Message from our Student Representative
Hello Members! I am honoured to have received the nomination for the position of Student Representative for the Counselling Psychology Section of CPA. I am looking forward to working with the executive and members of the executive over the next two years, continuing to build upon the work of my predecessors and initiating new projects that help advance the profession of counselling psychology.
For those who don’t know me, I am a third year PhD student in the Counselling Psychology Program at the University of Calgary. With my course work and candidacy exams behind me, I am currently focusing on my program of research. My research focuses on understanding the unique needs of adults with autism spectrum disorder in psychotherapy. With a social justice lens woven into my research, I hope to promote understanding, knowledge, and access to equitable mental health services for adults with developmental disabilities. I have been involved with CPA for the past few years as a Student Affiliate, presenting at numerous annual conferences, and volunteering as a peer student mentor for the Student Section. Most recently, I served as the CPA Campus Representative for Educational Psychology at the University of Calgary campus. When I’m not busy with my academic responsibilities, I enjoy teaching fitness classes at my local gym, exploring in the Rocky Mountains, and traveling the world with my husband.
This upcoming year is an exciting one with many projects on the horizon. Working in collaboration with the former student representative, Julie Cohen, we created a document that serves to inform undergraduate students about the field of counselling psychology, the specific training one receives in this field, and how counselling overlaps with, and differs from, other psychology streams. This coming year, I will continue to build on this document with the help of the executive, and work to disseminate this knowledge to academic institutions across the country. Additionally, given that I am well immersed in applying for the Pre-Doctoral Internship, the reality of the limited number of placements for psychology students, but especially counselling psychology students, is becoming evident. Over the course of my tenure as the student representative, it is my aim to help advocate for an increased presence of counselling psychology students at accredited internship sites.
I look forward to contributing to the section over the next couple years and invite members, especially student members, to reach out and connect with me about issues that are important to you or questions you might have about the counselling section. You can reach me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope to see you all at the 77th Annual Convention in Toronto!
For up to date information on conferences, networking opportunities or other initiatives being carried out by the section, follow us on the CPA Counselling Psychology Student Section Facebook page.
Call for CPA Counselling Psychology Student Awards
The Counselling Psychology Section of CPA offers awards annually for:
- Best Doctoral Dissertation Award (one award)
- Best Master's Thesis Award (one award)
- Best Conference Poster Award (two awards)
These awards are awarded for outstanding student research in the field of counselling psychology, and include a monetary prize ($100).
Best Thesis/Dissertation Awards
The Best Master’s Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation awards are given for outstanding research by students from Canadian counselling psychology programs.
The following is required to be considered for these awards:
- 10 page summary of the thesis/dissertation, written by the student.
- Double spaced, 12 point font, 1 inch margins.
- Tables and figures must be integrated into the document, not attached as appendices.
- Title page and references do not count against the page limit.
- Nomination letter
- Nominating individual must be a member of the counselling psychology section.
A student’s research can only be nominated once for each award.
The research must have been successfully defended within 2 years prior to the annual award submission date.
Submissions will be evaluated for:
- contribution to knowledge and understanding in counselling psychology
- quality of the research, as evidenced by (a) clear and compelling statement of research problem/question, (b) appropriate methodology and methods, (c) findings/results that are clear and show evidence of rigor, (d) compelling and well-grounded conclusions and implications, and (e) discussion of limitations.
- quality of the writing
The nominator should submit the 10 page summary and nomination letter to Dr. Lara Hiseler (email@example.com) by May 15th 2017.
Awards will be announced at the annual CPA Convention in Victoria during the Counselling Psychology Section Reception. If you are not attending the convention, winners will be emailed after the convention.
Best Conference Poster Awards
Due to the growing number of high quality student posters we have each year, we have made changes to the poster adjudication process. Two poster awards are given for high quality research projects, conducted by students, that have been accepted to the counselling psychology poster session at the annual CPA convention. Normally these awards are given to one masters and one doctoral student; however, the primary criteria is a poster demonstrated exceptional work and intellectual involvement by a student, so undergraduate work will also be considered. The following are the new criteria for eligibility for the poster awards:
1. Student is first author of the poster.
2. The research is the student’s undergraduate thesis, master’s thesis, doctoral dissertation, or other research project that has been completed. This research can be empirical or conceptual in nature.
3. Student written expression of interest, including what their role was in conducting the research.
4. Nomination letter, from a supervisor or professor who is familiar with the research being presented.
5. The student expression of interest and nomination letter are to be emailed to the Awards Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org by April 1, 2017.
6. By May 15, 2017, applicants are required to email a pdf copy of their poster to email@example.com, for adjudication prior to the convention on the written component of the poster. If the pdf is not received by this deadline, it is an indication the student has decided to withdraw from the poster evaluation competition. Two separate reviewers will then review the poster on the following criteria: (a) Contribution to knowledge and understanding in counselling psychology, (b) Quality of the research, (c) Quality of the writing, (d) Visual appeal and organization of the poster
7. The top five posters, with the highest averaged ratings, for each award will be emailed to inform they have been shortlisted.
