Bruinix - Social Worker - Montreal, QC, Canada

Michael Bruinix

Montreal, QC, Canada


Social Worker

Work History

Social Work Intern

BSW Practicum

January 2013 - June 2013

Campbellford Memorial Hospital, Community Mental Health Centre
• Conduct mental health assessments and provide psychosocial counseling/case management services to a caseload of individuals experiencing serious mental illness and substance abuse issues
• Prepare and facilitate recreation and life skills programs for Early Psychosis Intervention clients
• Develop and co-facilitate DBT and Mindfulness workshops for clients
• Maintain up-to-date client records and assessment notes while ensuring confidentiality and social work standards of practice
• Advocate on behalf of clients and connect them to community supports and appropriate services
• Observe and work with several professionals such as psychiatrist, crisis clinician, intake worker, court diversion worker, psychiatric nurse and EPI worker
• Participated in monthly meetings as a member of the clinical mental health team

Child Protection Worker

Family & Children's Services of Frontenac Lennox

May 2011 - June 2012

& Addington
• Coordinated and completed child protection investigations in collaboration with police, hospital personnel and other community service organizations
• Managed a high volume of complex Intake cases including mental health, physical /sexual abuse, addiction and poverty issues
• Completed risk assessment and resolved client issues (legal, familial, and community) to develop appropriate safety plans
• Worked effectively in a fast paced, high pressured environment while supporting Intake Worker with telephone screening assessments
• Attended family court proceedings and created affidavits regarding child protection supervision orders and apprehension applications

Part-time Therapist

Quinte & District Sexual Assault Centre

February 2011 - April 2011

• Provided client-focused, CBT counselling services to sexual assault survivors
• Prepared and provided education on coping skills, boundaries, self-image, and addictions to clients
• Acted as a Sexual Assault Centre consultant to other community service organizations
• Developed and facilitated a week long retreat seminar for male survivors of sexual abuse

Child Protection Worker

Highland Shores Children's Aid

September 2008 - October 2010

• Coordinated and completed child protection investigations while following Ministry Standards
• Managed an extremely high volume of complex Intake cases including mental health, physical/sexual abuse, addiction and poverty issues
• Completed risk assessment and resolved client issues (legal, familial, and community) to develop appropriate safety plans

• Established contacts with and followed appropriate protocols of various partner organizations (Belleville Police Services, Ontario Provincial Police, Mental Health Services, Belleville General Hospital, Hastings Prince Edward District School Board, Probation and Parole and other CAS agencies)
• Completed training in Solution Focused Behavioural Therapy Level III, Forensic Interviewing, and Risk and Threat Assessment Level II


Small Private Counselling Practice

July 2006 - August 2008

• Provided brief solution-focused counselling services to adults, adolescents, couples and families on a variety of issues (such as anxiety/ panic attacks, depression, anger management and life/social skills) while utilizing a strengths-based approach
• Utilized client-centred methods (such as Focusing Therapy, Art Therapy and Body Awareness Therapy) to educate clients on emotional awareness and positive coping strategies


Bruinix Pain and Stress Therapy Clinic

June 2001 - August 2008

• Independently created and maintained a thriving practice of 100+ clients per month
• Provided manual therapy treatment to clients for chronic health conditions (such as migraines, hypertension, diabetes, fibromyalgia and repetitive strain injury) and acute injuries (from motor vehicle accidents and post hip/knee replacement surgery)
• Diagnosed and developed customized treatment plans for each client while incorporating a holistic mind/body approach
• Utilized analytical and research skills in clinical work and treatment while linking clients' psychological issues to their physical ailments
• Prepared and presented health education at Cobourg City Hall, Rotary, and Probus
• Developed and facilitated groups on relaxation, coping skills and self-care
• Delivered presentations on alternative biomechanical treatments about Anatomy and Fascia to nursing staff at Northumberland Hills Hospital

Residential Counsellor

Corbyville Children's Home

June 1993 - August 1994

• Worked with Phase I Young Offenders to reduce their mental health concerns
• Provide highly structured daily programming and treatments such as behaviour modification, multi-sensory stimulation, brief therapies, and life skills/social skills training
• Support recreational activities and short-term respite care for youth
• Provide individualized educational support programming
• Conduct assessments of strengths and needs and complete daily reports/charts
• Trained in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training and Medication Administration

Qualifications & Certifications

McGill University

Lakehead University


Sutherland Academy of Osteopathy

Shiatsu Therapy

Shiatsu Academy of Tokyo


University of Ottawa

Anatomy, and Physiology

Queen's University

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