Sophie Yohani, PhD, MEd, BA (Hons)

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Psychology Dept

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Associate Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Psychology Dept
Email
sophie.yohani@ualberta.ca

Overview

About
Dr. Sophie Yohani is an associate professor and registered psychologist with background in counselling psychology, global mental health, elementary education and experience in community psychology, program development, and community-based research. Dr. Yohani maintains an interest in multicultural counselling, childhood and adult trauma, psychosocial adaptation, hope/resiliency, and community-based participatory approaches. Her professional affiliations include the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP), Canadian Psychology Association (CPA), Canadian Register of Health Service Psychologists (CRHSP), and The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). Dr. Yohani is originally from Tanzania and is an adjunct visiting professor in the Clinical Psychology Program, Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Tanzania.  



Research

Dr. Yohani's research examines the mental health and psychosocial adaptation of refugee and immigrants influenced by pre- and post-migration experiences and program/policy implications in education, healthcare, and community settings.  Dr. Yohani’s focus on trauma and adaptation stems from over 20 years of clinical work in private practice and extensive community-based work with refugee and immigrant groups. Her work is integrative and resilience-focused, and guided by a number of theoretical orientations including ecological systems theory, theory (critical) of multicultural counselling and therapy (MCT), feminist and constructivist theories. Her current projects include exploring the mental health and adaptation of survivors of the 1994 genocide against Tutsi of Rwanda; a study examining the psychosocial adaptation and community-based mental health promotion within the Syrian community; and an examination of counselling practices and community-based cultural supports with refugees and immigrants. She is also part of a team of researchers studying the well-being of Africans in Alberta, including parenting practices, gender relations and family resilience. 



Teaching

Courses Taught

• EDPY 402: Child Development for Educators

• EDPY 442: Introduction to Counselling

• EDPY 532: Systems of Counselling 

• EDPY 533: Basic Issues, Skills and Attitudes in Counselling I

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

• EDPY 542: Cross Cultural Counselling

• EDPY 545: Individual Psychological Assessment

• EDPY 597: Introduction to Play Therapy

• EDPY 597: Basic Issues, Skills and Attitudes in School Counselling

• EDPY 597: Counselling Children and Adolescents: Theory and Practice in Clinical and School Settings

• EDPY 634: Advanced Counselling Practicum

• EDPY 635: Advanced Multicultural Practice: Clinical Practice in Community Setting


Education In-Service/Materials

"Creating Welcoming Learning Communities: An Interactive Webinar Series for Educators". Development and facilitation of webinar series for teachers who are working with students from refugee backgrounds.,

http://welcominglearning.ualberta.ca/ - Created and co-facilitated by S. Yohani and A. Kirova, Faculty of Education University of Alberta (September, 2016 – April, 2017)



 


Courses

EDPY 304 - Adolescent Development and Learning

This course will include theories of development and learning, sociocultural influences on development and learning, and contexts of identity and health of adolescents. Prerequisite EDU 100 or pre/corequisite EDU 300 (After Degree students). Students may not receive credit for both EDPY 304 and EDPY 404. This course may not be taken for credit if credit for PSYCO 327 or PSYCO 223 is already awarded. May contain alternative delivery sections; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

Winter Term 2021
EDPY 533 - Basic Skills, Issues and Attitudes in Counselling I

This practicum course focuses on the development of foundational skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for the professional practice of counselling. Restricted to students enrolled in the Counselling Psychology program.

Fall Term 2020
EDPY 551 - Counselling Children and Adolescents: Theory and Practice in Clinical and School Settings

This course examines therapeutic approaches for working with children and adolescents in clinical and school settings. The course emphasizes methods of integrating and applying systemic, developmental, and individual theories to assessment and intervention with children, adolescents, and their families. Restricted to course-based MEd students in School Counselling. Students in other Counselling Psychology and School and Clinical Child Psychology Master's and Doctoral Programs may take this course with consent of the Department.

Winter Term 2021

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Publications

Pathways to help-seeking and mental health service provision for African female survivors of conflict-related sexualized gender-based violence
Author(s): Yohani, S., Okeke-Ihejirika, P.
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Women & Therapy
External Link: doi.org/10.1080/02703149.2018.1434302
A framework for counsellor-cultural broker collaboration
Author(s): Brar, N. & Yohani, S. C.
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Canadian Journal of Counselling & Psychotherapy
Volume: 48
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 81-99

Educational cultural brokers facilitating the school adaptation of refugee children and families: Challenges and opportunities.
Author(s): Yohani, S.
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Journal of International Migration and Integration
Volume: 14
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 61-79
External Link: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12134-011-0229-x
The Adaptation and Development after Trauma Model (ADAPT): Application towards refugee youths’ post-settlement relationship experiences
Author(s): Yohani, S. C., Poirier, K., & Brar, N.
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: The Alberta Counsellor
Volume: 32
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 21-32

The cultivation of hope in trauma-focused counselling
Author(s): Yohani, S., & Larsen, D.
Publication Date: 2012