Shauna Thaler Adeland (she/her), BSW, MSW, RSW
Shauna Thaler Adeland is a Registered Social Worker, who holds a Bachelor of Social Work from King’s University College (2003) and a Masters of Social Work from McGill University (2004). She has a wide range of experience working with people across a variety of settings, offering counselling and support during difficult life moments.
Shauna was first introduced to the concept of Thanatology (the study of death and dying) while pursuing her undergraduate training. During her postgraduate studies, she specialized in grief counselling with particular interests in grieving and overcoming losses associated with chronic health conditions and life transitions.
While at McGill, she completed her thesis entitled, Play Therapy Techniques With Bereaved Children
. Originally, Shauna thought her career would focus on children and teenagers. However, an experience navigating the health care system for a family member changed the course of her career path. This led her to a career working primarily with adults with a special interest in grief and loss, trauma informed practices, anxiety, caregiver and parenting, mental wellness, neuroplasticity, chronic disease management and diabetes distress, while always supporting clients to develop new insights, skills and a road map to move forward.
In addition to her clinical work, Shauna is a passionate teacher and presenter and has taught at the Algonquin School of Part Time Studies in the Dementia Studies Certificate Program and at Carleton University in the School of Social Work. She speaks in the community on topics related to grief and loss, mental health and wellness, chronic disease self-management, mindfulness, self-compassion and caregiving/parenting.