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Michelle Mann, PhD., R.C.C.

Michelle Mann, Ph.D. R.C.C is the Faculty Associate for the Master of Counseling and the Master of Education programs, Canadian Programs. Michelle primarily runs her own private practice as a psychotherapist and consultant, and lectures part-time at City University. Michelle has also taught at other institutions in British Columbia as well as in The Netherlands.

  • Intro to Counselling Skills (CPC 501)
  • Diversity and Cultural Psychology (CPC 502)
  • Sexuality and Human Development (CPC 523)
  • Psychopathology (CPC 524)
  • Counselling Psychology Theory (CPC 526)
  • Group Counselling and Management (EGC 536)
  • Mental Health Issues in Schools (EGC 539)
  • Practicum in Counselling (CPC 651, 652, 653)
Teaching and work experience

Michelle has over twenty-nine years of experience in human service work as a clinical and educational counsellor, school counsellor, clinical supervisor, researcher, university instructor, consultant, author, teacher, and group facilitator. She specializes in the development, implementation and evaluation of mental health promotion interventions that aim to prevent the risk of the development of mental disorders and social problems. Throughout her career, she has trained and supervised psychologists, school counsellors, clinical counselors, therapists and health professionals in North America, Europe and Asia.

Michelle has supported many organizations both locally and internationally in the fields of mental health promotion and the prevention. She is experienced in multi-cultural counselling and has worked with diverse populations of different ages, sexual orientations, ethnicities, abilities, and socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Having experienced several international multi-cultural communities as a community member, teacher and consultant, Michelle is equipped with a multi-faceted knowledge of how to approach teaching counsellors to work in a province as diverse as British Columbia.

Michelle’s current research and clinical interest include Neurobiology Informed Relational Psychotherapy, Cross Cultural Counselling, Social Justice Therapy, Narrative-Therapy, Expressive Art Therapy, Applied Existential Philosophy and Applied Positive Psychology. She is particularly interested in the Promotion of Protective Factors in everyday life, including self-regulation, social support and happiness. Her recent research over the past two decades was in the field of self-esteem, self-concept, and self-humour in the prevention of depression, anxiety and aggressive behaviour.

Awards and Research Grants

National health institutes in The Netherlands have recognized Michelle’s work and she won substantial grants from the Dutch Health Research and Development Council and the National Dutch Fund for Children’s Health.

Michelle won recognition from Mental Health Europe (MHE) in 2004. MHE collected best practices in Europe within the framework of the project “Mental Health Promotion and Prevention Strategies for coping with Anxiety and Depression in Europe”. MHE nominated Michelle’s school counselling program “I Am The Key” as a promising program in Europe.

Publications and presentations

Michelle’s publications can be viewed and several articles can be obtained from the website of Be The Key Counselling and Consulting Services

Scholarly Community Services

Michelle’s scholarly pursuits and her community service activities are her passion. She is currently involved in forming a support group for LGBTQ parents in Metro Vancouver.

Selected Scholarly Community Services from the past decade:

  • Lecturer in the Mental Health Speakers Series – Canadian Mental Health Association, North & West Vancouver Branch
  • Research consultant in the film: ‘Down Here’ by Charles Wilkinson. A documentary film that explores the daily survival of Western society’s growing ranks of urban castaways
  • Clinical Counsellor for the Canadian Mental Health Association, North & West Vancouver Branch and the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC), Brief Counselling Project, counselling the under-served on the North Shore
  • Reviewer: Health Education Research, Oxford University Press, UK
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