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Athabasca University

Jeff Chang, Ph.D., R. Psych.

Associate Professor
Program Director & Chair

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Education

  • Ph.D., Counselling Psychology (2008, University of Calgary), Faculty of Education, Division of Applied Psychology.
    Dissertation titled: An interpretive account of counsellor development.
  • M.A., Counselling Psychology (1986, Simon Fraser University), Faculty of Education.
    Thesis titled: Effects of a relaxation curriculum with members of a Grade 2 class.
  • B.A., Psychology and Religion (1982, Trinity Western University)

Biography

I joined Athabasca University in 2007, after over 20 years practicing as a psychologist and family therapist, working in children's mental health in British Columbia and Alberta, managing employee assistance programs, and in private practice. I have also taught courses in four other graduate programs. As a therapist, I have been immersed in the narrative and solution-focused approaches. I've had the good fortune to present my work in places like Dublin, Ireland, Osaka, Japan, and Salamanca, Spain.

Professional Designations and Affiliations

I am a Registered Psychologist (AB) and a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. I am a member of the Canadian Register of Health Service Psychologists. I am also a member of the American Psychological Association, the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

Research and Publication Projects

High conflict divorce and parenting.  I have been funded by the Palix Foundation to conduct a controlled study of New Ways for Families, an a psychoeducational counselling intervention for high conflict divorcing families.

Children and adolescent mental health / school-based service delivery. My recent books are Creative Interventions for Children: A Transtheoretical Approach  (2013) and Basic Family Therapy, 6th edition (with Philip Barker, 2013). I have done several conference presentations and am working on several papers on school-based mental health programming, based on my experience as a therapist, supervisor, program developer, and program director. I am working with a group of practicing school counsellors to re-vision school counselling and increase the relevance of counsellor education programs to school counsellors.

Solution-focused and narrative therapies. I have been immersed in these approaches since they emerged over thirty years ago, and co-authored the first published comparison and contrast of these approaches, which appeared in 1993. I recently co-wrote a 20-year update, which is part of a special section of a journal I edited, tracing developments in the solution-focused and narrative approaches in the last two decades. I maintain a busy speaking schedule, teaching on the narrative and solution-focused approaches with children and youth, intervention with high-conflict divorce, and clinical supervision.

Clinical supervision. I have published widely on clinical supervision. I developed the Contextual Functional Meta-Framework (CFM) for clinical supervision, which is designed to guide supervisors’ supervision practice regardless of theoretical orientation and discipline.  I am particularly interested in clinical supervision of counsellors working with families experiencing high conflict separation and divorce.

I would be most interested in supervising students whose interests align with these areas. In addition, given previous professional and personal experiences, I would also be interested in supervising theses on:

  • Couples’ therapy and psychoeducational interventions
  • Developing systems for service delivery
  • The developmental trajectory of counsellors and therapists through their careers
  • Transgender youth and their families
  • Gifted children and their families

Publications

Articles and chapters (2015-2017)

Chang, J. (2017, in press). Culture-infused program development: Inviting community competencies. In S. Collins & N. Arthur (Eds.), Culture-infused counselling: Fostering socially just change processes. Calgary, AB: Counselling Concepts.

Chang. J. (2016). Post-divorce counselling and dispute resolution: Services, ethics, and competencies. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy. 50(3-S), S23–S42.

Chang, J., McKinnon H., Reavie, M., & Skelton, S. (2016). Supervision of school counsellors: An evolving practice. In B. Shepard & B. Robinson (Eds.), Handbook of counselling supervision. Ottawa: Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

Chang, J. (2015). Competence in marriage and family therapy for Alberta psychologists. Psymposium, 25(3), 20-21.

Nuttgens, S., & Chang, J. (2015). Working with couples and families. In L. Martin , B. Shepard, & R. Lehr (Eds.). Canadian counselling and psychotherapy: Ethics-based issues and cases. (pp. 304-325). Ottawa: Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

Books

Barker, P. A., & Chang, J. (2013). Basic family therapy (6th ed.) London, UK: Wiley.

Chang, J. (Ed.) (2013). Creative interventions with children: A transtheoretical approach. Calgary: Family Psychology Press.

