Browsing by Author "Dayal, Helena"
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- ItemA narrative inquiry into counsellor trainees' experiences of working with trauma(2021) Dayal, Helena; Buck, George; Clandinin, D. JeanWithin the last 30 years, a narrative of risk emerged around the negative effects of trauma work on counsellors. This singular narrative has not allowed for an interrogation of a view of trauma work as risky practice. Questioning the dominance of this singular narrative framed this research puzzle. Using narrative inquiry, Author 1 inquired into the experiences of three counsellor trainees enrolled in a Canadian doctoral program. The research intention was to understand how their experiences, both within and outside, as well as before and after, their counselling programs, shaped their views of trauma work. Author 1 engaged in four one-on-one conversations with each participant. Four resonant narrative threads emerged across participants’ experiences: (1) Different experiential ways of coming to understand trauma; (2) Using the trauma lens to reflect on our own lives; (3) Storying trauma into our personal and professional lives; and (4) Making sense of trauma and vicarious trauma in the silences. These threads drew attention to the importance of reflective practice in training and supervision, including implications for instruction on trauma and supporting counsellor trainees within counsellor education programs.
- ItemFrom shame to shame resilience: narratives of counselor trainees with eating issues(2014) Dayal, Helena; Weaver, Kathryn; Domene, JoseUsing narrative analysis, the experiences of 7 Canadian counselor trainees with eating issues were explored for meanings of shame and resilience. Shame was experienced as layers of discounting and disconnection from self and others, which served as barriers to help seeking and recovery. Trainees’ attempts to overcome shame were characterized by a dialectic conflict of protecting shame vs. prioritizing recovery. Finding a culture of safety and belonging, invalidating perfection, and redefining ideals emerged as elements that fostered resilience from the layers of shame. Recommendations for future research include exploring the important features of social support and examining how safe disclosure contributes to overcoming shame. Potential implications for counselor education programs include introducing self-care initiatives, discussions about counselor wellness and ethical practice, and education on eating issues.
- ItemStudent mental health in counsellor education programs: barriers to help-seeking for counsellors-in-training(2013) Dayal, HelenaThe article focuses on counsellors-in-training in post-graduate Counselling and Counselling Psychology programs, and the mental health issues they face. By considering the practical and psychological barriers to help-seeking, counsellor training programs have the potential to shape the personal and professional development of future counsellors who are struggling with mental health issues of their own.
- ItemSupporting the prevention conversation: a developmental evaluation of an innovative FASD awareness and prevention initiative(2015) Dayal, HelenaThis document presents findings from the developmental evaluation of this initiative, the purpose of which was to provide key information to stakeholders in order to inform their future decisionmaking regarding this FASD prevention initiative. The evaluation also served to track the development and implementation of the initiative, in order to assess its transferability to new contexts. This developmental evaluation employed a mixed-methods approach, collecting data from Facilitators, Service Providers, and key project team members to answer four key evaluation questions. Data collection took place between May 2013 and January 2015, during the period of development and the first year of the implementation (2014) of the initiative.