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My Bachelor of Science is in applied mathematics. Since my favorite topic was statistics, I continued in the field of Biostatistics. I was working as a researcher and consultant for a few years and got my Ph.D. in Mathematics - Statistics and health science. I was teaching in the field of Health Science & working as a surveillance Biostatistician at the Provincial Health Services Authority.

In recent years, I was working as an instructor in different places. Mainly, I am teaching Data analytics and Statistics.

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An AIA registered architect, with B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Architecture Engineering Technology, with Instructor Diploma, LEED, and PMI Certificate in Vancouver, BC, in the process of being PMP Certified. I am an urban designer, and project manager with Masters of Engineering Leadership in Urban Systems from The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, with extensive experience in architecture and design, planning, strategies, tools, and techniques, and more than twelve years as a project manager, and more than eleven years as an educator. 

As an educator, my teaching philosophy is to create an environment where students are empowered to think critically, creatively, and productively, to pursue means to achieve their learning goals, to accept and embrace constructive feedback about their work and develop as self-evaluator. My responsibility as an instructor is to help students acquire specific knowledge while they develop the attitudes and skills that are essential to professional practice. 

I am passionate about project management, pursuing the concept of sustainable planning projects through asset management, which can provide present requirements while preserving the environment and future resources.

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Rolando Islas has a long-standing career as a Philosophy professor and businessman. In 1989 founded Synapsis Sistemas in Mexico City where he performed his duties as Chief Operations Officer until 1997 when he left to create Logica de Sistemas where he was the CEO until sold in 2020. He had the privilege to design and deploy a trading system to avoid the floor in person operations at the Mexican Stock and Exchange money market, design a system to control in real-time the operations of a few of Fortune 10 companies, was involved in the design of the first cross-selling platform for banking and investment products in Latin America, and was involved in the design and deployment of a predictive trend analysis platform for business intelligence. 

From 1993 to 1996 he studied an MBA at IPADE institute for business management for experienced executives in Mexico City, which holds strong ties with Harvard Business School and its case methodology as a learning tool. In 2001 he decided to study a bachelor’s in philosophy, especially interested in the field of Philosophy of Science, in 2008 did a thesis on the problem of Objectivity in the Quantum Mechanics Field to earn the master’s degree in Philosophy of Science, and in 2014 he earned a Ph.D. With a thesis on belief and design on David Hume’s philosophy. He has been teaching philosophy-related courses since 2008, researching and publishing over a dozen articles related to the convergence of technology, philosophy, and media; edited a book published by McGraw Hill on Human Digitalities in 2020. He has collaborated as a speaker for St. Michaels College at Toronto University, with Universidad Mayor in Chile as a researcher, with Universidad Panamericana in Mexico as a lead researcher, and joined the CityUniversity of Seattle in 2021 as an associate faculty professor.

He believes deeply in the old Greek concept of PAIDEIA and its commitment to training the best possible, competent, and ethical professionals for the generations to come.

Rolando has been a BC resident since 2001.

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Dennie is a seasoned business executive, advisor, and diversity leader. He has over a decade of experience in helping businesses with technology, branding and marketing. He currently serves as the Head of Product and Technology at BAIOTEQ, the world's leading biosecurity platform, and as the Founder/President of the Gradenova Foundation, a non-profit that empowers women and people of color. Additionally, he is a published researcher in the field of digital marketing.

Dennie is an Official Member of the prestigious Forbes Technology Council and has been a keynote speaker at several international tech conferences like SaaS North (Canada) and NCIS (Nigeria). Dennie has also received numerous awards including a 'Business Leader 2019' award from the Govt. of China/UIBE. 

As an international marketing advisor, Dennie has worked with some of the largest cross-border e-commerce (CBEC) companies and has helped small CBEC companies grow to revenues of over $10 Million.

Dennie holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (USA), a Master of Engineering in Technology Innovation Management from Carleton University (Canada) and a BCom degree from Deakin University (Australia). 

Outside of work, Dennie likes to explore new cultures and has travelled to over 25 countries.

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I am having an exciting experience to teach Organizational Behaviour and Leadership course at CityU. I hold PhD (Organizational/ Industrial Psychology), MA (Psychology), and MBA (Human Resource Management). I have over 12 years of experience in research, teaching and training wherein I undertook graduate and post-graduate programs at College, University level, and executive education level. In addition to my teaching responsibilities, I gave consultancy services to few corporates and academic institutions. As part of my industry experience, I worked in the Training and Development of Administrative Human Resources at a premier Administrative Training Institute wherein I designed and coordinated management/ executive development programs for Government functionaries and corporate executives. I hold CPHR in good standing with Chartered Professionals in Human Resources, British Columbia and Yukon, and SHRM-SCP (Senior Certified Professional) with Society for Human Resource Management, USA designations. I am a certified Mental Health Trainer (SIU, Sweden) and Registered Clinical Counsellor with BCACC (BC Association of Clinical Counsellors). My teaching and research interests are in the areas of industrial/organizational psychology, human resource management, training and development, and mental health. 

My teaching philosophy focuses on self-directed experiential learning by developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills amongst the course participants which leads to practice-based learning. To make this course meaningful and relevant I follow HBS model in the classroom by discussing best OB practices in the industry through real-life case studies. Students get the opportunity to delve deeper into critically analyzing these best practices and develop skills to offer constructive improvements through the application of conceptual and firm specific skills in the field of organizational behaviour and leadership.  

Some fun facts about me are I love mindfulness, exercising, travelling, interacting with people from different backgrounds, and learn about the historical significance of diverse cultures and heritage monuments. 

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Hemant Kumar is a seasoned management professional with over a decade experience in the field of Marketing, Business Development, IT Consulting and Strategic Management.

Hemant is an expert in the field of International Education and Immigration with exposure to various business verticals like International Student Recruitment, Skills and Assessment, Test Prep etc. His prior experience includes working for Cambridge Assessment English, a not-for-profit organization and a department of the University of Cambridge as Regional Business Manager. He is also a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) as well as SAP Consultant (Sales and Distribution).

Hemant holds a MBA from Symbiosis International University and The Credential of Readiness from Harvard Business School.

Hemant possesses a strong skill set in terms of people interaction with passion for public speaking, mentoring and teaching. In the past, he has been associated with renowned institutions like Symbiosis International University and BITS Pilani as Adjunct Faculty. 

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Dr. Rami Mustafa has been an adjunct faculty in the BAM program at the City University of Seattle since 2021. As a professor, Dr. Mustafa teaches various courses, including English Writing and Composition, Critical Thinking, and Business Communication. He has received his doctorate from the University of Exeter, England. Dr. Mustafa has very diverse experience in various settings: at higher education institutes (in Canada, USA, UK, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia) and with industry leaders (such as Saudi Aramco), and his experience has expanded over 23 years. Dr. Mustafa has several publications and has presented his work at multiple international conferences. 

In addition to his experience in teaching, Dr. Mustafa has led many workshops and training programs for students and employees in areas such as time management, coaching, training and development, leadership, and business communication. 

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Vicky Nie joined City University Canada as an associate faculty member in January 2020. She teaches Financial Management and international Management courses for Bachelor of Arts in Management students. Her teaching goal is to stimulate students’ interest and enthusiasm in studying finance and to motivate students by demonstrating the relevance of what is learned. Nie’s research fields are Foreign Direct Investment and case learning and teaching. She is active in MBA case development. Nie has published three business cases with the Richard Ivey School of Business and one case with the China-European International Business School. She also has more than 15 years of industry experience in corporate strategy consultancy and trade financing.

Experience

Nie has broad teaching experience at business schools in Canada, Australia, and China. She has taught finance and business courses at MacEwan University and Thompson Rivers University. She was a visiting scholar at RMIT University, Australia, and Central Lancashire University, UK. Before relocating to Canada, she was an associate professor and graduate students’ supervisor at Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, China. Nie has also worked at HSBC and Citi Bank, Shanghai as a consultant.

Credentials

Nie holds a Master of Science in Accounting and Finance from the University of Birmingham, UK (2002) and a Bachelor of Economics from Nankai University, China (1999). She has been certified as a Documentary Credit Specialist by The London Institute of Banking & Finance (2010).

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Dr. Ali Noorafshan obtained his Ph.D. in neuroscience from Tehran University of Medical Sciences and his MBA from the University of Canada West. 

Dr. Ali has been teaching a variety of biomedical sciences in higher education programsfor over 20 years. Moreover, he successfully developed and delivered some training courses to the administrators, managers, students, and staff, including creative management, organizational behavior, and entrepreneurship. 

His research has been focused on various topics, including the quantification of cells, and tissues, in health and disease. Additionally, he conducted research on motivating factors, learning methods, and teaching styles.

He published over 140 scientific which you can find on Google Scholar (https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=VaQrlO4AAAAJ&hl=en).

In 2018, he was ranked as the 10th most prolific scientist in the world in the field of quantitative microscopy (stereology). He has also published four books on idea generation for businesses and entrepreneurs. During the last ten years, Dr. Noorafshan has engaged in other positions, including head of the microscopic research center, administrator of the gifted and talented students’ office, and instructor of Canadian investment.

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Gabe comes with international and local experience in building corporate universities for Siemens Asia-Pacific, JPMorgan Chase and ABS-CBN.  He has spent more than 15 years looking into the talent development needs of employees across all levels and functions and have designed and developed competency-based training and development programs.  He has a Ph.D. in Organization Development and had a successful dissertation on helping employed college dropouts complete a college degree through a work equivalency program.  As a result, he founded a social enterprise that helps employees in the BPOs get their BSBA degree through the work they are doing.   

Having been born in the Philippines; living in Canada; worked and lived in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific, fluent in English, German and Filipino; I could safely say I am a global citizen.  

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Dr. Mohsen Saeedi joined CityU in Fall 2021 as an associate faculty. Dr. Saeedi is a professor of environmental engineering.  He has two PhDs, one in civile engineering from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada and the other in environmental science and engineering from University of Tehran, Iran. He obtained his MSc of environmental end BSc of chemical engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology. Dr. Saeedi has been a post-doctoral research fellow and a sessional lecturer at the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Saeedi has over 14 years of successful academic experience in higher education industry. He served as Director of the Office of Assessment and Evaluation at Iran University of Science and Technology, and deputy of education at the school of civil engineering.  Dr. Saeedi has also been an affiliate member of Iran Academy of Sciences (IAS).

He taught a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and short courses in the fields of environmental science, engineering, management, and sustainability. He also has experience in Corporate Training, where he successfully developed and delivered six training courses to more than 200 staff of several clients in petrochemical, steel, power, and port/marine transportation companies in Iran.

In addition to this academic experience, Mohsen has over 25 years of industrial and consulting experience. He has worked with different companies conducting environmental management, environmental impact, and sustainability studies. He worked on projects in energy, oil and petrochemical, mining, iron and steel, and engineering/construction sectors. Dr. Saeedi has also implemented environmental management system (ISO, 14001) for refinery and steel companies in Iran. In Canada, Dr. Saeedi worked as a research engineer, and as a senior hydrologist with engineering companies based North Vancouver and Burnaby.

Residing in North Vancouver, BC, Dr. Saeedi is currently teaching at CityU and works as a senior hydrologist with Hemmera Envirochem Inc. He is also an engineer in training (EIT) towards the designation with the Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (EGBC).

Research

Dr. Saeedi is a life time learner and an active passionate researcher. His research interests include environmental pollution, environmental risk and assessments, sustainability and development, and treatment processes.

In addition to his PhDs’ research theses about river and coastal pollution and soil contamination/remediation, he supervised more than 70 MSc and Ph.D. research theses and published over 80 research papers in international refereed journals. He also has authored and published two books in the fields of environmental management of power plans, and environmental assessment of port projects. For more information about Dr. Saeedi’s publications visit https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=xq5TcZ0AAAAJ&hl=en.

Teaching

City University

  • Sustainable resource use
  • Corporate social responsibility

 University of British Columbia

  • Geo-environmental engineering

Iran University of Science and Technology (undergraduate and graduate select courses)

  • Environmental Health
  • Environmental science and engineering
  • Energy and the environment
  • Fate and transport of pollutants in the environment
  • Environmental pollution monitoring and assessment
  • Environmental impact assessment of civil projects
  • Hazardous waste management
  • Air pollution and control

Select Short courses

  • Environmental sustainability
  • Sustainable management
  • Sustainable development in the petrochemical industry
  • Sustainable energy
  • Environmental management system
Education
  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering (Geoenvironmental), Department of Civil Engineering, University of British Columbia
  • Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, University of Tehran
  • M.Sc., Civil (Environmental) Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology
  • B.Sc., Chemical Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology

Select Additional Training and Certificates

  • Sustainability in Practice certificate, A course by Engineers Canada and Montreal Polytechnique.
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), held by the Department of Environment, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and CORDAH.
  • Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001) Internal Audit, held by SGS Iran.
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My background is in arts education, philosophy of education, and working with international students. I have a Ph.D. in education from Simon Fraser University and most of my academic work focuses on educational relationships and how we learn in and through relationships; I am interested in how teachers can enhance the learning experience for students. More specifically, I am interested in and excited about how knowledge is created and developed in dialogical relationships, in how the presence of the teacher impacts learning, in how we learn through multiple forms of intelligence, and in how learning can be meaningful for students. My current research interests include dialogical and contemplative approaches in education.

At CityU, in the BAM program, I have taught courses in critical thinking (BC 301) and the business ethics practicum (BC 401). Critical thinking and what I refer to as ‘critical engagement’ are ever more valuable in a VUCA world: one that is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. My own views and work on ethics emerges out of the work of thinkers like Nel Noddings and Carol Gilligan (Ethics of Care), Charles Taylor (Ethics of Authenticity), Relational Ethics (Confucius, Tu Weiming, Charles Taylor, Heesoon Bai), and Virtue Ethics (Martin Buber, Confucius, Martha Nussbaum).

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Rustam presently works as an Investment Lead for the Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) and teaches at universities across Canada. He is also an entrepreneur, impact investor and academic with extensive research experience of over a decade in sustainable social enterprise design and renewable energy access. He is the author of the book De-mystifying Impact Investing an Entrepreneurs’ Guide, which provides strategic, advises and recommendations on impact investment and has served as an ultimate guide for several emerging entrepreneurs and investors. Rustam also holds a patent for dynamic pricing smart energy meters used in solar pre-paid micro-grids and has over ten years of direct field experience in micro-grids and solar rooftops.

Rustam is also the founder of Boond (www.boond.net), an energy access enterprise in Asia and Africa. He has wide experience in private banking and strategic consulting and has worked in agencies like Standard Chartered (in Singapore), Syngenta (in Switzerland) and Deloitte Consulting (in the US). Owing to his firsthand experience in the development sector and emerging economies, he has collaborated with international agencies like GIZ The World Bank, Asian Development

Bank and Universities like Columbia University, Aalto University of Finland, University of British Columbia, and University of Pittsburgh in research projects and talks/panel discussions. Rustam holds an INSEAD MBA graduate with MS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine. He has also been awarded ‘Echoing Green Fellowship’ for work in Climate Change in 2014 and the Chevening Rolls-Royce Science and Technology Fellowship 2017.

