- ItemOpen AccessCanadian Counselling Psychology Conference Keynote Address: Counselling Psychology at the Crossroads: Discipline or Social Movement(2019-10) Sinacore, Ada L.Due to the work of a small number of dedicated counselling psychologists, in 1986 the Canadian Psychological Association’s Section on Counselling Psychology was established. Since that time, the Section has reached a number of important milestones such as, the accreditation of counselling psychology programs, the establishment of the Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, the development and approval of the official definition of counselling psychology, the Inaugural Canadian Counselling Psychology Conference, and the creation of the Section’s archive. Additionally, there have been a number of formative articles published in Canadian Psychology, including articles about identity and the first Special Section of within an Issue of Canadian Psychology on Counselling Psychology, as well as, the first edited book entirely devoted to Canadian counselling and counselling psychology. While, this work has laid an important foundation for the field, Counselling Psychology as a discipline is at the crossroads. The history and contributions of counselling psychologists highlight that counselling psychology has been innovative in the field of psychology, especially in the areas of career psychology, feminism, multiculturalism, social justice, and qualitative research. As other disciplines within psychology begin to take on topics that historically have been the domain of counselling psychology, moving forward; What needs to happen to ensure that counselling psychologists continue to be innovators and forward thinkers in psychology? This keynote applies social movement, advocacy, and activist frameworks to challenge the current state of the discipline, and to implore counselling psychologists to challenge the status quo and continue to be leaders and innovators in psychology.
- ItemOpen AccessSelected Proceedings From The Canadian Counselling Psychology Conference 2018(2019-10) Kassan, Anusha; Domene, José F.; Wada, Kaori; Bedi, Robinder P.Selected Proceedings From The Canadian Counselling Psychology Conference 2018: Advocating For Ourselves, Advocating For Our Communities; Canadian Counselling Psychology Into the Next Decade and Beyond
- ItemOpen AccessIntegrating Traditional Healing Methods into Counselling and Psychotherapy with Punjabi and Sikh Individuals(2019-10) Currie, Lauren N.; Bedi, Robinder P.Evidence-based practice goes well beyond merely matching client disorder to theoretical approach and instead entails the integration of research evidence with clinical expertise in the context of patient characteristics, culture, and preferences. For clients who are less acculturated to Canadian society or for those who still strongly identify with their cultural roots, incorporation of traditional healing methods into counselling and psychotherapy appears highly beneficial. Based on a review of the literature, this paper offers a discussion of frameworks which can guide the incorporation of traditional healing practices into counselling and psychotherapy and outlines model/theory-embedded strategies and interventions that have been reported to be effective with some Punjabi Sikh clients in peer-reviewed published outlets. This information will be useful for professionals who have limited experience with Punjabi Sikh individuals, clinical supervisors overseeing trainees providing mental health services to Punjabi Sikhs, instructors teaching cross/multicultural counselling or psychotherapy classes, and those wishing to further develop or refine existing competence. These proposed strategies and interventions should be subject to research investigations and clinically tested by practitioners to further increase confidence in their application.
- ItemOpen AccessIt Takes a Village: The Role of Counselling Psychology in Advancing Health and Wellness in a Faculty of Education(2019-10) Williams, Emily P.; Russell-Mayhew, Shelly K.; Gereluk, Diane; Murray, Kerri; Ireland, Alana D.Counselling psychology departments have historically been situated within Faculties of Education rather than Departments of Psychology. These placements within Faculties of Education have often led to confusion as to what the role of counselling psychology is, and how it relates to education. In this paper, we argue that there is an opportunity for counselling psychologists to impact and be impacted by their location in Faculties of Education. This paper offers an exemplar of how a counselling psychology department informed and impacted a culture of wellness within a Faculty of Education and also within the greater university culture, at the University of Calgary. Through partnership with other faculties and community partners, the efforts of counselling psychology began to impact other systems, which in turn influenced Bachelor of Education teacher preparation at the post-secondary level. Through collaboration with multiple partners and with the support of the Faculty of Education, a mandatory course on health and wellness was introduced to the Bachelor of Education curriculum. Perspectives of a counselling psychologist, faculty of education administrator, a community partner, and former counselling psychology graduate student are highlighted in this paper, with the intention of demonstrating how collaborations between two seemingly distinct disciplines can be mutually beneficial to the university, students, faculty, and also the greater community.
- ItemOpen Access‘All other things being equal’: Conducting cross-cultural research in counselling psychology(2019-10) Suzuki, HanakoWith multicultural competence, social justice, and methodical diversity which lie at the core of counselling psychology identity, Canadian counselling psychology is well-positioned to conduct cross-cultural research in a non-colonial, socially just manner. In this paper, we will use my own cross-cultural grief research as a means to discuss the challenges and issues that researchers need to navigate in the research process. This includes the assumption of ceteris paribus––all things being equal––that underlies cross-cultural quantitative research. Overall, we argue for critical cross-cultural research that fits with the ethos of Canadian counselling psychology: one that reveals Eurocentric, ethnocentric, and individualistic assumptions in psychology knowledge.