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Athabasca University

Jeff Chang, R. Psych.

Associate Professor/Practicum Coordinator

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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 and the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta.

Research and Publication Projects

Counselling interventions in high-conflict divorce.  Dr. Cheryl Kier (Centre for Social Sciences, Athabasca University) and I are editing a special issue of the Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy on counselling interventions in divorce, anticipated publication date summer 2015.

I am in the early stages of developing a controlled study of New Ways for Families, an intervention package 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 designer, 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 twenty-five 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 mantain a busy workshop schedule, teaching mainly on the narrative and solution-focused approaches.

Clinical supervision. I am one of Canada's most-published authors in the area of clinical supervision. I have developed an approach to clinical supervision that can be applied across theoretical orientations and disciplines, the Contextual Functional Meta-Framework (CFM). I have presented it extensively over the last few years to different audiences (medical professionals, child and youth care workers, counsellors, counsellor educators, clinical supervisors, and marriage and family therapists.

I would be most interested in supervising students (and most likely to have research funds available) 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

I will be on Research and Study Leave in 2014-2015, and will not be entertaining requests from students for thesis supervision until September 2015.

Clinical Interests

I am Director/CEO of The Family Psychology Centre (FPC) (http://www.familypsychologycentre.org), a comprehensive psychological services firm in Calgary, AB. I direct several contracts for psychological services for government departments and the corporate sector. I do assessments for Court, mostly in family law matters, and consult to legal counsel.

Recent Publications (chronological)

Peer-reviewed articles

Nuttgens, S., & Chang, J. (2013). Moral distress in counselor supervision: A call for research. Counselor Education and Supervision, 52(4), 284-296. doi: 10.1002/j.1556-6978.2013.00043.x

Chang. J., & Nylund, D. K. (2013). Narrative and solution-focused therapies: A twenty-year retrospective. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 32(2), 72–88.

Chang, J. (2013). A contextual-functional meta-framework for counselling supervision. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 35(2), 71-87. doi: 10.1007/s10447-0129168-2

Chang, J., Combs, G., Dolan, Y., Freedman, J., Mitchell, T., & Trepper, T. (2012). From  Ericksonian roots to postmodern futures: A conversation -- Part I: finding postmodernism. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 31(4), 63–76. doi: 10.1521/jsyt.2012.31.4.63.

Chang, J. (2011). An interpretative account of counsellor development. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 45(4), 406–428.

Chang, J. (2010). The reflecting team: A training method for family counselors. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, 18(1), 36-44.

Chang, J. (2010). Hermeneutic inquiry: A research approach for postmodern therapists. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 29(1), 19-32.

Book chapters, reviews, and interviews

Chang, J., & Gaete, J. (2014). IP-supervision as relationally responsive practice. In K. Tomm, D. Wulff, S. St. George, & T. Strong (Eds.), Patterns in interpersonal inrteractions: Inviting relational understandings for therapeutic change. New York: Routledge.

Mudry, T., Strong, T., & Chang, J. (2014). The transitory and ephemeral life history of a PIP and its emergent possibilities. In K. Tomm, D. Wulff, S. St George, & T. Strong (Eds.), Patterns in interpersonal inrteractions: Inviting relational understandings for therapeutic change. New York: Routledge.

Mitchell, T., & Chang, J. (2012). You can’t have ADHD – You’re just like me. In J. J. W. Andrews & P. Istvanffy (Eds.), Exceptional life journeys: Personal stories about childhood disorder. Burlington, MA: Elsevier.

Chang, J. (2011). Book review [Mastering competencies in family therapy: A practical approach to theory and clinical case documentation]. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 37(4), 503–504.

Chang, J. (1998). Children's stories, children's solutions: Social constructionist therapy for children and their families. In M.F. Hoyt (Ed.), Handbook of constructive therapies. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

Chang, J., & Phillips, M. (1993). Michael White and Steve de Shazer: New directions in family therapy. In S. Gilligan & R. Price (Eds.), Therapeutic conversations. New York: Norton.

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

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

Recent Presentations (chronological)

Invited Plenary Address

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

Chang, J. (2013, October). Children’s stories, children’s solutions: Collaborative counselling with children and families. Full day workshop at the annual conference of the British Columbia School Counsellors’ Association, Richmond, BC.

Chang, J., & Gaete, J. (2013, March). Re-visioning supervision: From stages and traits to relational conversations and positioning. Presentation at Conversation-Fest/Winds of Change Conference. League, City, TX.

Chang, J. (2012, September). Developing your unique approach to clinical supervision: The contextual-functional meta-framework. One day post-conference workshop at the conference of the European Brief Therapy Association, Torun, Poland.

Chang, J. (2012, September). Two narrative therapy techniques you might use – and one you probably won’t. Workshop at the conference of the European Brief Therapy Association, Torun, Poland.

Chang, J. (2012, September). Developing your unique approach to clinical supervision: The Contextual-Functional Meta-Framework. Presentation at the conference of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Charlotte, NC.

Chang, J. (2012, July). The Contextual-Functional Metaframework for MFT supervision. Half-day invited workshop at the conference of the American Mental Health Counselors’ Association, Orlando, FL

Mudry, T., Chang, J., & French, J. (2012, June). Negotiating a professional identity as a family therapist in professional psychology. Roundtable discussion at the Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association.

Djuraskovic, I., & Chang, J. (2012, May). Counselling with refugees: Risk and resiliency. Presentation at the conference of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, Calgary, AB.

Plosker, R., & Chang, J. (2012, May). A solution-focused group for caregivers of stroke patients. Presentation at the conference of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, Calgary, AB.

Chang, J. (2012, March). The Contextual-Functional Metaframework for MFT supervision. Presentation at the IFTA 2012 World Family Therapy Congress, Vancouver, BC.

Chang, J., Henley, A., & Arora, K. (2012, March). Distributed learning for marriage and family therapists: Trends, perils, and possibilities. Presentation at the IFTA 2012 World Family Therapy Congress, Vancouver, BC.

Chang, J., & Laudy, K. (2012, March). Systemic intervention in schools: Building collaborative teams. Presentation at the IFTA 2012 World Family Therapy Congress, Vancouver, BC.

Djuraskovic, I., & Chang, J. (2012, March). Family therapy with refugees: Risk and resiliency. Presentation at the IFTA 2012 World Family Therapy Congress, Vancouver, BC.

Funding Support

Internal

Athabasca University Research Incentive Grant, 2008-2011 ($15,000)Athabasca University Academic and Professional Development Fund:

  • 2007: 600.00
  • 2008: approved on merit but not funded due to lack of funds
  • 2009: 1400.00
  • 2010: 1400.00

External

The Supporting Families Experiencing Separation and Divorce Initiative, Department of Justice.

Updated May 26 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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