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Cameron Stockdale is an Executive Leader who has been researching the intersection between leadership, organizational behavior, change management and strategic planning for over a decade. 

He has worked in a variety of different settings, including more than 25 years in the healthcare field related to emergency services, home healthcare support and more recently been appointed to the Inquiry Committee of the BC College of Pharmacists. His doctoral dissertation concentrated on the antecedent requirements for positive change within the Canadian healthcare system and formed a series of recommendations which if adopted would result in increased patient care outcomes. For the past 2 years he has been the President & CEO of the Work Wellness Institute, a national non-profit organization whose focus is to research topics related to occupational health and safety to create healthy, safe and inclusive workplaces for all workers.  

Dr. Stockdale is active in his professional associations, including the International Leadership Association and being inducted into the Alpha Iota Sigma Honor Society for recognition of advanced scholarship during his doctoral studies and is a founding member the society's Research Committee advancing interdisciplinary research and collaboration to address contemporary complex social issues. 

Aside from his undergrad work in Recreation Management and various Paramedic programs Dr. Stockdale holds a Doctorate of Education from Creighton University, a Masters of Arts from the University of Guelph, Post Graduate Certificate from Harvard and is currently completing a Master of Laws at the University of Edinburgh.

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Amir Teymourian is an instructor, Project Manager, Business Analyst and Consultant with over 18 years of experience. Exceptional track record of research success with multiple curriculum development. He leads and manages several large international projects. He planned and developed a training program for the organization's business process reengineering integration.

Consistently strive to create a challenging and engaging learning environment where students become life-long scholars and learners.

His work portfolio includes a diverse array of projects ranging from infrastructure system design, Enterprise Resource Planning "ERP" design, development and implementation, and Fully Automated greenhouse projects.

Moreover, his teaching portfolio includes various courses, Project Management and Business courses. Amir Teymourian's practice on understanding students' needs, business trends, market demand, and focus align with global and technological changes.

The projects include managing Agriculture "Greenhouse" automation, Centralized IT infrastructure, ERP Software development and implementation, VOIP "Voice Over IP" integration/Implementation, complete automated Greenhouse assembly and integration.

Education
  • MBA ITM, Master of Business Administration Information Technology Management
  • PMP, Project Management Professional
  • CSM, Certify Scrum Master
  • CSSMBB, Certify Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt
  • OCP DBA, Oracle Certify Professional Database Administrator 
  • MCP, Microsoft Certify Professional 

LinkedIn Link:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kteymourian/
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Associate Faculty

serves as associate faculty at City University Canada, teaching International Management. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Uyo, Nigeria, and an MBA from University Canada West, Canada. Ndinanake brings a wealth of knowledge and a passion for excellence to the realm of academia. 

With a career spanning nearly a decade across diverse industries, Ndinanake is not only an educator but a practitioner who has honed his skills in international management. His most recent role as the Business Controller of Commerce and Support Functions at Heineken OpCo - Champion Breweries reflects his ability to make significant contributions in dynamic business environments. 

Ndinanake's commitment to lifelong learning is evident in his continuous pursuit of personal and professional development courses. This dedication enhances his ability to deliver transformative classes, keeping his teachings at the forefront of industry trends and best practices. 

Drawing from a wealth of experience, Ndinanake has shared his expertise in various institutions, imparting knowledge in various business courses. His teaching philosophy emphasizes practical insights and a transformative learning experience."

Currently, my teaching interests include child and adolescent psychology, trauma, ethics, counselling theories, and others.  

Professional Experience

My previous work experience as a Registered Psychologist has included the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton, Edmonton Public Schools and private practice. I specialize in working with children, youth and adults who have experienced simple and complex trauma, and supporting parents/caregivers in responding to behaviours associated with such experiences. The majority of individuals I work with have experienced various forms of abuse or adversity or are experiencing various difficulties in their lives (such as experiences of trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, suicidal ideation, and self-esteem).  

Counselling Philosophy

Sometimes life has not provided us with what we need to grow into the best versions of ourselves and this is where therapy can help. I feel that there is a great capacity for growth within all of us and sometimes we need some help in figuring out how to get there. I believe people can heal by entering a trusting relationship and gaining insight into their lives. By understanding how we approach ourselves, others and the world around us, we can allow the space to make practical changes in our lives.

Courses

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Counselling Program

AB

BC

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Jamal Ahmelich is an associate faculty member at CityU for the Master's in Counselling program. He has many years of experience teaching and counselling both in the BC school system, internationally and privately.  His teaching and research interests include child and adolescent development, nature based therapy, counselling theory, critical incident management, group facilitation, career planning and standardized test interpretation.  Currently serving as a high school counsellor and running a counselling practice, he is a registered clinical counsellor with the British Columbia Clinical Counsellors Association, holding an M.A. in Counselling Psychology and a B.Ed. from the University of Victoria.

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BA, MA, RCC

Part-Time Adjunct Faculty Instructor

I have been working in this position since late fall of 2021.  I have been teaching several classes in mixed mode format, virtual format, and directed studies.  I also provide support in grading comprehensive exams.  My background is in counselling psychology, and I have been working in this field since 2010.  I specialize in diverse abilities and have been providing support to this population since 2007.  I also teach at the undergraduate level.

Research

My interests lie in the areas of cognitive behaviour therapy, autism, diverse abilities, invisible disabilities, obsessive compulsive disorder, and body focused repetitive behaviours.

Teaching

Individuals learn through hearing, seeing, and doing.  To foster this learning environment, we need to focus on engagement.  I want my students to want to learn.  From my experience, students want to know that the content they are learning in school is meaningful and that they can and will use it.  Relevant content is key to engagement.  Evidence based practice is important, but it is key for them to see how this evidence fits into practice by also examining practice-based evidence.  

My passion is to foster critical thought amongst my students by facilitating rich dialogue in my classes.  I offer opportunity for discussion, self-reflection, peer-feedback.  I am curious about their perspectives 

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Instructor

I currently work full-time as a Client Care Coordinator with Fraser Health.  In my position, I oversee a team of amazing therapists, psychiatric nurses, healthcare workers, and admin support staff.  I have been with Fraser Health working at multiple different mental health and substance use sites in Surrey for the last 15 years.

In addition to working full-time with Fraser Health, I have a private practice where my area of interest is working with clients living with adult ADHD, relationship struggles, and/or addiction related issues. 

I truly enjoy teaching in the Masters of Counselling program at City University of Seattle where I have been fortunate to teach the Clinical Supervision, Counselling Psychology Theory, and Psych of Addiction course. 

Teaching

I combine my passion for therapy into my philosophy of being an empathetic instructor.  I try my best to understand the journey that each student goes through to achieve their ultimate goal of becoming a therapist.  Not only do I enjoy teaching students, but I enjoy learning from students.  I am a firm believer in the quote, “when one teaches, two learn”. 

Courses

Clinical Supervision, Counselling Psychology Theory, Psych of Addiction

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Adjunct Faculty

As an Adjunct Faculty in both the Master of Counselling and the MEd in School Counselling, I teach a variety of courses in the full-time, part-time and mixed-mode programs.  I have been teaching at CityU since 2018.  I currently have my own private practice working with individuals, families, couples and supporting parents who are transitioning through separation and divorce.  I am also a Collaborative professional with Collaborative Divorce Vancouver in the roles of Divorce/Co-Parenting Coach and Child Specialist, and am a member of IACP (International Academy of Collaborative Professionals).  I work within the Family Justice system as a Parenting Coordinator, providing support and arbitration for families.  I am also a member of BC Hear the Child, providing reports for the purposes of bringing children’s voices into the Family court system.  I have a background in working with at-risk children and youth, family violence and working within the Youth Criminal Justice System.  I am passionate about student learning, and supporting each individual student to succeed in their academic and practical application of skills within both programs. 

Publications

Prevalence and Risk Factors of Postpartum Depression in Middle Eastern/Arab Women

October 15th, 2015

Journal of Muslim Mental Health, DOI:10.3998/jmmh.10381607.0009.104

Teaching

I believe that a classroom should be a safe, caring community where all individuals are free to speak their minds, and learn from one another.  I see myself as a facilitator of the learning experience, and believe in providing opportunities for both practical application of learnings and academic reflection.  I believe we all have a role and responsibility in the process of learning, and I strive to support each student in understanding and achieving their goals.  I believe each individual learns in different ways, and I strive to ensure I provide a variety of learning modalities in my delivery of materials.  

Courses

CPC 512 Family Systems Therapy

CPC 523 Psychology of Sexuality and Human Development 

CPC 524 Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology

CPC Group Counselling Psychology

CPC 600 Child and Adolescent Counselling

CPC 604 Psychology of Aging

CPC 606 Couples Counselling

ECC 602 Counselling Practicum

EGC 605 Internship I

EGC 607 Internship II

EGC 609 Internship III

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Adjunct Faculty

In 2019, Dr. Jennifer Campbell joined the City University team as adjunct faculty. She brings two decades of experience working with children, youth and families involved in the criminal justice, social work, and mental health systems. She also has extensive experience working alongside rural and urban Indigenous communities, with a particular focus on suicide prevention/intervention/postvention. Dr. Campbell is currently the Director of the North Shore CBT Centre where she enjoys training practicum students to offer evidenced based practice. 

Research

Dr. Campbell has a keen interest in culturally sensitive CBT, evidence based treatment for OCD, and CBT clinical supervision.

Publications

Campbell, J. D., Mandrusiak, M., & Brooks, K. C. (2021). Themes of healing among Squamish Nation Members after a loss to suicide. Journal of Indigenous Social Development, 10(2), 3-28. https://journalhosting.ucalgary.ca/index.php/jisd/article/view/71303/55260 

Teachings

Dr. Campbell strives to promote student learning by supporting counselling theory with real life examples. She encourages group cohesion, self-reflection, and experiential learning. 

Courses

  • CPC 502: Systemic Theory-Diversity and Cultural Psychology 
  • CPC 510: Professional Ethics and Law 
  • CPC 680: Capstone Advisor 

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Associate Faculty

As an associate faculty member at City University of Seattle, I am delighted to teach courses in the Masters of Counselling Program. My clinical focus has been on working with youth, young professionals and families. I have experience working with clients of diverse backgrounds in community and private settings. As a faculty member, my aim is to inspire students to grow personally and professionally by combining theory and practice through engaging discussions, hands-on learning and cultivating a collaborative spirit. I want students to become community-minded clinicians, focusing on evidence-based, trauma-informed and culturally attuned practices. I look forward to connecting with students, facilitating learning and gaining knowledge from the valuable experiences they bring into the classroom. 

Publications

Chakraborti, E. (2022). Caring for individuals with mental illness: Qualitative study on financial costs and coping strategies of family caregivers [Unpublished doctoral dissertation]. Adler University.

Chakraborti, E., Li, V., & Sepehry, A. (2021). Do side effects of antidepressants create problems in romantic relationships? Psynapse - The Newsletter of the CPA’s Psychopharmacology Section. (Volume 2, Issue 3), 9. https://cpa.ca/docs/File/Sections/Psychopharmacology/Psynapse%20April%202021.pdf

Chakraborti, E. (2019). Working when you’re emotionally drained: Reflections on the importance of self-care. Insights – BC Association of Clinical Counselors’ Magazine. (Winter, 2019), 38. https://bcacc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/Insights_2019_Winter.pdf

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Associate Faculty

Bhupie joined City University in 2018 as an Associate Professor. Bhupie also teaches at Adler University, Vancouver Community College, and Justice Institute of BC. For over a decade, she has worked in, supervised, and consulted with various non-profit organisations involved in social justice/advocacy work. Currently, she offers counselling and supervision from her personal practice; and provides consultation, training, and workshops to various organisations and teams.

Research

Bhupie is interested in intersectional research weaving in the ways that communities, families, and individuals resist and challenge oppressive, colonial systems; and the ways these systems impact the struggles that communities, families, and individuals face.

Publications
  • Dulay, B., Krasnow, S., Reynolds, V., & Sampson, G. (2018). Talk-Listen: Centering Youth Wisdom in Group Work at Peak House. Relational Child and Youth Care Practice, 31(3), 6-23.
  • Dulay, B., Sampson, K., Krasnow, S., & Reynolds, V. (2019). Gender Group at Peak House: Making Space beyond inclusion, resisting cis-and heteronormativity. The International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, 4, 9-22
Teaching

It is important to Bhupie to honour and allow the strength, wisdom, and lived experiences of those she works alongside to guide her work—in counselling and in teaching. Bhupie is passionate about creating a safer space alongside counselling students to grow and unlearn in the classroom. She hopes to be of use to her students and is inspired by her students as they develop an intersectional, ‘anti-oppressive’ practice.

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Practicum supervisor

I have been a practicing registered clinical counsellor for over 30 years and have been supervising practicum students for over 25 years.

 As a practicum supervisor at CityU since 2018, I provide students with clinical experience and professional consultation. I encourage discussion of their successes and challenges during their practicum by providing feedback, inviting self-reflection, promoting ethical standards and facilitating comfort with diversity, equity, and inclusion. Students will engage in case conceptualization and treatment planning through case presentations. 

Teaching

As a teacher of a practicum course, I see my role as meeting the students at their skill level and help them develop skills and clinical competence. My intention is to offer a safe and supportive environment for group consultations, facilitating clinical development and a sense of professional identity for the student.

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Associate Faculty

I have been teaching at CityU in both the MC and the MEd programs for the past 12 years. Prior to that I taught at Douglas College in the CYCC program. I worked for many years in the Human Services sector. As well, I have been in private practice for over 25 years and I consult with agencies across the country.

Research

My research interests include standards of practice, accreditation of agencies, research methodology and the reality of the student experience

Teaching

I believe in creating a respectful environment in which students can grow and thrive. I believe in integrating theory and practice in the classroom and I believe that all of our students have the potential to be excellent practitioners. And I have taught most course in the MC program with the exception of Pharmacology.

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Arden Henley is a former Vice President of City University in Canada and one of the founders of its Masters of Counselling program. Arden has a BA from McMaster, an MA from Duquesne in Pittsburgh, and a Doctorate in Education Leadership from SFU.

Well known for his innovative leadership style and thought-provoking presentations, Arden has practiced Organizational Development and Family Therapy for over 40 years and consulted broadly with the community and government agencies. His book entitled "Social Architecture: Notes & Essays" summarizes his experience as both a Therapist and Organization Development Consultant.

Research

Current research interests focus in the area of environmental psychology. This interest is also reflected is the development of the Green Technology Education Centre - https://www.gteccanada.ca/

Publications
  • Henley, A. (2016). Insider Knowledge Influenced Pedagogy. In Kirstein, K., Schieber, C.E., Flores, K.A., and Olswang, S.G. (eds.), Supporting the Success of Adult and Online Students. North Charleson, SA: CreateSpace
  • Henley, A. (2019).  No mind in community: Cultivating ‘Fields in Good Heart’ in an intellectual and professional praxis-enhancing commons. In O. Gunnlaugson, C. Scott, H. Bai, & E. Sarath (Eds.), Catalyzing the field: Second person approaches to contemplative learning. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.
Teaching

Teaching philosophy is influenced by post-structural and phenomenological thinking.

