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Athabasca University

Dr. Sandra Collins, R. Psych. (AB), RCC (BC)

Professor

Contact

Please view my professional website above for more detailed information about my various professional roles and interests.

Education

  • Ph.D. (1998, University of Calgary), Faculty of Education, Division of Applied Psychology
    Dissertation titled: A multi-site exploration of adolescent health-related needs: Student and adult perceptions
  • M.Sc. Comparative Psychology (1993, University of Calgary), Faculty of Education, Division of Applied Psychology
    Thesis titled: Adolescent Needs: A comparison of adult and student perspectives.
  • B.A. Psychology (1984, Carleton University)

Professional Designations and Affiliations

I am a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists and a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors.

Clinical Interests

I have worked as a counselling psychologist on and off throughout my academic career. I value the privilege of working with clients in individual and group context to express their concerns, explore possibilities for change, and promote healthy self-concept, satisfying relationships, and meaningful life / work. I bring particularly expertise in multicultural and social justice practice and women's issues and feminist therapy. I have a small clinical practice in Victoria, BC at Dr Sandra Collins Counselling and Consulting as a Registered Clinical Counsellor. I focus a portion of my practice on working with individuals from non-dominant sexual orientation and gender identity communities.

I also invest energy in working with broader systemic challenges faced by non-dominant populations in our society and exploring avenues for advocacy and promoting change at the community and society levels. I am a member-at-large on the board of the Social Justice Chapter of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. I am delighted to be working with colleagues across the country to explore meaningful ways of challenging social, economic, educational, political and other forms of cultural and systemic oppression.

Primary Research Interests

My current research focuses primarily in the areas of multicultural counselling and social justice. I am interested in what kinds of competencies counsellors and counselling psychologists require to be able to address social justice issues, both with individual clients and in the broader systems that impact clients’ lives, as well as how we best instill those competencies through professional psychology programs. Related research and writing in this area focuses on counselling lesbians, feminist therapy, multiple non-dominant identity development, and multicultural supervision.

I am pleased to have co-authored/co-edited the book, Culture-Infused Counselling (2010) with my colleague, Dr. Nancy Arthur, University of Calgary. This book is in its second edition, with a third edition targeted for release in 2015. We were awarded the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Annual Book Award for the first edition in 2006.

My research in multicultural counselling and social justice ties into my passion for innovation in teaching and learning models and, in particular, best practices models for enhancing student competencies for multicultural counselling and social justice, the link between enhanced awareness and applied practice skill development, as well as the relationship between professional psychology education/licensure and social justice (e.g., privileged and disparate access to both education and the profession). I am committed to the removal of barriers to learning, human growth and development, and to supporting full and equal participation in society by all persons and peoples, both as part of my academic role and my research focus.



Recent Publications

Some of my recent publications in my areas of research interest include:

Books

Arthur, N., & Collins, S. (Eds.). (2010). Culture-infused counselling (2nd ed.). Calgary, AB: Counselling Concepts.

Book Chapters

Collins, S. (2010). Women on the Margins: Honouring Multiple and Intersecting Cultural Identities. In L. Ross. (Ed.). Counselling Women: Feminist Issues, Theory and Practice(pp. 21-50). Toronto, Ontario: Canadian Scholars' Press / Women's Press.

Arthur, N., & Collins, S. (2010). Culture-infused counselling supervision. In N. Pelling, J. Barletta, & P. Armstrong (Eds.), Practice of Supervision (pp. 267-295). Bowen Hills, QLD: Australian Academic Press.

Journal Articles

Collins, S., Arthur, N., Brown, C., & Kennedy, B. (2013). Counselor and Supervisor Views of Multicultural and Social Justice Education. Journal of Counsellogy, 279-295.

Sharpe, H., Alderson, K., & Collins, S. (2013). An exploration of positive identity development in women living with chronic pain. The Qualitative Report, 18(Art. 29), 1-22. Available at:  http://www.nova.edu/ssss/QR/QR18/sharpe29.pdf

Arthur, N., Collins, S., Marshall, C., & McMahon, M. (2013). Social justice competencies and career development practices. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 47(2), 136-154.

Collins, S., Arthur, N., Brown, C. (2013). Counsellor and practicum supervisor critical incidents in the development of multicultural and social justice competency. International Journal of Social Sciences, 2(2), 16-32. Available at: http://www.iises.net/wp-content/uploads/IJOSS-2013-2.pdf

Collins, S., Arthur, N., Brown, C. (2013). Critical incidents in graduate student development of multicultural and social justice competency. Academic Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 2(9), 105-115. doi:10.5901/ajis.2013.v2n9p105 Available at: http://mcser.org/journal/index.php/ajis/article/view/822/853

Arthur, N., & Collins, S. [Invited Article] (2011). Infusing culture in career counselling. Journal of Employment Counseling [Special Issue], 48(4). 147-149.

