William Whelton

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Psychology Dept


Associate Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Psychology Dept
(780) 492-7979
1-145K Education Centre - North
8730 - 112 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G5


My interests focus mostly on issues of process and outcome in psychotherapy.  I am particularly interested in the role that emotion plays in successful therapy and, more generally, in the process of change itself.  Humanistic, experiential, and existential approaches to therapy are of special interest.  Another interest is in how certain personality traits, especially self-criticism understood as a trait conferring vulnerability to depression, interact with therapy processes such as the formation of a working alliance.  I have recently done research on adaptive and maladaptive forms of self-criticism and my interest in self-criticism dovetails with a larger, more theoretical interest in the nature of the self.  Techniques and processes for changing the self in therapy flow from one's conception of the self.  I am also very interested in the history of psychology.


EDPY 538 - Theory and Practice in Group Counselling

This course is designed to develop an understanding of group theory and process and to acquire skills needed in leading a counselling group. Prerequisites or corequisites: EDPY 533 and 534 or consent of Department.

Fall Term 2020
EDPY 632 - History and Systems of Psychology

Provides a historical examination of the philosophical and scientific development of the discipline of psychology. Priority given to PhD students enrolled in the Counselling Psychology program.

Winter Term 2021
EDPY 634 - Advanced Counselling Practicum

This doctoral level Practicum is a continuation of EDPY 633, prerequisite: EDPY 633.

Winter Term 2021

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Retreating to safety: Testing the social risk hypothesis model of depression
Author(s): Dunn, J.C., Whelton, W.J., & Sharpe, D.
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: Evolution and Human Behavior
Volume: 33
Page Numbers: 746-758

Understanding burnout in child and youth care workers
Author(s): Barford, S., & Whelton, W.J.
Publication Date: 2010
Publication: Child and Youth Care Forum
Volume: 39
Page Numbers: 271-287

Stages of change and the working alliance in psychotherapy
Author(s): Emmerling, M.E., & Whelton, W.J.
Publication Date: 2009
Publication: Psychotherapy Research
Volume: 19
Page Numbers: 687-698

Self-criticism and the therapeutic relationship
Author(s): Whelton, W.J., Paulson, B.L., & Marusiak, C.
Publication Date: 2007
Publication: Counselling Psychology Quarterly
Volume: 20
Page Numbers: 135-148

Emotion in self-criticism
Author(s): Whelton, W.J. & Greenberg, L.S.
Publication Date: 2005
Publication: Personality and Individual Differences
Volume: 38
Page Numbers: 1583-1595