Dr. Linda Ennis



Relationship Counselling & Divorce Empowerment

Dr. Linda Ennis has a Ph.D. in Psychology and Education. She is a therapist, lecturer, parent mediator, and published writer, who works in private practice and lectures extensively on balancing personal relationships with work.

As a psychoanalytic therapist, early childhood specialist, motherhood researcher/ author, and parent mediator, she empowers parents throughout the process of divorce.


Relationship Counselling; Family/Work Conflict Counselling; Divorce Empowerment



Upcoming Course:

Family Relations Course

Course Hours:  21:  3 days

Location: Osgoode Hall, Portrait Room

Date: Nov 28-30th, 2018 

Cost: $950 +HST= $1073 (lunch included)

Early Bird Discount: $900 +HST= $1017 (lunch)

Registration closes 5 days prior to the start of the course. Full payment is due before registration can be confirmed. A 15% admin fee (plus HST) will be charged on cancellations made more than 14 days before the start date of the course date.

A certificate of participation will be granted at the end of the final day of the course.


Dr. Ennis is an experienced university educator, as well as a mental health professional and family mediator, who will teach the course material in an in-depth, well informed and meaningful way.


Description of Course:

This FDRIO-approved course will provide theory and practical application related to families going through the divorce process and mediation. It will examine how attachment models carry over from marriage into separation, and will familiarize students with the   parenting styles  used that may impact upon  children. It will also offer practical strategies how to manage conflict during mediation in “the best interests of the child”. The course combines lecture, individual and group exercises, as well as case studies, which will provide interactive activities in which the participants demonstrate their understanding of the applicable family relations literature in family mediation.The course will take into account a substantive knowledge base, core training and activities.



1.   to increase awareness as to how pre-existing problems and early childhood experiences play out in family mediation & parenting

2.   to examine how attachment models impact upon children when triggered by separation and loss

3.   to  expand upon the part that attachment and separation play in marriage and separation

4.    To enhance knowledge of  child development and mental health related issues as they present in mediation

5.    to increase awareness of  parenting styles as it pertains to children 

6.   to introduce new theory (Ennis, 2014; 2017), as it relates to separation/attachment and mediating family issues.





Linda Rose Ennis, Ph.D,is a psychoanalytic therapist in private practice, a family mediator, an author, lecturer, affiliated with York University. Her education includes the following; a Ph.D. in Psychology and Education; a Masters in Education; a Diploma in Child Study and a teaching degree from the University of Toronto. She has written and spoken extensively on her research in her area of expertise, “On Combining Motherhood With Employment”, which was the first qualitative piece done in this area. She has, more recently, written contributions in the Encyclopedia of Motherhood, discussing the “empty nest”, the “mommy track”, and has contributed a chapter entitled “Contract-Faculty Mothers: On The Track To Nowhere” in O’Brien Hallstein & O’Reilly’s book entitled “Academic Motherhood in a Post-Second Wave Context” (Demeter Press:2012). Most recently, she has published her edited collection, “Intensive Mothering: The Cultural Contradictions of Modern Motherhood” (Demeter Press: 2014) and “After the Happily Ever After: Empowering Women and Mothers In Relationships” (Demeter Press: 2017). 


Dr. Linda Ennis
Yonge & Davisville
Toronto, Ontario M4S1Y2
(416) 483-1107

e-mail: lrennis@rogers.com