Courses
  • Family Systems
  •  Psychology of Aging
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Associate Faculty of MC Program

I have been an instructor with City University of Seattle in Vancouver BC since 2016 and have taught for both the Master of Counselling program and the Master of Counselling Education program. The courses I have taught with CityU include:

In addition, I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor in private practice and also provide clinical consultation for other psychotherapists. I was also a group facilitator and former board member with the Lower Mainland Grief Recovery Society and was a course facilitator for UBC’s Widowed Journey and an instructor for UBC’s Peer Counselling Certificate program. 

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Associate Faculty/Instructor (Victoria, BC)

Grief and Loss, Couples/Intimate Relationship Counselling, Brief Therapy, Aging , Group Therapy, Counselling Supervision

Research

I am a graduate of City University of Seattle, Victoria campus. In addition to teaching at CityU, I am a counsellor in private practice and am working on a PhD in Counselling Education and Supervision. My research interests are ambiguous loss, helping people change their relationships with substances, grief, and relationship counselling. 

Teaching

My teaching philosophy embodies the sentiment, "How I do anything is how I do everything." This adage applies to my teaching style as I prioritize honesty, humour, kindness, curiosity, warmth, openness, and vulnerability. I aim to infuse a real-world perspective into my students' education, making learning relatable and practical. This approach fosters a strong connection with the subject matter, nurturing academic, personal, and professional growth.

Extensive research has shown that attaining successful client outcomes in counselling comes down to the relationship, therapeutic bond and understanding between the counsellor and their client. Similarly, when it comes to teaching, an instructor's ability to build connections and trust is just as vital in creating a positive environment for learning and personal growth.

Credential

Credentials

Master of Counselling

Registered Clinical Counsellor

Canadian Certified Counsellor

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Associate Faculty

Dr. Ron Manley is a registered (#0866) Psychologist who has worked for over three and a half decades in Vancouver, including eleven years as Clinical Director of a specialized eating disorders program for children and adolescents. He has a particular interest in the integration of somatically-oriented psychotherapy with cognitive, attachment, and mindfulness approaches. He is in private practice where he offers psychotherapy, consultation for therapists, and workshops/training. His current interests include human potential generally, and the interface between psychotherapy and spirituality.

Research

My current interests include human potential generally, attachment, neuroscience, affect regulation, and the interface between psychotherapy and spirituality.

Teaching

I really enjoy teaching and have been doing so at City University since 2017. In course CPC 526 Counselling Psychology Theory, I provide an overview of several different approaches to psychotherapy. I see this course as fundamental to helping students begin to get a sense of a theoretical framework that will ground their professional practice of counselling. In the CPC 522 Psychology of Trauma course, I convey to students a neurobiological and somatically-based psychotherapy approach to a current understanding and treatment of trauma. This equips students to appreciate an autonomic nervous system understanding of affect dysregulation, and how a somatically-oriented psychotherapy may help clients in their recovery. In CPC 651/652/653: Practicum I/II/III I provide consultation to students on their clinical work.

I believe that a combination of academic and clinical teaching can really facilitate the professional growth of students. It is a lengthy and challenging journey to becoming a psychotherapist. I feel that if I can bring the right mix of experience, skill, knowledge, and passion forward in my courses, that I can make an important contribution to students’ growth and development.

Publications
  • Manley, R. Attachment, trauma, and the therapeutic relationship. BC Psychologist, Summer, 10-12.
  • 2014
  • Manley, R., and DeJong, C. A therapeutic approach to working with trauma and dysregulation: The example of eating disorders and substance use disorders. Insights into Clinical Counselling, December, 27-29, 31, 33.
  • 2010
  • Manley, R.S. Eating disorders in children and adolescents: Information for those living with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Third Edition. April. Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre.
  • 2009
  • Manley, R.S. The cognitive-behavioural approach to treating individuals with eating disorders. Visions Journal, 6(1), 18-19.
  • 2008
  • Manley, R.S., O’Brien, K., and Samuels, S. Fitness instructors’ recognition of eating disorders and attendant ethical/liability issues. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 16 (2), March-April, 103-116.
  • 2006
  • Freedman, G., Leichner, P., Manley, R., Sandhu, P.S., and Wang, T.C.  Understanding anorexia nervosa through analysis of thematic content of letters in an adolescent sample. European Eating Disorders Review, 14(5), 301-307.
  • Manley, R.S., & Roles, P. What works? Family therapy for adolescents with anorexia nervosa. Visions Journal, 3, 17-18.
  • 2005
  • Manley, R.S., & Standish, K. Should adolescents with eating disorders be allowed to exercise? The Renfrew Perspective, Winter, 17-20.
  • Manley, R.S., Jones, S., & Stoilen, K. What to say and how to say it: Connecting with the eating disordered adolescent at the initial consultation. BC Medical Journal, 47(1), January/February, 35-40. 
  • Manley, R.S. & Becker, E. No, I can’t be your …”: Boundary issues for health care professionals. BC Medical Journal, 47(1), January/February, 41-43.
  • 2003
  • Manley, R. S. Eating disorders: A primer for athletes. 321 Coaching Newsletter, March, 2003.
  • Manley, R.S. & Leichner, P. Themes of anguish and despair in adolescents with eating disorders: Helping to manage suicidal ideation and impulses. Crisis, 24 (1): 32-36.
  • 2001
  • Manley, R.S., Smye, V., & Srikameswaran, S. Addressing complex ethical issues in the treatment of children and adolescents with eating disorders: Application of a framework for ethical decision-making. Invited Article. European Eating Disorders Review, 9, 144-166.
  • 2000
  • Manley, R.S., Rickson, H., & Standeven, B. Children and adolescents with eating disorders: Strategies for teachers and school counsellors. Intervention in School and Clinic, March, 35(4), 228-231.
  • 1999
  • Manley, R.S. Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa in children and adolescents: Information for those living with an eating disorder. B.C.’s Children’s Hospital Educational booklet.
Courses

Microskills Series- Repairing Ruptures in the Therapeutic Alliance

Capstone Advisor and Second Reader

CPC 511 Psychology of Grief and Loss

Practicum Instructor

CPC 526 Counselling Psychology Theory

CPC 511 Psychology of Trauma and Interpersonal Violence

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M.Ed., RCC-ACS, CCC

Associate Faculty, Master of Counselling Program (Vancouver Island)

As an Associate Faculty, I teach several Master of Counselling courses, evaluate students for comprehensive written and oral exams, and review capstones as a second reader. I have been working for City University since 2021. I have had a private counselling practice for over 30 years where my focus is on working with trauma, as well as the supervision of professional Counsellors. I am one of Victoria Citizens’ Counselling Centre’s supervisors as well as the Counsellor Trainer.  At City University, I enjoy mentoring students on their journey toward becoming professional counsellors. 

Teaching

I am committed to interweaving a social justice lens into my courses, through dialogue and scholarly investigations. I currently teach Group Counselling; the Psychology of Trauma and Interpersonal Violence; and Couples Counselling.  I teach virtually and online. My experiences of co-teaching have been rich and I welcome opportunities to work with other faculty. 

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BA, MA, RCC

Associate Faculty Member

Tara received her master’s in counselling psychology, at Athabasca University, BA in Psychology from the University Of Victoria, and has over 10 years of experience supporting individuals through a variety of life challenges. As a registered Clinical Counsellor, Certified Meditation Instructor, and Trauma-Informed Yoga Facilitator, Tara takes a holistic approach to counselling and wellness where she can apply a variety of modalities to therapy sessions.

Her experiences include working in numerous counselling settings; private sessions, school districts, provincial prisons, non-profit organizations, First Nations Communities, and the BC Schizophrenia Society as a Regional Educator. Tara is passionate about taking a holistic, client-centred, and individualized approach to therapy with talk and somatic therapy pieces. Her clients value her calming and soothing presence which allows for the development of a positive therapeutic alliance. She recognizes that success in therapy happens through developing rapport, trust, respect, and collaboration with clients. Her core values include connection, lifelong learning, and genuineness. 

Research

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Associate Faculty Member, Master of Counselling Program

I have been a university instructor and educator since 1998, and have been teaching in the CityU Master of Counselling program since 2022. My primary teaching and practice interests include counselling with children, youth and families, working in the context of mental health, ethical issues in counselling, group process work, and clinical supervision. I am also involved in supporting the CityU comprehensive exam process, and reviewing Capstone projects.

Research Interests

My research interests include counselling ethics, mental health practice, clinical supervision, and the use of technology to augment clinical counselling.

Teaching

My teaching philosophy is best described as follows: discuss-demonstrate-practice-reflect. I like to introduce topics by placing them in a critical context, then show how an approach or skill can be used, and conclude by creating the opportunity for practice and reflection. The assignments in my classes have a focus on both academic analysis and the creation of practical uses for the skills introduced. I see myself as a lifelong learner, practitioner and educator.

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Adjunct Faculty of MC in School of Counselling (Vancouver)

As an Adjunct Faculty member at the CityU- Vancouver Campus, I work with faculty and CityU students in a variety of roles within the MC, School Counselling program. I have facilitated the various Aging 604 courses, composite exam adjudications and capstone readings. My background is in clinical and professional support. I have been a part of CityU since 2018. It is important to me to support CityU students to grow in this field and provide on-going support during and after their academic journeys, ensuring they gain necessary clarity on their career trajectories.

Research

My research interests reflect areas of aging and impacts of neurological decline within the scope of mental health concerns. Prevention of cognitive decline is also an area of interest as I support classes within the Aging 604 course.

Teaching

To support a new generation of counsellors is a privilege and vital aspect of supporting our overall communities. Each class reflects its own identity and I lean into each class to support their learning while maintaining the necessary standards and rigor of the MC program.

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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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Associate Faculty 

I have been a member of the teaching staff at City University since 2017. In addition to teaching at CityU, I work in independent practice as a therapist, supervisor, and consultant.

I provide training and support on topics such as EDI (Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion), anti-Racism, anti-Blackness & white supremacy, Housing First, and staff sustainability.

In my therapeutic practice and activism I focus on supporting individuals and people in relationships who are a part of communities subject to structural violence (including but not limited to BIPOCs, Queer, trans & gender nonconforming folks), people involved in social justice movements & direct action activism, and folks working on being accountable for doing harm in ways that are connected to, or involve participation in, systems of structural oppression (eg. gendered violence & white supremacy). I also provide clinical supervision to counsellors and other practitioners who operate from a politicized or social justice orientation.

Research

My research interests include anti-patriarchal masculinities, intimate relationships across differing locations of relative structural power, and methods for developing more just and equitable practices in socially just and anti-racist education.

Teaching

I aim to facilitate a classroom environment that is explicitly justice-seeking and helps students identify connections between structural/sociopolitical forces and everyday counselling practice. I draw on knowledge and perspectives from feminist, queer, and critical race theory as well from social movements and activism.

I truly value the wisdom and knowledge from outside the academy that students bring with them to the program and strive to create a space where it can be recognized, acknowledged, and integrated into clinical practice.

Ultimately, I believe that teaching in a counselling program involves an ethical obligation to clients. More specifically, a requirement to participate in the creation of a field that not only more fully reflects the faces of its clients, but seeks first to be in care of, and led by, the communities in our society most marginalized and subject to structural violence. I attempt, in whatever ways I can, to always orient my teaching to respond to this requirement.

Courses taught at CityU
  • Systemic Theory: Diversity & Cultural Psychology
  • Professional Ethics & the Law
  • Couples Counselling
  • Practicum I/II/III
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Faculty Instructor – Master of Counselling Psychology Program

Teaching

Katrina believes in creating a supportive and collaborative classroom environment built on the principles and tenets of group counselling and facilitation. Her style blends conversation, multimedia, and in-class assignments focused on supporting ongoing reflection and self-awareness, along with clear ethical and clinical guidelines to help ground students’ learning and growth. Overall, Katrina aims to develop practical skills for understanding and supporting clients towards their own symptom relief and recovery, particularly in more severe forms of mental illness and distress.

Credentials

Bachelor of Arts (Thompson Rivers University, 2009)

Master of Counselling Psychology (Adler University, 2016)

Member of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC, 2021)

Applicant to the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO, in progress)

Courses

CPC 600 – Child and Adolescent Counselling

CPC 527 – Group Counselling Psychology

CPC 524 – Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology

CPC 651 – Practicum I (TBD)

CPC 680 – Counseling Research Capstone (Second Reader)

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Associate Faculty

At City University I teach Research Methods and supervise Capstone projects.  I also teach Social Studies Methods at Simon Fraser University in the teacher education program, and I have been teaching History in the West Vancouver School district since 2005.  I have worked with the Ministry of Education in British Columbia to develop the Social Studies curriculum K-9 and 10-12, and provincial classroom assessment and reporting policies and practices.  I have four young children – two sets of twins – and so outside of academia my primary interests include survival!  Running, yoga, surfing, and travel also top the list.

Research

My primary areas of interest and research include educational policy, assessment systems, education in the developing world, equitable educational access, and research methods including mixed methods.

Publications
  • Baird, J., Hopfenbeck, T., Ahmed, A., Elwood, J., Paget, C., & Usher, N. (2014). Predictability in the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination: Review of the Literature (No. 1). Oxford, U.K.
  • Evangelou, M., Goff, J., Hall, J., Sylva, K., Eisenstadt, N., Paget, C., … Tracz, R. (2014). Evaluation of Children’ s Centres in England (ECCE) Strand 3: Parenting Services in Children’ s Centres Research report. Oxford, U.K.
  • Menezes, I. G., Duran, V. R., Mendonça Filho, E. J., Veloso, T. J., Sarmento, S. M. S., Paget, C. L., & Ruggeri, K. (2016). Policy Implications of Achievement Testing Using Multilevel Models: The Case of Brazilian Elementary Schools. Frontiers in Psychology, 7(November).
  • Paget, C., Malmberg, L.-E., & Martelli, D. (2016). Brazilian National Assessment Data and Educational Policy: An empirical illustration. Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 23(1), 98–125.
Teaching

I think the most important things about teaching are enjoyment and relevance.  I think people like learning new things that they can connect to their daily lives, and that help them make sense of the world around them.

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Associate Faculty, Vancouver Campus

I have been a teacher and school counsellor with the Vancouver School Board for the past 26 years. I am currently an internship instructor in both the MC and M.Ed. programs at City U. I have been in these roles since January of 2023. When not teaching or counselling, I am an avid athlete, home cook and solver of puzzles and I live with my wife and teenage daughters in East Vancouver. 

Teaching

I believe the classroom should be an inclusive, engaging and fun place where discussion, debate, constructive feedback and humour are found.

Courses

CPC 652, CPC 653, ECC 601, ECC 602

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Associate Faculty

I am a registered clinical counsellor working in private practice, where I specialize in gender-based violence, sexuality, and working with 2SLGBTQIA+ clients. Prior to becoming a counsellor, I worked in mental health services and frontline work for over a decade, including harm reduction work, anti-violence work, and youth work. I joined the CityU team as an associate faculty member in 2023. 

Teaching

I believe that we are all bringing experiences and wisdom that facilitate group learning and I value the professional, educational, and lived experience that students bring. I take an experiential and dynamic approach to teaching, leading with curiosity and care. 

