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Dr. Robert Steven Unger

Registered Psychologist and Registered Marriage and Family Therapist

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About Dr. Unger

Dr. Robert Steven Unger has been a registered psychologist since 1977 and was a supervising psychologist in the Ontario Ministry of Health, Psychiatric Hospitals Branch. He provides professional services to individuals like you. Dr. Unger has authored numerous newspaper and magazine articles, professional papers, has appeared on TV Ontario, has provided psychological consulting services to a general hospital and large corporations, and has lectured internationally to professional health care providers and other groups on various psychological topics.

Dr. Unger believes that feeling content – feeling good about yourself – is the natural, preferable state for human beings. By visiting his website, you are already aware of that – and also that you have the desire to change by investing in the quality of your life.

Dr. Unger’s treatment philosophy is really quite simple: When an individual or couple feels as if things are falling apart or that a situation has developed that “nothing fits together anymore”, his goal is “helping put the pieces together” ™. He wants to assist you in becoming more emotionally healthy than you were before you met him, and he wants to accomplish it in the shortest amount of time.

Dr. Unger’s Resume

Curriculum Vitae – October 2014

Professional Credentials

1970    B.A.

New York University, New York City, New York USA

1972    M.A.

Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, USA

1975    PhD.

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA
Dissertation Title: “Absent Versus Non-Absent A- and B- Type Therapists And The Effect Upon Psychologically Differentiated Quasi-Patient’s Hand Movements In An Analagous Therapeutic Situation”

1977    C.Psych.

Registered Member – The College of Psychologists of Ontario

1983    Reg. MFT

Registered Member – American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

1987    CHRSPP

Registered Member – Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology

1988

Licensed Psychologist (Provider Status) – Commonwealth of Massachusetts, USA

2001    CPQ

Certificate of Professional Qualifications-Assoc. of State and Provincial Psychology Boards

 
Academic Appointments

1976-1978

Clinical Lecturer, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario

1985-1993

Clinical Lecturer\Field Supervisor, Dept. of Psychology, University of Windsor

1985-1993

Assistant Adjunct Professor\Clinical Psychology, University of Western Ontario

1986-1991

Supervisor-Clinical Psychology Internship Program at St Thomas Psychiatric Hospital

1986-1993

Clinical Assistant Professor\Psychiatry, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario

1993-1994

External Thesis Advisor\Psychology, Atkinson College, York University, Toronto, Ontario

 
Clinical Appointments \ Employment

1968-1970

Affiliate Research Member
Department of Psychiatry and Psychology – Clinical Behavior Research Unit
Downstate Medical Center, State University of New York, New York City, USA

1971-1972

Counsellor-Intern
Bowling Green State University Counselling Center, Bowling Green, Ohio, USA

1972-1974

Training Group Leader
Psychological Services Center, Purdue University, Indiana, USA

1974-1975

Clinical Psychology Intern
University of Manitoba, Department of Behavioural Medicine
Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba

1975-1981

Supervising Psychologist
Ontario Ministry of Health, Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital, Thunder Bay, Ontario

1981-1992

Supervising Psychologist
Ontario Ministry of Health, St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital, St. Thomas, Ontario

1999-2002

Clinical Psychology Coordinator
Brantford General Hospital, Brantford, Ontario

 
Consulting Psychologist

1979-1981

Province of Ontario, Ministry of Corrections, Thunder Bay, Ontario

1982-1988

Alma College, St. Thomas, Ontario

1982-1989

Province of Ontario, Ministry of Corrections, London

1985-1989

Canadian Hearing Society, London, Ontario

1986-1992

Ontario Dental Association (Dentists-at-Risk), London and Toronto, Ontario

1987-1990

Ontario Blue Water Family Support Services, Parkhill, Ontario

1987-1990

Ontario Health Professionals Assistance Program, Toronto, Ontario

1988-1991

Heart and Stroke Foundation, London, Ontario

1992-1993

Hamilton-Wentworth Injuries Clinic, Stoney Creek, Ontario

1999-2009

Brantford General Hospital, Brantford, Ontario

 
Organizational Appointment (Volunteer)

1992-2002

Vice-President

Eating Disorders Association of London

1993-1996

Treasurer

Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

 
Private Clinical Practice

1977- Present

Clinical Activity: Assess, diagnose, consult and\or treat individuals, couples, families, and corporate clients in individual, couple, marriage and\or family therapy.

