Arden Henley, MA (Psych), Ed.D., Dr. TCM (Hon), RCC


Former VP and Principal of Canadian Programs (currently on sabbatical)

Arden Henley was formerly the Principal of Canadian Programs for City University of Seattle, and is on sabbatical as of July 1, 2018. Previously he was the Director of White Rock Family Therapy Institute, the Director of Clinical Services at Peach Arch Community Services, and the Executive Director of the South Okanagan Children’s Services Society. Arden has a B.A. from McMaster University, an M.A. from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, U.S.A and a Doctorate in Education from Simon Fraser University. Arden is an ex officio Special Advisor to the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Program Advisory Committee on Traditional Chinese Medicine and the former Chair of the Board of the BC College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Practitioners. Well known for his innovative leadership style and thought provoking presentations on a range of social, educational and organizational issues, Arden has practiced family therapy for over 35 years and consulted broadly with community and government agencies about organization development issues. Henley’s recently published book entitled Social Architecture: Notes & Essays summarizes his experience as a therapist and organization development consultant.

There are many paths to knowledge ranging from the quantitative and materialistic approach of science which is the ultimate lingua franca of knowledge-making today to the ancient discovery of meditation and contemplation. I suspect in the end they all lead to the same place and therefore would do well to respect one another.

My academic interests are rich and varied. What they have in common is a concern for health, well-being and happiness both at the individual and societal levels. My interests have moved from my earlier preoccupation with work with children, youth and families to the focus of my current work on leadership. Leadership was the topic of my 2006 doctoral dissertation in Education and is the subject of current writing. Lao Tzu’s formulation in the Tao Te Ching included as an Epilogue in my dissertation best expresses my understanding of leadership thus far:

The Master doesn’t talk, he acts.

When his work is done,

The people say, “Amazing:

We did it, all by ourselves!”

Courses Instructed at CityUniversity

  • Intro to Counselling Skills (x5)
  • Education – Observation/Field Experience
  • Practicum in Counselling (x9)
  • Special Topic Guidance and Counseling Summer (x2)
  • Psych Work and Organizations (x 3)
  • Counselling Research Project
  • Psychopathology
  • Family Systems (x5)
  • High Performance Organizations
  • Testing in Counselling
  • Mental Health Consultation
  • Individual Counseling
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Brief Therapy Models (x3).
  • Community Based Counselling
  • Couple’s Counseling (x3)

Teaching Experience

Following my father who was an elementary and secondary school teacher for over 30 years I briefly taught high school as a substitute teacher at the school from which I graduated and shortly after taught  at Humber College in Toronto. During my Masters Degree studies in Pittsburgh at Duquesne University I was a Teaching Assistant under the guidance of a truly marvelous teaching professor, Dr. Constance Fisher. As my career as Family Therapist unfolded I was increasingly called upon locally and internationally to give workshops and presentations. Initially a guest lecturer at CityU in 1996 I soon became wholeheartedly engaged in teaching, program development and leadership. I have taught over 30 courses in the faculties of Counselling, Education and Management.


Doctorate of Education (Education Leadership), Simon Fraser University, 2006

Master of Arts (Psychology), Duquesne University

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), McMaster University


B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors: “Presidents Award 1998/99: Distinguished Contribution to Counselling through Teaching, Research and Advocacy.”

British Columbia College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Practitioners: Honourary Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 2010

