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About the Mental Health Lead

Brenda Kenyon, Ph.D., C. Psych, is a clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience providing assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of social, emotional, behavioural, and mental health problems in children, youth, and adults in the Guelph-Wellington community.
 
“In my clinical work with children, adolescents, young adults, and their families, I had worked with schools in Wellington Catholic, collaborating to support children with social, emotional, behavioural, or mental health needs. I grew to deeply admire the compassion and caring with which Wellington Catholic supports all children, including those with different challenges, as a valued part of their community.”
 
Brenda joined WCDSB in September, 2013, as the Mental Health Lead. Working with the provincial School Mental Health ASSIST team, the role of the MH Lead is to help develop and implement the Board’s five-year Mental Health & Wellness Strategy, which has as its goals:
 
  • Enhancing mental health awareness throughout WC community
  • Promoting good mental health and resilience among all WC students and staff,
  • Strengthening the process for early identification of students with social, emotional, behavioural, mental health and addictions challenges, and,  
  • Strengthening the support services currently offered within the schools and streamlining the pathways to care for students needing more intensive, community-based support.  
 
The MH&W Strategy will assist the Board in fulfilling its vision of building safe, welcoming, and inclusive environments for all individuals so that they can fully participate in lifelong learning and celebrate their Catholic faith journey. 
 
To learn more about the WCDSB Mental Health & Wellness Strategy, click here. 

 

Curriculum Vitae:  Dr. Kenyon completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology (Hons) at the University of Waterloo, a Masters in Applied Child Psychology at the University of Guelph, and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Concordia University (1994). She completed pre- and post-doctoral clinical internships at Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital (now Grand River Hospital). Dr Kenyon is a Registered Psychologist in the Province of Ontario and a member of the Ontario Psychological Association. 

Dr. Kenyon is the past Director of the Centre for Psychological Services at the University of Guelph, a training clinic that provides a full range of clinical services to children, youth, young adults and their families. In addition to providing direct service to individuals and families, schools, and community agencies, she supervised graduate students in the clinical psychology program, a role for which she received a national Award for Excellence in Professional Training (2008).

Dr. Kenyon has taught extensively at the university level. She is Adjunct Graduate Faculty at University of Guelph and has been an examiner on numerous theses and qualifying examination committees. She has taught graduate clinical courses in diagnostic interviewing, child psychopathology, and psychotherapy. Dr. Kenyon and has published scholarly articles on various topics, including children's conceptions of death, on social-cognitive development, and co-authored a book chapter on accommodating mental health problems in the workplace.  

 

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