 

Clinical Interests: Psychological post-trauma consequences (physical, emotional, critical event, and\or workplace), eating disorders, inappropriate anger or outbursts, situational depression, general anxiety or anxiety attacks, increased irritability, sleep and\or mood disturbance, driving phobia, relationship problems, mild cognitive impairment, avoidance of unpleasant thoughts, professional burnout, employment outplacement transition, existential loneliness.


Clinical Service Provider

Ministry of Correction\Corrections Canada (1978-2003), First Nations & Inuit (1990-2003), GMF Robotics (1991-1993), Liz Claiborne (1991-1993), Ceridian Performance Partners (1993- ),London Life\Great West Life (1993-2000), Workers Safety & Insurance Board –WSIB (1993-), Hudson Bay Company (1994-1996), Economical Insurance (1995-2000), Health Canada (1995), Royal Sun Alliance (1995-2000), Financial Services Commission of Ontario, (2000-), Green Shield Canada (2000-) Canadian Pacific Railroad (1998-2002), Royal Canadian Mounted Police(1998-2002), Sarnia Police Force(1998-), Veterans Affairs Canada(1998-2003), GM Diesel-Canada (2000-), Evaluation and Treatment Centre (2000-2004), Lambton Hospitals Group (2000-2003), AISI Registered Facility (2001-), Riverfront Medical Services, (2000-), SLR Assessments & Diagnostics (2000-) ProAct (2000-2009),Canadian Armed Forces (2000- ), DDM Plastics (2000-2005), Johnson Controls (2000- ), Medisys (2005-), Evolve (2007-), Matrix (2008-), Kaiser Aluminum Canada (2009-), Veterans Affairs Canada (2011- ), CIRA Medical Services (2012- ), BenchMark Independent Medical Examinations (2013), Functional Rehabilitation Inc (2013), Ontario Medical Association Physicians and Professionals Health Program PHP (2012-), Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, Victim Quick Response Services- London (2013-), Direct IME (2014), IME+ (2014)

Collaborations

2008

Participant (1 of 12) in a North American focus panel (“Practice Analysis Study”) of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, facilitated by the Professional Examination Service (New Jersey). The focus panel met during the American Psychological Association’s 116th Annual Convention in Boston, Massachusetts and assisted in the review and refinement of a comprehensive description of contemporary practice in psychology. The panel was asked to critically examine a proposed competency-based description of practice developed by the PES Practice Analysis Task Force and asked to produce behavioral examples of competencies demonstrated by psychologists at varying levels of professional development.

 
Continued Education (Reverse Chronology)

2013

Various Lectures and Presentations (3 days) American Psychological Association , July – August, Honolulu, Hawaii

2010

Various Lectures and Presentations (3 days) American Psychological Association , August, San Diego, California
“Competency-Based Clinical Supervision-State of the Art” APA Convention, San Diego (7 hours CEUs)
“Emerging Best Practices for Tele-Psychology Services” APA Convention, San Diego (4 hours CEUs))
“Integrating Outcome Measurement in Psychotherapy Practice” APA Convention, San Diego (4 hours CEUs))

2009

Various Lectures and Presentations (3 days) American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Toronto
“Trauma and Psychological Injuries: Practice, Clinical, Legal, and Ethical Issues” APA Convention, (7 hours CEUs)
“Whole Person Approaches to Trauma: Post-Traumatic Growth” APA Annual Convention, (4 hours CEUs)

2008

Various Lectures and Presentations (3 days) The American Psychological Association 116th Annual Convention, Boston
“Stress, Depression and Pain” – BIOMED The American Psychological Association, London ( 6 hours CEUs)

2007

“Chronic Pain” – BIOMED The American Psychological Association, London ( 6 hours CEUs)

2005

Cognitive Therapy for Patients With Challenging Problems Dr. Beck, The Ontario Psychological Association 6 hours CEUs
Various (Lectures, Presentations-3 days) The American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Wash. D. C.

