My Scholarly Interests

 

It often seems to me that the secret to becoming a good psychologist lays buried under mounds of facts and opinions. No wonder most of us pursue either research or practice and pay scant attention to the other. Producing more research findings or proposing more practice approaches isn’t going to remedy this situation, and might be making it worse. Having grown up on the Alberta prairies, my response has been to think of myself as a refinery rather than as a pump-jack, synthesizing knowledge from existing research to fuel professional practice.

I am interested in answering the question of what it takes to be a good psychologist. By “good,” I mean one who is effective, helpful, influential, and impactful – who is sought out by people suffering from personal problems and to whom other psychologists refer or seek out themselves. I also mean “good” in the sense of one who is ethical, principled, virtuous, and moral – who knows how to do and does the right thing and is sought out by others wanting to do likewise.

The second edition of Ethics for the Practice of Psychology in Canada has just been published and I am now engrossed in writing my next book, tentatively entitled The Effective Psychotherapist: On Being More Helpful More Often.

















Publications

Books

Truscott, D., & Crook, K. H. (2013). Ethics for the practice of psychology in Canada: Revised and expanded edition. Edmonton, AB: University of Alberta Press.

Truscott, D. (2010). Becoming an effective psychotherapist: Adopting a theory of psychotherapy that’s right for you and your client. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Crook, K. H., & Truscott, D. (2007). Ethics & law for teachers. Toronto, ON: Thomson Nelson.

Truscott, D., & Crook, K. H. (2004). Ethics for the practice of psychology in Canada. Edmonton, AB: University of Alberta Press.

Book Chapters

Truscott, D. (2014). Gestalt therapy. In G. Vandenbos, E. Meidenbauer, & J. Frank-McNeil (Eds.), Psychotherapy theories and techniques: A reader (pp. 187-194). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Truscott, D., & Evans, J. (2009). Protecting others from homicide and serious harm. In J. Werth, E. R. Welfel, & A. Benjamin (Eds.), The duty to protect: Ethical, legal, and professional considerations in risk assessment and intervention (pp. 61-77). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Sobsey, D., & Truscott, D. (2008). Ethical considerations in the treatment of chronic pain. In S. Rashiq, D. Schopflocher, & P. Taenzer (Eds.), Chronic pain: Health policy perspectives (pp. 51-57). New York, NY: Wiley.

Truscott, D., Evans, J., & Mansell, S. (2008). Outpatient psychotherapy with dangerous clients: A model for clinical decision‑making. In D. Bersoff (Ed.), Ethical conflicts in psychology (4th ed., pp. 189-195).  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Truscott, D., & Goodkey, L. (2003). Ethical principles of the psychology profession and involuntary commitment. In W. T. O’Donohue & K. E. Ferguson (Eds.), Handbook of professional ethics for psychologists: Issues, questions, and controversies (pp. 167-180). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Truscott, D., & Evans, J. (2001). Responding to dangerous clients. In E. R. Welfel & E. Ingersoll (Eds.), The mental health desk reference: A sourcebook for counselors and therapists (pp. 271-276). New York, NY: Wiley.

Refereed Articles

Kadambi, M. A., & Truscott, D. (2008). Traumatizing aspects of providing counselling in community agencies to survivors of sexual violence:  A concept map. Canadian Journal of Counselling, 42, 192-208.

Kadambi, M. A., & Truscott, D. (2006). Concept mapping professionals’ perceptions of reward and motive in providing sex offender treatment. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 42, 37-68.

Kadambi, M. A., & Truscott, D. (2004). Vicarious trauma among therapists working with sexual violence, cancer and general practice. Canadian Journal of Counselling, 38, 260-276.

Kadambi, M. A., & Truscott, D. (2003). Vicarious traumatization and burnout among therapists working with sex offenders. Traumatology, 9, 216-230.

Truscott, D., Evans, J., & Knish, S. (1999). A process model for clinical decision making in high risk outpatient situations: The therapeutic alliance and suicide. Canadian Journal of Counselling, 33, 307-316.

Truscott, D., Paulson, B., & Everall, R. (1999). Studying participants’ experiences using concept mapping. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 45, 320-323.