Courses

Psychology of Sexuality & Human Development

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Associate Faculty Member, MC Program

As an Associate Faculty member since 2020, I facilitate a variety of courses for the Master of Counselling Program in Victoria and Vancouver. My favourite courses to teach include Grief and Loss, Introduction to Counselling Psychology and Group Therapy.  I also facilitate the Practicum course, serve as a panel member for the comprehensive exams and support students as the Advisor for the Capstone.

Teaching

As an educator and a counsellor, I offer a trauma-informed, non-judgmental, decolonizing, and strength-based approach towards learning and healing. I also work as a counsellor for students from 86 different countries at Pearson College (UWC) and have a small private practice. 

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Associate Faculty

Currently, Intern Supervisor and Instructor in Group Counselling Therapy and The Psychology of Sexuality and Human Development (since January 2019).

Judith has been a Registered Clinical Counsellor for 12 years and is an EMDR certified Trauma Therapist.  Her professional background includes:

Prior to becoming a counsellor, Judith worked at the University of British Columbia as the Wellness Centre Coordinator for 10 years and taught Health Education for 15 years.

Research

Not currently engaged in a research project as I have a private counselling practice in Trauma and Sex Therapy in the South Surrey area.

Publications

You Are Not Alone: Trauma Stabilization Group for Men (a therapy manual)

Teaching

My approach to teaching and supervising is nurturing and developmental. I see the teaching role as that of a facilitator and guide and consider learning to be a collaborative process.  This involves students engaging with the knowledge they are acquiring through their lived experience and unique insights.

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Associate Faculty at CityU (Vancouver Campus)

I am Associate Faculty at CityU of Canada in the MC and MEd. faculties. Since 2020, I have worked as a clinical supervisor with students on their community internships. In addition, I have taught a variety of courses, including Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology, Psychology of Aging, Individual Counselling Theories, Clinical Supervision, and Capstone Advising. 

I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Clinic Owner at Boundless Heart Counselling Group, in the Vancouver area. I am passionate about the work I do in the clinic as well as in the classroom.

Research

Although I do not currently have an active role in research, my niche areas of practice include chronic illness, chronic pain, and new/acute medical diagnosis. My continuing education has focused on somatic and experiential therapies. I am a certified facilitator of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy.

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Sherri has been a professional Clinical and School Counsellor since 2000. She also has 30 years of experience as an Educator, Administrator, Faculty Associate, Behaviour Consultant, High Risk/Threat/Suicide Specialist, Researcher and Counselling Supervisor. She has had opportunities to be of service in numerous capacities across various communities within BC, government, police agencies, probation, through private practice and consulting; and in a wide range of roles within our education system from Kindergarten to Post Secondary. She has served as an Adjunct Professor and Counselling Practicum Supervisor with UVIC’s Master’s program; as well as taught various courses in VCC’s Counselling Programs including Introduction to Counselling Skills; Counselling Theory; Assessment, Mental Health and Referral. Her breadth of teaching and clinical experience crosses the life span, including work with vulnerable populations. Sherri brings a deep and working understanding of mental health and wellness, particularly in the areas of trauma, traumatic stress, grief, loss, anxiety and depression. Throughout her career she has worked across various school districts in B.C. developing safety protocols, in particular around suicide risk. As a highly experienced specialist in Social Emotional Learning (SEL), self regulation, mindfulness, school and risk assessment, she has had the privilege of working extensively with children, youth, adults and parents; supporting and
assisting with many of life’s difficulties, including behavioural challenges, learning disabilities, mental and systemic wellness, school placement and life transitions.

Courses
  • Counselling Field Experience (ECC 601)
  • Counselling Practicum (ECC 602)
  • School Counselling Internship I (EGC 605)
Experience
  • 2017 - present: District Counsellor, Langley School District
  • 2004-present: Counsellor, SLT Rebman Counselling & Consulting
  • 2015-2017: Area/Elementary Counsellor, Richmond School District
  • 2009-2015: Vice-Principal, Steveston-London Secondary School
Education
  • Masters in Counselling Psychology, University of Victoria, 2003
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling, University of B.C., 1996
  • Bachelor of Education, University of B.C., 1982
Publications
  • Rebman, SLT. (2003). Secondary Trauma & Depression in Adult BC Probabtion Officers: Clinical and Organizational Implications.
  • Rebman, SLT. (2001). Behaviour Program or Crisis Managment? (The "C.H.A.M.P.S." Experience), The B.C. Counsellor (Journal of the B.C. School Counsellor's Associatiation), 23 (2), 29-37.
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Associate Faculty, Master of Counselling Program

Vikki is a social justice activist, therapeutic supervisor and instructor who works with teams struggling in the margins and intersections of power. Vikki’s therapeutic experience includes clinical supervision and therapy with refugees and survivors of torture, mental health and substance misuse counsellors, rape crisis counsellors and working alongside transgender and queer communities. She is the Clinical Supervisor at Peak House, a live in program for youth struggling with substance misuse, WAVAW (women against violence against women) the rape crisis centre, CWHWC a free transgender/gender variant clinic, and works with shelter and housing teams at RainCity Housing, Atira and Lookout. She also supervises and trains therapy and community teams and activists independently and for non- profit agencies.  Vikki has taught and published internationally and her work has been translated into 4 languages.

Experience
  • 2005-present: Instructor for Counselling Certificate Program, Vancouver Community College
  • 2008-present: Consultant, Rain City Housing Society
  • 2007-present: Clinical Coordinator, Prism Program: LGBT2S Communities
  • 1999-2002: Group therapist, Mount Pleasant Neighborhood House

Education
  • PhD, Social Sciences: Tilburg University, Netherlands (Taos Institute), K. Gergen, S. Roth Advisors. 2010
  • M.A., Counselling Psychology: Adler Institute of Professional Psychology, Chicago, U.S.A. 1996
  • H.B.O.R., Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON 1985
  • B.A. English Literature, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON 1984
  • The Family Centre, New Zealand. Therapy Practicum. Worked cross-culturally with Maori and Pacific Islander sections using ‘Just Therapy” model. Studied with Policy and Research Section. 1998
  • Dulwich Centre Training, Adelaide, Australia. Michael White Intensive, Johnella Bird/David Epston Intensive. 1999
  • Narrative Ideas and Therapeutic Practice, three-year Certificate Program: Yaletown Family Therapy, Vancouver, BC 1997
Awards

City University Dean's award for Distinguished Instruction.

Publications

A Supervision of Solidarity. (In press). Canadian Journal of Counselling.

  • Collective Ethics as a Path to Resisting Burnout 2009. Insights: Journal of the British Columbia Association of Certified Counsellors.
  • Doing Justice: A Witnessing Stance in Therapeutic Work Alongside Survivors of Torture and Political Violence 2010. In J. Raskin, S. Bridges, & R. Neimeyer (Eds.), Studies in meaning 4: Constructivist perspectives on theory, practice, and social justice. New York: Pace University Press.
    Vikki Reynolds PhD, RCC page 3
  • An Ethic of Resistance: Front Line Worker as Activist 2008
    BWSS: Women Making Waves. Vol 19(1): 5.
  • Realities of Race Report, with Linda Coyle 2005
    University of British Columbia, www.ams.ubc.ca/ror/files/Realities_Forum_Report_2005.pdf -
  • Weaving Threads of Belonging: Cultural Witnessing Groups 2001
    Journal of Child and Youth Care. Vol 15(3): 89-106.
  • Witness not Gossip: The Gender Group at Peak House 2000, Radke, C., Kitchen, M., & Reynolds, V. Unpublished Manuscript distributed by Justice For Girls and Pacific Youth Society.
  • Therapeutic Conversations with Survivors of Torture 1997, BC Association of Counselors of Abusive Men Conference proceedings, pg. 57-60. Ed: A. Hamilton.

Her book and articles, book chapters and some interviews and keynote addresses are available for free download on her website, www.vikkireynolds.ca.

Courses Taught at CityUniversity
  • Professional Ethics and Law (CPC 510)
  • Psychology of Trauma & Interpersonal Violence (CPC 522)
  • Research Project/Thesis (CPC 603)
  • Practicum (CPC 651, 652, 653)
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PhD, MS, LMHC, LPC-S

Associate Program Director and Coordinator, Master of Counselling Capstone

I am the Associate Program Director and Coordinator of the Master of Counselling Capstone and a professor at City University in Canada. I hold a master’s in counselling from Syracuse University, a master’s certificate in public policy analysis from Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Regina, and a Ph.D. in philosophy, interpretation, and culture from State University of New York—Binghamton University. I’m a proud queer Xicana member of the disability community, former teen mom, and first-generation postsecondary grad raised in generational poverty. My research and clinical work are informed by my lived experience, including my journey as a person of colour with vitiligo universalis and my lifelong quest to confront my own internalized misogyny, racism, and ableism as a dual Mexican-US citizen of Indigenous and settler lineage.

Over the past two decades, I’ve split my career between postsecondary teaching and leadership and existential decolonization therapy practice. I practice psychotherapy via telehealth in 4 U.S. states. I’m a member of the National Latinx Psychological Association, a Simulation Canada-trained healthcare simulationist, and co-founder of a U.S. public benefit corporation providing immersive counsellor training solutions.

Research

My areas of interest are:

  • Immersive counsellor education and supervision informed by best practices in cultural humility and antiracism,
  • Policy solutions advancing mental health equity for marginalized communities, and
  • Resistance of the colonization of emerging digital spaces and technologies for mental health and wellness.

I am Principal Investigator on the Cultural Humility Immersive Assessment (CHIA) Project at the University of Regina and I’m on cross-disciplinary research teams exploring Indigenous mental wellness, immersive simulation in healthcare training, and policy solutions to rural & remote health human resources shortages. My research is funded by grants from the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, Mental Health Research Canada, and the University of Regina President’s Office. 

Publications
  • Nepantleras. Encyclopedia of Radical Helping (in press). 
  • Existentialism. Encyclopedia of Radical Helping (in press). 
  • Research Brief Series on Emerging Digital Technologies in Saskatchewan Healthcare (in press), Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives—Saskatchewan. 
  • Nahui Ollin, Xicanisma, and Anzaldua’s Conocimiento process: Decolonizing and indigenizing healing practices postmovimiento (manuscript in preparation).
  • The Future of XR-Enabled Healthcare Education on the Blockchain: Two Use Cases (manuscript in revision). 
  • Disability as Conocimiento: An Autoethnographic Exploration of Borderlands Disability Culture & Vitiliginous Identity (manuscript under review). 
  • North Island, Spring 2021. Radical Art Review (2021).
  • Cuentame sobre tu papa… Radical Art Review (2021). 
  • 33.3/296.34. Radical Art Review (2021).
  • Exoskeleton. Radical Art Review (2021).
  • Vitiliginous (Sk)Inscriptions: Historical religious interpretations of involuntarily whitening skin. In Schumm, D. & Stoltzfus, M. (Eds.), Critical Perspectives on Disability (2011).
  • Involuntary Whiteness: Autoethnographic Explorations of Vitiligo. Doctoral dissertation (2010).
  • Adapting and passing. In Ben-Moshe, L., Cory, R.C., Feldbaum, M., and Sagendorf, K. (Eds.), Building Pedagogical Curb Cuts: Including Disability in the University Classroom and Curriculum (2005). 
  • Constant queerying. In Farrell, K., Gupta, N., and Queen, M. (Eds.), Interrupting Heteronormativity: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pedagogy (2004). 
Courses
  • Research Design for Behavioral Sciences
  • Introduction to Counselling
  • Multicultural Counselling
  • Health Promotion
  • Case Management
  • Social Problems & Solutions
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Paraprofessional Counselling Skills
  • Counselling Practicum
  • Human Relations
  • Human Sexuality
  • Marriage, Family, and Intimate Relationships
  • Lifespan Development
  • Adulthood & Ageing
  • Death, Dying, & Bereavement
  • Pharmacology of Addiction
  • Substance-Related & Addictive Disorders
  • Behavioural Modification/Cognitive Disorders
  • Substance Abuse Counselling Practicum
  • Assessment in Substance Abuse Counselling
  • Honours College: Great Works Colloquium
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders 
  • Power, Conflict, & Domestic Violence
  • Children In Black Families
  • History and Culture of Schooling

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Faculty/Instructor/College Counsellor/Private practitioner

I have been working as teaching faculty and as a counsellor at North Island College, in the Comox Valley, for the last 8 years. For the last 3 years, I have been running a private practice for individuals with ADHD and families looking to support their neurodivergent children.

Research

My research and clinical interests are how to support ADHDers and their access to executive functioning using Somatic therapy and Polyvagel theory.

Teaching

Every counsellor has their own unique skills and abilities. To maximize the effectiveness of these gifts, we need to know ourselves inside and out. My goal, as an instructor, is to help 

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Associate Faculty

As a mostly retired person, I am greatly enjoying this phase of my life. I am also an occasional instructor at City U with whom I have been involved since the mid-nineties.

Teaching

Learning; yours, mine, and ours is best accomplished when some fundamental ingredients are present: reciprocity, humor, practicality, relevance, ideas grounded in reality but with wings of possibility, playfulness, respect, dissension, not knowing, attention, and adequate coffee breaks.

Courses
  • Mental Health in the Schools
  • Child and Adolescent Counselling
  • Internship
  • Couples Counselling
  • Human Sexuality
Education
  • Master of Arts (Behavioural Sciences), Whitworth College, 1982
  • Bachelor of Arts (Recreation Administration), University of Alberta, 1973
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Chris Shelley, Ph.D. (UBC); MPhil (London); MA (Adler); HBA (York) is an associate faculty member in the Master of Counselling program at City University in Canada; a sessional lecturer at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality & Social Justice UBC, and teaches occasionally for the graduate program in counselling psychology (CNPS) at UBC.

He is clinical director of the Adler Centre (operated by the Adlerian Psychology Association of BC), a non-profit counselling and parent education Centre in Vancouver. Chris co-edits the British Adlerian Yearbook and holds interests in social justice, mental health, Adlerian, feminist and psychodynamic approaches to counselling and psychotherapy.

Courses taught at CityU
  • Research Project/Thesis (CPC 603)
  • Practicum (CPC 651, 652, 653)
Experience

Experience

  • 2007-present: Instructor in Counselling Psychology Graduate Prgram, University of British Columbia
  • 2007-present: Clinical Director, The Adler Centre
  • 2002-present: Sessional Instructor for Gender, Race, Sexuality & Social Justice, University of British Columbia
  • 2006-2007: Core Faculty, Adler School of Professional Psychology
Education
  • Doctorate of Philosophy (Gender, Race, Sexuality & Social Justice), University of British Columbia, 2006
  • Master of Philosophy (Education), King’s College, University of London, 2004
  • Accredited Certificate in the Psychology of Addictions, Birkbeck College, University of London, 1999
  • Master of Arts (Counselling Psychology), Adler School of Professional Psychology, 1995
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology; Music Performance), York University, 1992
Awards

(2007) Aid to Scholarly Publications Programme, Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences / Fédération canadienne des sciences humaines, Ottawa, ON. For: Transpeople: Repudiation, Trauma, Healing. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press. Amount $8,000.00

Publications

Books, and Book Chapters in Scholarly Anthologies

Shelley, C. (2008a). Transpeople: Repudiation, Trauma, Healing. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

  • Shelley, C. (2008b). Jan Smuts and personality theory: The problem of holism in psychology. In: R. Diriwächter and J. Valsiner (Eds.). Striving for the Whole:
  • Creating Theoretical Syntheses. (pp. 89 – 109). Somerset, NJ: Transaction Publishers.

