David Small, R. Psych.                                                                                                             403-803-4508      

Unit 10A, 109 Stockton Point, Okotoks, AB  T1S 1B3                                            davidsmall.c.psych@gmail.com                                                                                        

                                                                                                                            

Professional Development

         

Registered Psychologist  #3904                                                                                             November 2012

College of Alberta Psychologists

 

Master of Arts in Psychology                                                                             September 2008 – June 2011   

City University of Seattle

 

Bachelor of Science in Psychology                                                                                                June 2002

University of Calgary

 

Relevant Experience    

 

Registered Psychologist, Private Practice                                                                   September 2014 - Present

 

  • Currently offering individual counselling, couples counselling and speaking engagements.  

  • Developed an understanding of the mental health concerns most prominent in Foothills region. 

  • Presented at the Okotoks library on: Cyber-bullying, What is Psychotherapy?, Depression: A Moving Target, The Psychologically Healthy Workplace, and ADHD:  Nature, Executive Functioning and Resources.

 

Registered Psychologist, Calgary Board of Education                                   November 2012 – January 2020

 

  • Provided individual counselling to students in grades 1-12.

  • Primary referral issues included academic concerns, relationships issues, depression, anxiety, and            self-esteem.

  • Regular communication with teachers, administrators, behavioural support workers and parents to promote lasting wrap-around services for students.

  • A strong emphasis on crisis management including counselling for trauma, suicide ideation and self-      injurious behaviour.

  • Specialized training in selective mutism, working with the sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) team.

  • Obtained Brain Story Cerification through AFWI.

  • Improved knowledge of recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report for improving psychological practice with First Nations, Metis and Inuit (FNMI) students.

  • Consulted with, and supported, the Risk and Resilience team who were responsible for investigating high risk situations including student harm to self, to others or from others.

 

Registered Psychologist, Moroz Child Psychology Group                                 September 2013 - August 2014

 

  • Provided counselling for individual and family concerns.

  • Common referral issues included oppositional defiance (ODD), attention-deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD),    obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and social skills deficits usually observed in children diagnosed      with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

 

Registered Psychologist, Provital Health and Wellness                               February 15, 2013 – February 2014

 

  • Offered individual counselling at a collaborative health care center.

  • General referral issues included depression, anxiety, and stress management.  Additional experience with borderline personality and self-injurious behaviour.  Improved knowledge, and application, of Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT) interventions.

Counselling Resident, Calgary Counselling Centre                                              September 2011 – Sept 2012

 

  • Provided individual, family, and couples counselling.

  • Facilitated several groups including: Responsible Choices for Men, You Are Not Alone, Building Esteem,      Children of Divorce, and Marriage Preparation.

  • Consultated with the agency psychiatrist, social workers, and nutritionist.

  • Enhanced my competency with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Narrative Therapy.

  • Improved competence with referral issues that included: depression, anxiety, addictions, couples and family concerns, trauma, stress, grief and loss, and sexuality.

  • Use of evidence-based therapy effectiveness and relationship assessment tools including Scott Miller’s Outcome Questionnaire and the Session Rating Scale.

 

M.A. Practicum Student, U of C Wellness Centre                                               September 2010 – April 2011

 

  • Provided individual, academic, career, and group counselling for post-secondary students.

  • Facilitated several groups including: Emotional Regulation, Procrastination, Spirituality and Religion, Study Strategies, and Preparing for Your Thesis Defense.

  • Developed theoretical understanding and application of Solution Focused Therapy and Feminist            Therapy.

Child and Youth Care Counsellor, Hull Services                                                 November 2003 - June 2010

 

  • Program Coordinator of the Interdependent Living Services program where I managed a case load of 22 clients and supervised their respective staff.

  • Developed and implemented client program plans including goals, objectives, progress reports and      summary reports within a multi-disciplinary team.

  • Chaired staff meetings and responsible for hiring new staff.

  • Provided staff training (positive practices, crisis management, outcomes-based training).

  • Understanding of systems for adults with disabilities (Office of the Public Guardian and Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped).

  • Attained Child and Youth Care Counsellor Level 3 Certification at a residential treatment facility for          dually diagnosed youth between 12 and 18 years of age (2003 – 2008).

  • Selected by colleagues as Child and Youth Care Counsellor of the year in 2005.