Yael Diamond

Yael Diamond



Yael is honoured to be nominated for the 2017 Awards of Excellence in Brain Injury Rehabilitation in the area of Hospital Social Worker of the Year. Yael works at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Canada’s largest paediatric rehabilitation hospital, as a social worker on the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Team. Here, she provides intensive counselling support, resource connection and brain injury psycho-education to her clients and families in individual, family and group settings. Yael works closely with a dedicated interdisciplinary team to provide the best possible care for clients and their families living with the effects of brain injuries and she feels privileged to work with these clients and families through their rehabilitation journey. With over nine years in social work experience, Yael’s career has spanned clinical care, research and education. She is recognized and well known for her passion in the field, drive and support to the clients and families she serves.

While at Holland Bloorview, Yael has participated in many cross-organizational committees and projects, including writing a Standard of Care for Social Work Assessments and Custody and Access Policy. She was an integral member of the Discharge Planning Committee, which included the implementation of the Transition Passport, which is a tool for families to stay organized. Yael conducted a review of Social Work documentation screens for the Electronic Medical Record, and developed a pathway for inpatient clients in the restorative stream. Currently, Yael co-facilitates a weekly inpatient teen brain injury support group and is helping to lead the review and roll out of the Family Needs Questionnaire – Paediatric Version. She is also a member of the Social Work Practice Council and the Association for Teaching Centres. In addition, Yael is the clinical education liaison for Social Work where she coordinates all facets of the social work student education program at Holland Bloorview. Committed to lifelong learning, Yael holds Adjunct Lecturer status at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (FIFSW) at the University of Toronto. Yael is the recipient of numerous staff and client nominated awards in the areas of Quality of Care, Respect, Information Sharing and Partnership.

Yael earned her Bachelor of Social Work from York University in 2008, and in 2010, earned her Master of Social Work from Wurzweiller School of Social Work, where she was the recipient of The Research Award for Excellence in Research. Yael is a member in good standing of the Ontario Association of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and the Association of Social Workers.

  • Reena says:

    You’re amazing!!!!! Highly qualified and definitely goes above and beyond what’s required. Couldn’t think of anyone better to receive this award!

  • Atara says:

    Yael is an outstanding professional who makes a significant and lasting impact on the families she serves. Yael’s qualifications are numerous and she brings substantial experience to her role. Most significantly of all, Yael is exceptionally compassionate and empathetic, and has a genuine concern for the welfare of her clients, always ensuring a pathway for them toward optimal quality of life. For families navigating the difficult road ahead, the support, resource and guidance that Yael provides are invaluable. Yael is an exemplary role model for her colleagues and peers and an obvious choice as recipient of this award!

  • Darcy says:

    As a support to the families of injured children, Yael helps families try to stay positive while their child begins the long rehabilitation process. Yael is compassionate and helpful and is wonderful with children.

  • Alex says:

    The consummate professional. Compassionate, caring, knowledgeable; all ways I would describe Yael’s care. A most deserving nominee for this award!

  • Valerie Lusted says:

    Yael exudes calm and competence within her busy clinical service. She is collaborative and supportive, clinically as well as demonstrating excellence in her role as Clinical Education Liaison for Social Work. Yael goes the extra mile to help clients/families, students and colleagues reach their goals!

    Many thanks for being such a great colleague.

  • Carolyn says:

    Yael is incredible. As a Social Worker she is real, compassionate and goes above and beyond her role to see he story from the families lens. She involves the whole team in her work to ensure that the family is fully supported throughout their healthcare journey and that the pieces are connected. Furthermore, she paints the picture of what not only the child buy what that family’s healthcare journey will look like for them and is with them every step of the way.
    As a team member, I feel supported by Yael too, she adds humour, support and organization is the cases that we work on together. She cares about the family, patient and the team she works with.
    It would be so amazing to see Yael win this award as such an amazing Social Worker and colleague!

  • Didi says:

    Yael is an outstanding and exceptional Social Worker within our Brain Injury Rehab Team. She is not only compassionate about her clients and her work but she is ingenious and always one step ahead of the “game”.
    As a coworker I am very pleased to work with Yael and I really hope that she gets recognized about her excellent work and the impact she is making every day in our clients and families’ lives.

  • Caron says:

    Yael is an exceptional Social Worker and colleague whose dedication to children, youth, and families living with the effects of ABI is commendable. She is a strong supporter of many research-based practice initiatives including the Brain Injury Family Intervention for adolescents (BIFI-A) and the implementation of the newly developed Family Needs Questionnaire – FNQ-P. A true honour to work with such a calm, competent, and compassionate colleague.

  • Joe, Sandy & Thomas says:

    Yael was instrumental in helping us manage the family impact of our son’s traumatic brain injury. She was the rock that helped us stay grounded. Most importantly, she was THE invaluable resource to traverse the complicated network of support services available to our son. Yael’s work throughout our son’s time at Holland Bloorview was the foundation of exceptional support afforded him since his discharge. Others marvel at the support network Yael built for our son. We were blessed with her support

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