Current Teaching Faculty
The Associate Faculty of St Stephen’s College is a diverse group of highly competent professionals and academics who are engaged – along with the resident Faculty – in the task of guiding the teaching and learning enterprise of the College during this academic year.
Suzette Bremault-Phillips holds a PhD in Theology (Eastern Christian Studies) and an MA Theology (Spirituality) from Saint Paul University/University of Ottawa. She joined the University of Alberta in 2011, and is an Occupational Therapist, Designated Capacity Assessor (DCA), educator and researcher in mental health, aging, complex needs, spirituality, and implementation science, with experience in hospital, community, and private practice settings, post-secondary institutions, and with the Canadian Armed Forces.
Dennis Brown, PhD, is a Registered Psychologist, a Certified Hakomi Therapist, and a Certified Hakomi Teacher. He has been in private practice for the past 15 years with clients in both the private and public sector. Prior work experience included positions in both non-profit agencies and the Provincial Government. He taught a course on Couples and Family Therapy to PhD students in the Faculty of Education for several years. He has always enjoyed helping students integrate their passion with their intellect.
Rev. William Cantelon, MDiv, is a United Church Minister, and is interested in historical Jesus research. He has been teaching courses in Christian Scriptures at St. Stephen’s College for many years.
|Carr, John C.
Carr, John C.
John C. Carr, PhD, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Northwestern University; Evanston, ILL; former AAPC Diplomate; former CASC/ACSS Teaching Supervisor in CPE and PCE; Retired member of AAMFT (former Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor); Chartered Psychologist (Alberta # 1035). He is (mostly) retired after five decades of professional practice as a parish minister, pastoral psychotherapist, and clinical pastoral educator. John teaches therapy theory courses and has a longstanding interest in research methodology, professional formation, and crosscultural theory and practice. He has taught therapy theory and research methodology at the Mar Thoma Seminary in Kottayam, Kerala, S. India. Contact: email@example.com
Philip Carverhill, PhD, is a Registered Doctoral Psychologist and former music therapist in independent practice in Saskatoon. He is an invited member of the International Workgroup on Death, Dying and Bereavement and facilitates a number of grief support groups. Phil has taught at St Stephen's College for 10 years and also in the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. His counselling and assessment practice also focuses on artists, musicians and the religious.
Margaret B Clark, DMin, is an Instructor in Practical Theology at St Stephen’s College. She is a CASC/ACSS certified Specialist in Spiritual Care and a Teaching Supervisor in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). Margaret studied Theology at both Newman Theological College (MDiv eq) and St Stephen’s College (DMin) in Edmonton, and has trained in spiritual direction through studies at Creighton University (MChSp) in Omaha, Nebraska. Margaret enjoys opportunities to serve others through teaching, spiritual care, CPE Supervision, and spiritual direction.
Heather Dawson, MA, RCAT, has been an art maker, an art therapist and an explorer of the uniqueness and the mystery of human beings for over thirty years. She trained as an art therapist, a body centered psychotherapist (the Hakomi Method) and has a Master's degree in expressive arts therapy and psychology. Her teachers are among the pioneers in each of these fields. Heather has taught at the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute and has been in private practice since 1994; she is also an instructor in the MPS Art Therapy Specialization program at St Stephen’s College, and is a core faculty instructor in the expressive arts training program in Vancouver. She continues to facilitate individual and group supervision for graduate therapists and has traveled throughout Canada and to Europe and Northern Ireland as a workshop facilitator.
Janice Dicks is past Chair of the Master of Psychotherapy and Spirituality program at St Stephen’s College. She holds a PhD in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta and works as a Registered Psychologist. She holds a clinical focus in the treatment of trauma and a research focus in compassion focused therapy.