Shelley, C. (2007). Transgender / Transsexual. In: M. Flood, J. K. Gardiner, B. Pease, and K. Pringle (Eds.). Routledge International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities. London / New York: Routledge.

Shelley, C. (2006). Phenomenology and the qualitative in individual psychology. In: J. Carlson and S. Slavik (Eds.). Readings in the Theory of Individual Psychology. (pp. 407-422). London / New York: Brunner-Routledge.

Brinich, P. & Shelley, C. (2002). The Self and Personality Structure. Buckingham (UK) / Philadelphia, PA: Open University Press. [Peer Reviewed]
*Chinese Translation of this book: (2008). Maidenhead, Berkshire (UK):
McGraw-Hill and Beijing, China: Peking University Medical Press.

Shelley, C. (Ed.) (1998a). Contemporary Perspectives on Psychotherapy and Homosexualities. [“Introduction”; Chapter 5 “A feeling of community?” and “Conclusion”]. London / New York: Free Association Books (cross-listed with New York University Press). 231 pages.
Journal Articles (Peer Reviewed)

Shelley, C.A. (2013). The life tasks revisited. Adlerian Yearbook 2013. (pp. 70-90). London: Adlerian Society (UK) and Institute for Individual Psychology.

Shelley, C.A. (2009a). Trans People and Social Justice. The Journal of Individual Psychology, 65(4), 386-396.

Shelley, C. A. (2009b). Was Alfred Adler the ‘First Community Psychologist?’ Adlerian Yearbook 2009. (pp. 27 – 37). London: Adlerian Society (UK) and Institute for Individual Psychology.

King, R. A. & Shelley, C. A. (2008c). Community feeling and social interest: Adlerian parallels, synergy, and differences with the field of community psychology. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 18, 96–107.

Shelley, C. (2005). A tribute to Professor Heinz Ansbacher on the occasion of his 100th birthday. Adlerian Yearbook 2005. (pp. 7-10). London: Adlerian Society (UK) and Institute for Individual Psychology.

Shelley, C. (2004). Holism, personality theory, and the self: The contribution of the holistic perspective of Jan Christiaan Smuts (1870-1950) to Anglo-American psychology. From Past to Future: Clark Papers on the History of Psychology, 5(1), 40-54. [Clark University Press, Worcester, MA.]

Shelley, C. (2003). Depth psychology and education. Adlerian Yearbook 2003. (pp. 33-49). London: Adlerian Society (UK) and Institute for Individual Psychology.

Shelley, C. (2000a). Epistemology and methods in individual psychology: Towards a fusion of horizons with hermeneutics. The Journal of Individual Psychology: Year 2000 Special Issue. 56 (1), 59 - 73. [University of Texas Press].

Shelley, C. (2000b). Self of selves: An Adlerian look at a divisive concept. Adlerian Yearbook 2000, (pp. 35-50). London: Adlerian Society (UK) and Institute for Individual Psychology.

Shelley, C. (1997a). Will that be counselling or psychotherapy? In: P. Prina, C. Shelley and C. Thompson (Eds.). Adlerian Yearbook. 1997. (pp. 22-28). London: Adlerian Society (UK) and Institute for Individual Psychology.

Shelley, C. (1997b). The psychology of men’s power. Achilles’ Heel. 19-22.

Shelley, C. (1996). Re-examining Adler’s third life task. Canadian Journal of Adlerian Psychology. 26 (2) 50-60.

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Associate Faculty

Dr. Laleh Skrenes is a University professor. She has taught both undergraduate and graduate level courses in counselling psychology at University of British Columbia, Gonzaga University, City University of Seattle, and BIHE University since 2008. Courses include:

Dr. Skrenes is a registered psychotherapist in Vancouver who has been providing professional counselling, psychotherapy, and coaching to children, youth, adults and seniors in a variety of settings including private practices, mental health centers, and hospitals over the last 20 years. Prior to moving to Vancouver, Dr. Skrenes served on site for a decade at the Slocan Community Health Centre, an isolated rural facility, along with its family practitioners and psychiatrists. Dr. Skrenes has many years of experience with assessment, evaluation, diagnosis, education, prevention, intervention, and treatment of individuals with major psychological disorders.

Modalities/Approaches

Registered EMDR • Transactional Analysis • Cognitive Behavior Therapy • Dialectical Behavior Therapy • Play Therapy • Child Centered Therapy • Solution Focused Therapy • Emotional Focused Therapy • Mindfulness approaches • Humanistic Therapy • Cross Cultural Therapy • Psycho-Educational Groups • Coaching • Hypnosis • EFT

Experience

Dr. Skrenes' two decades of experience includes services and experience as a volunteer to a broad spectrum of clients/patients in non-profit organizations both nationally and internationally including psychological services in Africa, as a consultant for Vancouver Persian Radio for youth, in movement/dance therapy workshops for youth and elderly, in couple and family life seminars, to Disaster Psychosocial Program (DPS) and BC Ministry of Health, to First Nations communities in the North, as a certified EMDR facilitator, on the board of directors of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, and on the advisory board of director for graduate program in counselling psychology at Gonzaga university.

Dr. Skrenes is involved with major research projects at UBC Department of Family Practice. She has published several articles in professional magazines and newsletters. Currently she is teaching numerous graduate and undergraduate courses in addition to her private practice.

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   Doctor of Clinical Psychology Candidate

Adjunct Professor

I have been an adjunct professor at CityU and have taught both Counselling Theories as well as Testing and Assessment courses. Using an integrative approach to teaching as I do as an RCC, I incorporate a traditional learning-style of course content with practical and applicable experience. 

Research

Masters Thesis (2015): Contemporary North American Families, the Decline of Marriage, and Repercussions on Society: a Marriage and Family Counsellor’s Tool for Psycho-Education and Intervention Strategies 

Doctoral Dissertation (2023): Humour, relationship satisfaction and ethnicity: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

Teaching

My teaching philosophy is that information in the counselling and psychology world is ever-changing, and we must stay humble in what we know and be open to understanding what we don’t. As well, I believe professionals in the field must obtain a solid, evidence-based, understanding of their work while acknowledging the limitations involved in research study and design. 

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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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Associate Faculty

I have worked as a counsellor, clinical supervisor, mental health coordinator and trainer in corrections and community-based counselling agencies, addictions services, and mental health for over 20 years. I have been teaching at CityU in topics including counselling theories, assessment, and addiction. In addition to teaching at CityU, I have lectured at SFU, Douglas College, Kwantlen, UBC, UFV, Okanagan College, and JIBC in criminology and psychology courses. My clinical work is grounded in practices of social justice, anti-oppression and compassion and I specialize in working with those who have experience individual and systemic forms of trauma. 

Research

My clinical and research interests include trauma, PTSD, violence, personality, and substance use and their impact on mental health, treatment and how these intersect with social justice. I have published over 50 journal articles and book chapters and have given over 200 presentations both nationally and internationally on these subjects. 

Teaching

I provided workshops in understanding trauma and additions, working with complex clients, and third wave therapies (DBT and ACT). Alicia is passionate about teaching and supervision and helping students reach their academic and career goals.

Publications
  • Diotte F, Potvin S, Lang D, Abdel-Baki A, Spidel A, Villeneuve M, Lecomte T. Comparison of Methamphetamine Induced Psychosis and Primary Psychotic Disorder: Scoping Review of Social Cognition. J Ment Health Clin Psychol (2022) 6(2): 1-18.
  • Kealy D., Spidel A., & Sandhu S. (2021). Childhood maltreatment and suicidality among women seeking mental health care: the mediating effect of borderline personality features, moderated by age, Women & Health, DOI: 10.1080/03630242.2021.1968097
  • Spidel, A., Kealy, D., Kim, D., Sandhu, S., & Izbicki, A. (April, 2021). Dysfunctional individuation in the clinic: Associations with distress and early parental responsiveness. Current Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-021-01736-1
  • Kealy, D., Ben-David, S., Spidel, A., Wadsley-Rose, S., and Kim, D. (2021). Self-reassurance moderated by identity dysfunction: Associations with distress and impairment. Journal of Counselling & Development.
  • David Kealy, Matt S. Treeby, Simon M. Rice & Alicia Spidel (2020) Shame and guilt as mediators between dispositional optimism and symptom severity among mental health outpatients, Psychology, Health & Medicine,  DOI: 10.1080/13548506.2020.1861313
  • Spidel, A., Daigneault, I., Kealy, D., & Lecomte, T. (2019). Acceptance and commitment therapy for psychosis and trauma: Investigating links between trauma severity, attachment and outcome. Behavioural and cognitive psychotherapy, 47(2), 230-243.
  • Kealy, D., Rice, S. M., Ogrodniczuk, J. S., & Spidel, A. (2018). Childhood trauma and somatic symptoms among psychiatric outpatients: Investigating the role of shame and guilt. Psychiatry Research, 268, 169-174.
  • Spidel, A., Lecomte, T., Kealy, D., & Daigneault, I. (2018). Acceptance and commitment therapy for psychosis and trauma: Improvement in psychiatric symptoms, emotion regulation, and treatment compliance following a brief group intervention. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 91(2), 248-261.
  • Kealy, D., Spidel, A., & Ogrodniczuk, J. S. (2017). Self‐conscious emotions and suicidal ideation among women with and without history of childhood sexual abuse. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 17(4), 269-275.
  • Lecomte, T., & Spidel, A. (2016). Is Mindfulness Useful or Dangerous for Individuals with Psychosis?  “Mindfulness” issue of Visions Journal, 2016, 12 (2), p. 10.
  • Spidel, A., Greaves, C., Yuille, J., & Lecomte, T. (2015). A comparison of treatment adherence in individuals with a first episode of psychosis and inpatients with psychosis. International journal of law and psychiatry, 39, 90-98.
  • Spidel, A., Greaves, C., Nicholls, T. L., Goldenson, J., & Dutton, D. G., (2013). Personality Disorders, Types of Violence, and Stress Responses in Female Who Perpetrate Intimate Partner Violence. Psychology, 4, 5.

Recent Invited Presentations

  • Djukic, B, & Spidel, A. (August 2023). Borderline Personality Disorder: Myths and Stigmas. Presented at the Fraser Health Learning Together Tuesdays. 
  • Spidel, A. (April, 2019). Working with Complex clients using Dialetical Behaviour Therapy. Presented at DCTV.
  • Spidel, A. (July 2018). Understanding and Working with Trauma. Presented at University of British Columbia.
  • Spidel, A. (March 2018). Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and working with clients. Presented at DCTV.
  • Spidel, A. (May 2018). Understanding and working with Borderline Personality Disorder. Presented at DCTV.
  • Spidel, A. (May 2017). How to use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with trauma. Presented at the Working With Trauma in Psychotherapy event at UBC.
  • Spidel, A. (October 2015) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Trauma. Presented to the Counsellor Café for Registered Clinical Counsellors.
  • Spidel, A. (March 2014) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Trauma and Psychosis. Presented to New Westminster Mental Health.

Recent Refereed Conference Proceedings – Papers

  • Spidel, A., & Kealy, D. (August, 2023). Generalized shame and emotional processing in those seeking mental health care. Presented at the American Psychology Association conference. 
  • Spidel, A., & Kealy, D. (June, 2023). Associations between generalized shame and emotional processing difficulties among individuals seeking mental health care. Presented at the Canadian Psychology Association conference. 
  • Spidel, A., & Kealy, D. (July 2023). Trauma and Attachment:  Impact on the effectiveness of a group version of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Presented at theACBS World Conference. 
  • Spidel, A., & Kealy, D. (July 2022). Sexual Risk Behaviours Among Mental Health Outpatients: links between childhood trauma, violence and mental health. Paper to be presented at the International Association of Law and Mental Health.
  • Spidel, A., & Kealy, D. (July 2022). Sexual Risk Behaviours Among Mental Health Outpatients. Paper to be presented at the International Association of Law and Mental Health.
  • Spidel, A., Kealy, D., Rice, S. M., Ogrodniczuk, J. S., & Dhanoa, T. (2021). Childhood maltreatment and adult somatic distress: Investigating the role of shame and guilt. Presented at the American Psychology Association virtual conference.
  • Spidel, A. & Kealy, D. (2021). Sexual risk behaviour among mental health outpatients: Associations with distress, identity, and emotional neglect. Presented at the ISSPD Personality disorder conference.
  • Spidel, A., Kealy, D. & Ogrodniczuk, J.S. (March 2021). Suicidality and childhood maltreatment in women seeking mental health care: Moderated mediation by age and borderline personality features. American Psychology and Law Virtual Conference. 
  • Spidel, A., Kealy, D. & Ogrodniczuk, J.S. (June, 2021). Dysfunctional individuation as a mediator of childhood emotional neglect and severity of psychological distress among mental health outpatients. Presented at the Canadian Psychology Association virtual conference. 
  • Spidel, A., & Lecomte, T., Daigneault, I., & Kealy, D. (July, 2021). How does Attachment and Trauma severity impact Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in those with Psychosis and Trauma histories? Presented at the ACBS virtual World Conference.
  • Kealy, D & Spidel, A. (2020). Childhood maltreatment and suicidality among help-seeking women: Examining the roles of borderline personality features and age effects. Poster to be presented at the Western Psychological Association virtual conference.  
  • Kealy, D & Spidel, A. (2020). Brief assessment of separation-individuation pathology: Relevance for personality dysfunction among psychiatric outpatients. Presented at the ISSPD Personality disorder conference. Spidel, A., & Lecomte, T., Daigneault, I., & Kealy, D. (July 2019). The Influence of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) on the Severity of PTSD Symptoms in Help-Seeking. Paper presented at the International association of law and mental health conference in Rome.
  • Spidel, A., & Lecomte, T., Daigneault, I., & Kealy, D. (June 2019). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for psychosis and trauma: Investigating links between trauma severity, attachment, and outcome. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychology Association. Halifax, Canada.
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Position Adjunct Faculty

I have a private practice in Victoria where I see some clients, specializing in in depth gestalt and psychodynamic psychotherapy with individuals and high conflict couples. The majority of my practice is with providing either clinical supervision or clinical consultations to practicing clinicians. I have been teaching for City U for 20 years, not for the pay. My interests are primarily clinical and involving supervision and ethics.

Research

My dissertation is in the area of clinical supervision and threat levels of interns and facilitative confrontation skills.  

Teaching

I am a practitioner first and a trainer at heart.

Courses

I currently teach Introduction to Clinical Supervision, CPC 610 and Practicums.

Credentials

Ph.D, Counselling Psych.

M.A., Counselling Psych.

B.A., Humanistic Psych.

ACS Approved Clinical Supervisor BCACC

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Associate Faculty

I have been a teacher and school counsellor with the Vancouver School Board for the past 26 years. I am currently an internship instructor in both the MC and M.Ed. programs at City U. I have been in these roles since January of 2023. When not teaching or counselling, I am an avid athlete, home cook and solver of puzzles and I live with my wife and teenage daughters in East Vancouver. 

