Sep 2, 2020
This weeks episode is about the Power of Running and Exercise and the positive effects it can have on one's mental health.
Enter Dan McGann. Dann is a psychotherapist in Ontario who started a fantastic run program for teens with mental health concerns. The program includes, as well, high-conflict, chaotic families systems.
Dan started the running program as an adjunct to traditional counseling or psychotherapy.
Check out his documentary on Amazon Prime. It's called Run Rx. See for yourself what a little commitment and exercise can do for one's sense of confidence and mastery.
Dan's Information and Bio:
Dan McGann, MSW, RSW
Child, Adolescent, Individual and Family Therapist
Private Practice Psychotherapist
168 Queen St South, Suite 208
Mississauga, ON., L5M 1K8
Phone: 416 970 2396
Dan has been a practicing child and family therapist now for over 30 years.
Dan completed his undergraduate degree in psychology at Wilfred Laurier University and 1981 and his Masters in Social Work from University of Toronto in 1987.
His first 5 years of practice was at the world-renowned Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. There, Dan worked in various areas that included; Kidney transplant and dialysis, general surgery, general paediatrics, and for 3 years on the paediatric plastics and burn unit.
In November of 1991 Dan moved to The Credit Valley Hospital here in Mississauga where he continued his work in paediatrics but also in Adolescent Psychiatry and Family Therapy Program.
After suffering through a major depressive episode himself in his late 30s Dan began to take up running as a part of his recovery. After completing his first full marathon in May of 2006 Dan felt so good he started the first ever Teen Run Group Therapy Program. This has been running now for over 16 years and has received much media coverage in the Toronto Star, City TV, Chatelaine, Runner’s World and Canadian Running magazines.
Dan retired from the hospital in March of 2013 but continues to run the Run Program there. He now devotes his time primarily to his busy private practice office in Streetsville where he sees teens, parents, couples and individuals.
Articles and videos
Here is a Toronto Star Article on the run group http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2011/12/02/teen_suicide_chasing_down_demons.htmlHere is the City TV coverage from 2007 – (excuse my hair-very 80's)