Derek Truscott, PhD, RPsych

Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Psychology Dept

Contact

Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Psychology Dept
Email
derek.truscott@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-1161
Address
6-119A Education Centre - North
8730 - 112 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G5

Overview

About
I earned my doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Windsor in 1989, and practiced in hospital, community, group home, rehabilitation, and private settings prior to joining the University of Alberta in 1997. I am a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists and member of the Canadian Psychological Association.


Theoretical Orientation to Practice

Because all orientations to psychotherapy are equally effective, interventions are helpful only if client and therapist believe them to be so, and the client’s experience of therapy is paramount, I practice from a theoretically pluralistic, technically collaborative, feedback-informed orientation. I first draw from all psychotherapeutic approaches to find a shared understanding of each client’s problem that offers hope. I then propose promising solutions consistent with our shared understanding. At every stage of therapy I seek client feedback on their experience of factors empirically proven to be associated with treatment effectiveness and make adjustments accordingly.

Because no theoretical orientation deserves to be privileged over any other and the therapist’s belief in an approach to psychotherapy is central to being effective, I strive to help students find their own orientation to practice and learn how to adapt it in the service of their clients.


    Research
    I am interested in answering the question of what it takes to be a good psychologist. By “good” I mean one who is effective, helpful, influential, and impactful – who is sought out by people suffering from personal problems and to whom other psychologists refer or seek out themselves. I also mean “good” in the sense of one who is ethical, principled, virtuous, and moral – who knows how to do and does the right thing and is sought out by others wanting to do likewise.

    It often seems to me that the secret to becoming a good psychologist lays buried under mounds of facts and opinions. No wonder most of us pursue either research or practice and pay scant attention to the other. Producing more research findings or proposing more practice approaches isn’t going to remedy this situation, and might be making it worse. Having grown up on the Alberta prairies, my response has been to think of myself as a refinery rather than as a pump-jack, synthesizing knowledge from existing research to fuel professional practice.

    I am currently working on two books, The Effective Psychotherapist: On being more helpful more often and the 3rd edition of Ethics for the Practice of Psychology in Canada.

    Announcements

    Effective the 2020-2021 academic year, I will not be supervising new graduate students.

    Courses

    EDPS 410 - Ethics and Law in Teaching

    This course will examine the ethical and legal responsibilities of teachers. Among the topics addressed will be the following: punishment and child abuse; freedom of speech and academic freedom in schools; parents' rights and teachers' professional autonomy; issues of quality such as inclusive education and the problems of racism and sexism; fairness in assessment and evaluation; teachers' private lives and public obligations; indoctrination and the teaching of value. It is recommended that students take EDU 100 (EDU 300 for After Degree students), 210, and 211 prior to taking this course. Restricted to third, and fourth year Education students. May contain alternative delivery sections; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

    Fall Term 2020
    EDPY 536 - Ethical and Professional Issues in Psychological Practice

    This course is designed to increase knowledge of ethical, legal, and professional standards of psychological practice. Priority given to students enrolled in the School and Clinical Child Psychology or Counselling Psychology programs or consent of Department.

    Fall Term 2020
    EDPY 630A - Counselling Psychology Internship

    Students in the Doctoral Counselling Program must successfully complete a 1,600 hour internship accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (or equivalent). Students must complete pre-session study seminars related to the internship application process, interviewing skills, and ranking of internship sites/decision making. Students are expected to participate in the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) matching process. Prerequisites: Consent of Department, completion of required coursework and completion of doctoral candidacy exam.

    Fall Term 2020
    EDPY 630B - Counselling Psychology Internship

    Students in the Doctoral Counselling Program must successfully complete a 1,600 hour internship accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (or equivalent). Students must complete pre-session study seminars related to the internship application process, interviewing skills, and ranking of internship sites/decision making. Students are expected to participate in the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) matching process. Prerequisites: Consent of Department, completion of required coursework and completion of doctoral candidacy exam.

    Winter Term 2021
    EDPY 903 - Directed Research Project

    Winter Term 2021

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    Publications

    Every breath you take: Ethical considerations regarding health care metrics
    Author(s): Truscott, D.
    Publication Date: 2019
    Publication: Health Ethics Today
    Volume: 27
    Issue: 1
    Page Numbers: 14-19
    External Link: https://cloudfront.ualberta.ca/-/media/dossetor/health-ethics-today/healthethicstodayvolume27number1october-2019.pdf
    Ethics on the edge: Working with clients who repeatedly threaten suicide
    Author(s): Truscott, D.
    Publication Date: 2018
    Publication: In M. M. Leach & E. R. Welfel (Eds.), The Cambridge handbook of applied psychological ethics
    Page Numbers: 134-153
    External Link: http://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/psychology/applied-psychology/cambridge-handbook-applied-psychological-ethics?format=HB#e1CscbhPQj1vZ3gw.97
    How do Canadians rank the Canadian Code of Ethics for Psychologists’ principles?
    Author(s): Gothjelpsen, S., & Truscott, D.
    Publication Date: 2018
    Publication: Canadian Psychology/Psychologie canadienne
    Volume: 59
    Issue: 1
    Page Numbers: 31-37
    External Link: https://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/cap/
    Improving psychotherapy outcomes: The power and promise of feedback
    Author(s): Truscott, D.
    Publication Date: 2018
    Publication: College of Alberta Psychologists Monitor
    Volume: 56
    Page Numbers: 10-11, 23
    External Link: https://issuu.com/collegeofabpsych/docs/cap_monitor_56_final
    Teaching professional ethics and law: Blending the professional expectations and reflective practice approaches
    Author(s): Truscott, D., & Rourke, L.
    Publication Date: 2018
    Publication: In B. Maxwell, N. Tanchuk, & C. Scramstad (Eds.), Professional ethics education and law for Canadian teachers
    Page Numbers: 1-14
    External Link: http://cate-acfe.ca/polygraph-book-series/
    Gestalt therapy
    Author(s): Truscott, D.
    Publication Date: 2017
    Publication: In A. Wenzel (Ed.), The Sage encyclopedia of abnormal and clinical psychology
    Page Numbers: 1569-1572
    External Link: https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/the-sage-encyclopedia-of-abnormal-and-clinical-psychology/book243472
    Seven habits of highly ethical psychologists
    Author(s): Truscott, D.
    Publication Date: 2017
    Publication: College of Alberta Psychologists Monitor
    Volume: 53
    Page Numbers: 21-22
    External Link: https://issuu.com/collegeofabpsych/docs/the_cap_monitor_issue_53
    Ethics & law for teachers, second edition
    Author(s): Truscott, D., & Crook, K. H.
    Publication Date: 2016
    External Link: https://shar.es/1hp6wk
    Psychologists’ legal responsibilities when a client is suicidal
    Author(s): Truscott, D.
    Publication Date: 2015
    Publication: Psychologists’ Association of Alberta Psymposium
    Volume: 25
    Issue: 3
    Page Numbers: 18-19

    Ethics for the practice of psychology in Canada: Revised and expanded edition
    Author(s): Truscott, D., & Crook, K. H.
    Publication Date: 2013
    External Link: http://www.uap.ualberta.ca/titles/80-9780888646521-ethics-for-the-practice-of-psychology-in-canada-revised-and-expanded-edition
    Becoming an effective psychotherapist: Adopting a theory of psychotherapy that’s right for you and your client
    Author(s): Truscott, D.
    Publication Date: 2010
    External Link: http://www.apa.org/pubs/books/4313025.aspx