K Jessica Van Vliet

K. Jessica Van Vliet

Associate Professor

Educational Psychology

Research and Interests

Broadly speaking, I am interested in the study of emotion regulation and acceptance-based psychological interventions for processing emotional distress.  Most recently, my students and I have been exploring experiences, processes, and factors related to compassion, self-compassion, and mindfulness. Our research has spanned a range of contexts and populations.  We have also conducted research in the areas of shame, trauma, and self-disclosure, utilizing diverse research methods.

Theoretical Orientation

My theoretical approach to counselling psychology can best be described as integrative.  I lean toward approaches that emphasize awareness and compassionate acceptance of personal experience, as a foundation for choosing new behaviours and courses of action.  In working with clients, I draw largely from Compassion-Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and mindfulness interventions (e.g., Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy), as well as Emotion Focused Therapy.  Throughout my practice, I attempt to tailor counselling to the unique needs, strengths, and cultural background of each client.

Professional Affiliations

Current professional affiliations include: Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), American Psychological Association (APA), and Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA). I am also a Registered Psychologist and member of the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP).

Representative Publications

Van Vliet, K. J., Foskett, A. J., Williams, J. L., Singhal, A., Dolcos, F., & Vohra, S. (in press). Impact of a mindfulness-based stress reduction program from the perspective of adolescents with serious mental health concerns. Child and Adolescent Mental Health. doi:10.1111/camh.12170

Van Vliet, K. J., Klingle, K. E., & Hiseler, L. E. (2013). The mentorship of undergraduate students in counselling psychology research. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 26, 304. doi:10.1080/09515070.2013.844095

Van Vliet, K. J., & Kalnins, G. R. C. (2011). A compassion-focused approach to nonsuicidal self-injury. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 33(4), 295-311. doi:10.17744/mehc.33.4.j7540338q223t417

Van Vliet, K. J. (2010). Shame and avoidance in trauma. In E. Martz (Ed.), Trauma Rehabilitation After War and Conflict: Community and Individual Perspectives (pp. 247-264). New York: Springer.

Van Vliet, K. J. (2009). The role of attributions in the process of overcoming shame: A qualitative analysis. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 82, 137-152. doi:10.1348/147608308x389391

Van Vliet, K. J. (2008). Shame and resilience in adulthood: A grounded theory study. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 55, 233-245. doi:10.1037/0022-0167.55.2.233

Courses Taught

  • EDPY 442: Introduction to Counselling
  • EDPY 503: Qualitative Methods of Education Research
  • EDPY 534: Basic Skills, Issues, and Attitudes in Counselling II
  • EDPY 633: Advanced Counselling Practicum I