Elaine Weisgerber BSW, RSW
I am a registered social worker with a bachelors’ degree in social work and a Youth Care Certificate. I have 27 years’ experience working in the helping professions. I have worked with and supported children, youth and family units challenged with adverse and diverse disparities and barriers. I have extensive experience working with children and youth with diverse needs and circumstances. I am an energetic, innovative individual with a sincere and genuine ability to connect with children and youth and build rapport. My diverse career has created the opportunity to obtain a complex understanding the social, emotional, mental and physical development of children and youth.
I am a culturally responsive, neurodivergent affirmative, trauma-informed practitioner; with a compassion-based practice, My practice is foundationally rooted in Polyvagal Theory. Polyvagal Theory provides a framework a guide for understanding the connection between the mind, body, and emotions. Educating and coaching children and youth to be empowered with deeper understanding of their own stress response system and how to respond effectively to their own dysregulation.
Empowering children and youth to increase their capacity to successfully manage their emotional regulation needs. I am passionate about utilizing hands on teaching strategies that equip children and youth with the skills to self-regulate and co-regulate with supports in their lives. I implement a variety of strategies including sensory modulation and integration.
AS well as age-appropriate Dialectical Behavioural Therapy strategies. Self-regulation can be taught through increasing mental health literacy and implementing goal-directed actions to strengthen mental, mental and behavioural regulation.
I have extensive experience providing support in the following areas;
- Stress/ anxiety
- Sadness/ depression
- Neurodiversity/ neurodivergent – ASD/ ADHD
- Trauma · Grief/loss · Behavioural challenges
- Difficulty managing emotions
- Social anxiety
- Peer challenges/ bullying