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • “On the Streets of Suburbia: The Street Scan Project”, with Harris and Dominato, Journal of Child and Youth Care, vol. 6, no. 3, 1991
  • “Dory the Cat Runs Away”, Australia and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, vol. 13, no. 4, 1992
  • “Stories that have Heart: Adventures in Narrative Therapy”, Insights, vol. 5, no. 3, 1993
  • “The Necessity of Belonging and the Quest for Particular Personhood”, Journal of Collaborative Therapies , vol. 2, no.2, 1994
  • “Stories that have Heart: Narrative Practices with Children and their Families”, Journal of Child and Youth Care, vol. 9, no. 2, 1994
  • “Hold on a Minute”, Windows on Adoption, vol. 2, no. 3, 1994
  • “When the Iron Bird Flies”, Journal of Systemic Therapy, vol. 13, no. 3, 1994
  • “Arriving Simultaneously with Coincidence: Buddhism, Phenomenology and Narrative Therapy”, 3rd Annual Narrative Conference, Vancouver, 1995; revised version: Journal of Collaborative Therapies, vol. 3, no. 2, 1995
  • “The Story of a Bear”, Australia and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, Vol. 16, no. 1, 1995
  • “The Intercultural Zone: The Multiple Partnership Model in Action”, presented at the 4th Annual Narrative Conference, Vancouver, 1996
  • “Dark Histories and Shadows of Doubt”, presented at the 2nd Annual Vancouver Conference on Adoption, Vancouver, 1996
  • “Belonging, Personhood and Responsibility”, with Mary Kean, presented at Therapeutic Conversations III, Denver, Colorado, 1996
  • “Narrative Therapy: Alternative Stories, Alternative Conversations” Journal of Collaborative Therapies, vol 4, no. 3, 1996
  • “The Nervous System: Changing Times in the Social Services” Journal of Collaborative Therapies, vol 5, no. 3, 1997
  • “Coming Up from Down Under: An Introduction to Narrative Therapy” presented at the College and Institute Counsellors Association of B.C. Conference ‘97
  • “Epilepsy Induced Self-Perceptions in Children” presented at the 22nd International Epilepsy Congress, Dublin, Ireland; abstracted in Epilepsia, vol. 38, supplement 3, 1997
  • “Anti-epileptically Yours”, Journal of Systemic Therapies, vol. 16, no.4, Winter, 1997
  • “La conversation therapeutique en tant que voie d’acces aux possibilities du client” Revue Canadienne de Psychoeducation, 27, (1), 1998 with Gerard Lavoie
  • “Some new thoughts about an old disorder: self-control in epilepsy” Lumina, Spring, 1998
  • “Dark Histories and Shadows of Doubt”, Gecko: a journal of deconstruction and narrative ideas in therapeutic practice. vol. 3, 1998 with Margaret Lloyd and Mary Kean
  • “The Journey After the Journey: Family Counselling in the Context of Immigration and Ethnic Diversity”, Canadian Journal of Counselling, vol. 35:1, 2001 with Karen Grant and Mary Kean
  • “Trauma and the Narrative: Reclaiming Conscious Purpose and Re-establishing Connection” Annual Conference of the British Columbia Association of School Counsellors and the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors, October, 2003 Vancouver, B.C.
  • Keynote Speaker: Douglas College Annual Faculty Development Day “On the Uses of Appreciative Inquiry” May, 2004
  • “A Social and Communal View of Leadership” Doctoral Dissertation – Simon Fraser University. April, 2006
  • “Knowledge Development through Communities of Practice” presented at the November 20, 21, 2006 BCHRMA Learning Strategies Symposium
  • “Authority and Influence: Complimentary Themes in Administration” with Bruce Beairsto presented at City University, Vancouver. October 17, 2006
  • “Learning through Appreciation” & “The Healing Power of Appreciative Inquiry” with Mary Kean presented at the Creating Dynamic Destinies Conference in Vancouver, February 15, 16, 2007
  • “Inner Peace; Peaceful Relationships; Peaceful World” with Mary Kean:  plenary presentation at the 15th Annual Ending Relationship Abuse Society of BC Conference, November 3, 2007
  • “A Passion for Education” Jack Rains Memorial Lecture City University of Seattle, Vancouver, BC – November 17, 2007
  • Opening remarks at the Global Integrative Traditional Medicine Symposium, B.C. Children’s Hospital, Vancouver, Canada – September 27-28, 2008
  • Henley, R.C. Arden and Miller, Scott D. (2010) “Possible Applications of Psychotherapy Outcome Research to Traditional Chinese Medicine,” Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine: Vol. 7 : Iss. 1, Article 18.
  • Henley, R.C. Arden. (2011). Social Architecture: Notes & Essays. Vancouver, BC: The Write Room Press
  • Arora. K., Chang, J. and Henley, A. (2012). Distributed learning for marriage and family therapists: Trends, perils and possibilities. IFTA World Family Therapy Congress, March 23, Vancouver.
  • Henley, A. (2013). Making it happen: From vision to materialization. Symposium on Theories of Transformational Change. Simon Fraser University. May 25, Vancouver
  • Henley, A. (2013). Legitimate peripheral participation: Learning reconceived as a transformation of social identity. Edited collection: City University of Seattle
  • Henley, A. (2013). The necessity of belonging and other discoveries in Chang, J. (ed.) Creative Interventions with Children: A Transtheoretical Approach. Calgary: Family Psychology Press