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Alicia Spidel, MA, RCC, PhD

Associate Faculty

I have worked as a counsellor, clinical supervisor, mental health coordinator and trainer in corrections and community-based counselling agencies, addictions services, and mental health for over 20 years. I have been teaching at CityU in topics including counselling theories, assessment, and addiction. In addition to teaching at CityU, I have lectured at SFU, Douglas College, Kwantlen, UBC, UFV, Okanagan College, and JIBC in criminology and psychology courses. My clinical work is grounded in practices of social justice, anti-oppression and compassion and I specialize in working with those who have experience individual and systemic forms of trauma. 

Research

My clinical and research interests include trauma, PTSD, violence, personality, and substance use and their impact on mental health, treatment and how these intersect with social justice. I have published over 50 journal articles and book chapters and have given over 200 presentations both nationally and internationally on these subjects. 

Teaching

I provided workshops in understanding trauma and additions, working with complex clients, and third wave therapies (DBT and ACT). Alicia is passionate about teaching and supervision and helping students reach their academic and career goals.

Publications
  • Diotte F, Potvin S, Lang D, Abdel-Baki A, Spidel A, Villeneuve M, Lecomte T. Comparison of Methamphetamine Induced Psychosis and Primary Psychotic Disorder: Scoping Review of Social Cognition. J Ment Health Clin Psychol (2022) 6(2): 1-18.
  • Kealy D., Spidel A., & Sandhu S. (2021). Childhood maltreatment and suicidality among women seeking mental health care: the mediating effect of borderline personality features, moderated by age, Women & Health, DOI: 10.1080/03630242.2021.1968097
  • Spidel, A., Kealy, D., Kim, D., Sandhu, S., & Izbicki, A. (April, 2021). Dysfunctional individuation in the clinic: Associations with distress and early parental responsiveness. Current Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-021-01736-1
  • Kealy, D., Ben-David, S., Spidel, A., Wadsley-Rose, S., and Kim, D. (2021). Self-reassurance moderated by identity dysfunction: Associations with distress and impairment. Journal of Counselling & Development.
  • David Kealy, Matt S. Treeby, Simon M. Rice & Alicia Spidel (2020) Shame and guilt as mediators between dispositional optimism and symptom severity among mental health outpatients, Psychology, Health & Medicine,  DOI: 10.1080/13548506.2020.1861313
  • Spidel, A., Daigneault, I., Kealy, D., & Lecomte, T. (2019). Acceptance and commitment therapy for psychosis and trauma: Investigating links between trauma severity, attachment and outcome. Behavioural and cognitive psychotherapy, 47(2), 230-243.
  • Kealy, D., Rice, S. M., Ogrodniczuk, J. S., & Spidel, A. (2018). Childhood trauma and somatic symptoms among psychiatric outpatients: Investigating the role of shame and guilt. Psychiatry Research, 268, 169-174.
  • Spidel, A., Lecomte, T., Kealy, D., & Daigneault, I. (2018). Acceptance and commitment therapy for psychosis and trauma: Improvement in psychiatric symptoms, emotion regulation, and treatment compliance following a brief group intervention. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 91(2), 248-261.
  • Kealy, D., Spidel, A., & Ogrodniczuk, J. S. (2017). Self‐conscious emotions and suicidal ideation among women with and without history of childhood sexual abuse. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 17(4), 269-275.
  • Lecomte, T., & Spidel, A. (2016). Is Mindfulness Useful or Dangerous for Individuals with Psychosis?  “Mindfulness” issue of Visions Journal, 2016, 12 (2), p. 10.
  • Spidel, A., Greaves, C., Yuille, J., & Lecomte, T. (2015). A comparison of treatment adherence in individuals with a first episode of psychosis and inpatients with psychosis. International journal of law and psychiatry, 39, 90-98.
  • Spidel, A., Greaves, C., Nicholls, T. L., Goldenson, J., & Dutton, D. G., (2013). Personality Disorders, Types of Violence, and Stress Responses in Female Who Perpetrate Intimate Partner Violence. Psychology, 4, 5.