Collins, S., Arthur, N., & Wong-Wylie, G. (2010). Enhancing reflective practice in multicultural counseling through cultural auditing. Journal of Counseling & Development, 88, 340-347.

Collins, S., & Arthur, N. (2010). Culture-infused counseling: A fresh look at a classic framework of multicultural counseling competencies. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 23(2), 203-216.

Collins, S., & Arthur, N. (2010). Culture-infused counseling: A model for developing cultural competence. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 23(2), 217-233.

Arthur, N., Collins, S., McMahon, M., & Marshall, C. (2009). Career practitioners’ views of social justice and barriers for practice. Canadian Journal of Career Development, 8(1).

McMahon, M., Arthur, N., & Collins, S. (2008). Social Justice and Career Development: Looking back, looking forward. Australian Journal of Career Development.



Conference Presentations

I regularly present my work, in collaboration with my colleagues, at national and international conferences. Here are a few recent examples:

Arthur, N., & Collins, S., (2014, May). Connecting counsellor education and supervision to social justice. World Congress of Psychological Counselling and Guidance, Victoria, BC.

Collins, S., Wheeldon, L., Hill-Lehr, A., & Audet, C. (2014, May). Acknowledging power and privilege in counselling: Socially just counselling practices. Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association 2014 Annual Conference. Victoria, BC.

Collins, S., Arthur, N., & Brown, C. (2013, September). Critical incidents in counsellor education for multicultural counselling and social justice. World Congress of Psychological Counselling and Guidance, Istanbul, Turkey.

Collins, S., Arthur, N., Brown, C. (2013, September). Counsellor and practicum supervisor critical incidents in the development of multicultural and social justice competency. International Institute of Social and Economic Sciences 8th International Academic Conference, Naples, Italy.

Collins, S., Arthur, N., Brown, C. (2013, September). Critical incidents in graduate student development of multicultural and social justice competency. 3rd International Conference on Human and Social Sciences, Rome, Italy.

Collins, S. [Invited Keynote Address]. (2013, March). Social justice in a culture of disconnection. 3rd Annual Counselling Psychology Research Conference in British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.

Arthur, N., & Collins, S. (2012, July). What ‘sticks’ in learning about multicultural counselling and social justice. 21st International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology Conference, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Arthur, N. & Collins, S. (2012, June). Facilitating culture-infused conversations and therapeutic processes. Workshop at the Winds of Change 5 conference, Conversations on the Margins, Therapeutic Change, Social Change, Social Justice, Ottawa, ONT.

Arthur, N., & Collins, S. [Invited Pre-conference Workshop] (2012, May). Multicultural Counselling and Social Justice: From Concepts to Practice. Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association 2012 Annual Conference. Calgary, AB.

Collins, S., Audet, C., Seaborg, M., Johannsen, K., & Wheeldon, L. (2012, May). Counsellors without Borders: Expanding Self and Practice. Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association 2012 Annual Conference. Calgary, AB.

Collins, S., Arthur, N., Kennedy, B., Brown, C. (2012, May). The Practice of Social Justice – Preparing for the Journey. Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association 2012 Annual Conference. Calgary, AB.

Collins, S., Audet, C., Seaborg, M., & Irvine, K. (2011, May). Bloom where you are planted: Micro social justice. Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association Conference. Ottawa, ON.

Arthur, N., Kennedy, B., Collins, S. (2011, May). Social justice: Multiple meanings, multiple practices. Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association Conference. Ottawa, ON.

Collins, S., Audet, C., Irvine, K, and Lehr, A. (2010, May). Getting Down to Basics - Poverty, Mental Health and Counsellors for Social Justice. Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association Conference. Charlottetown, PEI.

Arthur, N., & Collins, S. (2010, January). Culture-Infused Career Counselling: A New Model for Intervention Planning. Cannexes - National Career Development Conference. Ottawa, ON.

Collins, S., Nuttgens, S., & Chang, J. (2009, October). Distance Education and Social Justice. American Counsellor Education and Supervision Conference, San Diego, CA.

Collins, S., & Arthur, N. (2009, October). Culture-infused Supervision. American Counsellor Education and Supervision Conference, San Diego, CA.

Collins, S., Arthur, N., McMahon, & Bisson, S. (2009, January). Advancing Social Justice in Career Counselling. National Multicultural Conference and Summit. New Orleans, Lousiana.

Funding Support

I have received national funding with Dr. Nancy Arthur, University of Calgary, for the following recent projects.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Standard Research Grant, Co-Investigator - Critical Incidents in Counsellor Education for Multicultural Counselling and Social Justice , $88,200 (2010-2013).

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Standard Research Grant, Co-Investigator - Social justice and diversity competencies of career development practitioners, $99,022 (2005-2008).

Updated May 26 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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