Jessica Van Vliet, PhD

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Psychology Dept


Associate Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Psychology Dept
(780) 492-5894
6-129 Education Centre - North
8730 - 112 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G5


Theoretical Orientation

My theoretical approach to counselling psychology can best be described as integrative. I lean toward approaches that emphasize awareness and compassionate acceptance of personal experience, as a foundation for choosing new behaviours and courses of action. In working with clients, I draw largely from Compassion-Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and mindfulness interventions (e.g., Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy), as well as Emotion Focused Therapy. Throughout my practice, I attempt to tailor counselling to the unique needs, strengths, and cultural background of each client.

Professional Affiliations

Current professional affiliations include: Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), American Psychological Association (APA), Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS), and Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA). I am also a Registered Psychologist through the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP).

Research Interests

My research is grounded in counselling psychology’s traditional emphasis on strengths, resilience, and diverse ways of human knowing and being. As one of the greatest of human strengths, compassion has been the focus of much research in my lab. Together, my students and I have been studying compassion, self-compassion, and mindfulness as they relate to emotion regulation and the alleviation of emotional distress. Our research spans a range of contexts and populations, from the study of self-compassion among women who have experienced sexual assault and other forms of trauma, to a nuanced exploration of young men’s experiences of receiving compassion from others. We have also conducted research on compassion-based interventions for working with shame and shame-related issues and behaviours.


Courses Taught

EDPY 442: Introduction to Counselling

EDPY 503: Qualitative Methods of Education Research

EDPY 534: Basic Skills, Issues, and Attitudes in Counselling II

EDPY 633: Advanced Counselling Practicum I


EDPY 503 - Qualitative Methods of Educational Research

An introduction to the theoretical perspectives, principles, processes, and methods of qualitative research. Prerequisite: EDPY 501 or equivalent.

Winter Term 2021
EDPY 534 - Basic Skills, Issues and Attitudes in Counselling II

Restricted to students enrolled in the Counselling Psychology program. Prerequisite: EDPY 533.

Winter Term 2021
EDPY 633 - Advanced Counselling Practicum I

This doctoral level practicum is designed to provide students with an opportunity to develop an approach to counselling that is congruent with professional, social and scientific standards, is sufficiently flexible to address the range of human variability, and is facilitative of client change. Prerequisite: EDPY 533 and 534 or equivalent.

Fall Term 2020

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Young Men’s Experiences of Receiving Compassion from Others: A Narrative Exploration
Author(s): Van Vliet, K. J., Murdoch, K. C., & Budzan, B. N.
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Canadian Journal of Counselling & Psychotherapy

Impact of a mindfulness-based stress reduction program from the perspective of adolescents with serious mental health concerns
Author(s): Van Vliet, K. J., Foskett, A. J., Williams, J. L., Singhal, A., Dolcos, F., & Vohra, S.
Publication Date: 2017
Publication: Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Volume: 22
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 16-22
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Self-compassion from the adolescent perspective
Author(s): Klingle, K. E., & Van Vliet, K. J.
Publication Date: 2017
Publication: Journal of Adolescent Research
Volume: Advanced online publication
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The mentorship of undergraduate students in counselling psychology research
Author(s): Van Vliet, K. J., Klingle, K. E., & Hiseler, L. E.
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Counselling Psychology Quarterly
Volume: 26
Page Numbers: 406-426
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A compassion-focused approach to nonsuicidal self-injury
Author(s): Van Vliet, K. J., & Kalnins, G. R. C.
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: Journal of Mental Health Counseling
Volume: 33
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 295-311
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Shame and avoidance in trauma
Author(s): Van Vliet, K. J.
Publication Date: 2009
Publication: Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice
Volume: 82
Page Numbers: 137-152
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The role of attributions in the process of overcoming shame: A qualitative analysis
Author(s): Van Vliet, K. J.
Publication Date: 2009
Publication: Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice
Volume: 82
Page Numbers: 137-152
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Shame and resilience in adulthood: A grounded theory study
Author(s): Van Vliet, K. J.
Publication Date: 2008
Publication: Journal of Counseling Psychology
Volume: 55
Page Numbers: 233-245