Teaching

I believe that we can all learn to be effective and compassionate therapists when we are grounded in our own healed hearts and minds to be helpful with our clients. I know students are eager to learn practical ways to work with clients, and learn how to apply theory into application. I aim to guide students to look inwards as they continue through the counselling program.

Courses

CPC 652, CPC 653, ECC 601, ECC 602

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On July 1st, 2018, CityU announced that Jill Taggart had been named Associate Dean of the School of Education, Canadian Programs. Jill has done an amazing job of growing the Education programs in Canada. Her work will benefit/complement our education work in other parts of the university. She also has a passion for research and will coordinate our research efforts in Canada.

Jill arrived in Vancouver in 2011 and began teaching at City University in both the Masters of Education and Masters of Counselling program.  In 2013 she was appointed as Professor and Director of Canadian Education programs at CityU in Canada, responsible for our MEd in Leadership and MEd in School Counselling. CityU Canada has programs in B.C. and Alberta.  In BC classes are held throughout the lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island.  In Alberta CityU operates a MEd in Leadership in Red Deer.

I am a co-founding member of the Human Animal Research Institute (HARI) with colleagues in the School of Social Work at Laurentian University. HARI’s  aim is to research the effectiveness of  animal assisted therapy in at-risk child and youth populations.  I have presented my research at the International Association for Human Animal Interaction Organizations (IAHAIO) in Japan (2007) and Sweden (2010).

Before returning to academia, I worked for the Federal Government in Ottawa and at the Canadian High Commission in London, UK. I also ran my own marketing consultancy.

I have come to CityU with a research and clinical counselling background:  a Master of Science in Research Methods and Statistics,  a MSc in Behavioural Psychology and a Ph.D. in Social and Developmental Psychology from the University of Southampton in the UK.  I am passionate about the influences of early attachment relationships on personal and professional identity development and this has been the theme in my research and clinical practice.  I am particularly interested in investigating K-12 leaders’ and school counsellors’ own attachment history as a predictor of interaction style.  I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and also see counselling clients in private practice.

Courses

At CityU, In addition to my program management role, I teach the following courses on the Master of Counselling program: Introduction to Counselling Skills; Culture and Diversity in Counselling; Development and Sexuality, Research Methods, Thesis Superivison and Pracicum Supervision.  On the MEd program I teach Child and Adolescent Development and Research Methods, Counselling Theories and Thesis supervision.

  • Introduction to School-Based Counselling (ECC 514)
  • Leadership and Counselling Diverse Cultures in Education (ECC 515)
  • Family Systems and Conflict (ECC 516)
  • Child and Adolescent Growth and Development (EGC 533)
  • Mental Health Issues in Schools (EGC 539)
  • Capstone Project (EGC 640, 641, 650, 651)
Experience
  • 2005-present: Clinical Counsellor, Private Practice
  • 2009-2011: Researcher/Part-Time Instructor, University of Southampton
  • 2005-2007: Clinic Counsellor/Practicum Supervisor, University of Southampton Behaviour Clinic
  • 1998-2007: Managing Director, Jill Taggart Marketing
Education
  • BA, University of Toronto, 1981
  • MSc, Psychology (Applied Behaviour), University of Southampton, UK:  2005
  • MSc, Psychological Research Methods  & Statistics (Distinction), University of Southampton, 2006
  • Ph.D., Social and Developmental Psychology, University of Southampton, 2010
Publications
  • Taggart, J. (2016). Attachment Security in the Classroom. A Proposed Professional
  • Development Framework for Teachers. In (Eds) Flores, K.A., Kirstein, K.D., Schieber, C. & Olswang, S.G., Supporting The Success of Adult and Online Students (pp. 169-183.), Seattle: Flores, Kirstein, Schieber, Olswang.
  • White-Taggart, J.M., McBride, E.A., Redhead, E. S. (2010). The Relationship Between Owner Behaviour and Dog Attachment Security in the Strange Situation Test. Journal of Veterinary Behaviour, 5(1), 47.

 

 

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Associate Faculty of Counselling Program in the School of Health & Social Science (Vancouver Island)

Dr. Alireza Sedghi Taromi, an Associate Faculty of Counselling Program in the School of Health & Social Science, at City University in Canada, BC Canada for grad students in diverse courses such as the Systemic Theory: Diversity and Cultural Psychology, Psychology of Aging, and Psychology of Loss and Grief. I completed my doctorate coursework in the EdD program in Counseling Psychology in the US and earned my Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran. As a senior Registered Clinical Counsellor, I have supervised a number of supervisees, helping to guide the next generation of clinicians in the field. 

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Allan Wade, Ph.D. is a faculty member of the Masters of Counseling program, Canadian Programs, in Langford B.C.  Allan works part-time in private practice as a family therapist and consultant, and part-time for City University.

Allan has been with City University of Seattle for 11 years and is continually uplifted and informed by the students who attend, the faculty who instruct, and the administrative staff who carry out the many daily tasks essential to running the Masters of Counseling program.

Allan has been working with First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples in Canada for many years.  With Cathy Richardson, Allan has developed and implemented several projects to improve social responses to Indigenous peoples faced with violence and other forms of adversity.  This work, which is informed by collaboration with the Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society and the Yukon Women’s Emergency shelter, is a source of immense and learning and collaboration that is rewarding both professionally and personally.

Courses taught at CityU
  • Introduction to Psychology Practice (CPC 501)
  • Systemic Theory: Diversity and Cultural Psychology (CPC 502)
  • Family System Therapy (CPC 512)
  • Psychology of Sexuality & Human Development (CPC 523)
  • Group Counselling Psychology (CPC 527)
  • Child and Adolescent Counselling (CPC 600)
  • Practicum II, III (CPC 652, 653)
Experience
  • 1990-present: Individual, Couple and Family Therapist, Private Practive
  • 1990-1991: Educational Counsellor, Malaspina College
  • 1988-1990: Psychology Instructor, Malaspina College
  • 1987-1988: Therapist (Alcohol & Drugs Program), Ministry of Health
Education and Training
  • Ph.D., Psychology, University of Victoria, 2000
  • M.A., Educational Psychology, University of Victoria, 1991
  • Bachelor of General Studies, Simon Fraser University, 1981
  • Diploma in Education, Simon Fraser University, 1978
Awards
  • Best Student Paper:  Canadian Psychological Association, Women and Psychology Section.
  • Coates, L. & Wade, A.  (1994). Use of Psychological Language in Sexual Assault Trial Judgments. Paper presented at the Canadian Psychological Association Annual Conference, Pentiction, B.C.
Publications
  • Richardson, C., Wade, A.  (2008).  Taking resistance  seriously:  A response-based approach to social work in cases of violence against Indigenous women.  In J. Carriere and S. Strega (Eds.)  Walking This Path Together.  Winnipeg:  Fernwood. Publishing
  • Renoux, M. & Wade, A. (2008).  Resistance to Violence: A Key Symptom of Chronic Mental Wellness.  Forthcoming. Context (June, 2008).
  • Wade, A. (2007).  Despair, Resistance, Hope, in C. Flaskas, I. McCarthy & J. Sheehan (eds), Hope and Despair in Narrative and Family Therapy: Adversity, Forgiveness and Reconciliation. Hove: Brunner-Routledge.
  • Coates, L. & Wade, A. (2005).  Language and Violence: Analysis of Four Discursive Operations. Forthcoming: Journal of Family Violence.
  • Wade, A. & Todd, N. (2003).  From a Language of Effects to a Language of Responses, in D. Pare and T. Strong (eds.),  Furthering Talk:  Recent Developments in the Discursive Therapies. Forthcoming.
  • Coates, L. & Wade, A.  (2003). Telling it Like it Isn’t:  How Psychological Constructs Obscure Responsibility for Sexual Assault.  Discourse and Society.  Forthcoming.
  • Wade, A.  (2002). From a Language of Effects to Responses: Honouring Our Clients’ Resistance to Violence.  New Therapist, September/October (eds) 2002
  • Wade, A. (2000).  Resistance to Interpersonal Violence:  Implications for the Practice of Therapy.  Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation, Department of Psychology, University of Victoria.
  • Wade, A.  (1997). Small Acts of Living:  Everyday Resistance to Violence and Other Forms of Oppression. Contemporary Family Therapy. Vol. 19(1),  23-39.  (Also appears in French in Therapie familiale, Geneve, 1999, Vol. 20, No. 4, pp. 425-438.)
  • Wade, A.  (1995). Resistance Knowledges:  Therapy With Aboriginal Persons Who Have Been Subjected to Violence.  In P.H. Stephenson, S. J. Elliott, L. T. Foster, & J. Harris (Eds.), A Persistent Spirit: Towards Understanding Aboriginal Health in B.C. (pp. 167-206).  Vancouver: University of British Columbia.
  • Bavelas, J., Coates, L., Lawrie, D., & Wade, A.  (1992). Interactive Gestures. Discourse Processes. Vol. 15, 469-489
  • Wade, A. (1992).  Development of an Empirical Method for the Identification of Family Myths.  Unpublished Masters Thesis, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Victoria.
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Sessional Lecturer

Benjamin Wong has been a Registered Clinical Counsellor in BC since 2005. A doctoral student at the University of Illinois, and holder of degrees from the University of British Columbia and Colorado Christian University, Benjamin held clinical positions in sectors including vocational rehabilitation, school counselling, education consultancy, and addictions. A sought-after advocate in the mindful use of digital technologies, he has spoken at professional conferences throughout North America on the prevention and treatment of Gaming Disorder. Over the past several years, Benjamin has focused his efforts on clinical supervision and university instruction, with ongoing appointments at Alexander College, Corpus Christi College, and Vancouver Community College teaching psychology at the freshman and sophomore levels. He was also a contractor of outreach services with the Gambling Support BC Program from 2018 to early 2023.

Research

My research interests lie in the applications of New Learning Technologies on graduate education for adult learners who speak English as a foreign language.

Teaching

Supporting students in their becoming of responsible communicators in all areas of their personal and professional endeavors.

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As a field instructor in the Master’s in Education in School Counselling, my responsibility is to accompany a cohort of students during their two years internship program. As such, I teach and provide support during their practicum and internship periods, and guidance through their evaluation process to assure progress and completion of internship requirements.

Research

I am interested in posthumanist and new materialist theories in so far as they provide a new way of understanding the relational and performative materiality of learning in educational bio-socio-material ecologies. My doctoral inquiry focuses specifically on the educational implications of posthumanist theories as pedagogical tools of critique.

Publications
  • Barreiro, J. (2020). Rethinking causality through children’s literacies. In S. Smythe, D. Dagenais, K. Toohey (Eds.), Rethinking Language and Literacy Pedagogies with New Materialities. Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780429491702-5
  • Barreiro, J., Vroegindeweij, M. & Forte, M. (2020). Posthumanism, education, and decolonization: A conversation with Michalinos Zembylas. Matter: Journal of New Materialist Research. https://doi.org/10.1344/jnmr.v1i2.31972
  • Barreiro, J. & Driussi, L. (2018). The materiality of the pedagogical encounter: Implications of an Actor-network theory educational analysis. SFU Educational Review, 11(1), 39-47. https://doi.org/10.21810/sfuer.v11i1.595
Teaching

Central to all of my educational engagements is a belief that social dynamics shape, in profound ways, how education takes place, and vice versa. Consequently, the implications of economic and political interests, culture, beliefs, thinking, and difference have to be accounted for in educational endeavors. Understanding education as a relational praxis also implies accounting for the ethical issues that arise within these assemblages and practices.

Courses

School counselling internship

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I have been teaching at City University in the MEd in School Counselling program since 2023. Currently, I also work as the Education Director for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. I am the author of the book “Self-Compassion for Educators” and have been teaching self-compassion and mindfulness to educators for over a decade. Lastly, I offer supervision to rural school based counsellors throughout BC.

Research

Compassionate Leadership in Schools

Publications

Self-Compassion for Educators

Learn more at www.lisabaylis.com

Teaching

Courses

Internship

Advanced Issues in School Counselling

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Associate Faculty

Orla currently teaches Introduction to Research Skills (ECC 501) and Research Methods for School Counsellors (ECC 512) at City University in Canada. Elementary school trained, Orla has taught, and studied in Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and Canada. An active educational researcher, her teaching of research skills and methods draws upon her extensive experience in researching in education in each of these four countries. She has had the opportunity to learn and practice skills in both qualitative and quantitative methods and welcomes the opportunity to share her experience with educators. Throughout her education career, Orla has seen the value of teachers understanding, interpreting and using research in order to improve learning and practice. Concurrent with her research and teaching she has designed and delivered programs to families who wish to understand how to support their children in learning to read.

Research

Orla’s research areas focus on family involvement in education, with a particular emphasis on children learning to read and how families can contribute to children’s interest in reading, motivation to read, and reading ability. She is predominantly interested in the actions of both families and schools in improving literacy rates through school-family partnerships. Orla focuses on presenting her research findings at education conferences, publishing in education journals, and ensuring that the implications of her findings are fed back to the families and schools in which she researches by regularly presenting to parent bodies and school educators.

Publications
  • Colgate, O., Ginns, P., & Bagnall, N. (2017). The role of invitations to parents in the completion of a child’s home reading challenge. Educational Psychology, 31(1), 298-311.
  • Colgate, O., Ginns, P. (2017). Nudging parents as literacy partners. Teacher Magazine.
  • Colgate, O., & Ginns, P. (2016). The effects of social norms on parents’ reading behaviour at home with their child. Educational Psychology, 36(5), 1009-1023.
  • Colgate, O., & Ginns, P. (2016). The effect of peer influence on parents’ reading behaviour at home with their child. Harvard Family Research Project, Research Digest.
Teaching

Orla’s teaching philosophy centres around the opportunity for students to purposefully practice what has been taught in the class. Orla provides coaching and on-going, specific feedback, to students to help them understand where they can grow in their knowledge and skill. Orla’s teaching also requires students leaving their comfort zone and pushing themselves beyond what is comfortable and familiar, in order to advance in their learning. In her classes she teaches concepts and frameworks that ask students to think differently and change their view of research. She uses a variety of teaching techniques to facilitate learning in her classes, including small group work, the use of i-clickers, and provides lots of opportunities for feedback for verification of learning.

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Ian DeLong is an Area Counsellor with The Vancouver School Board. He has degrees in English Literature, Music, Education, and School Counselling and completed his PhD at Simon Fraser University in 2019. His doctoral thesis focussed on songs and their capacity to encapsulate archetypes and connect to lived experiences, essentially creating a soundtrack for our lived stories. Ian's also done extensive research into songs and their therapeutic capacity in relation to narrative therapy. In his free-time he likes to cook and spend time with his husband, family, and friends and especially enjoys attending arts events and experiencing the culinary culture at any number of Vancouver’s great restaurants. He also loves to travel and spent his grade 12 year aboard a tall ship with a program called Class Afloat, where he travelled to ports of call in North America, Europe, Africa, South and Central America. As an adult, Ian has also travelled extensively and can now add Asia and Australia to his continental list. He is looking forward to future travels and immersing himself in culture as he attends arts events, museums, and partakes in culinary experiences on his travel adventures throughout the world.