Rev Neil Elford, DMin, is past Chair of the Doctor of Ministry degree program and has served on the Doctor of Ministry program committee since 1994 at St Stephen’s College. He has taught courses on Leadership in Change and Spiritual Health and Self Psychology through St Stephen’s College. He is a Clinical Pastoral Education and Pastoral Counseling Education Teaching Supervisor with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care. Currently he is the Director for Spiritual Health, Mission and Ethics with Providence Care, Kingston, Ontario. Prior to moving to Ontario he was involved in health care in Edmonton providing leadership and education in spiritual health (including Aboriginal Cultural Helpers), ethics, pastoral counseling, and intercultural relations.
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Mona-Lee Feehan, BEd, MEd, MTh, DMin, is a graduate of St Stephen’s College Doctor of Ministry program. She was made Professor Emerita at the 89th Convocation of St Stephen's College in 2013. In addition to her work with SSC, she also teaches at St. Joseph’s College at the University of Alberta. Mona-Lee has worked in Christian marriage and relationship ministries for over 25 years and has authored several international programs preparing young couples for marriage. She has a passion for women's stories and is working towards a more inclusive understanding for all women in all denominations.
Leslie Gardner, PhD, is on the Doctor of Ministry Program Committee at St Stephen’s College, and teaches the course ‘Inquiry, Research and Evaluation’. She has over 20 years experience in program evaluation, assisting public sector and voluntary organizations in process and outcome evaluation.
|Goa, David J
Goa, David J
David Goa is the Director of the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life. He studied history, philosophy and the history of religions in Chicago. He counts the eminent philosophical theologian Paul Tillich, the scholar of religion Mircea Eliade, the historian Zenos Hawkinson, the political philosopher Hannah Arendt, and Jaroslav Pelikan, Sterling Professor of History, Yale University, among the scholars who have most influenced his work. David has been involved in various research and documentation and communications projects in Canada and abroad. He built the program for the study of culture through his field research work over 30 years at the Royal Alberta Museum. He lectures widely and is the author of numerous books and scholarly articles and is a regular contributor to the media. His work focuses on religious tradition and modern culture, culture and the civil life, and on public institutions in service to cultural communities and modern civil society.
As a cultural anthropologist and researcher, Ross Gordon PhD (University of Alberta, 2013) uses audio-visual imagery to engage with and benefit research participants. Doctoral program research included detailed analysis of the use of images as prompts in cross-cultural research, which led to work as a researcher using film to document an oral language. Building upon recent training in film production at the Vancouver Film School, Ross is producing and directing a heritage film about cultural and spiritual festivals in Eastern Indonesia, and an international documentary series examining the relationship between sound, music, and human health.
Janet Greidanus has an MTS degree from St Stephen’s and completed her Doctor of Ministry degree there in 2005. Her dissertation, A Narrative Inquiry into the Experiences of Bereaved Children, grew out of her work with bereaved children, both individually and in support groups. Janet has worked as a nurse, a hospital chaplain, and as a counsellor to university students at The King's University College. In 1999, Nick Zwaagstra and Janet founded the Expressive Arts Bereavement Support Program for Children and Teens (and their Families) at Pilgrims Hospice in Edmonton, a program they coordinated and facilitated together until 2006 and which is still flourishing today.
Darlynne Hildebrandt, MSW, RCAT, is an Art Therapist practicing in Edmonton. She is a Registered Focusing Trainer and Psychotherapist, a Registered Art Therapist, and a Registered Social Worker. Currently, she is the Registrar of the Canadian Art Therapy Association.
Nicole Imgrund, MPS, MDiv, teaches and supervises practicum students in the MPS Program. She is the Founding Director of River's Edge Counselling Centre in St Albert. In her psychotherapy practice, she works primarily from a psychodynamic perspective with adults and couples. As an ordained minister with the United Church of Canada, Nicole has worked as a hospital chaplain and congregational minister. As past-president and longstanding board member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association's AB/NWT Chapter, she has devoted her efforts to promoting the counselling profession in Alberta and supporting colleagues in practice. She is also an active member of the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care.
