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Athabasca University

Dr. Simon Nuttgens

Associate Professor

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Education

  • 2004: Completed Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology at the University of Alberta, Department of Educational Psychology. Dissertation titled: The Life Stories of Aboriginal Children Raised in Non-Aboriginal Families.
  • 1997: Completed M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology at the University of Alberta, Department of Educational Psychology. Thesis titled: A Narrative Study of Bereavement Among Survivors of Suicide.
  • 1985: Completed B.A.(Honours)in psychology at the University of Victoria.


Biography

Job Titles and Roles

  • Instructor Coordinator
  • Chair of GCAP Research Ethics Board
  • Vice-Chair of Athabasca University Research Ethics Board

Professional Designations and Affiliations

  • Registered Psychologist, province of Alberta
  • Member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association

Primary Research Interests

My areas of research interest include professional ethics, research ethics, postmodern approaches to counselling, employment-related paternal absence, and First Nations mental health.

Clinical Practice

For the majority of my career (since about 1996) I have provided counselling primary to children, adolescents, and families. In my formative years as a counsellor I worked in residential youth treatment. Although many cringe at the thought of working with this often challenging populating, for me it helped fashion a skillset that champions a relational, collaborative, and creative approach to therapy. Currently I provide therapeutic, consultation, and training services to a community agency located in Penticton, BC.

Recent Publications

Gazzola, N., Buchanan, M., Sutherland, O., Nuttgens, S. (Eds.). (2016). Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy in Canada.Ottawa, ON:Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

Nuttgens, S. (2016). Challenges and opportunities in supervision. In B. Shepard & L. Martin (Eds.). Supervision of the Canadian counselling and psychotherapy profession (pp. 313-333). Ottawa, ON:Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

Nuttgens, S. (2015). Working with clients using electronic platforms. In L. Martin, B. Shepard, & R. Lehr (Eds.), Canadian counselling and psychotherapy: Ethics-based issues and cases (pp. 385-399). Ottawa, ON:Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

Nuttgens, S. (2015). Working with couples and families. In L. Martin, B. Shepard, & R. Lehr(Eds.), Canadian counselling and psychotherapy: Ethics-based issues and cases (pp. 305-325). Ottawa, ON:Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

Nuttgens, S., & Chang, J. (2013). Moral distress among counselling interns: A call for research. Counselor Education and Supervision, 52, 284-296. Doi: 10.1002/j.1556-6978.2013.00043.x

Nuttgens, S. (2013). Stories of Aboriginal transracial adoption. The Qualitative Report, 18(3), 1-17.

Nuttgens, S. (2010). Biracial identity theory and research juxtaposed with narrative accounts of a biracial individual. Child and Adolescent Social Work, 27(5), 355-364. doi:10.1007/s10560-010-0209-6

Updated May 26 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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