School Briefs
School of Psychology

Elder care and Geropsychology,
Addictions and Rehabilitation, and Trauma

“Our new certificates address three of the most important, and unfortunately most pressing social concerns today,” says Dr. Robert Haussmann, dean of the School of Psychology. “Natural and manmade disasters in recent years have created a critical need for advanced training for helping professionals engaged in assisting individuals in coping with immediate, short-term and long-term issues and regaining control of their lives.”

The Elder Care and Geropsychology certificate is designed specifically for psychologists and other helping professionals to assist older adults and their families address age-related issues, changes in family dynamics, and quality of life care.

The Addictions and Rehabilitation courses cover core functions in addiction counseling, thus providing students with information to help them prepare for eventual and advanced careers in addiction rehabilitation.

Additional information on these certificates is available here.

•	Jeannine Klein, Ph.D. (Director of Curriculum Development)

Jeannine Klein, Ph.D.

Alycia Harris, Ph.D. (Core Faculty)

Alycia Harris, Ph.D.

Miguel Fernandez, Ph.D. (Core Faculty)

Miguel Fernandez, Ph.D.

Greta Couper, Ph.D. (Adjunct Faculty)

Greta Couper, Ph.D.

Faculty Accomplishments

  • Jeannine Klein, Ph.D. (Director of Curriculum Development) reported the findings of her ongoing research into social interactions and self-esteem during the Western Psychological Association conference in Portland, Ore. Her first presentation addressed social anxiety and Internet addiction, her second reviewed body image perception and social anxiety.
  • Alycia Harris, Ph.D. (Core Faculty) was a panelist for the Commission for Distance Learning and Technology (CDLT) American Association of Adult and Continuing Education webinar Learner Interaction: How Much is Necessary in Online Discussions and Assignments?
  • Miguel Fernandez, Ph.D. (Core Faculty) presented a poster session “The Use of Narrative Therapy to Manage Emotional and Existential Distress in the Oncology Setting” at the International Psycho-Oncology Society EGOS Colloquium in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
  • Greta Couper, Ph.D. (Adjunct Faculty) published the following articles: “Heroes at Risk: an Overview of How Emotional Intelligence Can Reduce Death and Injury for Firefighters,” in the Conference Proceedings: Emerging Research Paradigms in Business and Social Sciences (ERPBSS); “Travels to Oneself: A Psychological Analysis of How Study Abroad and Positive Regression Impact Personal Growth and Behaviour,” in the Conference Proceedings: Emerging Research Paradigms in Business and Social Sciences (ERPBSS); “A Proposed Protocol Integrating Classical Mindfulness with Prolonged Exposure Therapy to Treat Posttraumatic Stress Disorder,” in Mindfulness; and “Emotional Rescue: The Role of Emotional Intelligence and Emotional Labour on Wellbeing and Job-stress Among Community Nurses” in the Journal of Advanced Nursing.