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Contract Faculty in MEd in School Counselling (Vancouver)

I have had the honour of working with students throughout their capstone projects.  This allows me to learn about the students’ varied areas of interest and see the applicability of their research to practice.  I enjoy providing practical support throughout their process.   

Research

Imagination and educational leadership; leadership education; the complex relationship between education and the labour market and the transition from post-secondary education to work; relational practice; criticality; teaching and learning encounters; interviewing and qualitative inquiry; teaching research methods; relational and performative ontologies and methodologies that explore more-than-human entanglements.

Publications

Judson, G., & Dougherty, M. (Eds.). Cultivating imagination in leadership: Transforming schools and communities. Teachers College Press. Projected publication date: March 24, 2023

Dougherty, M. (2022). Need to get somewhere fast: A critical examination of the transition from post-secondary education to work. DIO Press.

Dougherty, M. (2022). Reconceptualising the transition from post-secondary education to work. Journal of Education and Work, 35(3), 241-255. https://doi.org/10.1080/13639080.2022.2048251

Dougherty, M. (2021). Reflections: The relational practice of teaching and learning. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, 27(1), 49-63.

Cox, R.D., & Dougherty, M. (2018). (Mis)measuring developmental math success: Classroom participants’ perspectives on learning. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 43(4), 245-261. doi: 10.1080/10668926.2018.1456378

Cox, R.D., Dougherty, M., Hampton, S., Neigel, C., and Nickel, K. (2017). Does this feel empowering? Using métissage to explore the effects of critical pedagogy. International Journal of Critical Pedagogy, 8(1), 33-57.

Teaching

I see teaching-learning as an emergent encounter, where both teachers and students become different through the interaction.  I work to create an environment where students are able to lean into the discomfort of challenging their thinking.  Ideally, I hope to disrupt and unlearn colonized and disciplinary aspects of the classroom to provide space for thinking, being, and doing in new ways. 

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Associate Faculty

I have been teaching at CityU in both the MC and the MEd programs for the past 12 years. Prior to that I taught at Douglas College in the CYCC program. I worked for many years in the Human Services sector. As well, I have been in private practice for over 25 years and I consult with agencies across the country.

Research

My research interests include standards of practice, accreditation of agencies, research methodology and the reality of the student experience

Teaching

I believe in creating a respectful environment in which students can grow and thrive. I believe in integrating theory and practice in the classroom and I believe that all of our students have the potential to be excellent practitioners. And I have taught most course in the MC program with the exception of Pharmacology.

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Instructor in MEd in School Counselling 

I teach the course EGC 536 – Group Counselling Theory and Practice.  I have taught with CityU since 2018.  I employ theory and practice in the design and facilitation of therapeutic groups using Process Oriented Psychology.  Students learn how to balance session design and structure with following unfolding dynamics, signals and relationships in a group.

Research

I am deeply interested in group conflict, diversity issues, polarities and constructive engagement with conflict and interpersonal tensions, both on individual and collective levels.  I believe such tensions are the gateway to insight, growth, learning, healing and transformative potentials.  I have a strong interest in the socialization of masculinity as well, and work with men, both individually and in groups.

Teaching

I am very process-oriented in my approach to teaching.  Emerging dynamics, emotions, points of view and relationship dynamics are fascinating and important to me.  I enjoy working in small groups where I can have repeating meaningful interactions with students on a individual basis.  I appreciate the attributes, worldviews, lived experience, hopes, dreams, fears and challenges that each of us brings in to learning spaces.  I am grateful to work with counselors in training, knowing how badly our world is in need of the skills of the counselor.

 

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RCC, MC, DVATI, B.ED, BFA

Associate Faculty

I have enjoyed being a secondary counsellor for 16 years. I am currently employed as a secondary counsellor and the head of Student Services at my school. I am also a Professional art therapist. I am an active member of the school counselling community and have had the opportunity to mentor many new school counsellors over my career.

I am teaching the Internship Course and Career Counselling at City U.

Teaching

My current influences in teaching and counselling are: growth mindset theory, hope theory, humanistic psychology approaches, universal classroom practices and inclusion and ongoing personal reflection and work to decolonize our educational and support practices. 

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Associate Faculty MEd School Counselling, Internship Instructor

Galen is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, Art Therapist, leadership development specialist, certified coach, instructor, workshop facilitator and yoga teacher living in Vancouver, British Columbia. Galen brings a compassion focused breadth of knowledge to her role as an Internship Instructor in the MEd School Counselling Program.

Galen has worked with individuals and teams in one-on-one and group settings in schools, community health organizations, correctional facilities, businesses and counselling centres for more than 20 years. With an MA in change, leadership and learning, Galen has a passion for working with advocates and organizers to communicate the value and necessity of equitable access to art education and as a predictor of wellness, empathy and positive mental health outcomes. 

Research

At present I am enlivened by the exponential advancements in neuroscience as it relates to somatic and bio/pyscho/ social therapeutic interventions.  I continue to be inspired by various neurodiversity communities, and am focused on the science of habit change, strategies and practices to combat empathy fatigue and moving from a trauma informed practice to resiliency over time. 

Teaching

Galen works and teaches via an eclectic person centred and strength-based practice informed by the intersection of neuroscience, psychology and contemplative practice. Grounded in developmental attachment & feminist theory and enlivened by art, compassion focused therapeutic practices, positive neuroplasticity and mindfulness practices, Galen is a lifelong learner continually adding layers of specialized training to her practice.  
As an uninvited guest and settler I acknowledge with gratitude that I learn and work from the stolen land, water and air of the  the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations and endeavour to work from a social justice, decolonization, anti racist and intersectional theories of oppression lens.

Education
  • 2020: Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy 
  • 2020: Mindful Self Compassion/ MFIT
  • 2020. Sensory Motor Art Therapy, Institute for Sensory Motor Art Therapy 
  • 2006. MA in Leadership & Learning, Royal Roads University
  • 2001. DVATI Graduate Level Diploma from the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute     
  • 2000. Yoga Teacher Training Certification 
  • 1995. BAH Film & Communications, Queens University

Recent Presentations
  • 2020, BCEdAccess 2020 Advo-Con: Resiliency in the Face of Change
  • 2020, From Trauma Informed to Resiliency Training: Connection in the Time of Distancing 
  • 2020, When Words Are Not Enough: Expressive Arts Trauma Informed Practice Training
  • 2020, 2019, 2018. Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services
  • 2018. Rise Up 2018: BC Inclusion Conference
  • 2018. First Call Public Education Forum: The Art of Inclusive Learning: Public Education As Critical Care?
  • 2019. Why Visual Arts Matter: The Extermination of Core Arts Curriculum in Vancouver Elementary Schools
  • 2018. Building an Inclusive Parents Advocacy Community
  • 2018. PAN: An Introduction to Parent Public Education Advocacy
  • 2018. Inclusion & diversity A win-win for all: making us Richer, Smarter & Better
  • 2018. Art Therapy & Early Childhood Education
Awards

2020. Hidden Hero Award, Presented on behalf of Hon Joyce Murray Member of Parliament

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Associate Faculty

I began my teaching career as an elementary school teacher in a multi-graded classroom in  Saskatchewan and then worked at an international school in Saudi Arabia for a number of years.  I received my Master of Education with a specialization in Counselling and School Psychology from the University of Regina, and my Doctorate of Education from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom.  I have been working as a school psychologist in British Columbia for over twenty years.  I joined the Associate Faculty at CityU in 2015.  My own learning and career journeys have assisted me in teaching the Assessment in Counselling course to CityU cohorts in the MEd in School Counselling program.  I continue to learn from these students as to how to best support them in their learning and career paths.

Research and Training

Given my background working and studying in international settings, I have always been interested in strategies to support culturally diverse students.  I focused on this area in my Doctorate thesis.  I have worked as an Indigenous Success Counsellor and been the team lead on innovation grant projects involving Indigenous students for the past 4 years within the school district where I work.  I have also been part of a team receiving a collaborative action research grant from the Provincial Outreach Program for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.  I was recently part of a pilot project conducted through the Canadian Mental Health Association which allowed school counsellors in British Columbia to refer students for the BounceBack program.  I am a certified safeTALK trainer, which I incorporate into my teaching at CityU.  I have received recent training which enables me to co-facilitate Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope (PATH) meetings, which is a strengths based approach to helping individuals move in positive and possible ways towards their hopes and dreams.

Teaching

I feel good teachers apply the concepts of neurodiversity to enable a strength-based approach in their classrooms.  Good teachers are aware that every student has a particular cognitive and learning style and work to identify this unique pattern and to foster an environment in which every type of learner focuses on what is meaningful to them and can thrive.  Good teachers are role models, use assistive technology and Universal Design for Learning, encourage students to build positive support networks, and inspire students to move towards their “North Stars”.

Experience
  • 1995-present: School Psychologist, West Vancouver School District #45
  • 1993–1997: Teacher/Librarian, Yanbu International School
  • 1985–1988:Teacher Biggar School District
Education
  • Doctorate of Education (Teaching & Learning; Psychology), University of Leicester, 2006
  • Master of Education (Counselling Psychology; Psycho-educational Assessment), University of Regina, 1990
  • Bachelor of Education, University of Saskatchewan, 1984
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Maureen’s background includes over 20 years of working with children, youth, and families as a teacher, administrator, and elementary counsellor in the public school system. This experience grounds her belief that all clients have the strengths and ability to make positive changes in their lives. She has worked extensively with families, couples, and individuals dealing with disabilities, depression, anxiety, acculturation, divorce, life transitions, trauma, and sexual orientation. In counselling, she practices a client-centred approach to therapy and has additional training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Hypnosis, Narrative Therapy, Gottman Couples Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.

Maureen is also currently District Principal of Student Support Services for School District 45 (West Vancouver) and has a small private counselling practice. Her SD45 portfolio includes the areas of Special Education, Critical Incident Response, Violent Threat Risk Assessment, Suicide Risk Assessment, Child Abuse Prevention Education, Comprehensive School Health, and Self-Regulation. She believes that as educators and counsellors, we have a moral imperative to improve issues of social justice. She works with staff to increase knowledge, awareness, and practices to make our schools safer and more inclusive for the LGBTQ+ members of our school communities.

She is also a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a member in good standing with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors as well as a SafeTALK trainer.

Courses

Assessment & Evaluation in Counselling (EGC 542)

Experience

2013-present: Registered Clinical Counsellor, Maureen Lee Counselling
2012 – present: District Administrator of Student Support Services, West Vancouver Board of Education
2011-2012: Elementary School Counsellor, West Vancouver Board of Education
2006-2009: Vice-Principal, R.C. Palmer Secondary School
2003-2006: Vice-Principal, Hugh Boyd Secondary School
1998-2003: Vice-Principal, Hugh McRoberts Secondary School

Education
  • Master of Counselling, City University of Seattle, 2011
  • Master of Education (Educational Administration), University of British Columbia, 2000
  • Professional Development Program (Science Education), Simon Fraser University, 1990
  • Bachelor of Science (Chemistry), University of British Columbia, 1987
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Associate Faculty

At City University I teach Research Methods and supervise Capstone projects.  I also teach Social Studies Methods at Simon Fraser University in the teacher education program, and I have been teaching History in the West Vancouver School district since 2005.  I have worked with the Ministry of Education in British Columbia to develop the Social Studies curriculum K-9 and 10-12, and provincial classroom assessment and reporting policies and practices.  I have four young children – two sets of twins – and so outside of academia my primary interests include survival!  Running, yoga, surfing, and travel also top the list.

Research

My primary areas of interest and research include educational policy, assessment systems, education in the developing world, equitable educational access, and research methods including mixed methods.

Publications
  • Baird, J., Hopfenbeck, T., Ahmed, A., Elwood, J., Paget, C., & Usher, N. (2014). Predictability in the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination: Review of the Literature (No. 1). Oxford, U.K.
  • Evangelou, M., Goff, J., Hall, J., Sylva, K., Eisenstadt, N., Paget, C., … Tracz, R. (2014). Evaluation of Children’ s Centres in England (ECCE) Strand 3: Parenting Services in Children’ s Centres Research report. Oxford, U.K.
  • Menezes, I. G., Duran, V. R., Mendonça Filho, E. J., Veloso, T. J., Sarmento, S. M. S., Paget, C. L., & Ruggeri, K. (2016). Policy Implications of Achievement Testing Using Multilevel Models: The Case of Brazilian Elementary Schools. Frontiers in Psychology, 7(November).
  • Paget, C., Malmberg, L.-E., & Martelli, D. (2016). Brazilian National Assessment Data and Educational Policy: An empirical illustration. Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 23(1), 98–125.
Teaching

I think the most important things about teaching are enjoyment and relevance.  I think people like learning new things that they can connect to their daily lives, and that help them make sense of the world around them.

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Associate Faculty, Vancouver Campus

I have been a teacher and school counsellor with the Vancouver School Board for the past 26 years. I am currently an internship instructor in both the MC and M.Ed. programs at City U. I have been in these roles since January of 2023. When not teaching or counselling, I am an avid athlete, home cook and solver of puzzles and I live with my wife and teenage daughters in East Vancouver. 

Teaching

I believe the classroom should be an inclusive, engaging and fun place where discussion, debate, constructive feedback and humour are found.

Courses

CPC 652, CPC 653, ECC 601, ECC 602

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Faculty and Graduate Supervisor

Deanna C. C. Peluso (PhD) is an Educator, Faculty Member, and Graduate Supervisor at MEd in School Counselling at City University in Canada. For over two decades, Deanna’s experience as an educator and researcher, with a background in psychology and education, has focused on exploring the diverse methodologies that learners can build upon to further their knowledge and cater to different ways of meaning making, cultures, personal practices, and learning styles, while also developing multimodal styles of learning that leverage students’ knowledge and lived experiences. Deanna’s research and teaching emphasizes that education is not something that has a terminal end-goal; it runs on a continuum of life-long learning, in which it is positioned around having access and opportunity to transform one’s worldview, gaining new perspectives in areas such as personal philosophy (both moral and ethical), understanding the diversity and role of culture and history, and the varied nature of beliefs, practices, and actions across differing and similar cultures and lenses, more specifically to current day digital cultures and affordances.

Deanna’s multifaceted approach to her role at City University reflects her dedication to holistic education in school counselling and leadership, that interconnects the strengths of engaging in scholarly research while facilitating a space for reflective practice, that goes beyond the traditional ways of engaging in the curriculum, to enable students to embark on their research and practice from diverse lenses and approaches. At City University, Deanna focuses on teaching school counsellors in the areas of research methods and skills, supervising and mentoring school counsellors in their graduate capstone projects, as well as contributing to and strengthening the development of the curriculum in the graduate program. Deanna’s aim is to inspire and help the next generation of school counsellors flourish, guiding them to make meaningful contributions in their respective fields.