Heather Jamieson, PhD, is a Registered Psychologist and past Chair of the Doctor of Ministry program at St Stephen’s College. Her background in counselling, pastoral psychology, religious education and theology has found primary expression through her work in Catholic schools. She has experience in counselling, employee assistance, workplace conflict, education and leadership development.
Henriette Kelker, MSc, MDiv, PhD, grew up in the Netherlands, where she attended the Agriculture University in Wageningen. After immigrating to Canada, she completed her PhD in the Faculty of Science at The University of Alberta, followed by several years as a fulltime home maker and community volunteer before re-entering the academic world. The path that followed led through several years in the Museum and Heritage world exploring religious and immigrant history, and further studies in theology at St Andrew’s College in Saskatoon. As an ordained minister, she has served rural and urban congregations of The United Church of Canada. She remains deeply curious about the engagement of spirit in science and culture.
Sheila Killoran, BMT, MTA, MA, has a Masters in Creative Arts Therapies from Concordia University, Montreal. An Accredited Music Therapist, she specializes in palliative care, bereavement, and the use of guided imagery and music at end-of-life. Sheila is completing a fellowship with the Association of Music and Imagery.
Norbert Krumins, MTS, is the Chair of the Department of Theological Studies at St Stephen's College. He is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years experience in writing and research. His background includes prison chaplaincy and social service project management. Norbert is passionate about the arts and is interested in the relationship between creativity and spirituality. He is currently pursuing doctoral studies at St Stephen’s with research focussing on art making as a contemplative practice in the classroom.
Patricia MacAulay trained and taught at the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute, and has a Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy. At present, she serves as school counsellor at an elementary school in Canada's Arctic where she uses arts and play based approaches to support children living with the after-effects of intergenerational trauma. Patricia has had a long and varied career that has been focused on education, social justice, and community development.
Tom Maddix, CSC, DMin, has taught spirituality for a number of years and is a retired health care executive.
|Neufeld, Kathleen (Kae)
Neufeld, Kathleen (Kae)
Kae Neufeld is currently Acting Principal and Dean of St Stephen’s College. She was a teacher and a Principal with Edmonton Public Schools for many years. She has been in leadership in local churches in Discipleship Ministries, Missions and Services and Caring Ministries, and a moderator of a local congregation for three years, and an Associate Pastor for six years. Her Doctor of Ministry dissertation research was on challenges facing women in ministry leadership in the Mennonite Brethren Church.
Kim O’Leary’s academic training includes a diploma in Child and Youth Care, a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Psychotherapy and Spirituality (Art Therapy Specialization). Kim’s post-graduate training and development has encompassed the integration of body-centred psychotherapy and trauma approaches. She is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, currently training in the use of touch as a form of trauma resolution. She has a private practice located in Victoria BC where she works with children, youth and adults. Kim has also taught at the BC School of Art Therapy and currently provides clinical art therapy supervision to students and practitioners. Kim holds a deep respect for creativity, healing and spirituality.
Joanne K. Olson, RN, PhD (Nursing), is a Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta and a faith community nurse at Riverbend United Church. Joanne also holds an MSc (Public Health), and a BScN. Her clinical expertise is in community health nursing, specifically faith community or parish nursing. Her teaching/research expertise is in the areas of spirituality in nursing and health care and spiritual assessment in the context of whole person health. She also conducts research related to teaching and learning in professional education.
Ara Parker, DMin(Cand), MA, BCATR, RCAT, CCC, is Chair of the Department of Psychotherapy and Spirituality at St Stephen’s College. Ara holds the Bachelor of Fine Arts (General Honours) degree from York University, and the Bachelor of Journalism (Honours) from Carleton University. She earned her Master of Arts in Expressive Therapies concurrently through the Toronto Art Therapy Institute and Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachussetts, and is currently enrolled in the DMin program at St Stephen's College, focusing on art, psychotherapy and spirituality. Ara has been a practicing art therapist in Canada and abroad working in agencies, schools, hospitals and in private practice. In addition, she has enjoyed a career in arts management and journalism with leading cultural agencies and in the media.
