Scott Lawrance, Ed.D, R.C.C

Me CompressedAssociate Faculty, Master of Counselling Program

Scott Lawrance, Ed.D., Registered Clinical Counsellor, completed his B.A. (1969) in English, at the University of British Columbia and subsequently completed teacher training in the Professional Development program at Simon Fraser University (1975).  His M.A. (1986) and Doctorate of Education in Counselling Psychology (1992) both come from the University of British Columbia.

A retired member of the B.C. Teacher’s Federation, he has taught at all levels of public education from Grade Two to Post-Secondary. His current professional interests include the Psychology of Grief and Loss, Cross-cultural and post-colonial psychology, developments in Narrative Therapy, mindfulness and Buddhist approaches to psychotherapy and eco-therapy, all of which he regards from a “post-modern” or “integral” perspective.

As well as teaching, Dr. Lawrance, has a background in both mental health services and employee assistance counselling. He currently facilitates and assists in wilderness vision fasts and maintains a small private practice, “A Talk In The Woods”. He supervises counsellors working in private practice and in the field of wilderness psychotherapy and continues an avocation of poet. He is the author of four books of poetry and has, in the past, edited two poetry magazines, “Raven” and “Circular Causation”.

Courses taught at CityUniversity

M. Ed. School Counselling Program

  • Preparation for Professional Growth (ECC 509)
  • Introduction to School- based Counselling (ECC 514)
  • Family Systems and Conflict Management (ECC 516)
  • Counselling Field Experience and Practicum (ECC 601, 602)
  • Individual Counselling Theory and Practice (EGC 530)
  • Internships (EGC 605, 607, 609, 611 )
  • Project/Thesis in School Counselling (EGC 640/641)

Master of Counselling Program

  • Systemic Theory: Diversity and Cultural Psychology (CPC 502)
  • Psychology of Loss and Grief (CPC 511)
  • Family Systems Theory (CPC 512)
  • Group Counselling Psychology (CPC 527)
  • Research Project/Thesis (CPC 603)
  • Practicum 1 and 2 (CPC 621/622)
    Practicum (CPC 651)


2010-present: Employee Assistance Program Counsellor, PPC Canada (formerly Interlock)

2003-present: Adjunct Faculty, City University of Seattle

1986-present: Sessional Instructor, University of British Columbia

2007-2010: Therapeutic support and Clinical Coordinator, Canadventure Education


Ed. D. (counselling psychology), University of British Columbia, 1992

Master of Arts (Counselling Psychology), University of British Columbia, 1986

Bachelor of English, University of British Columbia, 1969

Professional Development Program Cert. (Elementary), Simon Fraser University, 1975



Lawrance, S. (2004) Fast Food Buddha. Manson’s Landing, B.C., self-published

Lawrance, S. (1984) In the House of the Great Blue Heron. Pender Harbour, B.C.; Harbour Publishing.

Lawrance, S. (1978) Names of Thunder. Toronto, Ont.: McClelland and Stewart

Lawrance, S. (1972) Should Stick To Carrying Water. Vancouver, B.C.: New Star

Lawrance, S. (1967) Apocolips, with collages by Gregg Simpson. blewointment press, Vancouver, B.C.


Poems have appeared in the following collections:

Purdy, Al (ed,) 1976. Storm Warning 2: The New Canadian Poets. McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, Ont.

Candelaria, Fred (ed.) 1977. New West Coast 72 Contemporary British Columbia Poets.
Intermedia, Vancouver, B.C.

Fertig, Mona (ed.) 1989. A Labour of Love:An anthology on pregnancy and childbirth. Polestar, Vancouver, B.C.

Rox, A. and Pew, J. (ed) 2006. radiant dance of being: a poetic portrait of bill bissett. A blewointment book, Nightwood Editions, Canada

Fertig, M. and Rhenisch, H. (eds) 2008. Rocksalt. Mother Tongue Press, Saltspring Island, Canada


Lawrance, S. (with others) (1976) Raincoast Chronicles: First Five. Pender Harbour, B.C. Harbour Publishing.

Articles include: “Petroglyphs”, “Buddhist Columbia”, Paul Kane at the Pacific: Wanderings of an Artist”,  “Railways in the Woods”, “Sointula: Saltfish and Spuds Utopia”, and other incidental pieces.