Allan Wade, Ph.D.

Program Coordinator, Master of Counselling Program (Langford, BC)

Allan Wade, Ph.D. is the Program Coordinator for the Masters of Counseling program, Canadian Programs, in Langford B.C.  Allan works part time in private practice as a family therapist and consultant, and part time for City University.

Allan has been with City University of Seattle for 11 years and is continually uplifted and informed by the students who attend, the faculty who instruct, and the administrative staff who carry out the many daily tasks essential to running the Masters of Counseling program.

Allan has been working with First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples in Canada for many years.  With Cathy Richardson, Allan has developed and implemented several projects to improve social responses to Indigenous peoples faced with violence and other forms of adversity.  This work, which is informed by collaboration with the Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society and the Yukon Women’s Emergency shelter, is a source of immense and learning and collaboration that is rewarding both professionally and personally.

Courses taught at CityUniversity

  • Introduction to Psychology Practice (CPC 501)
  • Systemic Theory: Diversity and Cultural Psychology (CPC 502)
  • Family System Therapy (CPC 512)
  • Psychology of Sexuality & Human Development (CPC 523)
  • Group Counselling Psychology (CPC 527)
  • Child and Adolescent Counselling (CPC 600)
  • Practicum II, III (CPC 652, 653)


1990-present: Individual, Couple and Family Therapist, Private Practive

1990-1991: Educational Counsellor, Malaspina College

1988-1990: Psychology Instructor, Malaspina College

1987-1988: Therapist (Alcohol & Drugs Program), Ministry of Health

Education and Training

Ph.D., Psychology, University of Victoria, 2000

M.A., Educational Psychology, University of Victoria, 1991

Bachelor of General Studies, Simon Fraser University, 1981

Diploma in Education, Simon Fraser University, 1978


Best Student Paper:  Canadian Psychological Association, Women and Psychology Section.

Coates, L. & Wade, A.  (1994). Use of Psychological Language in Sexual Assault Trial Judgments. Paper presented at the Canadian Psychological Association Annual Conference, Pentiction, B.C.


Richardson, C., Wade, A.  (2008).  Taking resistance  seriously:  A response-based approach to social work in cases of violence against Indigenous women.  In J. Carriere and S. Strega (Eds.)  Walking This Path Together.  Winnipeg:  Fernwood. Publishing

Renoux, M. & Wade, A. (2008).  Resistance to Violence: A Key Symptom of Chronic Mental Wellness.  Forthcoming. Context (June, 2008).

Wade, A. (2007).  Despair, Resistance, Hope, in C. Flaskas, I. McCarthy & J. Sheehan (eds), Hope and Despair in Narrative and Family Therapy: Adversity, Forgiveness and Reconciliation. Hove: Brunner-Routledge.

Coates, L. & Wade, A. (2005).  Language and Violence: Analysis of Four Discursive Operations. Forthcoming: Journal of Family Violence.

Wade, A. & Todd, N. (2003).  From a Language of Effects to a Language of Responses, in D. Pare and T. Strong (eds.),  Furthering Talk:  Recent Developments in the Discursive Therapies. Forthcoming.

Coates, L. & Wade, A.  (2003). Telling it Like it Isn’t:  How Psychological Constructs Obscure Responsibility for Sexual Assault.  Discourse and Society.  Forthcoming.

Wade, A.  (2002). From a Language of Effects to Responses: Honouring Our Clients’ Resistance to Violence.  New Therapist, September/October (eds) 2002

Wade, A. (2000).  Resistance to Interpersonal Violence:  Implications for the Practice of Therapy.  Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation, Department of Psychology, University of Victoria.

Wade, A.  (1997). Small Acts of Living:  Everyday Resistance to Violence and Other Forms of Oppression. Contemporary Family Therapy. Vol. 19(1),  23-39.  (Also appears in French in Therapie familiale, Geneve, 1999, Vol. 20, No. 4, pp. 425-438.)

Wade, A.  (1995). Resistance Knowledges:  Therapy With Aboriginal Persons Who Have Been Subjected to Violence.  In P.H. Stephenson, S. J. Elliott, L. T. Foster, & J. Harris (Eds.), A Persistent Spirit: Towards Understanding Aboriginal Health in B.C. (pp. 167-206).  Vancouver: University of British Columbia.

Bavelas, J., Coates, L., Lawrie, D., & Wade, A.  (1992). Interactive Gestures. Discourse Processes. Vol. 15, 469-489

Wade, A. (1992).  Development of an Empirical Method for the Identification of Family Myths.  Unpublished Masters Thesis, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Victoria.