Stephanie Martin

Professional Profile

Being a teacher with a specialization in counselling, my worldview, definition of counselling, and theory of counselling are rooted in the belief that all people are inherently good.The elements of the theoretical approaches that resonate with me most; authenticity, sincerity, compassion, collaboration, and empowerment, are qualities that I value not only in my theory of counselling, but also in my life. Being aware that my personal theory may not coincide with the values of all clients is vital and this awareness must remain salient in my counselling practice. Through further experience, exploration, collaboration and reflection, I will build confidence in the application of a personal theory of counselling in an effort to facilitate clients’ journeys toward positive mental health.

Education

Masters of Counselling, Applied Psychology, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB           April 2017

 

Bachelor of Education, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB                                                 April 2009

Major: Visual Arts Education

Graduated with Great Distinction

 

Bachelor of Arts, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB                                                           April 2009

Major: Visual Arts

Graduated with Distinction

 

High School Diploma, Cochrane High School, Cochrane, AB                                                     June 1999

Specialized Post Secondary Courses

  • Professional Portfolio I

  • Group Counselling and Process Skills

  • Biosocial Foundations of Health Psychology

  • Research and Program Evaluation Skills

  • Counselling Strategies and Interventions

  • Assessment: Process and Application

  • Counselling Diverse Clients

  • Theories of Counselling and their Application to Client Change

  • Foundational Counselling and Conflict Resolution Skills

  • Professional Ethics and Conduct

  • Issues in Native Education

  • The Educational Psychology of Exceptional Learners

  • Evaluation of Learning

  • Educational Psychology

  • Social Psychology

  • Contemporary Health Issues

  • Issues in Women’s Studies

  • Intro to Social and Cultural Anthropology  

  • Basic Concepts of Psychology

Certifications
  • Introduction to Psychodrama, half day work shop through RMPT, 2018

  • Introduction to Sand Tray Therapy, one day workshop, Alberta Play Therapy Association, 2017

  • Violent Threat Risk Assessment Level 2 Certification, 2017

  • Existential Analysis and Questioning Training,  2017

  • Harm Reduction and Naloxone Training, 2016

  • Family Systems Training, 2016

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, 2015

  • Violent Threat Risk Assessment Level 1 Certification, 2014

  • Non-Violence Crisis Intervention Certification, 2012

Professional Development
  • Application of Positive Psychology in Schools, Collaboartive Community, Lethbridge District 51, 2018 - Present

  • Mental Health Literacy Day, Lethbridge School District 51, 2018

  • Lethbridge School District Staff QSA committee member, 2017 - Present

  • Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference, Anaheim US, 2017

  • Live OUT Loud, LGBTQ* Youth Conference planning committee member, 2017

  • Southern Alberta Teacher Counsellors Conference planning committee member, 2017

  • Brief Focused Counselling Skills – Strategies from Leading Frameworks, 2016

  • 3rd Annual Alberta Gay-Straight Alliance Conference, 2015

  • Guidance Council of the Alberta Teachers Association Conference, 2014

  • Students Who are Wired differently International Conference, 2014

  • Wired Differently Conference, 2013

  • Building Engaged Schools Institute, 2011

  • ASCD Conference San Francisco, 2011

Employment History

September 2017 - Present - Teacher Counsellor, Westminster and Galbraith Elementary Schools, Continuing Contract 

Lethbridge School District 51, Galbraith and Westminster Elementary Schools

Principals: Sandy Scheldrup (G), Angela Wilde (W)             Assistant Principals: Andy Tyslau (G), Teri Smith (W)

  • Worked as part of a Care Team to meet the psychological, environmental, academic, social, and wellness needs of all students

  • Created Universal Programming to build capacity with teachers in delivering mental health content

  • Created Year Plans to coordinate Care Team members and initiatives throughout the school year

  • Worked collaboratively with outside agencies to meet the dynamic needs of students and families

  • Facilitated Targeted Groups to build mental health capacity with selected students

  • Provided one on one counselling with students whose needs can be addressed through brief, solution focused counselling 

 

 

September 2016 - June 2017- District Student Support Advisor, Fast Forward Program, Continuing Contract

Lethbridge School District 51, District Head Office, Lethbridge, Alberta

Supervisor: Morag Asquith                    Principal: Ian Lowe

  • Reconnected youth with schooling after a prolonged absence

  • Designed academic programming to meet the needs of each individual 

  • Established and maintained strong working alliance with each individual accessing the program

