Faculty

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tanya.surette@acadiau.ca   Ph. 902-585-1363    

Dr. Tanya Surette, Ph.D., R. Psych., CCC., CCC-S

Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator

Dr. Surette is a Registered Psychologist and Certified Canadian Counsellor, with specializations in formal assessment, trauma, and creative approaches to counselling and supervision for individuals across the lifespan. Her research focus is on equity, social justice, and cultural responsiveness in counselling and education, as well as counsellor wellness and career longevity. Her research aims to investigate opportunities to interrupt systems of oppression and integrate theory and practice into efforts to reach vulnerable, underfunded, and marginalized populations. In addition, her research informs her work as a counsellor educator and integration of practices that support counsellor resilience and thriving in the helping profession. Her research program is grounded in a curiosity of experience as it is lived, through the narratives of those currently living it, and prioritizes lived experiences as the ultimate source of validation for knowledge.

Teaching Interests

  • Seminar & Practicum (EDUC 5066)
  • Counselling Pre-Practicum (EDUC 50F3)
  • Counselling Skills (EDUC 5133)
  • Principles of Assessment for Counselling (EDUC 50J3)
  • Group Counselling: Theory & Practice (EDUC 5623)
  • Counselling Across the Lifespan (EDUC 50E3)

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kelly.brenton@acadiau.ca   Ph. 902-585-1125    

Kelly Brenton, M.Ed., RCT-C, CCC

Lecturer & Clinical Coordinator

Kelly is a Registered Counselling Therapist - Candidate and Certified Canadian Counsellor, with over 20 years of experience as a counsellor and educator. Her clinical experience includes specializations in school counselling, assessment, trauma, and integrative approaches to counselling for individuals, families, and couples. Her research focus is on professional counsellor identity development and counsellor wellness through the lived experiences of counselling practitioners and preservice counsellors. This research seeks to support resilience and wellness within the counselling profession and is integral in her practices as a counsellor educator.

Teaching Interests

  • Seminar & Practicum (EDUC 5066)
  • Counselling Pre-Practicum (EDUC 50F3)
  • Clinical Mental Health Counselling (EDUC 50K3)
  • Group Counselling: Theory & Practice (EDUC 5623)
  • Principles of Assessment for Counselling (EDUC 50J3)
  • Counselling Families (EDUC 5233)

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birdie.bezanson@acadiau.ca     Ph. 902-585-1231

Dr. Birdie Bezanson, Ph.D., R. Psych.

Associate Professor

Dr. Bezanson has worked primarily with youth in educational settings and in residential treatment facilities. Her clinical practice has focused on youth who have been affected by complex trauma and children and youth with learning challenges. Dr. Bezanson’s extensive travel and time spent living in other countries cultivated a deep curiosity in the methods and practices of non-western healers. While at UBC she developed an interdisciplinary program of research to study the systems of healing ascribed to by traditional healers in the Açores, Portugal and the implications of these practices for this immigrant group in North America. In her research she sought to develop culturally responsive interventions. Her interests are now centered on utilizing mindfulness as a universal intervention for children and youth in academic settings and as a clinical training tool for preparing preservice counsellors for developing a nurturing a deep therapeutic alliance with clients.

Teaching Interests

  • Seminar & Practicum (EDUC 5066)
  • Counselling Pre-Practicum (EDUC 50F3)
  • Trauma-informed Practices in Counselling (EDUS 5553)
  • Principles of Assessment for Counselling (EDUC 5303)

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linda.wheeldon@acadiau.ca

Linda Wheeldon, M.A. (Education), RCT., CCC.

Lecturer

Research interests include the Therapeutic Relationship and its’ connection to the construction of awareness and self -understanding in therapy, Feminist Theory, Critical Social Justice, Ethics, Teacher Education, the use of Drama as curricular exploration, examining methodologies using Collaboration, Performance and Visual Enquiry as well as studies in Supervision.

As a Licensed Counselling Therapist in clinical practice since 1986, Linda has participated with a multi -disciplinary group of practitioners who meets monthly using a Contemplative Approach in Peer Supervision. This model is an integrative and reflexive professional practice devoted to transformative and compassionate learning through an authentic exploration in case presentations.

Teaching Interests

  • Seminar & Practicum (EDUC 5066)
  • Counselling Skills (EDUC 5133)
  • Counselling Strategies and Interventions (EDUC 5583)