Courses
  • ECC 501 – Introduction to Research Skills
  • ECC 512 – Research Methods for School Counsellors
  • ECC 640 – Capstone Project
Education
  • Doctorate of Philosophy (Arts Education), Simon Fraser University, 2015
  • Master of Education (Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies), University of Victoria, 2008
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology & Music Major), Simon Fraser University, 2006
Publications

BOOK CHAPTERS

  • Peluso, D. C. C. (in preparation). Musician development in an era of global networking, transfer, and multimodal meaning making (Chapter 16). In Waldron, J., Horsley, S. & Veblen, K., Eds., Oxford Handbook of Social Media and Music Learning. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Peluso, D. C. C. (2014). Musical learning within a multimodal and participatory digital age: Issues for educational practice. In S. O’Neill (series ed.) Music and Media Infused Lives: Music Education in a Digital Age, Vol. 6. CMEA Biennial Book Series: Research to Practice. Waterloo, Ontario: Canadian Music Educators’ Association.
  • O’Neill, S. A. & Peluso. D. C. C. (2013). Exploring music, digital media and multimodal literacies through dialogue in higher music education. In P. Burnard (ed.) Creativities in Higher Music Education: International Perspectives and Practices (pp. 142-162). London, Routledge.

JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

  • Peluso, D. C. C. (2012). The fast-paced iPad revolution: Can educators stay up to date and relevant about these ubiquitous devices? British Journal of Educational Technology, 43(4), 125-127. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8535.2012.01310.x
  • Peluso, D. (2012). Informal and participatory cultures in music education: Pitfalls and possibilities. SFU Educational Review, 5, Fall 2012.
  • O’Neill, S., Peluso, D., & DeLong, I. (2011). Building a participatory culture for online dialogue. Canadian Music Educator, 52(4), 27-30.
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Associate Faculty

Marie is a long-term employee of the Richmond School District, working first as a secondary classroom teacher, then as a school counsellor, and then as a school and district administrator. She retired in 2022, and currently works part-time as a school counsellor. 

Research

All areas of adolescent development and experience, particularly the experiences of adolescent students in alternative education programs. Indigenous students and families are of special interest, as is the range and purpose of mental health resources within a school and community.

Teaching

Both teaching and learning require similar conditions to be effective: patience, time, relationship and humility. The best learning comes when we can make mistakes AND have guidance available to help us to improve when both teacher and student demonstrate humility – all of us are on a learning path.  

Both teaching and learning require similar conditions to be effective: patience, time, relationship and humility. The best learning comes when we can make mistakes AND have guidance available to help us to improve when both teacher and student demonstrate humility – all of us are on a learning path.  

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Associate Faculty

My career started as a middle and high school teacher and then upon completing my master's degree I transitioned into the role of an elementary school counsellor. In addition to my experience in schools, I also facilitated the Parenting After Separation program with Family Justice BC and the Responsible Driver program with STROH Health Care. Two years ago, I transitioned into a leadership role and I am now in my second year as a vice principal of an elementary school.

I recently completed a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Calgary. I look forward to pursuing some new academic adventures that include working on publications and conference presentations and my new partnership and faculty position with CityU.

Research

I am interested in children's use of social media and elementary principals' perceptions of and leadership practices pertaining to this usage.

Teaching

As an educator, I am passionate about positive climates and strong connections. We know that learning is highly social and that it can only occur in psychologically safe spaces. It is my goal to make all people feel safe, cared for, and excited about their learning.

Courses
  • EGC 533 – Child and Adolescent Growth and Development
  • ECC512 – Research Methods for School Counsellors

 

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Associate Faculty

I have worked as a counsellor, clinical supervisor, mental health coordinator and trainer in corrections and community-based counselling agencies, addictions services, and mental health for over 20 years. I have been teaching at CityU in topics including counselling theories, assessment, and addiction. In addition to teaching at CityU, I have lectured at SFU, Douglas College, Kwantlen, UBC, UFV, Okanagan College, and JIBC in criminology and psychology courses. My clinical work is grounded in practices of social justice, anti-oppression and compassion and I specialize in working with those who have experience individual and systemic forms of trauma. 

Research

My clinical and research interests include trauma, PTSD, violence, personality, and substance use and their impact on mental health, treatment and how these intersect with social justice. I have published over 50 journal articles and book chapters and have given over 200 presentations both nationally and internationally on these subjects. 

Teaching

I provided workshops in understanding trauma and additions, working with complex clients, and third wave therapies (DBT and ACT). Alicia is passionate about teaching and supervision and helping students reach their academic and career goals.

Publications
  • Diotte F, Potvin S, Lang D, Abdel-Baki A, Spidel A, Villeneuve M, Lecomte T. Comparison of Methamphetamine Induced Psychosis and Primary Psychotic Disorder: Scoping Review of Social Cognition. J Ment Health Clin Psychol (2022) 6(2): 1-18.
  • Kealy D., Spidel A., & Sandhu S. (2021). Childhood maltreatment and suicidality among women seeking mental health care: the mediating effect of borderline personality features, moderated by age, Women & Health, DOI: 10.1080/03630242.2021.1968097
  • Spidel, A., Kealy, D., Kim, D., Sandhu, S., & Izbicki, A. (April, 2021). Dysfunctional individuation in the clinic: Associations with distress and early parental responsiveness. Current Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-021-01736-1
  • Kealy, D., Ben-David, S., Spidel, A., Wadsley-Rose, S., and Kim, D. (2021). Self-reassurance moderated by identity dysfunction: Associations with distress and impairment. Journal of Counselling & Development.
  • David Kealy, Matt S. Treeby, Simon M. Rice & Alicia Spidel (2020) Shame and guilt as mediators between dispositional optimism and symptom severity among mental health outpatients, Psychology, Health & Medicine,  DOI: 10.1080/13548506.2020.1861313
  • Spidel, A., Daigneault, I., Kealy, D., & Lecomte, T. (2019). Acceptance and commitment therapy for psychosis and trauma: Investigating links between trauma severity, attachment and outcome. Behavioural and cognitive psychotherapy, 47(2), 230-243.
  • Kealy, D., Rice, S. M., Ogrodniczuk, J. S., & Spidel, A. (2018). Childhood trauma and somatic symptoms among psychiatric outpatients: Investigating the role of shame and guilt. Psychiatry Research, 268, 169-174.
  • Spidel, A., Lecomte, T., Kealy, D., & Daigneault, I. (2018). Acceptance and commitment therapy for psychosis and trauma: Improvement in psychiatric symptoms, emotion regulation, and treatment compliance following a brief group intervention. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 91(2), 248-261.
  • Kealy, D., Spidel, A., & Ogrodniczuk, J. S. (2017). Self‐conscious emotions and suicidal ideation among women with and without history of childhood sexual abuse. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 17(4), 269-275.
  • Lecomte, T., & Spidel, A. (2016). Is Mindfulness Useful or Dangerous for Individuals with Psychosis?  “Mindfulness” issue of Visions Journal, 2016, 12 (2), p. 10.
  • Spidel, A., Greaves, C., Yuille, J., & Lecomte, T. (2015). A comparison of treatment adherence in individuals with a first episode of psychosis and inpatients with psychosis. International journal of law and psychiatry, 39, 90-98.
  • Spidel, A., Greaves, C., Nicholls, T. L., Goldenson, J., & Dutton, D. G., (2013). Personality Disorders, Types of Violence, and Stress Responses in Female Who Perpetrate Intimate Partner Violence. Psychology, 4, 5.

Recent Invited Presentations

  • Djukic, B, & Spidel, A. (August 2023). Borderline Personality Disorder: Myths and Stigmas. Presented at the Fraser Health Learning Together Tuesdays. 
  • Spidel, A. (April, 2019). Working with Complex clients using Dialetical Behaviour Therapy. Presented at DCTV.
  • Spidel, A. (July 2018). Understanding and Working with Trauma. Presented at University of British Columbia.
  • Spidel, A. (March 2018). Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and working with clients. Presented at DCTV.
  • Spidel, A. (May 2018). Understanding and working with Borderline Personality Disorder. Presented at DCTV.
  • Spidel, A. (May 2017). How to use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with trauma. Presented at the Working With Trauma in Psychotherapy event at UBC.
  • Spidel, A. (October 2015) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Trauma. Presented to the Counsellor Café for Registered Clinical Counsellors.
  • Spidel, A. (March 2014) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Trauma and Psychosis. Presented to New Westminster Mental Health.

Recent Refereed Conference Proceedings – Papers

  • Spidel, A., & Kealy, D. (August, 2023). Generalized shame and emotional processing in those seeking mental health care. Presented at the American Psychology Association conference. 
  • Spidel, A., & Kealy, D. (June, 2023). Associations between generalized shame and emotional processing difficulties among individuals seeking mental health care. Presented at the Canadian Psychology Association conference. 
  • Spidel, A., & Kealy, D. (July 2023). Trauma and Attachment:  Impact on the effectiveness of a group version of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Presented at theACBS World Conference. 
  • Spidel, A., & Kealy, D. (July 2022). Sexual Risk Behaviours Among Mental Health Outpatients: links between childhood trauma, violence and mental health. Paper to be presented at the International Association of Law and Mental Health.
  • Spidel, A., & Kealy, D. (July 2022). Sexual Risk Behaviours Among Mental Health Outpatients. Paper to be presented at the International Association of Law and Mental Health.
  • Spidel, A., Kealy, D., Rice, S. M., Ogrodniczuk, J. S., & Dhanoa, T. (2021). Childhood maltreatment and adult somatic distress: Investigating the role of shame and guilt. Presented at the American Psychology Association virtual conference.
  • Spidel, A. & Kealy, D. (2021). Sexual risk behaviour among mental health outpatients: Associations with distress, identity, and emotional neglect. Presented at the ISSPD Personality disorder conference.
  • Spidel, A., Kealy, D. & Ogrodniczuk, J.S. (March 2021). Suicidality and childhood maltreatment in women seeking mental health care: Moderated mediation by age and borderline personality features. American Psychology and Law Virtual Conference. 
  • Spidel, A., Kealy, D. & Ogrodniczuk, J.S. (June, 2021). Dysfunctional individuation as a mediator of childhood emotional neglect and severity of psychological distress among mental health outpatients. Presented at the Canadian Psychology Association virtual conference. 
  • Spidel, A., & Lecomte, T., Daigneault, I., & Kealy, D. (July, 2021). How does Attachment and Trauma severity impact Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in those with Psychosis and Trauma histories? Presented at the ACBS virtual World Conference.
  • Kealy, D & Spidel, A. (2020). Childhood maltreatment and suicidality among help-seeking women: Examining the roles of borderline personality features and age effects. Poster to be presented at the Western Psychological Association virtual conference.  
  • Kealy, D & Spidel, A. (2020). Brief assessment of separation-individuation pathology: Relevance for personality dysfunction among psychiatric outpatients. Presented at the ISSPD Personality disorder conference. Spidel, A., & Lecomte, T., Daigneault, I., & Kealy, D. (July 2019). The Influence of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) on the Severity of PTSD Symptoms in Help-Seeking. Paper presented at the International association of law and mental health conference in Rome.
  • Spidel, A., & Lecomte, T., Daigneault, I., & Kealy, D. (June 2019). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for psychosis and trauma: Investigating links between trauma severity, attachment, and outcome. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychology Association. Halifax, Canada.
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On July 1st, 2018, CityU announced that Jill Taggart had been named Associate Dean of the School of Education, Canadian Programs. Jill has done an amazing job of growing the Education programs in Canada. Her work will benefit/complement our education work in other parts of the university. She also has a passion for research and will coordinate our research efforts in Canada.

Jill arrived in Vancouver in 2011 and began teaching at City University in both the Masters of Education and Masters of Counselling program.  In 2013 she was appointed as Professor and Director of Canadian Education programs at CityU in Canada, responsible for our MEd in Leadership and MEd in School Counselling. CityU Canada has programs in B.C. and Alberta.  In BC classes are held throughout the lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island.  In Alberta CityU operates a MEd in Leadership in Red Deer.

I am a co-founding member of the Human Animal Research Institute (HARI) with colleagues in the School of Social Work at Laurentian University. HARI’s  aim is to research the effectiveness of  animal assisted therapy in at-risk child and youth populations.  I have presented my research at the International Association for Human Animal Interaction Organizations (IAHAIO) in Japan (2007) and Sweden (2010).

Before returning to academia, I worked for the Federal Government in Ottawa and at the Canadian High Commission in London, UK. I also ran my own marketing consultancy.

I have come to CityU with a research and clinical counselling background:  a Master of Science in Research Methods and Statistics,  a MSc in Behavioural Psychology and a Ph.D. in Social and Developmental Psychology from the University of Southampton in the UK.  I am passionate about the influences of early attachment relationships on personal and professional identity development and this has been the theme in my research and clinical practice.  I am particularly interested in investigating K-12 leaders’ and school counsellors’ own attachment history as a predictor of interaction style.  I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and also see counselling clients in private practice.

Courses

At CityU, In addition to my program management role, I teach the following courses on the Master of Counselling program: Introduction to Counselling Skills; Culture and Diversity in Counselling; Development and Sexuality, Research Methods, Thesis Superivison and Pracicum Supervision.  On the MEd program I teach Child and Adolescent Development and Research Methods, Counselling Theories and Thesis supervision.

  • Introduction to School-Based Counselling (ECC 514)
  • Leadership and Counselling Diverse Cultures in Education (ECC 515)
  • Family Systems and Conflict (ECC 516)
  • Child and Adolescent Growth and Development (EGC 533)
  • Mental Health Issues in Schools (EGC 539)
  • Capstone Project (EGC 640, 641, 650, 651)
Experience
  • 2005-present: Clinical Counsellor, Private Practice
  • 2009-2011: Researcher/Part-Time Instructor, University of Southampton
  • 2005-2007: Clinic Counsellor/Practicum Supervisor, University of Southampton Behaviour Clinic
  • 1998-2007: Managing Director, Jill Taggart Marketing
Education
  • BA, University of Toronto, 1981
  • MSc, Psychology (Applied Behaviour), University of Southampton, UK:  2005
  • MSc, Psychological Research Methods  & Statistics (Distinction), University of Southampton, 2006
  • Ph.D., Social and Developmental Psychology, University of Southampton, 2010
Publications
  • Taggart, J. (2016). Attachment Security in the Classroom. A Proposed Professional
  • Development Framework for Teachers. In (Eds) Flores, K.A., Kirstein, K.D., Schieber, C. & Olswang, S.G., Supporting The Success of Adult and Online Students (pp. 169-183.), Seattle: Flores, Kirstein, Schieber, Olswang.
  • White-Taggart, J.M., McBride, E.A., Redhead, E. S. (2010). The Relationship Between Owner Behaviour and Dog Attachment Security in the Strange Situation Test. Journal of Veterinary Behaviour, 5(1), 47.

 

 

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I have been teaching at City University in the MEd in School Counselling program since 2018. Currently, I also work in private practice and with a lower mainland school district helping to ensure schools are safe and welcoming places for children, youth, and families. In my private practice, my focus is on supporting children, youth, and families as well as individuals moving through transitions. I have been working alongside individuals, families, and communities for over 25 years in a variety of settings including not-for-profit community agencies, an alternative measures program, school districts, and my clinical counselling private practice.

Teaching

I believe in experiential and reflective learning for everyone, including myself. Learning is a shared practice and it is best done with curiosity and openness in a safe and compassionate environment where learners can be brave and vulnerable.

Courses
  • Internship
  • Individual Counselling Theory and Practice

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