  • Connected individuals with community services and social programming

  • Attended District Case Consult Meetings 

  • Worked with the faculty at Victoria Park High School to best meet the needs of the individuals in the program

 

October 2015 – June 2016 – Teacher-Counsellor, Continuing Contract

Lethbridge School District 51, Lethbridge Collegiate Institute, Lethbridge, Alberta

Principal: Wayne Pallett                           Counselling Supervisor: Trish Syme

  • Worked as part of a counselling team to support the academic and mental health needs of all students

  • Communicated with school community members through one on one interactions, council meetings and newsletters and announcements

  • Conducted grad checks, using PASI, for all current grade 12 students

  • Created and adjusted grad plans, with students, to plan for their futures

  • Shared scholarship information with the school community

  • Connected students and families with social and community resources and programming

  • Attended Counselling Team meetings to address the needs of students and present alerts and referrals

August 2013 – September 2015 –Teacher of the Grade 9 Behavioural Needs/Alternate Program, Continuing Contract

Lethbridge School District 51, Lethbridge Alternative Schools and Programs, Victoria Park High School, Lethbridge, Alberta

Principal: Wayne Pallett                           Assistant Principals: Rod Dueck & Trish Syme

  • Worked to build and maintain strong working alliances with all students in the program and their families

  • Creation of differentiated, specialized, individual programming to meet the needs of all students in the program

  • Taught all subjects

  • Evaluated the behavioural and mental health needs of student in the program and created strategies to promote individual success

  • Created assessment tools to communicate growth, success, and next steps

  • Worked closely with administration and the alternate programming team

  • Conducted home visits to assist families with student success

  • Connected students with social and community resources and programming

  • Worked with School Resources Officers and Probation Officers to develop strategies for student safety, meeting responsibilities and compliance

 

August 2009 – June 2013 – Middle School Art and Humanities Teacher, Continuing Contract

Rockyview Schools, Meadowbrook Middle School, Airdrie, Alberta

Principal: Brenda Valerio                        Assistant Principal: Tim Fath

  • Humanities Lead, Social Studies and Language Arts (grade 7)

  • Visual Arts Lead, Art and Design (grades 7 and 8)

  • Physical Education (grade 5 and 6)

  • Leadership (grade 8)

Practicum Experience 

January - April 2016 - CAAP 6619, Specialized Counselling Practicum II

Lethbridge School District, Lethbridge Alternative Schools and Programs, Lethbridge, Alberta

Counselling Supervisor: Dale Norlin         University Supervisor: Prof. Elaine Greidanus

  • Counsellor assigned to the Community Outreach School, Grade 9 Alternate Program, Young Mums Program, and Pathways Program for students diagnosed with FASD.

  • Completed case conceptualizations

  • Developed personal theory of counselling

  • Built a tool box of interventions to use with clients who experienced grief, loss, trauma, anxiety and depression

  • Facilitated group counselling with all programs

  • Worked closely with the VPHS Wellness Team and Administration

 

September - December 2015 - CAAP 6611, Specialized Counselling Practicum I

Lethbridge School District, Lethbridge Alternative Schools and Programs, Lethbridge, Alberta

Counselling Supervisor: Dale Norlin         University Supervisor: Prof. Dawn McBride

September – December 2009 – Professional Semester III Internship

Calgary Board of Education, Willow Park Arts Centered Learning School, Calgary, Alberta 

Teacher Mentor: Laurie Harris                    University Supervisor: Prof. Janice Rahn

  • Humanities (grade 8)

  • Visual Arts (grade 7 and 8)

  • Design (grade 8)

  • Core Flex – art integration lessons (grades 5-8)

  • Art Club (grades 5-8)

 

March – April 2008 Professional Semester II (7 weeks)

Livingstone Range School Div., Crowsnest Consolidated High School, Coleman, Alberta

Teacher Mentor: Sherry Chanin                        University Supervisor: Prof. Janice Rahn

  • Language Arts (grade 7)

  • Visual Arts (grades 7, 9 and 11/12 split)

 

November – December 2007 Professional Semester I (5 weeks)

Livingstone Range School Div., Horace Allen Elementary School, Coleman AB

Teacher Mentor: Tammy Gregory                    University Supervisor: Prof. Jim Henry

  • Science (grade 3)

  • Language Arts (grade 3)

  • Visual Arts (grades 2 and 4)