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About Robert Allan

I came to working with people more directly in counseling after twenty years of community-based development work and developing a keen understanding of the impact of various stressors and community factors that can affect our lives. I’ve been helping couples, individuals and families improve their most important relationships, health, and well-being for over 25 years now. The shift to working more directly with people in counseling was something that was a great fit for me, I love counseling work.

As my clinical practice evolved, I was drawn to systemic approaches to working with people. This was a natural evolution from my community work where we drew on a range of health promotion and population health models for working with health challenges. My work with families and couples lead me to an interest in attachment-based approaches. While I am trained and have a keen interest in attachment-based clinical approaches, my clinical and research work retains the social environment as part of understanding how challenges develop and how best to work with them. I received a master’s in counseling from Acadia University, an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. from Dalhousie University, and did a post-grad route to become an MFT and approved AAMFT supervisor.

Positions

Present Assistant Professor, School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver
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Curriculum Vitae




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Honors and Awards

  • 2013-2014 | Graduate Student Award, Dalhousie University, Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • 2013 | CCPA’s Practice-Based Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Award, Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
  • 2012-2014 | Scotia Scholarship - Doctorate Level, Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation
  • 2012-2013 | Graduate Student Award, Dalhousie University, Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • 2012 | New Writers Fellowship, Family Process Institute, Denver, Colorado
  • 2012 | The Duffy Award: Interdisciplinary PhD Student Leadership, Dalhousie University
  • 2012 | Cheryl Morton Memorial Bursary, Nova Scotia Government Employee’s Union
  • 2011-2012 | Graduate Student Award, Dalhousie University, Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • 2011 | Faculty of Graduate Studies Travel Award, Dalhousie University
  • 2010-2011 | Student Research Award - Doctorate, Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation
  • 2010-2011 | Graduate Student Award, Dalhousie University, Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • 2010 | Cheryl Morton Memorial Bursary, Nova Scotia Government Employee’s Union

Courses

  • Advanced Assessment & Treatment in Family Systems
  • Counselling Families
  • Internship in Counseling
  • Issues in Family Studies
  • Mental Health Promotion
  • Practicum in Counseling
  • Special Topics: Family Psychology
  • Vocational Psychology
  • Work and Life Planning Counseling

Education

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20102014 PhD, Dalhousie University ‐ Interdisciplinary | Thesis: Phenomenological exploration of couple/family therapists’ experience with learning an evidence-based practice
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20022005 M.Ed., Acadia University ‐ Counseling
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19801985 B.A., Queen's University
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Contact Information

University of Colorado Denver
P.O. BOX 173364
Campus Box 106
Denver, CO 80217-3364

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