Dr. Linda Ennis



Early Childhood Specialist; Parent Consultant; Psychoanalytic Therapist; Course/Workshop Instructor;Lecturer;Author

Dr. Linda Ennis has a Ph.D. in Psychology and Education. She is a psychoanalytic therapist, Early Childhood specialist, motherhood researcher, lecturer, certified specialist in Family Mediation, and published author. Dr. Ennis has worked in private practice for many years and lectures extensively on balancing work with employment, divorce empowerment, parenting strategies and family relations. She was a board member and former academic chair of FDRIO.

 Courses & Workshops:  

                                                                                                            FAMILY RELATIONS:Psychology Meets Mediation  (ZOOM)

Instructor: Linda R. Ennis, Ph.D. (Education/Psychology: Early Childhood); AccFM; FDRP Med

 NEXT SESSION: Sept. 6th-8th, 2023     

FORMAT: Small Group Training (limited to 10 participants)

Cost: $800.00 

Course Hours:  21:  3 days

Location: Toronto

TO REGISTER: lrennis@rogers.com

Description of Course:

This FDRIO/OAFM-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.


Next Date:  June 2023

Cost: $400

 This course will explore children's anxieties and offer constructive and empathic strategies to help them through this challenging time. The emotional impact of COVID, specifically, in children will be explored.Play and art will be examined as ways to access their feelings.

This course would be particularly helpful to family mediators, who would have to understand the child’s needs in working with children and their families.

To Register: lrennis@rogers.com



Next Date: Spring, 2023

Cost: $400.

This course will examine the definitions of "intensive mothering" , its underlying causes & components and the impact that it has on marriage, employment and children. It draws on Dr. Ennis' book entitled "Intensive Mothering: The Cultural Contradictions of Modern Motherhood" (Demeter Press).

To Register: lrennis@rogers.com


Next Date: (Spring, 2023

Why don’t we wonder what happened after “they lived happily ever after” and if, in fact, they really do? What I hope to achieve by offering this course is to familiarize practitioners with the relationship between marriage and divorce, how to encourage couples, about to embark on this marriage and divorce  journey, to talk about important issues with their future/ex partners and to construct the system in a more equal way, so no one is caught off guard if and when things crumble.

To Register: lrennis@rogers.com


Linda Rose Ennis, Ph.D,is a psychoanalytic therapist in private practice, who specializes in divorce empowerment, a family mediator, an author, and 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 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). More 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. Ennis' latest edited collection, "Are the Kids Alright: The Impact of the Pandemic on Children" is in press (Demeter Press: 2023).