Dr. Christina Harrington

Since 2009, Christina has practiced privately with individuals and families facing numerous health and mental health challenges such as, recovery following motor vehicle accidents, workplace injury and experiences of loss, trauma and bereavement. She is experienced in treating psychological concerns related to post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression and adjustment. Christina is the owner and director of Social Work Solutions Canada.

Christina has practiced as a medical social worker since 1999. She has worked in emergency departments and in critical care at a regional trauma centre, as well as on a hospital surgical unit. She also has experience in community and hospital mental health.

After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Social Work, Christina went on to receive a Masters of Social Work, followed by a PhD in Social Work- specializing in trauma and bereavement.

Christina also serves on the provincial board of the Ontario Association of Social Workers as the Regional Director for Hamilton-Niagara and is a sessional lecturer in the School of Social Work, Dalhousie University.



Harrington, C. (2016). Meaning Making in Wartime Bereavement: Lessons Learned from Bereaved Parents and Siblings, Omega: Journal of Death and Dying. Accepted for publication and presently available in advance, online.

Harrington, C. & Sprowl, B (2014). Providing Care Following Sudden Death: The Practice of Viewing, Canadian Social Work, Fall 16(1), 60-68

Harrington, C. & Sprowl, B. (2011). Family members’ experiences with viewing in the wake of sudden death, Omega: Journal of Death and Dying. 64(1), 65-82.

Harrington, C. (2007), Professional Knowledge of Secondary Trauma: Moving us Forward or holding us back? Canadian Social Work, Autumn 9(1), pp.106-119.


Harrington, C. (2011-2014). Living with the Loss of Canada’s Fallen Soldiers. This is a qualitative study of the grief and experiences of family members of fallen Canadian soldiers. This project was completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the doctoral degree, PhD in Philosophy of Social Work.


Harrington, C. and Sprowl, B. (2009/2010) ‘Viewing’ in the wake of loss: A collective case study of family members’ experiences with viewing soon after sudden, unexpected loss. Funding ($1650) provided by P.X. Dermody Funeral Homes