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Student stories

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Today's students have a variety of post-graduate opportunities. Some will continue with their education, some will travel, but most will enter the workforce. Our graduates are taught the skills they need to be successful in a variety of different fields. Click on a name below to learn more about our alumni.

Linda O'Neill, MEd (Counselling) and PhD (Educational Psychology), 2008

Linda ONeillDuring her time at UVic, Linda earned a BA in Child and Youth Care, a MEd in Counselling, and a PhD in Educational Psychology. She taught as a sessional instructor at UVic in the undergraduate program for the Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership and was awarded the Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award. Linda now works for the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC).

Working with Ryan James (one of her now graduated students), Linda developed a Community Care Centre for Prince George which is a training facility for graduate counselling students and a counselling service for community residents who do not meet the criteria of other agencies and require reduced fee counselling services. UNBC provided them with the space, and Ryan is now the Clinical Supervisor for students who want to work in the setting. This is a great example of applied research: Ryan's masters project was the Community Care Centre's manual and marketing plan.

Linda also received a 3-year SSHRC grant that focuses on the life and career challenges faced by formal and informal mental health practitioners working in isolated settings in northern BC, Yukon, and Northwest Territories.

Suzanne Stewart, MA and PhD (Counselling Psychology), 2007

Suzanne StewartSuzanne earned her MA from UVic in 2003 and continued on to earn her PhD in 2007, landing many scholarships, awards, and internships along the way. Shortly after completing her program, Suzanne accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Aboriginal Healing in Counselling , in the Department of Adult Education and Counselling Psychology at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. There, she specializes in Canadian Indigenous health and healing in counselling practice and education.

Bruce Deacon, MEd (Leadership Studies), 2007

Bruce DeaconBruce joined the Canadian Olympic Committee as manager of education and community relations. He's responsible for youth outreach programs, including the Canadian Olympic School Program. It's a natural fit for the marathon runner who represented Canada at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics.

Carmen Gress, MA, 2001 and PhD (Educational Psychology), 2007

Carmen is the Director of Research Planning & Offender Programs (Community Corrections & Corporate Programs Division, Corrections Branch, Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General). Carmen conducts, coordinates, participates in, and/or evaluates research and evaluation projects internal to the Corrections Branch, across the Ministry, and externally. This includes working with colleagues within and external to the branch, academics who are conducting studies or evaluating projects such as the Vancouver Drug Court and Community Court, and evaluating and developing offender programs. Carmen also writes and coordinates the service and strategic planning for the Corrections Branch, both Community and Custody divisions.

Jill Heater, PhD (Educational Psychology), 2005

Jill is a school psychologist in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Prior to this, she worked as a researcher at the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba.

Tim Darvell, MEd (Counselling Psychology), 2005

Tim is a child and family therapist: "In October, 2008 I was honoured to give a poster presentation on 'Psychosocial and Cultural Enhancement Planning for Families Facing Mental Illness' at the 6th International Conference on Early Psychosis. Included in my presentation, and that of others, was the idea of neuroplacticity and neurogenesis as it's related to recovery and relapse."

Steve Galipeau, MEd (Leadership Studies), 2004

After finishing his coursework, Steve was deployed to Southern Sudan as the coordinator of the cease fire joint military committee: "The work involves bringing former warring parties together after 20 years of civil war. Since October 2003, I have been one of eight Canadian military observers with the UN Truce Supervision Organization. I have divided my time between Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Israel and the Occupied Golan Heights. In February 2004 I was selected to be the training officer for Observer Group Golan, based in Tiberias, Israel." Steve plans on returning to Canada to pursue his teaching career.

Corinne Koehn, MA and PhD (Educational Psychology) 1995

Corinne KoehnAfter receiving her MA and PhD from UVic, Corinne went on to become a an Associate Professor at the University of Northern British Columbia. She teaches undergraduate courses in education and psychology and graduate courses in counselling and has worked as a practitioner in the counselling field for over 20 years. She is a registered psychologist with the British Columbia College of Psychologists and holds membership with the Canadian Psychological Association. Some of her research interests include alcohol and drug misuse, childhood sexual abuse, family violence, women's mental health, hope, and counsellor education.

Juliet Austin, MA (Counselling Psychology), 1993

Juliet has built a successful personal coaching practice in Vancouver. She specializes in life/career transition, relationships, executive directors of non-profit organizations, and mental health professionals wanting to become coaches.

Carey Denholm, PhD (Educational Psychology), 1986

Carey is a professor and dean of graduate research at the University of Tasmania. From 1979-1991 he was on staff in the school of child and youth care, and he is a registered psychologist in Tasmania specializing in family and adolescent psychology. He has been awarded the University Teaching Excellence Award (1993) and the University Award for Outstanding Community Engagement (2004).

Chris Kempling, MEd (Counselling Psychology), 1986

Chris is the elementary special education coordinator at St. Ann's Academy in Kamloops, the oldest continuously operating school in the province (est. 1880). "In addition, I have resumed my private marriage counselling practice here [in Victoria], sharing office space with two psychiatrists and a clinical social worker. I spend free time refereeing volleyball, singing in two choirs, mountain biking and playing with my two grandkids."

Ishu Ishiyama, PhD (Educational Psychology), 1985

Ishi IshiyamaIshu Ishiyama is an Associate Professor of Educational and Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia, as well as a Registered Psychologist. Ishi has done extensive work on Antidiscrimination Response Training (A.R.T.), and he has worked with his colleagues to develop a sociocultural development training program called Excell Program.

Born and raised in Japan, Ishi integrates his Japanese heritage into his teaching, most notably by incorporating Japanese psychotherapy (i.e. Morita therapy) into his counselling model. "I initially came to Canada as a visiting university student in my early 20s, with a plan of staying only for one year. After 33 years, I'm still here! I appreciate the space, greenery, beaches, privacy, personal freedom, and relaxed and informal lifestyle. I continue to enjoy living here and being able to fly back to Japan several times a year. I'm glad I chose to stay in Canada, and am thankful that I can enjoy my career, personal freedom, and multiculturalism in this beautiful country."

Ishu is also a 6th dan Aikikai Sensei and has been studying Aikido since 1968. Before moving to Vancouver and establishing Vancouver West Aikikai, he headed Victoria Aikikai, which is affiliated with the UVic Aikido Club.

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Dave Nagel"As an MA student working towards a thesis I can say with conviction that my learning experience has been greatly enhanced by the high level of support and respect that I've received from my supervisor. The professional and reciprocal relationship that we've developed has allowed me to explore a variety of scholarly perspectives while fostering growing confidence regarding teaching, writing, presenting, and submitting publications. This departmental unit is diverse in its pedagogy and academic interests, thus providing an opportunity for a well-rounded understanding of the Leadership field." — Dave Nagel, Leadership Studies

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