John Gross


John Gross

Educational Background

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, Bachelor of Arts (English), 1974

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Master of Science (Health Administration), 1978

Centre for Training in Psychotherapy,Toronto, Ontario, Diploma, 2004

Professional and Employment Background

Self-Employed, Psychotherapist 2000-2011
Private psychotherapy practice with varied clientele using psychodynamic approaches to address such complaints as depression, sexual addictions, abuse and neglect, grief and loss, work dysfunction, creativity blocks, parenting and relationship difficulties

Graduate Fellow, Centre for Training in Psychotherapy (CTP) 2009-2011
Responsible for leading seminars addressing psychodynamic theory for beginning students in the CTP training program

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Project Officer/Senior Policy Advisor 1995-2008
Variety of full- and part-time assignments coordinating projects and project related activities including internal teams and external stakeholder relations and consultations, analyzing policy, preparing cabinet submissions and supporting documentation, briefing bureaucrats and Minister’s staffs, in support of such initiatives as the implementation of the Community Care Access Centres, the transition of Public Health and Land Ambulance services from the Province to the municipalities, and the development of legislation governing long-term care homes

Consultant in Private Practice 1991-1995
Private consulting to a variety of institutional and community-based agencies and consortia serving people with disabilities, HIV-AIDS, the elderly and persons in need of palliative care, providing skilled facilitation of planning activities and operational reviews, expert research and analysis of organizational strengths and weaknesses, mediation of conflicts, organizational development initiatives and quality improvement strategies

Baycrest Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Assistant Administrator/Administrator 1981-1991
Accountable for the performance of the hospital’s professional departments during a major redevelopment that doubled the number of beds and significantly expanded and upgraded clinical programming resulting in increased productivity, decreased costs and a resoundingly positive approval rating from the Patient and Family Advisory Councils

North York Extendicare Nursing Home, Toronto, Ontario, Administrator 1978-1981
Responsible for all aspects of management, operations and care, successfully upgrading the departmental leadership, financial systems, and clinical standards, restoring morale and returning this 288-bed nursing home to full compliance with all legislative requirements

Community and Teaching Involvement

Psychotherapy Referral Service, Toronto, Ontario Board of Directors (President and Treasurer) 2004-2011

Woodsworth College, University of Toronto Programme in Gerontology (Lecturer) 1983-2000

Department of Health Administration, University of Toronto Lecturer/Assistant Professor 1981-1996

Art Starts Neighbourhood Cultural Centre Board of Directors 1996-1997

Art Works: Showcasing Art from the Workplace / A Community Arts Project Organizer and Curator 1995-1996

Metropolitan Toronto Home Care Program Board of Directors (Director and Human Resources Committee Chair) 1983-1988

Toronto Public Health Community Advisory Board (Member) 1984-1987

Memberships in professional organizations Canadian Association of Psychodynamic Therapists

Ontario Society of Psychotherapists (Clinical Member)


Dozens of courses, workshops and continuing education credits in all aspects of psychodynamic therapy theory and practice

Certificate, Generic Mediation Training Programme, Toronto, Ontario