David Paré (2003)

2003 New Research Award Recipient

David Paré's research career has been marked by his enduring commitment to explore emerging ideas and practices in collaborative educational counselling. His prolific output in this area has led to his prominence in post-modern therapeutic practice and has allowed the Faculty to become a leader in the field of educational counselling.

Paré graduated from McGill University in psychology/philosophy in 1976.

He completed a master's degree in journalism at the University of Western Ontario in 1980 and a master's in counselling psychology at the University of Alberta in 1994. In 1997, he earned a PhD in counselling psychology from the University of Alberta.

Shortly after completing his PhD, Paré received a post-doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. He started his academic career as an assistant professor at the University of Calgary's Faculty of Education in 1999. In August 2000, he joined the Faculty at the University of Ottawa as an assistant professor, and became associate professor in May 2003.

In his work, Paré focuses on the broad picture of development in the field of counselling, and on articulating challenging ideas in accessible language. His recent writings display his thematic consistency in collaborative approaches to individual and family therapy. One such article, Courageous Practice, discusses the application of reflecting team practices in counselling supervision, while another, Discursive Wisdom, is a philosophical examination of issues related to ethics and epistemology in counselling. In addition to his writing, Paré has disseminated his research findings through numerous presentations. The combination of intellectual rigour and passion that marks his writing is also apparent in his presentations. He engages his audiences with a clear-headed exploration of ideas, which open up new vistas for respectful, competence-oriented practice.

Paré is the sole investigator on a three-year longitudinal study into counsellor education entitled Engaging with Diversity: Developing Post-Modern Counselling Practices. The project will generate a rich description of the experience of developing counselling practices attuned to the pluralism of contemporary society, and will shed light on how counsellors-in-training integrate theory and put it to use as their practices develop. It will also contribute new ideas about how to most effectively convey ideas and impart skills that sensitize practitioners to the diversity of today's client populations.

Paré is also a co-investigator with David Smith of the Faculty on the project, Interventions for Aggressive Youth: An Investigation of School-based Anti-Bullying and Anti-Violence Programs. The study is examining existing school-based anti-bullying programs with a longer aim of contributing to the development of effective and efficient anti-bullying programs.

Paré is supervising PhD candidates and master's students and sits on many Faculty committees. He recently has been exploring the application of narrative and social constructionist ideas to the field of mediation. This work promises to generate useful applications for a range of settings, including school-based peer mediation. Paré's studies of discourse, therapeutic dialogue and collaborative relationship practices will continue to enrich the field of counselling and counsellor education in the contemporary context.

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