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William Robert Alan Nicholls-Allison

William Robert Alan Nicholls-Allison
Adler University Vancouver · Counselling Psychology

Master of Arts
Children's mental health advocacy in BC and Canada

About

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Introduction
Education: BSc, BEd, MA: Counselling Psychology. I work as a School Counsellor and am an alumnus of Adler University. My master's thesis focused on the influence of fictional hero stories on the personality development of adolescents. My research interests include: child development, education, mental health promotion, mental illness prevention, narrative, neuroscience, social justice, and trauma. I write articles for parents and educators and advocate for child mental healthcare.
Additional affiliations
January 2021 - present
Greater Victoria School District
Position
  • School Counsellor
Description
  • Providing mental health services to children (ages 5-11) and their families at two elementary schools. Synthesizing research in psychology and mental health to write articles aimed at a general audience (parents, families, and educators). Collaborating with outside agencies and interdisciplinary teams to meet the emotional and social needs of young clients. Pursuing continuing education in Person-Centred and Analytical practice to improve skills and knowledge of therapy and development.
September 2019 - April 2020
Greater Victoria School District
Position
  • School Counsellor (Practicum)
Description
  • Supervisor: Wanda Murphy. Provided counselling therapy services to clients ages 11-14. Collaborated with families, faculty, and agencies to best support client needs. Chaired student-family support meetings. Hosted and emceed a school-wide event.
September 2019 - April 2020
Citizen's Counselling Centre
Position
  • Counsellor (Practicum)
Description
  • Supervisors: Dr Elizabeth Bradley, RCC & Jude Barleau, RCC. Applied a Person-Centred approach within a brief therapy setting with adult clients from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Presented case conceptualizations and Jungian art therapy activities during group supervision.
Education
September 2018 - December 2020
Adler School of Professional Psychology
Field of study
  • Counselling Psychology
September 2012 - June 2013
University of Victoria
Field of study
  • Education, Middle-Years Focus
September 2009 - August 2012
University of Victoria
Field of study
  • Psychology

Publications

Publication (1)
Thesis
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Hero stories are inspiring, ubiquitous, and magnetic to children and adolescents. Psychologists and scholars postulate their ability to facilitate psychological development (Campbell, 1949; Jung, 1954, 1959, 1968; May, 1991; Von Franz, 1990, 1996; Le Grice, 2013; Allison & Goethals, 2015; Efthimiou & Franco, 2017). This retrospective study was the...

Projects

Projects (3)
Project
The goal of this project is to create a 20-25 minute video presentation (with slides) of my master's research study "I can be a hero." This presentation is intended for an interdisciplinary, academic audience. The presentation will cover the personal and historical background to the study, the research methodology, the results, the proposed effects of engaging with fictional hero stories during adolescence, and implications for future research and practice.
Project
The aim of this project is to synthesize research on emotional intelligence and child development for a general audience (parents, families, and educators). My goal is to produce a short and practical guide to help parents, families, and educators to understand their children and their own emotional growth. I hope to encourage educators, in particular, to consider emotional intelligence development as a curricular goal which can be integrated into various subject areas.
Project
The aim of this article is to synthesize research in developmental psychology and psychotherapy for a general audience (parents, families, and educators). The topics of discussion are psychological needs and communication, specifically empathy and reflection.