Grad student to receive national award for masters thesis

Faculty of Education

Feb 1st, 2018

By Moira Baird


Heather Gower-Faculty of Education graduate


Faculty of Education graduate, Heather Gower, will receive the 2018 Master’s Thesis Award from the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).

Ms. Gower’s thesis was entitled “The Consideration of Counsellor Personal Qualities in Admissions to Canadian Counselling and Counselling Psychology Master’s Programs.”

“I talked to a subset of Canadian faculty from these kinds of masters programs, both about the counsellor qualities they deem important to practice, as well as how they assess these qualities during the admissions stages of their programs,” she said. “I also looked at how they might ideally do so.”

A native of Edmonton, Alta., Ms. Gower completed her thesis at Memorial in 2017 under the supervision of Dr. Gregory Harris, professor in counselling psychology, Faculty of Education.

The CCPA award recognizes the work of masters level students and will be presented, along with other awards recognizing the contributions of those in the field of counselling and psychotherapy, during the association’s annual conference scheduled for May 13 in Winnipeg, Man.

The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association is a national bilingual association of professionally trained counsellors engaged in the helping professions.

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