2004

Early Intervention Field Trauma Response (Workshop) A. Baranowsky PhD, & The Canadian Red Cross & The Traumatology Institute (Canada), The Ontario Psychological Association, Toronto (6 hours CEUs)
Various Lectures and Presentations (3 days) The 57th Annual Ontario Psychological Association Convention, Toronto

2002

“New Directions in the Treatment of Acute Trauma and Post-trauma States” (lecture), Dr. J. Briere. The Ontario Psychological Association\London Health Sciences Centre (6 hours CEUs)

1999

An Advanced Clinical Workshop In Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Workshop) D. Meichenbaum, PhD., 6 hours approved by The American Psychological Association and The Ontario Psychological Association, Department of Psychological Services, London Heath Sciences Centre, London

1998

“Traumatic Stress – Let’s Get Practical” – Five Day Professional Workshop, Canadian Trauma Stress Network, Toronto, Ontario

1997

“Custody and Access Disputes Between Divorcing Parents” – Professional Workshop, Dr. P. Jaffe, G. Kerr, LLB. Faculty of Part time and Continuing Education, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario

1995

Various lectures and presentation – two days The American Board of Medical Psychotherapists , New Orleans, La.

1993

“No-Fault Insurance and the Provision of Psychological Care” – Symposium. The Ontario Psychological Association, Toronto, Ontario
“Document Supervision: Contracts, progress and Evaluations” , “Sword \ Plowshare: Supervisory Issues with Violent Families”, other lectures and presentations – Three Days – The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Convention, Anaheim, California

1992

Lectures and presentations at The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Convention, Miami Beach, Florida (20¼ hours CEUs)
“Expert Witness and Courtroom Testimony” Dr. S. Brodsky. The Ontario Psychological Association. 12 hours CEUs

1991

“Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Teams” Five Day BASIC and ADVANCED Workshop. American Critical Incident Debriefing Foundation \ The Clearwater Critical Incident Debriefing Team, Sarnia Ontario

1990

“Advancement in Brief Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy” Symposium Dr. H. Strupp. University Hospital, London

1989

“Sexual Offenders and Their Victims” Seminar Dr. A. Gardner University Hospital, London, Ontario

1987

“Posttraumatic Stress Disorder “ – The Ontario Psychological Association Section of Psychology in Justice Systems
“Family Therapy with Deaf Members” Two Day Workshop Dr. Harvey Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Toronto
“Eating Disorders: Issues and Treatment” Dr. Gardner University Hospital, London, Ontario

1986

“Recent Advances in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Sexual Dysfunction” Workshop Dr. LoPiccolo University Hospital Department of Psychological Services, London, Ontario
“Pain Management” Symposium The Ontario Hospital Association\The Ontario Medical Association\The Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists Toronto, Ontario
“Issues in Child, Adolescent Therapy and Divorce Workshop ” Dr. Gardner American Psych. Assoc. Toronto 6 hours CEUs

1985

“Family Dispute Resolution Conference” International Symposium The University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law
“The Therapeutic Relationship Between Therapist and Client” Symposium Dr. Greben & Dr. Eull Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital Department of Psychiatry, Kitchener, Ontario
“Affective Disorders” Symposium The College of Family Physicians\The London Psychiatric Hospital, London 5½ hours CEUs

1984

“:The Long-Term Treatment of Schizophrenia” Symposium The Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, Toronto, Ontario
“Anxiety Disorders: Theory, Diagnosis and Treatment” International Symposium The Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, Toronto

1983

“Strategic Family Therapy” Workshop Dr. Bross The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Toronto, Ontario 15 hours CEUs
“Psychiatry and The Courts” Synposium The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Toronto 6 hours CEUs

1982

“Sexual Abuse of Children” Workshop Children’s Psychiatric Research Institute \ The London Middlesex Child Abuse Council \ The College of Family Physicians of Canada, London, Ontario 5 hours CEUs
“Advanced Clinical Hypnosis” Workshop American Society of Clinical Hypnosis \ The College of Family Physicians of Canada, Toronto, Ontario 25 hours CEUs

