Gillian Smith, Ph.D., CCC Vancouver Campus

"I believe the study of counselling practice   
should be an invitation to investigate more deeply  
the potential of social justice initiatives  
and a journey of self-awareness." 
- Gillian Smith, Ph.D., CCC

"I believe the study of counselling practice
should be an invitation to investigate more deeply
the potential of social justice initiatives
and a journey of self-awareness."
- Gillian Smith, Ph.D., CCC

Gillian Smith, Ph.D., CCC
Assistant Professor,
M.A. in Counselling Psychology & Master of Counselling Psychology

As a University instructor, I aim to inspire my students and perpetuate a passion for the practice of counselling. More specifically, as a practicing academic, school counsellor and teacher who has worked with all ages, I introduce students to a vast array of practical activities and the application of various theories and contemporary approaches. To this end, I seek a balance between student self-directed research, lectures, course readings and asking students to engage with the topic at hand vis-a-vis facilitation of participatory dialogue. I believe the study of counselling practice should be an invitation to investigate more deeply the potential of social justice initiatives and a journey of self-awareness. This approach, along with evidence-based research enables students to be prepared to work effectively as counsellors.

I have confidence in a flexible manner of instruction, responsive to the unique learning needs of each individual and every class. I want to show that the field of counselling responds to various modes of inquiry and intervention: participatory, empirical, developmental, existential, phenomenological, pragmatic, hermeneutic, cultural and political. Thus, students are encouraged to explore the possibilities of various theoretical and practical applications in schools, and push beyond their own experience and sharpen their critical skills. Having taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses over the past twelve years, I am continuously thriving to make lessons and class discussions fresh and engaging. To study and engage in understandings that broaden our perspective of mental and ecological health, invariably connects us to our mutual humanness. The most fulfilling moments of my professional life are engaging with students on compelling, engaging and inspirational clinical, ecological, educational and philosophical themes.

Education

  • Ph.D., Curriculum Theory and Implementation with a Philosophy of Education, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia.
  • M.A., Counselling Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia.
  • P.D.P., Category six professional teaching certificate, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia.
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario.

Professional Memberships

  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) CCPA-ACPA Chapter Memberships: Counselling Supervision, School Counselling and Career Counselling. Vancouver Area Counsellors’ Association (VACA) (1994-Present)
  • BC School Counsellor’s Association (1994-2006)
  • Vancouver Elementary and Secondary Teachers’ Association (VESTA)