Director, Master of Counselling Programs (Vancouver)
A graduate of CityU’s Master of Counselling program, Chantelle returned to CityU in 2017 as the Director of the Vancouver Master of Counselling programs. She is responsible for overseeing the effective delivery of the MC programs in Vancouver, and is committed to providing students with an empowering learning environment. Having spent more than a decade in various leadership roles supporting mental health practitioners within the EFAP industry, Chantelle is passionate about supporting counselling therapists and students in their development of a therapeutic practice that is ethical, effective, socially just, and self-reflective. Outside of her role with CityU, Chantelle stays actively engaged as a psychotherapist working in independent practice to ensure that her teaching stays grounded in and reflective of current practice.
Chantelle is currently completing California Southern University’s Doctor of Psychology program. She is particularly interested in applying a critical, feminist lens to explore effective therapeutic work with couples and relationships, and in exploring the application of social justice pedagogy in counsellor education.
In teaching graduate level, adult students, Chantelle endeavours to create learning environments that integrate theory and scholarship with active practice, self-reflection, and experiential learning. The CityU Master of Counselling faculty are active practitioners in the field, uniquely positioning them to support student learning through the sharing of their experiences and skills that are grounded in theory and current research. Similarly, our learners enter the program with diverse, rich, complex lived experiences, and Chantelle encourages the sharing of these experiences and perspectives in service of contributing to the learning of one’s peers. In the study of a relational counselling practice, every interaction with colleagues, instructors, and staff in the learning environment are an opportunity to practice a style of engagement that is authentic, respectful, and compassionate.