8. Shortlisted applicants are to be next to their posters during the scheduled poster session of the convention. Two different reviewers will then visit the student and adjudicate for the oral presentation component of the award. Reviewers will be looking for the student’s ability to engage on their poster content and answer questions about the work. If the person explaining the poster is not the first author or is away from the poster when a reviewer visits, it is an indication the student has decided to withdraw from the poster evaluation competition.
9. Oral presentation scores will then be added to the written presentation scores for a final score determination. Those with the highest scores will be given the awards. The awards will be presented during the counselling psychology reception of the convention, so students are encouraged to attend. The winners will be given the opportunity to have an abstract of their work included in the next issue of the counselling psychology newsletter, Kaleidoscope.
Two poster awards are given for high quality research projects, conducted by students, that have been accepted to the counselling psychology poster session at the annual CPA convention. Normally these awards are given to one masters student and one doctoral student; however, the primary criteria is a poster demonstrating exceptional work and intellectual involvement by a student, so undergraduate and graduate student work will be considered.
The following are criteria for eligibility for the poster awards:
1) Student is first author of the poster
2) The research is the student’s undergraduate thesis, masters thesis, doctoral dissertation, or other research project that has been completed.
3) Posters will be evaluated for:
- a. contribution to knowledge and understanding in counselling psychology
- b. quality of the research
- c. quality of the writing
- d. visual appeal and organization of the poster
- e. the student's engagement in questions and comments about the poster.
All student-authored posters presented in the Counselling Psychology Section poster session at the CPA annual convention are automatically evaluated for this award. Students do not need to be a member of the Counselling Psychology Section to be eligible.
Awards will be announced at the annual CPA Convention in Victoria during the Counselling Psychology Section Reception, so be sure to attend! If you are not able to attend the reception, winners will be emailed after the convention.
Past Student Award Winners
Best Dissertation/Thesis: Chelsea Arsenault, University of New Brunswick
Best Poster: Maggie Brennan, University of Alberta; Micheal McDaniel, University of British Columbia
Best Dissertation/Thesis: Tatjana Elez, University of British Colombia.
Best Poster: Shakib Nasrullah, McGill University; Julie Cohen, University of British Columbia
Best Dissertation/Thesis: Emily Christina Koert, University of British Colombia; Aiofe Freeman, University of Calgary
Best Poster: Meris Williams, University of British Colombia; Megan Suehn, University of British Colombia
Best Dissertation/Thesis: Lauren Johnson, University of Alberta; Marnie Rogers-de Jong, University of Calgary; Jennifer Williams, University of Alberta
Best Poster: Dilys Haner, York University; Erin Buhr, Trinity Western University
Best Dissertation/Thesis: Aviva Laye-Gindhu, University of British Columbia; Breanne Faulkner, OISE-University of Toronto.
Best Poster: Lara Schulz, University of Calgary; Jennifer Williams, University of Alberta.
Best Dissertation/Thesis: Danielle Brossseau, Trinity Western University; Radha Messmer, University of British Columbia; Chantelle Quesnelle, University of Calgary.
Best Poster: Touraj Amiri, OISE-University of Toronto; Nichole Pickett, University of New Brunswick
Best Dissertation/Thesis: Lara Cross, University of New Brunswick.
Best Poster: Emily Koert, University of British Columbia; Gena Davies, Trinity Western University; Arlene Simpson University of Victoria.
Best Dissertation/Thesis: Olga Sutherland, University of Calgary; Marnie Fukushima-Flores, University of British Columbia.
Best Poster: Maria Iaquinta, University of British Columbia; Linda Klevnick, OISE-University of Toronto; Danielle Brosseau, Trinity Western University; Tina Lee, Trinity Western University.
Best Dissertation/Thesis: Becky Stewart, Trinity Western University.
Best Poster: Natalie Hansen, University of British columbia; Olga Oulanova, OISE-University of Toronto; Reana Saraceni, University of Calgary;
Best Dissertation/Thesis: Robin Cox, University of British Columbia
Best Poster: Michelle Emmerling, University of Alberta; Babatunde Ogunfowora, University of Calgary
Best Dissertation/Thesis: Karen Kranz, University of British Columbia; Vivian Dzedzora, Univerrsity of British Columbia
Best Poster: Holly McLean, University of British Columbia; Ronaye Coulson, University of Calgary; Elaine Greidanus, University of Alberta; Summerlee Samuels, University of British Columbia; Sean Latimer, Trinity Western University
Best Dissertation/Thesis: Shari Couture, University of Calgary
Best Poster: Michel Eugene, University of Montreal
Best Dissertation/Thesis: Patrice Keats, University of British Columbia