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Nick Todd, M.Ed., R. Psych

Nick has been teaching courses with City University in Calgary since 2001.  He has taught Counselling Theory, Psychology of Trauma and Interpersonal Violence, Brief Therapy, Group Counselling, and Counselling Practicum courses.


Nick has an interest in working with victims and perpetrators of abuse. Along with Allan Wade and Linda Coates he helped develop the response-based approach to violence-focused work. Nick’s recent interests include how counsellors can use metaphor and grammatical conventions to enhance the therapeutic construction of personal agency. 


Todd, N., & Belt, W. (2023). Aligning with small acts of self-correction in violence-focused therapy with men. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 42(3), 1-21. 

Krupin, L., Todd, N., Howey, E., & Perry, T. (2023). Staying connected: Consumer experience of the recovery journey and long-term engagement with a mental health clinic. Canadian Social Work Review, 40(1), 95-111.

Todd, N., Weaver-Dunlop, G., & Ogden, C. (2014). Approaching the subject of violence: A response-based approach to working with men who have abused others. Violence Against Women, 20(9), 1117-1137.

Todd, N. (2014). Between subject and object: Using the grammar of verbs to enhance the therapeutic construction of personal agency. Journal of Constructivist Psychology, 27(4), 289-302. 

Weaver-Dunlop, G., Todd, N., & Ogden, C. (2014). Respecting and listening to victims of violence: A handbook for those who are supporting women who have been abused by an intimate partner. Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter

Todd, N. (2010). The invitations of irresponsibility: The therapeutic use of excuses in counselling with men who have been abusive. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 29(3), 65-81.

Stewart, J., Todd, N., & Kopeck, C. (2010).  A clinical model in action in intensive residential treatment: Meeting the needs of adolescent boys who have experienced domestic violence. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 19, 419-428. 

Todd, N., Ogden, C., & Weaver-Dunlop, G. (2009). Choosing to change: A handbook for men concerned about their abusive behaviours towards those they love.  Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter.

Harvie, G., Strong, T., Taylor, L., Todd, N., & Young, F. (2008). Turning points in therapy: Discursive analyses and therapist comments. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 27(2), 33-49.

Todd, N. (2006, November 8). Takes courage to end abusive ways. Cochrane Eagle, p. 25.

Weaver, J., Samantaraya, L., & Todd, N. (2005, October).  The response-based approach in working with perpetrators of violence: An investigation. Paper presented at the World Conference on the Prevention of Family Violence, Banff, AB.

Weaver, J., Todd, N., Ogden, C. & Craik, L. (2005).  Resistance to violence and abuse in intimate relationships — A response-based approach.  Calgary: Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter.  

Todd, N., Wade, A., & Renoux, M. (2004).  Coming to terms with violence and resistance: From a language of effects to a language of responses.  In T. Strong & D. Paré (Eds.) Furthering talk: Advances in the discursive therapies (pp. 145-161).  Kluwer Academic/Plenum.

Coates, L., Todd, N., & Wade, A. (2003).  Shifting terms: An interactional and discursive view of violence and resistance. Canadian Review of Social Policy, 52, 116-122.

Todd, N. (2002).  An introduction to response-based counselling with victims of interpersonal violence.  Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter.

Todd, N. & Wade, A. (2001, November).  The language of responses versus the language of effects: Turning victims into perpetrators and perpetrators into victims.  Paper presented at the Family Violence Prevention: The Challenge of ChangeConference, Winnipeg, MB.

Todd, N. (2000, October).  An eye for an I: Response-based work with perpetrators of abuse.  Paper presented at the Bridging the Gap Across Canada Conference, B.C. Association of Counsellors of Abusive Men, Victoria, BC.

Todd, N. & Wade, A. (1994).  Domination, deficiency and psychotherapy.  The Calgary Participator, 4(1), 37-46.


I see learning as an emergent property of the relationship between teacher and student. The teacher may bring professional knowledge and experience, but the student determines what is relevant and personally meaningful to them. 

Courses Taught

Counselling Theory, Brief Therapy, Psychology of Trauma and Interpersonal Violence, Counselling Practicum, Group Therapy

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