WHO WE ARE

OUR MISSION

We have a strong commitment to and a firm belief that prevention and early intervention can assist the well-being of children and their families. We show our commitment through the use of a skills-based, evidence-based and strength-based approach, within our therapeutic groups. We provide families with support, a successful skill set and opportunities for growth.

“We do not see problems, we see solutions and opportunities for growth.”

DIRECTORS

Tania DaSilva, Clinical Director, Child, Youth and Family Therapist

Hons. BA, CYW, CYC, CBT

Tania DaSilva holds an Honours Bachelors of Arts and Science Degree majoring in Psychology and Sociology. She is certified in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and currently completing certification is Solution-Focused Therapy at OISE University of Toronto. She holds an Honours Advanced Child and Youth Care Diploma from Humber College, specializing in counselling, interventions, treatment and therapeutic activities. 

Additionally, Tania has received certification in Applied Behavioural Analysis for Educators through the Geneva Centre for Autism, as well as certification in Neuroscience Psychology accredited by the CCE. She also specializes in Emotional Intelligence and is certified to administer the renowned EQ-i2.0 assessment. Tania has taken countless workshops in modalities such as DBT, Creative Expressions and Mindfulness.

She has worked at The Dunblaine School, a school dedicated to students with various degrees of developmental and learning disabilities. Within the TDSB working with the entire population, but more specifically with children with special needs and those in need of emotional and behavioural assistance. She was also part of the multi-disciplinary team at the North York General Hospital in the Psychiatric Unit, specifically in the eating disorder day program. Tania joined the BEHAVIOUR MATTERS team in January 2015 as a group facilitator, she is now the Clinical Director and Senior Therapist for families or individuals looking for assistance with their specific therapeutic needs.

Tania DaSilva has been featured as a Child, Youth and Family Therapist expert on CP24, GLOBAL NEWS, CTV and the MARILYN DENIS SHOW discussing a variety of issues and topics on air. 


Sarah Latowsky, Program Director, Educational Consultant

BA, MA

Sarah Latowsky holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from McGill University, as well as a Masters of Arts degree in Child Study & Education from OISE with an emphasis in Special Education. She is a certified Primary/Junior teacher in the province of Ontario. Sarah has worked with children with a variety of emotional and behavioural needs and their families through her work at Camp Robin Hood, both as group counselor/1:1 support worker, and as a Senior Staff member. After graduating from OISE in May 2016 Sarah joined the team at BEHAVIOUR MATTERS as a Group Facilitator and Executive Functioning Coach. Sarah is now the Program Director and Educational Consultant.


Emily Rogers Nannarone, Clinical Supervisor

B.A., MSW, RSW, CASW

Emily has an Honors Bachelor of Arts Degree from Trent University and a Master’s of Social Work from Wilfred Laurier. She is also a Certified Trauma Counsellor and trained in Mental Health Counselling, Autism Support, Accommodation Planning, Workshop Facilitation, and Curriculum Development. She has spoken at several clinical conferences and been apart of numerous panels, task forces, and committees. Emily has extensive experience providing support and services to individuals with mental health challenges, developmental disabilities, Autism/Asperger’s, learning disabilities, acquired brain injuries, and survivors of trauma. Joining the BEHAVIOUR MATTERS team in 2017 as a Clinical Supervisor, Emily is committed to helping children, youth and families in achieving their goals. Emily is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) as well as the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW).


THERAPISTS

Samantha Cruz, Child, Youth and Family Therapist

BA., MSW, RSW

Samantha is a Registered Social Worker, who takes a strength-based and skills-based approach. She has worked for the TCDSB, during her time within the school board she was an educational assistant. Her focus was on children and youth with a range of mental health challenges, life situations, and behavioural difficulties. As an educational assistant, she assisted and supported these individuals on improving their functioning at home, school, and in the community. Samantha also worked at the Scarborough Hospital Child & Adolescent ADHD Clinic, where she supported children, youth, and their families in managing their difficulties with ADHD and other occurring disorders such as anxiety, depression, and oppositional defiant disorder. Samantha is able to form positive relationships with clients and families, she is skilled in effective communication, building trust, listening, mediation, and conflict resolution when working with individuals and families. She joined the BEHAVIOUR MATTERS team in 2019 and is one of our Child, Youth and Family Therapist.


Erin Mlotek, Group Facilitator, Child, Youth and Family Therapist

BA., MA

Erin Mlotek has a Masters in Counselling Psychology and is in the process of becoming a Registered Psychotherapist. Erin has a Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Education, as well as a post-graduate certificate in Autism and Behavioural Science. She is certified in Triple P, as well as experienced in many other therapeutic modalities like art therapy, motivational interviewing etc. Erin has experience at Surrey Place supporting children and youth with dual diagnosis through 1:1 and group therapy. She is also an instructor at Seneca College for the Autism and Behavioural Science Department. She utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused and narrative approaches in her work and has been a group facilitator at BEHAVIOUR MATTERS since 2018.


Sharon Parsaud, Group Facilitator, Child Youth and Family Therapist

BSW

Sharon Parsaud is a Registered Social Worker, she completed her BSW at York University. She is also an Early Childhood Educator, completing her studies at Seneca College. Sharon has experience as a Foster Support Worker at Key Assets, working with children and teens who experienced childhood trauma, abuse, and violence. The education and support provided has a focus on behaviour and emotional management strategies and was provided through a strengths-based approach. Sharon has experience in programming and facilitation of group therapy for children and youth, as well as support groups for parents. She joined BEHAVIOUR MATTERS as a Group Facilitator in 2018.


Maninder Kaur, Practicum Student

BA., MA (in progress)

Maninder Kaur is completing her final practicum for her Masters in Counselling, she is interning with us from September 2018- May 2019. Maninder has experience as an educational assistant as well as a student counsellor from her previous internships. We are happy to have her as part of the BEHAVIOUR MATTERS team in 2018 and 2019.


FOUNDERS

Cheri Boros, Co-Founder

Certified Child and Youth Worker (CYW), Certified Child and Youth Counsellor (CYC)

Cheri Boros is a Certified Child and Youth Worker with over 25 years of clinical and group experience. In addition to being a co-founder of BEHAVIOUR MATTERS, Cheri has worked with children, families and teachers in hospital, educational, day-treatment, mental health and home settings. Her areas of expertise includes developing and implementing effective social skills, self-esteem and anger management group programs for children, as well as working with parents to help them increase and develop positive parenting skills.


Karen Connort, Co-Founder

Certified Child and Youth Worker (CYW), Certified Child and Youth Counsellor (CYC)

Karen Connort is a Certified Child and Youth Worker with over 25 years of clinical and group experience. In addition to being a co-founder of BEHAVIOUR MATTERS, Karen was a member of the Child and Adolescent Health Services team at North York General Hospital, where she was the intake coordinator. Her expertise includes child development and behaviour, providing resource services for families, and developing and implementing dynamic and credible social skills and anger management programs for children.