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Milah Smith 

Faculty Instructor

I am excited to have newly joined the City University faculty and started in July 2023 teaching Research Methods. I am looking forward to teaching more courses in the fall term.  I have previous experience in physical rehabilitation as a kinesiologist and rehabilitation specialist which led me to my passion for counselling.  I have worked as an outreach counsellor, youth and family counsellor, and now work in independent practice with adults.  This blend of life experience, science, and counselling education has given me a diverse perspective that informs my work and teaching practices.  

Research

In the past I have been part of a research lab working on understanding the physiological impacts of high risk jobs such as logging, and back country ski guiding.  I have also had the honour of working with youth in and aging out of foster care who shared their stories with me in order to shine a light on injustice and improve access to further education.  I think of counselling as a type of relational research and informs my drive to make change and use the insights I gain to advocate.  My counselling work now focuses on working with people who have chronic or persistent pain and illness, disability, trauma, collective grief, and hold a special place in my heart and practice for my fellow Queer, Trans, Neurodiverse and Activist community.  

Projects

I am currently involved in a pilot project organized for and by front line land defenders as well as the Mental Health Liberation Fund.  It is my hope to generate more awareness of important projects such as this.  The Mental Health Liberation Fund is aimed at provided support for BIPOC students entering into the field of counselling.  

Teaching

I graduated from the CityU Master’s of Counselling program in 2017.  I am excited to be learning alongside you in this new way.  I have been an instructor in many different capacities, including teaching rock climbing and professional development for teachers.   I believe in the power of people coming together with a shared intention and cannot wait for the creative and expansive ways that we will learn together and build each other up.  It is my hope that together we can not only learn, but that we can be in solidarity in unlearning, and explore possibilities of how we can prevent harm and create new opportunities.  Imagining a world where there is collective healing, reclaiming, and where harmful systems do not exist is weaved into every moment of my practice and how I would like to show up with you.  

Courses
  • Research Methods
  • Introduction to Counselling 
  • Systemic Theory:  Diversity and Cultural Psychology 

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