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Amanda J. Murphy, BC, MC, RCC

Associate Faculty, Master of Counselling Program

I come to my role as Associate Faculty with the Vancouver BC Master of Counselling program following 17 years of experience in frontline crisis response and, more recently, several years working as a counsellor in private practice.  Prior to focusing on private practice, I spent much of my time conducting training and providing ongoing mentorship for folks on the front line.  As part of my faculty role, I feel privileged to be able to combine my clinical skills with my passion for teaching.  As a relatively new member of the faculty, having started in 2023, I am focused on building connections with students, staff, and faculty.

Research

My Master’s thesis was a non-traditional thesis which focused on the relative absence of crisis intervention education and training in Canadian Master’s-level counselling programs.  As part of my research, I developed a sample curriculum for a standalone Crisis Intervention course.  I am currently in the process of co-developing a research-informed process-experiential therapeutic group for spouses and partners of first responders.

Teaching

I approach teaching in much the same way I approach my therapeutic work with clients.  My approach is collaborative, relational, and experiential.  As both counsellor and instructor, I see myself as companion on someone else’s journey, as opposed to being the one setting the course.  I have a deep belief that we always learn with and from each other in any classroom setting.  As a CityU MC Program alum, I also feel that I have a unique opportunity to reflect on my own experience as a student and integrate the pieces which most supported my own learning.  

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