MA Counselling Psychology Thesis Defence

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MA Counselling Psychology Thesis Defence

"Youth as Mindfulness Trainers: Educator Views”

By: Jerlyn Chan
Co-Supervisor: Dr. Marvin McDonald Co-Supervisor: Dr. Rob Less
External Examiner: Christine Slavik, BA, M.Ed., CCLS, Associate Professor, University of the Fraser Valley
Exam Chair: Dr. Bart Begalka


This thesis project explored educators’ views of a mindfulness program that was delivered to elementary school students by high school students. This youth-led approach to delivering mental health literacy was evaluated, as part of a pilot project that intended to connect both older and younger students and pass-down mindfulness education.

The research method, the Enhanced Critical Incident Technique, was selected and involved conducting in-person interviews with each of the participants. The participants consisted of six educators, who offered diverse perspectives by their first