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    Student mental health in counsellor education programs: barriers to help-seeking for counsellors-in-training
    (2013) Dayal, Helena
    The 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.
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    Supporting the prevention conversation: a developmental evaluation of an innovative FASD awareness and prevention initiative
    (2015) Dayal, Helena
    This 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.
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    From shame to shame resilience: narratives of counselor trainees with eating issues
    (2014) Dayal, Helena; Weaver, Kathryn; Domene, Jose
    Using 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.
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    MacEwan Residence Life Staff: enhancing student leadership
    (2014) Lade, Tim
    MacEwan Residence, on the City Centre campus of MacEwan University, opened in 2005 and houses 882 students in 450 suite-style units on a yearly basis. Offering a safe, secure, and academically focused on-campus living experience, MacEwan Residence is committed to assisting in the transition of all students pursuing a postsecondary experience and to offering convenient, affordable housing in the heart of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. MacEwan Residence delivers this commitment primarily through the Residence Life Staff team, which is made up of 27 residence assistants (RAs) who live within each floor community and who support all residents. It is a well-known fact in Edmonton that there are many off-campus housing options to choose from including condos, apartments, and living with parents. The on-campus experience has to be more than just a convenient and fun place to live, but also needs to be a developmental experience in which relationships can be built, learning can take place, and the cost of residence is a worthwhile investment—in other words, a student doesn’t just a get a bed to put their head in but is able to thrive as a student and an individual.