in obtaining significant Innovation Grants from the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health to implement DDP in the Community Clinic, and to develop a school-based socio-emotional learning program in partnership with the Toronto Catholic District Sch-ool Board. Leticia is highly respected by her colleagues and peers in the children’s mental health sector and her excellence in clinical leadership was recognized by the Hospital for Sick Children with the Elizabeth Manson Award (2017).
Leticia has taken a leadership role at various local and provincial tables to address access to children’s mental health services by at-risk children and youth. She is on the executive of the Developmental Trauma Action Alliance, a provincial committee with over 100 members that advocates for improved services for children and youth with developmental trauma. She has regularly presented on trauma and attachment at numerous conferences in Ontario, including recently at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the Hospital for Sick Children grand rounds, and Children’s Mental Health Ontario conferences.
Dr. James Worling, Consulting Psychologist & Forensic Psychologist
Dr. Worling, Ph.D., C. Psych., is a clinical and forensic psychologist in full-time private practice who has worked extensively with adolescents who sexually offend, and their families, since 1988. He also works with children and youth who have experienced sexual victimization and with children under 12 who have engaged in harming sexual behaviours. During this time, Dr. Worling has presented many workshops nationally and internationally, and he has written a number of professional articles and book chapters regarding the etiology, assessment, and treatment of sexually abusive behaviour. Dr. Worling is a Fellow of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, and he serves on the editorial board for their journal, Sexual Abuse.
Dr. Dan Hughes, Honorary Chair
Dan Hughes, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who founded and developed Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), for the treatment of children who have experienced abuse and neglect and demonstrate ongoing problems related to attachment and trauma. This treatment occurs in a family setting and the treatment model has expanded to become a general model of family treatment. Dan has conducted seminars, workshops, and spoken at conferences throughout the US, Europe, Canada, and Australia for the past 20 years. He is also engaged in extensive training and supervision in the certification of therapists in his treatment model, along with ongoing consultation to various agencies and professionals. He is the founder of the Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute, which is responsible for the certification of professionals in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute: https://ddpnetwork.org/
Dan is the author of many books and articles. These include Building the Bonds of Attachment, 3rd Ed. (2017), Attachment-Focused Family Therapy Workbook (2011) and, with Jon Baylin, Brain-Based Parenting (2012) and The Neurobiology of Attachment-Focused Therapy (2016). Along with Kim Golding and Julie Hudson, Dan has recently had published Healing relational trauma with attachment-focused interventions: Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy with children and families (W.W. Norton, 2019).
Dr. Faye Mishna
Faye Mishna, Ph.D., joined the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto in 1999 as an Assistant Professor. Prior to her appointment at the Faculty she had over 20 years of experience in children’s mental health including in the role of Clinical Director of a children’s mental health center. Faye served as the Dean of the Faculty from 2009-2019 and is currently a Professor in the Faculty and cross-appointed to the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.
Her program of research focuses on bullying/cyber bullying and sexting among youth, informal cyber technology use in social work practice, and clinical practice. An integral component of her research entails collaboration with community agencies and organizations. Faye is the author of a book on bullying published by Oxford University Press in 2012 and is co-author of a book on bullying in Canada, published by Oxford University Press in 2015. She has a small private practice in psychotherapy and consultation.