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Christine H. Mhina, PhD

Associate Program Director (Edmonton)

As an Associate Program Director, I work collaboratively with faculty and students to ensure effective delivery of research skills and to contribute to a quality student experience by ensuring the success of research endeavors in the Counselling program. I have been teaching for the past fifteen years. Prior to my role as the Associate Program Director, I served as Associate Faculty for seven years. Currently, I coordinate research activities and efforts in Edmonton. My background is in Community Development and Intercultural Studies with a passion for advocating for marginalized and vulnerable social groups. I am excited to be a part of the team that will allow me to provide an exceptional learning experience for students in areas of Social Justice, and to impart research skills for scholarly excellence in their professions.

Research

My research interests include participatory community development, indigenous knowledge, women’s agency and their role in bringing about social change in a society; the interplay between social and systemic influences of mental health, and community resilience. I am currently conducting a research study that focuses on community advocacy in regards to children and youth. The purpose of this study, titled “Capacity Building to Prevent Sexual exploitation” is to engage in a joint discovery (between researchers and service providers) for possibilities of preventing child sexual exploitation. I have published book chapters that appear in Indigenous Knowledge and Learning in Asia/Pacific and Africa: Perspectives on Development Education and Culture (2010); Participatory Action Research, and Social Change (2009), Global Perspectives on Adult Education (2009), and in Canadian Journal of University Continuing Education and Higher Education Perspectives.

Teaching

Central to my philosophy of teaching is the idea of partnership and mutual learning process. I believe a healthy relationship between the teacher and students is essential to successful teaching. In my teaching practice, I strive to begin with the experiences that students bring to the educational site –the notion of beginning where the students are. In this way, students get the opportunity to show their talents and learn in ways that work for them. Currently, I am teaching the following course Systemic Theory: Diversity and Cultural Psychology; Counselling Psychology: Research Project, and Professional Ethics and Law. I assist and supervise six to twelve students a year as they pursue their research projects as a final assignment to complete the Master Program in Counselling.