1981

“Understanding Families \ Changing Families Workshop Dr. Minuchin The College of Family Physicians of Canada, Toronto, Ontario 15 hours CEUs

 
Papers and Presentations (Reverse Chronology)

2013

“A Brief History of Contextual Nonverbal Communication from Its Beginnings in Psychopathology, to Marital Therapy, to Poker Championships, to Jury Selection”. The American Board of Medical Psychotherapists and Psychodiagnosticians’ bi-annual convention in New Orleans

2012

“Depression” – The Canada Border Services Agency, Windsor (Ontario) Regional Office (October)

1998

The Dreaded Telephone Call (Article) Forest City Connection (February)
Co-Workers From Hell Should Grow Up (Interview included in article) The Toronto Sun (March 30th )
Too Close ? Too Bad, Couple Says (Interview in article) The London Free Press (May 26th)
Hey Baby, Nice Assets (Interview included in article) The Toronto SUN (June 18th )

1997

“When Your Career Crashes” (Article) Forest City Connection (April)
“Keeping It Together” (Article) Forest City Connection (June)
“Summertime Can Be Rough On Parents (Article) Forest City Connection (August)
“Hey, Welcome To The Family” (Interview) The Toronto Sun (August 11th)
Summer Is Almost Gone, Fall Is Almost Here (Article) Forest City Connection (September)
Parent Continue Protest Over Tories Bill 160 (Interview in article) The Toronto Star (November 17th)
"It’s Not Over When Its Over" (30 minute Tape-to-Air Special Report) on Ontario’s Teacher’s Strike, TVOntario
’Tis The Season To Be. Prozac’d?” (Article) Forest City Connection (December)

1995

“Suicide-No Margin For Error” (Article) The Canadian Dental Association Journal Vol 61 No 3
“The Ex Hex” (Article) The Toronto SUN (May 29th)
“Are You Listening?” (Interview) The Toronto SUN (June 26th)

1993

“Healing The Victim and The Family (Accepted Paper) The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Convention, Anaheim, California
“Humour in Psychotherapy” (Invited Presentation) Ontario Dietetic Association \ St. Michael’s Hospital \ Ambulatory Care Dieticians Spring 1993 Workshop, Toronto
“Safe Success” (Article) Montreal Dental Club Insight 5th Edition Beaconsfield, Quebec

1992

“Now For Something Different” (Interview) Canadian Business Magazine (September issue)

1991

“Prepare Yourself” (Article) The Canadian Dental Association Journal Vol 57 No 4
“The Stressed Out Patient” and “The Stressed Out Practice” (Invited Presentations) The Ontario Chiropractic Association Annual Convention, Hamilton, Ontario

1990

“Causes and Effects of Professional Burnout Syndrome” (Invited Presentation) The London and District Dental Society
“Things Change” (Article) The Canadian Dental Association Journal Vol. 56 No 4
“Characteristics and Diagnoses of Canadian Psychiatric Patient’s Floating MMPI Profiles” (Accepted Paper) The Canadian Psychological Association Annual Convention, Ottawa, Ontario

1989

“Stress in the Modern Dental Practice” (Invited Presentation) The London & District Dental Hygienists Society
“Psychological Aspects of Stress” (Invited Presentation) The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario
“Loosening Up” (Article) Ontario Dentist July-August issue
“The Roots of Stress” (Article) Ontario Dentist October issue
“The Anatomy of a Crisis” (Article) Ontario Dentist November issue
“Crisis in the Dental Office (Invited Presentation) The Academy of Dentistry 1989 Winter Clinic

1986-1987

“The Dick Williams Radio Show” (Multiple presentations) CIQM-FM 103.1 Population of 450,000

1985

“Changes in Personality Traits Following A Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program” (Accepted Paper) The University Of Western Ontario Department of Psychiatry “Psychiatry Day”

1984

“Response Differences On the 16PF By Alcoholics With and Without Legal History (Accepted Paper) The University Of Western Ontario Department of Psychiatry “Psychiatry Day”
“Completers Versus Non-completers Of a residential Alcohol \Substance Abuse Treatment Program- 16PF Characteristics (Accepted Paper) The Canadian Psychological Association Annual Convention, Ottawa, Ontario

