John Meissner is an Ottawa-based psychologist who has worked in mental health clinics, as a school psychologist and in private practice. He has been on a variety of local, Provincial, and National Boards over the years and has been a supervising psychologist. He co-developed the FITA program at Carleton University to expand services to vulnerable students. Dr. Meissner is a generalist who is interested in developing real world solutions to address the academic and mental health struggles faced by students.
Created by John Meissner and Larry McCloskey at Carleton University, the From Intention to Action (FITA) program integrates counselling and learning skills for a more proactive and effective response to student wellbeing and skill development. John Meissner will present on the program philosophy, program components, as well as longitudinal data demonstrating positive outcomes. Humber College and the University of Toronto spoke to the transferability of FITA to their institutions, highlighting challenges and key lessons.