Alumna puts sexuality out in the open

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Nothing tells the story of Athabasca University better than the success of our students and alumni — people who are making their marks on the job and in their communities. Meet Nina Sangra, MC ’16, AU Future Alumna recipient, Calgary It takes a special person to be a good therapist, especially when helping individuals along the healing journey from sexual violence. They should be … [Read more...]

Student organizations put mental health front-and-centre

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Mental health is a hot topic these days among Canadians, with research showing improved attitudes toward mental health, a decrease in related stigmas, and an overall greater awareness of mental health issues compared to previous years. The surge in social media channels and related messaging, along with widespread TV and radio advertising on the subject has been a huge push … [Read more...]

Graduate Reflections: A winning “Future Alumni” prepares for a lifetime of educational contributions

Kathleen Kelava, MC, AU Alumni Award Winner for the Future Alumni Category [photo credit: Christy Dean Photography, 2015]

It’s been a sensational year for Master of Counselling student Kathleen Kelava. Last April, the soon-to-be graduate represented Athabasca University at the 3MT Western Regional competition in Kamloops, B.C. Kelava joined 14 graduate students from across Western Canada, at Thompson Rivers University, to compete among and present the ůber-challenge that is the … [Read more...]

Great Clinical Minds: Profs in Centre for Nursing and Health Studies launch e-text

Authored Dr. Sherri Melose, associate professor; Dr.  Caroline Park, professor; and Dr. Beth Perry, professor - in AU's Centre for Nursing and Health Studies

Three Registered Nurse (RN) professors in AU's Centre for Nursing and Health Studies have just launched a peer-reviewed e-text. Drs. Sherri Melrose, Caroline Park, and Beth Perry have co-authored Creative Clinical Teaching in the Health Professions —a home-grown, must-read for nurses and other health professionals "who strive to teach with creativity and excellence in clinical … [Read more...]

Back in A Couple: List of temporary office closures in honour of Employee Recognition Event

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Athabasca University is hosting its annual Employee Recognition Event next Tuesday, Oct. 6.   The following offices will be closed and/or AU staff unavailable between 11:00 a.m. and  1 p.m. on this day: Counselling Services Unit (CSU) Centre for Distance Education Faculty of Health Disciplines (Athabasca Office) Faculty of Humanities and Social … [Read more...]

Three-Minute Thesis Winner Update

AU Faculty of Graduate Studies Master student Kathleen Kelava and Dr. Simon Nuttgens. [photo credit: Kathleen Kelava]

Last month, we told you about AU’s Master of Counselling Psychology student Kathleen Kelava who was selected to compete in the Western Regionals 3MT contest —otherwise known as the Three-Minute Thesis. Kelava had won competing against five of her AU peers to claim the winning 3MT title and prize of $1,000 (donated by the Research Centre) as well as the trip to B.C. to compete in … [Read more...]

GCAP Chair Wins Prestigious Teaching Award

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Several of Dr. Paul Jerry’s students can be credited for their associate professor’s win of this year’s Psychologists' Association of Alberta (PAA) Excellence in Teaching Psychology award. As chair and program director, as well as a registered psychologist and associate professor at AU’s Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology (Faculty of Health Disciplines), Paul will officially … [Read more...]

The nightmare protection hypothesis: An AU tutor’s surprising research

The nightmare protection hypothesis suggests that combat video games can help some people cope with nightmares.

The “nightmare protection hypothesis” by Dr. Jayne Gackenbach and colleagues suggests the relationship between violent video games and nightmares — at least for some groups of people — is not what you might expect it to be. And for people like soldiers, combat video games might even be a source of empowerment and therapy for coping with traumatic events. How Gackenbach came to … [Read more...]