Recent Invited Presentations

  • Djukic, B, & Spidel, A. (August 2023). Borderline Personality Disorder: Myths and Stigmas. Presented at the Fraser Health Learning Together Tuesdays. 
  • Spidel, A. (April, 2019). Working with Complex clients using Dialetical Behaviour Therapy. Presented at DCTV.
  • Spidel, A. (July 2018). Understanding and Working with Trauma. Presented at University of British Columbia.
  • Spidel, A. (March 2018). Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and working with clients. Presented at DCTV.
  • Spidel, A. (May 2018). Understanding and working with Borderline Personality Disorder. Presented at DCTV.
  • Spidel, A. (May 2017). How to use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with trauma. Presented at the Working With Trauma in Psychotherapy event at UBC.
  • Spidel, A. (October 2015) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Trauma. Presented to the Counsellor Café for Registered Clinical Counsellors.
  • Spidel, A. (March 2014) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Trauma and Psychosis. Presented to New Westminster Mental Health.

Recent Refereed Conference Proceedings – Papers

  • Spidel, A., & Kealy, D. (August, 2023). Generalized shame and emotional processing in those seeking mental health care. Presented at the American Psychology Association conference. 
  • Spidel, A., & Kealy, D. (June, 2023). Associations between generalized shame and emotional processing difficulties among individuals seeking mental health care. Presented at the Canadian Psychology Association conference. 
  • Spidel, A., & Kealy, D. (July 2023). Trauma and Attachment:  Impact on the effectiveness of a group version of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Presented at theACBS World Conference. 
  • Spidel, A., & Kealy, D. (July 2022). Sexual Risk Behaviours Among Mental Health Outpatients: links between childhood trauma, violence and mental health. Paper to be presented at the International Association of Law and Mental Health.
  • Spidel, A., & Kealy, D. (July 2022). Sexual Risk Behaviours Among Mental Health Outpatients. Paper to be presented at the International Association of Law and Mental Health.
  • Spidel, A., Kealy, D., Rice, S. M., Ogrodniczuk, J. S., & Dhanoa, T. (2021). Childhood maltreatment and adult somatic distress: Investigating the role of shame and guilt. Presented at the American Psychology Association virtual conference.
  • Spidel, A. & Kealy, D. (2021). Sexual risk behaviour among mental health outpatients: Associations with distress, identity, and emotional neglect. Presented at the ISSPD Personality disorder conference.
  • Spidel, A., Kealy, D. & Ogrodniczuk, J.S. (March 2021). Suicidality and childhood maltreatment in women seeking mental health care: Moderated mediation by age and borderline personality features. American Psychology and Law Virtual Conference. 
  • Spidel, A., Kealy, D. & Ogrodniczuk, J.S. (June, 2021). Dysfunctional individuation as a mediator of childhood emotional neglect and severity of psychological distress among mental health outpatients. Presented at the Canadian Psychology Association virtual conference. 
  • Spidel, A., & Lecomte, T., Daigneault, I., & Kealy, D. (July, 2021). How does Attachment and Trauma severity impact Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in those with Psychosis and Trauma histories? Presented at the ACBS virtual World Conference.
  • Kealy, D & Spidel, A. (2020). Childhood maltreatment and suicidality among help-seeking women: Examining the roles of borderline personality features and age effects. Poster to be presented at the Western Psychological Association virtual conference.  
  • Kealy, D & Spidel, A. (2020). Brief assessment of separation-individuation pathology: Relevance for personality dysfunction among psychiatric outpatients. Presented at the ISSPD Personality disorder conference. Spidel, A., & Lecomte, T., Daigneault, I., & Kealy, D. (July 2019). The Influence of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) on the Severity of PTSD Symptoms in Help-Seeking. Paper presented at the International association of law and mental health conference in Rome.
  • Spidel, A., & Lecomte, T., Daigneault, I., & Kealy, D. (June 2019). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for psychosis and trauma: Investigating links between trauma severity, attachment, and outcome. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychology Association. Halifax, Canada.
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