Karen Bridgman-Acker, MSW, RSW

Clinical Social Worker & Consultant

"Helping adults to take care of themselves, their relationships and to do the best thing for kids"    

Professional Background:

I am an experienced social worker in private practice, having worked in front-line and management positions for the past 29 years in the areas of child protection, trauma, parenting, custody/access evaluations, pediatric death investigation and review and social work training and education.

I am a passionate advocate for social justice for vulnerable populations and victims of violence. I support keeping children's interests as the focus when making decisions that impact their lives.

I help and support individuals, children, parents and families at times of transition and conflict. I also assist organizations by completing investigations and/or file review and analysis to help them improve their services.


Counselling is confidential except:

  • Threats of homicide and suicide must be reported
  • Suspicions regarding child abuse must be reported to child welfare authorities
  • With a court order, client records must be disclosed to the court

About me...


SSW (Social Service Worker)

BA/BSW (Sociology/Social Work)

MSW (Master of Social Work)


  • RSW (Registered Social Worker) with Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
  • OASW - Ontario Association of Social Workers
  • AFCC - Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • ADRIO - Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario
  • Hamilton High Conflict Forum