The Faculty of Law is very pleased to welcome Erin Fitzpatrick, LLM '15, as its first Mental Health and Wellness Counsellor working exclusively with law students. Erin will provide a variety of counselling supports to students, as well as expertise and support for the Faculty’s Student Wellness strategic initiatives.
Erin Fitzpatrick, LLM '15, is a lawyer and social worker with a long-standing commitment to mental health issues and social justice. She has worked at community organizations and in private practice as both a social worker and a lawyer. Erin has been connected with the Faculty in several capacities. She has been a frequent guest lecturer in the areas of health law and access to justice. Since 2015 Erin has been involved with the Access to Justice/Ticket Defence Program course and is currently a part- time professor. She has been a member of the Campus Counselling Services team since January 2019 where she worked on a part-time basis while practising law in the areas of health law, and wills and estates. She is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.
This position was created to respond to the specific mental health and wellness needs of law students and reflects the Faculty’s ongoing commitment to student wellness. Her appointment fulfills a goal identified in the Faculty’s Strategic Plan. This position increases access to mental health services and counselling for law students, along with complementing the existing mental health resources and services at the Faculty, on campus and in the community.
Working from a collaborative and holistic approach, Erin will address the unique challenges encountered by law students including those presented by COVID-19. The mental health services offered include short term counselling sessions and are part of the range of services available via Counselling Services‘s Stepped Care Model.
Erin has been available to law students for counselling since May 25, 2020.