Kingsley Payne, PhD, is a Registered Psychologist and a Child Youth Care Educator. He has worked directly with individual children and adolescent groups of children, foster families and families whose children are in care. He has taught courses in Family Dynamics, Trauma and Abuse, Group Dynamics, Basic Counselling, and Narrative Therapy in a number of different contexts.
Tatiana Peet, MPS, CCC, RCAT works in private practice in Edmonton. She is passionate about the interface of the arts with healing and contemplative practices. She is an Associate Faculty in the Masters of Psychotherapy and Spirituality Program at St. Stephen’s College and is the past Associate Chair of Art Therapy.
Zinia Pritchard, DMin, is a practical theologian whose academic work focuses on the intersection between palliative care and the mystical spirituality of the Dark Night of the Soul. As a certified Specialist within the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care, Zinia currently serves as AHS Senior [Provincial] Practice Lead, Spiritual Care, and Senior Practice Consultant, [Allied Health Education]. Zinia has a background as spirituality educator within medical education, and has served in the capacity of Research Associate in the Art and Humanities in Health & Medicine Program, Faculty of Medicine, University of Alberta.
Amanda Radil holds a Masters of Education in School and Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Alberta and is currently a PhD Candidate in the School and Clinical Child Psychology Program at the University of Alberta, as well as a Registered Provisional Psychologist. Her research focus is on motivation and emotion in educational environments while her clinical focus is on using a strengths-based perspective to work with youth. Additional areas of interest include evaluation, mixed methodology, neurodevelopmental disorders, and positive psychology. Amanda brings over 7 years of experience in a variety of research and applied settings to her work at St Stephen's College.
Wendy Salvisberg is a Registered Provisional Psychologist and a second-year doctoral student in the Counselling Psychology program at the University of Alberta. Previously, she earned her Masters of Science in Counselling Psychology at the University of Calgary. She has over five years of experience providing individual and group counselling to adolescents and adults. Wendy works in private practice and the non-profit sector, specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, weight management, anxiety, and depression.
Markus Scott-Alexander, PhD, REAT has been a psychotherapist for 30 years, beginning in New York and currently practicing and teaching in Edmonton, where he is the director of World Arts Organization (worldartsorg.com), training students in Expressive Arts Therapy. This program is in cooperation with the European Graduate School, Saas Fee, Switzerland, where his is senior faculty. His arts-based, cross-cultural approach to the teaching of psychotherapy has recently taken him to Norway, Peru, Hong Kong, China, Ireland and Malta.
Earle Sharam is a native Edmontonian. After a BA at the University of Alberta, he did graduate work at St Stephen’s College, San Francisco Theological Seminary and The University of Oxford, where he was admitted to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. In 1996, he was appointed to the Faculty of St Stephen’s College, and he was Principal and Dean from 2006 to 2017. He is a lay minister of The United Church of Canada, serving since 1982 in the village church in Waskatenau, Alberta and, since 2003, in Smoky Lake.
Sonia Sobon, PhD, RPsych holds a Doctorate Degree in Educational Psychology and a BSc in Human Ecology (Textiles, Clothing, and Culture). In 2006, she completed Certified Play Therapy Training. Sonia has taught at St Stephen's College since 2009 and at the University of Alberta since 2002. She is a Registered Psychologist in private practice, and weaves together her careers as a Psychologist, Adult Educator, Researcher, and Fibre Artist. She developed the course Being Through Fibre © in 1997 to utilize the medium of fibre therapeutically to facilitate personal exploration, healing, and growth. Sonia is a life-long learner, and enjoys sharing her experiences and expertise with other Adult Learners to assist them in their personal and professional development.
|St. Arnault, David
St. Arnault, David
David St Arnault holds a Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology, and is currently a Provisional PhD student in Counselling Psychology at the University of Alberta. His Master’s thesis was 'Fostering Resiliency: Assessing the Impact of a Juvenile Restorative Justice Program on Optimism, Self-Efficacy and Hope'. He has been a teaching assistant for the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta since 2009.
