Karen Gold, BEd, MSW, Ph.D.

Women’s College Hospital,
790 Bay St., 
Toronto, Canada M5G 1N8

Adjunct Lecturer, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto 

Phone: 416-323-6400 #4842 
Email: karen.gold@wchospital.ca 

Karen Gold has been a social worker and educator since 1991. She currently works as a counselor, teacher and coordinator of a hospital-based interprofessional education program. She has extensive experience as a clinical supervisor for social work and counseling students, and has worked in the areas of violence and reproductive and sexual health services. She has taught courses on feminist and narrative practice, women and mental health, violence, and couple counseling.

Her dissertation is an exploration of narrative moments in healthcare practice. Informed by narrative inquiry, autoethnography and relational constructionism, her approach is characterized by curiosity, multiple theoretical and narrative voices, and the co-construction of meanings. She approaches the study of narrative as a way to create generative conversations about the everyday meanings of practice. 

Karen draws on personal narrative to promote practitioners’ relational skills. In her teaching, she uses stories as a resource to promote critical reflection. She is currently facilitating narrative and arts-based workshops for social work students, and developing a course on narrative understandings of health and illness.

Karen has published and presented on a wide range of topics including: the use of poetry in inquiry and ethics education; survivor discourses in counseling practice; the impact of loss on professional identity; reproductive and sexual health counseling; interprofessional care and education; and the role of stories, visual art, and reader’s theater in promoting critical reflection and dialogue. She draws creative inspiration from her longstanding visual arts practice which includes collage, print making, and acrylic painting.

Her academic background reflects her diverse interests: she holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science; a Bachelor of Education in Language Arts; a Master of Social Work; and a Ph.D. (Cum Laude) from Taos/Tilburg.

Her two most recent publications

Karen Gold Dissertation