Editorial Work

I am the editor of the Canadian School Counselling Review, Canada’s peer-reviewed school counselling journal. Additionally, I have also edited or co-edited three special sections/issues of journals:

Sametband, I., Gaete Silva, J., & Chang, J. (2017, in press). Special section: Reflections from Galvanizing Family Therapy.  Journal of Systemic Therapies

Chang, J. & Kier, C (2016). Special issue on counselling interventions in divorce. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Chang, J. (2012) (Ed.). Special section: Therapeutic Conversations 20 years later. Journal of Systemic Therapies.

Presentations

Invited Plenary Addresses

Chang, J. (2016, June). High-conflict divorce: Solution-focused therapy with children and their families. Plenary address at the conference of the Solution-Focused World Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Chang, J. (2015, October). Six principles for working with children, youth and families: Thirty years of mistakes and occasional wisdom. Association of Family-School Liaison Workers, Calgary, AB.

Chang, J. (2012, September). Integration of approaches: Purposes, principles, and possibilities. Plenary address at the conference of the European Brief Therapy Association, Torun, Poland.

Refereed Conference Presentations (2015-2017)

Chang, J. (2017, June). Supervising therapists working with families experiencing high conflict divorce and parenting: Key issues. Presentation at the Thirteenth International Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision (Adelphi University), Garden City, NY.

Nuttgens, S., Doyle, E., & Chang, J. (2017, May). Patchwork: Family adaptation and interaction in the context of parental employment in the Alberta oil sands. Presentation at the conference of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, St. John’s NL.

Chang, J. (2017, May). Working with families of high conflict divorce: Conceptual frames, ethics, and competencies. Preconference Institute at the conference of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, St. John’s NL.

Chang, J. (2016, November). High conflict divorce and parenting: Developing a school-based response. Presentation at the conference of the Alberta Teachers’ Association Council of School Counsellors, Canmore, AB.

Chang, J. (2016, November). Practical hints for writing for publication: Find your voice. Presentation at the conference of the Alberta Teachers’ Association Council of School Counsellors, Canmore, AB.

Chang, J. (2016, November). Clinical supervision of therapists working with high-conflict separation and parenting. Presentation at the conference of the Western Association for Counsellor Education and Supervision, Vancouver, BC.

Chang, J. (2016, November). High conflict divorce and parenting: Practical tips for helping. Presentation at the conference of the Ontario School Counsellors’ Association, Richmond, BC.

Chang, J. (2016, November). High conflict divorce and parenting: How solution-focused ideas can help. Presentation at the conference of the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association, Halifax, NS.

Chang, J. (2016, October). High conflict divorce and parenting: Practical tips for helping. Presentation at the conference of the British Columbia School Counsellors’ Association, Richmond, BC.

Chang, J. (2016, October). Practical hints for writing for publication: Find your voice. Presentation at the conference of the British Columbia School Counsellors’ Association, Richmond, BC.

Chang, J. & Sandhu, N. (2016, October). Narratives of school counselling: Re-visoning competencies and identity. Presentation at the conference of the British Columbia School Counsellors’ Association, Richmond, BC.

Chang, J. (2016, September). Intervening with families in high-conflict post-separation parenting. Presentation at the 22nd International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions World Congress, Calgary, AB.

Chang, J. (2016, September). High-conflict divorce and parenting: Promising practices across systems. Presentation at the 22nd International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions World Congress, Calgary, AB.

Eddy, W. A., Larochelle, A., & Chang, J. (2016, June). New Ways for Families: Teaching your clients four big skills in-person and online. Presentation at the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts 53rd Annual Conference. Seattle, WA.

Chang, J. (2016, April). High-conflict post-separation parenting: De-escalating volatile patterns and building new directions. Presentation at the conference of the XXIV World Family Therapy Congress, Kona, HI.

Nuttgens, S., Chang, J., & Doyle, E. (2016, March). Faraway fathers: Thriving in the face of paternal absence. Presentation at the conference of the XXIV World Family Therapy Congress, Kona, HI.

Chang, J. (2015, October). Children’s stories, children’s solutions: Listening for openings and amplifying change. Presentation at the conference of the Alberta Association of Family-School Liaison Workers, Calgary, AB.

Chang, J. (2015, October). Writing for publication: Tips from a journal editor. Presentation at the conference of the Alberta Association of Family-School Liaison Workers, Calgary, AB.

Clinical Practice

Updated May 26 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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