Lori Stewart, MTS, is an adult educator, spiritual director, and writer. She facilitates workshops and gives presentations exploring names, identity and power, which was the basis of her thesis research. She has been a resource leader at Naramata Centre, BC since 1994 and in Edmonton using movies for community building, and for reflection on spirituality and social justice. Lori completed the Pacific Jubilee Program for spiritual directors.
Heather Stump, RCAT, holds a Post Masters Certificate in Art Therapy from St Stephen’s College. She also holds a MSc in Family Systems Nursing, a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Expressive Arts from the European Graduate School, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She is currently a Registered Art Therapist practicing in Calgary, Alberta. Heather enjoys helping others explore their creativity and cultivate their own voice(s) - through their visual images and with their words - art therapy clients are empowered to tell and embrace their own personal histories.
Samuel Wagar MA, Wiccan 3rd Degree Initiate, is the author of four books and numerous published papers and articles. He has founded an international Pagan pacifist network, a religious retreat, five Temples, and several covens. He is a Doctor of Ministry candidate at St Stephen’s College and the Wiccan chaplain to the University of Alberta.
John Walker is a Clinical Social Worker and Specialist in Pastoral Counselling. He has Masters degrees from the University of Calgary (Social Work) and St Stephen’s College (Theological Studies specializing in Counselling). He is interested in the multiple dimensions of health and healing, including spirituality, sexuality, community and social justice. John works in private practice with a wide range of clients including women and men in recovery from sexual exploitation. He also provides supervision to graduate students in local counselling programs.
Dawn Waring has a PhD in Hebrew Bible and has taught in both graduate and undergraduate settings for over 30 years. She has also led numerous travel study tours to the Middle East. In the past 3 and 1/2 years, Dawn lived in occupied Palestine for three terms of three months each as an Ecumenical Accompanier with the World Council of Churches. Dawn is an active member of Southminster-Steinhauer United Church where she co-chairs adult education, participates in the music program, and is part of the Earth Charter Team.
Brian Welling is a Registered Psychologist in private practice. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies, with a minor in Anthropology, from the University of Alberta. His Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology was earned at the Alder School of Professional Psychology in Vancouver. Brian’s approach to therapy is primarily Jungian and Adlerian. In addition to his clinical work, Brian has also served as a sessional instructor in the Dept. of Psychology at MacEwan University, and has worked extensively with community agencies in Edmonton. He has a special interest in addictions, trauma, consciousness, and shamanism.
Geoffrey Wilfong-Pritchard, DMin, teaches courses in Christian Scriptures and Narrative Theology. He has a special interest in the use of story in organizational change, and is the minister of St Andrew's United Church in Edmonton.
Philiana Wong is a graduate of the MA in Drama Therapy program at Concordia University in Montreal. She is also a Certified Canadian Counsellor (C.C.C.) and is part of the executive committee in the Creative Arts in Counselling chapter of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Philiana has been working in Edmonton doing counseling work individuals living in homeless circumstances. As a program manager at an agency, she assists individuals transitioning out of homelessness to maintain housing. She also juggles her time working with cancer patients at the Cross-Cancer Institute using mask work to explore the impact of illness with the self. She has experience doing performance storytelling with seniors and GeriActors exploring creative aging through theatre.
Nick Zwaagstra is the director of Chebucto Art Therapy and Counselling Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has a Masters in Counselling degree from Athabasca University, is a Registered Art Therapist (RCAT) in Canada, a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) and a Registered Counselling Therapist (RCT) in Nova Scotia. He offers clinical Art Therapy services, and Art Therapy Training and Supervision. He has successfully facilitated numerous workshops and presentations in Canada and internationally.