Peter Hymmen


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Candidate), Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Master of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Social Development Studies, Renison University College



  • I currently teach Lifespan Development (SDS 150R) and Social Research (SDS 251R)
  • My previous teaching experience includes Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families; Human Development Theory and Statistical Methods for Social Work Research

Field of study:

  • I am primarily interested in conducting research which contributes to improving the quality of services offered to youth involved with the justice system
  • My dissertation research explores how transition-aged youth describe their experiences with residential treatment and youth justice services
  • I recently published a critical review of the empirical evidence supporting the use of single session therapy and walk-in counselling in family service agencies

Clinical experience:

  • My clinical experience has predominantly occurred at mental health agencies that provide mandated treatment to youth involved with the justice system
  • I have also worked in family counselling agencies, child and adolescent residential treatment programs and adult in-patient psychiatric treatment centres
  • I am familiar with therapeutic interventions offered to adolescent boys who have commit a sexual offence, adult males who have perpetrated intimate partner violence, parents who are involved with post-divorce conflict and individuals from across the lifespan who struggle with emotion management


  • Hymmen, P., Stalker, C.A. & Cait, C.-A. (2013). The case for single-session therapy: Does the empirical evidence support the increased prevalence of this service delivery model? Journal of Mental Health. 22(1), 60-71
  • Eckerle Curwood, S., DeGeer, I., Hymmen, P., & Lehmann, P. (2011). Using Strength-Based Approaches to Explore Pretreatment Change in Men Who Abuse Their Partners. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 26(13), 2698 –2715

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