Dr. Christina Harrington

Christina is an experienced, warm and empathetic social worker. She brings 20 years of rich, diverse and skilled experience to her clinical work; particularly in the area of health and mental health. She has practised in critical care (ER, ICU and trauma units) at a regional trauma centre as well as a hospital surgical program. Prior to this, she worked in community and hospital-based mental health programs. In these varied settings, Christina has worked with children, youth, adults, couples and families with complex needs.  

Since 2009, Christina has practised privately. She owns and is the Director of, Social Work Solutions Canada. The practice offers an array of mental health services and treatment modalities. In this role, she also provides supervision consultations to other clinical social workers. Social Work Solutions Canada holds licensing to practice under the Statutory Accidents Benefits regime in Ontario and Christina, herself has provided expert medical-legal reports in this area.  

Christina received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Social Work from McMaster University; a Masters of Social Work from Dalhousie University, NS. Christina completed a PhD in Social Work through Memorial University, NL.– specializing in trauma and bereavement.  

She has held numerous sessional faculty appointments providing professional training to undergraduate and graduate social work students as well as numerous guest lectures on varied mental health topics. She holds expertise and speciality in trauma and bereavement. She is a researcher and published author in this area and has served as a peer reviewer for reputable, international journals in Death, Dying and Bereavement.

Christina’s passion is in the areas of health and mental health; with particular interest, knowledge and skills related to trauma and bereavement (with specialization in traumatic grief/sudden death and wartime bereavement). She has a special interest in supporting first responders, members of the Canadian Forces and their families. She holds evidence-based certification in a number of trauma modalities.  

Christina works collaboratively with her clients and draws from a range of therapeutic techniques. This allows her to tailor treatment to your unique needs and goals.  

Christina values her profession and has served on the provincial board of the Ontario Association of Social Workers as the Regional Director for Hamilton-Niagara for the past six years. 

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Dr. Christina Harrington. MSW, PhD, RSW.

“My career has led me to specialization in trauma and bereavement and all the emotional fall out surrounding this. I’ve taken advanced training in these areas, so that I can offer a range of evidence based techniques to meet your unique needs. I also hold a special place in my heart for first responders and aim to give back through the care I offer.”

-Dr. Christina Harrington

Research & Publications


Harrington, C. (2011-2014). Living with the Loss of Canada’s Fallen Soldiers. This is a qualitative study of the grief and experiences of family members of fallen Canadian soldiers. This project was completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the doctoral degree, PhD in Philosophy of Social Work.

 Harrington, C. and Sprowl, B. (2009/2010) ‘Viewing’ in the wake of loss: A collective case study of family members’ experiences with viewing soon after sudden, unexpected loss. Funding ($1650) provided by P.X. Dermody Funeral Homes


Harrington, C. (2016). Meaning Making in Wartime Bereavement: Lessons Learned from Bereaved Parents and Siblings, Omega: Journal of Death and Dying. Accepted for publication and presently available in advance, online.

Harrington, C. & Sprowl, B (2014). Providing Care Following Sudden Death: The Practice of Viewing, Canadian Social Work, Fall 16(1), 60-68

Harrington, C. & Sprowl, B. (2011). Family members’ experiences with viewing in the wake of sudden death, Omega: Journal of Death and Dying. 64(1), 65-82.

Harrington, C. (2007), Professional Knowledge of Secondary Trauma: Moving us Forward or holding us back? Canadian Social Work, Autumn 9(1), pp.106-119.