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December 6, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Marshall Fine


Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.X 5223
Fax: 519-888-9732

Languages Spoken


Academic Background
  • Ed.D. East Texas State University/Texas A&M
  • MSW Wilfrid Laurier
  • B.A. Waterloo University

I taught couple and family therapy in the Marriage and Family Therapy program at the University of Guelph for sixteen years prior to coming to FSW in January 1999. My research, theoretical interests, and publications are in the following areas: professional and relational ethics, families experiences in child protection services, therapeutic alliances, intergenerational relationships, and couple and family therapy and supervision. I teach primarily Social Work Practice with Families, Use of Self, Social Work Practice with Individuals and Applied Qualitative Research Methods. I have a long-standing small private practice in which I see individuals, couples, and families who are dealing with a variety of personal and relationship issues. I consult on matters of professional ethics, and provide couple and family therapy supervision. I am an Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. My community volunteer work includes committee work for the Guelph Services for the Physically Disabled and Interfaith Pastoral Counselling Centre.

Selected Publications:

Fine, M., & Teram, E. (In press).  Overt and covert ways of responding to moral injustices in social work practice: Heroes and mild mannered social work bipeds.  British Journal of Social Work.

Hair, H., & Fine, M. (2012).  Social constructionism and superivsion: Experiences of AAMFT supervisors and supervised therapists.  Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 38(4), 604-620.

Fine, M., & Turner, J. (2011). Collaborative superivision: Minding the power. In T.C. Todd & C. L. Storm (Eds.).  The complete systemic supervisor: Context, philosophy and pragmatics (2nd edition, Chinese translation).  Taipeai, Taiwan: Psychgarden Publishing.

Fine, M. & Teram, E. (2009).  Skeptics and believers: Where social workers situate themselves regarding the code of ethics.  Ethics & Behavior, 19(1), 60-78.

Fine, M., Palmer, S., & Coady, N.  (2007).  Service participant voices in child welfare, children’s mental health, and psychotherapy.  In G. Cameron, N. Coady, & G. Adams (Eds.). Towards positive systems of child and family welfare: Current issues and future directions (pp. 187-247).  Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

Fine, M. (2005).  Family theories.  The Encyclopedia of Canadian Social Work. Fr. Turner (Ed.).  Waterloo On: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

Fine, M. (2003). Reflections on the intersection of power and competition in reflecting teams as applied to academic settings. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 29, 339-351.

Fine, M., Palmer, S., & Coady, N. (2003). Listening to the voices of service participants in child protective services, children's mental health and psychotherapy. In W. Shera (Ed.), Emerging Perspectives on Anti-Oppressive Practice. Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press, Inc.

 Fine, M.  (2002).  The ethics committee.  In P.N. Black, E. P. Congress, & K. Strom-Gottried (Eds.) Teaching social work values and ethics: A curriculum resource (pp. 124-128).  Alexandria, VA: The Coucnil on Social Work Education.

Fine, M., Norris, J.E., Hofstra, G. (2001).  Intergenerational family relations: Two disciplines meet two generations.  Journal of Family Social Work, 5(4), 17-38.

Turner, J. & Fine, M. (1997). Gender and Supervision: Revealing the unseen and unsaid. In T. Todd & C. Storm (eds.), Handbook of Family Therapy Supervision. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Fine, M. (1993). Family therapy training: Part II. Hypothesizing & story telling. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 3, 61-79.

Fine, M., Turner, J. (1991). Tyranny and Freedom: Looking at ideas in the practice of family therapy. Family Process, 30, 307-320.

Selected Research Projects:

2009 Weinberg, M. (PI), M. Fine, W. Thomas Bernard, & B. Beagan.  SSHRC

Purpose: To explore how social workers from diverse positions of subjectivity experience and deal with the moral challenges in everyday practice.                                                                           

2003 M.Fine (PI) & E. Teram, Standard SSHRC
Purpose: This grant is for a multifaceted, action oriented study of ethical issues in social work practice. It explores the ethical issues experienced by social workers and clients in Ontario in order to develop knowledge to help with the ever increasing complexities of social work practice in postmodern times.

2000 with Gary Cameron,(PI), & Research Team, SSHRC - CURA Grant
Purpose This project is funded to develop alliances between the university community and children’s mental health & child welfare agencies. It explores many aspects of service delivery from a number of different perspectives.

1992 - 1998: J. Turner (PI) & M. Fine, SSHRC Internal Grant
Purpose: Investigated how client couples and their therapists describe the therapeutic relationship as it co-evolved over course of therapy.

1987-1997: M.Fine (PI) & Norris, J. SSHRC Strategic Grant
Purpose: Studied the interrelationship among adult offsprings', parents' and independent raters' perceptions of intergenerational family functioning and how these are associated with the psycho-social functioning of the children and parents.