1983

“Self Mutilation” (Publisher-solicited book review) Ross&McKay Canada’s Mental Health June
“Marriage and Family Therapy” (Live Presentations September through December) The Wayne McLean Show 10:00-12:00Noon AM Radio 980 Signal Population 350,000

1982

“Changes in Personality Traits Following a Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program” (Accepted Paper) The Canadian Psychological Association Annual Convention Montreal, Quebec

1980

“Human Growth and Development” (Invited Presentation) The Ministry of Correctional Services Correctional Officers Training Program Thunder Bay, Ontario

1979

“Therapist Type Versus Patient Type Interactions Within Altered Communicative Contexts (Accepted Paper) The American Psychological Association Annual Convention New York City, New York
“Common Emotional Problems” (Invited Presentation) Health and Welfare Canada, Medical Services Branch, Indian Community Health Representatives and Nursing Staffs, Thunder Bay, Ontario
“Phobias” (Live Presentations-multiple) Daily series of educational and informational presentations of interesting and common phobias The Canadian Broadcasting System (CBC) CBQ Radio-AM 800, Thunder Bay, Ontario
“The Multiple-T Training Procedure” (Invited Presentation) The 5th National Conference on Group Psychotherapy, Sugarloaf Conference Center, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
“Inmate Behaviours”, “Types of Inmates”, “Strategies of Effective Control” (Invited Presentations) The Ontario Ministry of Correctional Services Training Program, Thunder Bay, Ontario

1978

“Theories and Approaches to Counseling” (Invited Presentation) The Solicitor-General of Canada, The National Parole Board Service Workshop Thunder Bay, Ontario

1977

“The Identification Assessment and Initial Treatment of Suicidal Persons” (Invited Presentation) department of National Health and Welfare, Ontario Ministry of Health, Medical Services Branch, Native health Workers Unit, Thunder Bay
“Absent Versus Non-Absent A- and B-Type Therapists and The Effect Upon Psychologically Differentiated Quasi-patients’ Hand Movements In An Analagous Therapeutic Situation (Accepted Paper) The Canadian Psychological Association Annual Convention, Vancouver, British Columbia
“”Identifying, Assessing and Controlling Physically Aggressive Behaviour”, “Mania”, “Depression”, Theory and Technique of Family and Group Psychotherapy” (Six 3 hour didactic and experiential presentations) The Port Arthur General Hospital Nursing and Social Service Staffs, Thunder Bay, Ontario

1976

“The Philosophy Of and Instructions in The Multiple-T Training Procedures (invited Presentation) The Ontario Ministry of Health, Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital, Staff Training Session, Thunder Bay, Ontario
“A Practical Analysis of Stress Tolerance: The Multiple-T Procedure To Increase Interviewingg Technique Effectiveness” (Invited Presentation) Ministry of Correctional Services, Probation and Parole Division, Thunder Bay
“A Description of Common Neuroses and Behavioural Disorders” (Invited Presentation) Lakehead Association for the Mentally Retarded \ Protective Service Workers, Thunder Bay, Ontario
“”Emotional Disorders on the Job” (Invited Presentation) The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Central Region, The “Problem Employee” Seminar, Thunder Bay, Ontario
“The Effectiveness of Hypnosis” (Invited Demonstration) Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital, In-Patient Unit Teams, Thunder Bay, Ontario
“Assessment Procedures for Suicidal Patients” (Invited Presentation) Confederation College, Department of Social Work, Thunder Bay, Ontario

 
Clinical Memberships

Canadian Canadian Psychological Association
  Canadian Registry of Health Service Providers in Psychology
  Ontario Association for Marriage & Family Therapy
  The College of Psychologists of Ontario
  FSCO\AISI (for Ontario Motor Vehicle Collisions)
   
American American Psychological Association (Life Status Member)
  American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy
  American Board of Disability Analysts
  American Board of Medical Psychotherapists
  American Board of Psychodiagnosticians
   
North American Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards