Douglas College > Programs & Courses > Faculties > Humanities and Social Sciences > Psychology > Faculty > Teresa Howell
Department: Psychology/Social Science
Faculty: Humanities and Social Sciences
Office: DL A3057
Office Phone: (604) 777-6274
Education and Credentials
Academic and Professional Profile
I am a mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, therapist, teacher, and researcher. I am honoured to work on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples on the west coast of British Columbia. It is on this land that I am able to be a faculty member at Douglas College, as well as, a registered psychologist with an active therapy practice (www.howellcounsellingvancouver.com). I am driven by the facets of Indigenous epistemologies, community psychology, and social work, which allow me to understand and engage with people/communities from a broader systemic and socio-political perspective. I describe myself as a social justice educator and I have been working in the field of mental health and addictions for over 15 years. In my clinical practice, I have experience working with: trauma, mental health/illness/wellness, abuse, grief and loss, stress, residential school issues, the impact of colonization, relationship challenges, domestic violence, substance misuse and addictions.
It is a joyful honour to teach. My role is to foster students’ learning from a holistic perspective, which nurtures their abilities to embrace new learnings and incorporate them into everyday living. When I was a young child and people asked what I “wanted to be when I grew up”, my answer was always “teacher!”. I have fulfilled that dream through psychology. My work as a therapist informs and enhances my teaching practice. I would describe myself as a social justice educator and unique in my teaching style. I try to teach from an experiential perspective and I encourage students to be engaged and embrace the process of not only learning about the material/theory, but to learn about themselves as well. The nature of the courses that I teach, require students to learn who they are both personally and professionally. I hope students will become more aware of themselves in the context of the sociopolitical-cultural environment that we live in. Most of the courses that I teach: 2341(Abnormal Psych); 3120 (Gender relations); 3333 (Cultural Competency and Counselling Skills in the Indigenous Community) fit well within the realm of social justice education. Students in my courses can expect to critically think about the systems in which we live and to challenge themselves to “think outside the box”. I am passionate about teaching because it allows me to share and exchange knowledge with learners. As an educator, I provide a learning environment that empowers students and their passion for learning and respects diversity. I often feel very inspired and encouraged by students and am eager to continue enhancing my skills as an educator.
My research interests include: Traditional Indigenous healthcare practices, cultural competency and cultural safety, mental health and addictions, and Indigenous offenders and the Criminal Justice System.
I am an experienced researcher with an extensive program of research. I enjoy both the challenges and triumphs that research offers. The most recent large research project that I completed was an Indigenous Health research project, funded by the Vancouver Foundation. The project was titled: Sharing our Wisdom: a Holistic Aboriginal Health Initiative. Goals and outcomes of this research project included: creating an impact on social and health policy in reference to Indigenous health care strategies, promoting Indigenous knowledge and practices, and providing a voice for the community through research. I have also been awarded prestigious research grants from both the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Canadian Institute of Health Research. I have experience in both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. For future research, I would like to continue my work with Indigenous health and wellness. Specifically, I would like to collect more data on Indigenous participant’s experiences of traditional health care practices and the impact traditional health care practices have on mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health.
Open to Supervising Honours Students for 2020-21: YES
Professional Affiliations and Community Service
2011- present, Member, College of Psychologists of BC (#1955)
2011-present, Member, British Columbia Psychological Association
2010-current, Pro-bono Psychological Services, PHS Community Services Society
Hobbies and Interests
I am a mother of 3 and we are an active family. We enjoy travelling and are known to take many vacations throughout the year. We also enjoy exploring our local communities and particularly enjoy the outdoors. I like to snowshoe, go for walks in the rain, explore parks and forests, sit on the beach, and go for bike rides. I am also an avid yoga practitioner. I also enjoy watching my children engage with the world and embrace learning.
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