Satori is committed to building a better tomorrow for today's foster kids. We continually strive to fulfill the inherent right of every child and youth to have a safe and secure home that is supportive, loving, and nurturing; to establish positive lifelong relationships with caring adults, and to be provided opportunities that will assist them in reaching their fullest potential.
With a focus on strengthening foundations, we work with each child, youth, and family to provide stability and security. Through a clinically led team and an innovative approach, we create Care Plans that build on the child/youth's strengths and focus one establishing therapeutic relationships.
Director of Operations, Owner/Operator
After completing a degree in Child and Youth Studies at the University of Guelph, focusing her studies on complex needs populations, Stephanie began her career as a frontline worker in a residential program for children and youth with moderate to severe emotional and behavioral difficulties. As her career progressed she went on to work as a member of the Community Prevention and Intervention Team at the Children's Aid Society, managed programs for the John Howard Society and then returned to residential and foster care programs where she fulfilled many roles ranging from Resource Supervisor to Program Manager.
Stephanie brings more than 15 years’ experience working with complex needs children, youth, and their families as well as training adults, facilitating groups, and program management. She possesses specialized training in many areas including, but not limited to: Collaborative and Proactive Solutions, Trauma Informed Caregiving, Suicide Intervention and Prevention, Attachment Disorders, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Children’s Mental Health.
Stephanie has completed the Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (SAFE) program as well as the SAFE Supervisor Training. Stephanie is the lead Home Study Practitioner for Satori Homes.
Director of Service, Owner/Operator
Lori started her career in corrections after studying Community and Social Justice, working primarily with young people in detention and custody programs. Lori moved from corrections and began working as a frontline worker in a residential program for children and youth with moderate to severe emotional and behavioural difficulties. Lori's career in the field of children's services progressed as she moved from front-line worker to supervisor and then into a management role. She has over 10 years experience running residential and foster care programs.
Lori has had the opportunity to observe first hand the crucial roles of family supports, effective communication, and clinical services. She recognizes the need to build individual programs for each young person, drawing on their strengths and abilities. Lori is passionate about bettering the services for young people in care and is committed to developing effective youth and family-focused strategies, that are both engaging and empowering.
Lori possesses specialized training in many areas including, but not limited to: Trauma informed Caregiving and Leadership, Effective strategies for Autism/ASD, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Collaborative and Proactive Solutions, Suicide Prevention and Intervention, Attachment Disorders and is a certified trainer for NVCI (Non-Violent Crisis Intervention). Lori is also a Home Study Practitioner, having completed the Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (SAFE) training program in 2017.
Theresa Goodwin MSW, RSW
Director of Clinical Services
Theresa joins our team as a Registered Social Worker, with a Master of Social Work from the University of Waterloo. Theresa's primary focus has been in working with individuals, families, and groups, but has also included a great deal of community development. She has worked with at-risk children and youth in a variety of settings including residential and outpatient services, child protection, counselling agencies and within the hospital setting.
Theresa is passionate about finding ways to engage families, youth and communities who struggle with complex trauma. She has a particular interest in working with people across the lifespan who have experienced sexual abuse/assault and multiple forms of domestic violence. Theresa has spent many years developing key relationships in the community, as she strongly believes collaboration and wraparound services are best practice when working with complex needs. Theresa's academic research focused on how early childhood experiences affect the foundation of a child's brain development, and how the brain has the ability to reorganize itself, through the use of strength-based approaches, relationships, and connections. This is the foundation of her therapeutic approach.
She also draws from a wide range of other therapeutic approaches depending on the strengths and needs of each individual child and family. This may include the Developmental Assets model, Brief Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness. Theresa is also a certified therapist in EMDR (2018)
After completing a degree in Sociology at the University of Guelph, Karen was drawn to work with vulnerable young people. She began supporting probation for young offenders and from there moved into front-line work at a residential program for adolescents; young people trying to cope with moderate to severe mental health and emotional/behavioural challenges. Karen moved through the supervisor and later program manager roles in this setting and when the opportunity arose, Karen and her partner became foster parents to three, complex young people. Karen is a strong believer that the consistency of care offered by in-home parents is crucial towards forming the attachments that can really make a difference in a child's life.
Karen moved from the residential and fostering settings to work as a Support Coordinator for Developmental Services in Guelph Wellington. There, she had the opportunity to connect families with the necessary resources including respite and support for the caregivers themselves. This role required strong advocacy and collaboration.
Karen is thrilled to join the Satori team as Resource Supervisor. Being able to support families who are opening their homes and hearts to young people who need both, speaks perfectly to her passion and skill set.
To further her skills, Karen has attended a number of specialized training programs in Autism/ASD, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Trauma-Informed Practices, Conflict Mediation, Effective Specialized Responses for individuals with developmental disabilities & complex support needs, Violence Threat Risk Assessment, Collaborative and Proactive Solutions, Suicide Prevention and Intervention, Attachment Disorders, and NVCI (Non Violent Crisis Intervention).