Paulson, B., Truscott, D., & Stuart, J. (1999). Clients’ perceptions of helpful experiences in counseling. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 46, 317-324.

Truscott, D., Evans, J., & Mansell, S. (1995). Outpatient psychotherapy with dangerous clients: A model for clinical decision-making. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 26, 484-490.

Truscott, D. (1993). The psychotherapist's duty to protect: An annotated bibliography. Journal of Psychiatry & Law, 21, 221-244.

Truscott, D. (1993). Adolescent offenders: A comparison for sexual, violent, and property offenses. Psychological Reports, 73, 657-658.

Truscott, D., & Crook, K. H. (1993). Tarasoff in the Canadian context: Wenden and the duty to protect. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 38, 84-89.

Truscott, D. (1992). Intergenerational transmission of violent behavior in adolescent males. Aggressive Behavior, 18, 327-335.

Truscott, D. (1990). Assessment of overcontrolled hostility in adolescence. Psychological Assessment: A Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 2, 145-148.

Truscott, D., & Fehr, R. C. (1986). Perceptual reactance and criminal risk taking. Personality and Individual Differences, 7, 373-377.

Truscott, D., & Fehr, R. C. (1986). Test of the validity of the Vando RA Scale. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 62, 379-384.

Book Reviews

Truscott, D., & Calhoon, K. (2013). Competence, effectiveness, and the inspired brief dynamic psychotherapist [Review of the book Core competencies in brief dynamic psychotherapy: Becoming a highly effective and competent brief dynamic psychotherapist, by J. L. Binder & E. J. Betan].  PsychCRITIQUES, 58(45), 24.

Truscott, D. (2013). All rivers lead to the ocean [Review of the books Acceptance and commitment therapy: The process and practice of mindful change (Second edition), by S. C. Hayes, K. D. Strosahl, & K. G. Wilson, and Acceptance and commitment therapy, by S. C. Hayes & J. Lillis]. PsychCRITIQUES, 58(2), 2.

Truscott, D. (2010). Review of the book Relational ethics in practice: Narratives from counselling and psychotherapy. Journal of Ethics in Mental Health, 5, 1-2.

Truscott, D. (2010). Experiencing gestalt theory [Review of the book Gestalt therapy: A guide to contemporary practice, by P. Brownell]. PsychCRITIQUES, 55(41), 3.

Truscott, D. (2004). Review of the book Fieldwork, participation and practice: Ethics and dilemmas in qualitative research. Science Education, 88, 811-812.

Truscott, D. (2000). Review of the book Empathy reconsidered: New directions in psychotherapy. Canadian Psychology, 41, 131-132.

Non-refereed Articles

Truscott, D. (2012). A simple heuristic for complex ethical decisions. Health Ethics Today, 20(2), 2-7.

Truscott, D. (2011). Professionalism and boundaries in psychotherapy. College of Alberta Psychologists Monitor, 38, 1, 6-9.

Pyle, N. R., & Truscott, D. (2008). Introduction to special issue on graduate student research in counselling psychology. Canadian Journal of Counselling, 42, 232-236.

Truscott, D. (2006). Ethical and legal issues for supervisors and supervisees. College of Alberta Psychologists Monitor, 25, 2-3.

Truscott, D., & Crook, K. H. (2005). Professional boundaries. College of Alberta Psychologists Monitor, 20, 2-4.

Truscott, D., & Crook, K. H. (2004). Psychologists’ duty to protect. College of Alberta Psychologists Monitor, 18, 1-4.

Truscott, D. (1997, April). Wise coverage. American Psychological Association Monitor, p. 3.

Truscott, D. (1994). Professional ethics: Setting fees. Alberta Psychologist, 3(5), p. 8.

Truscott, D. (1993). Professional ethics: Collecting fees. Alberta Psychologist, 3(4), p. 8.

Truscott, D. (1993). Professional ethics: Child custody. Alberta Psychologist, 3(2), p. 14.

Truscott, D. (1993). Professional ethics: Expert testimony. Alberta Psychologist, 3(1), 10-11.

Truscott, D. (1993). Professional ethics: Suicide. Alberta Psychologist, 2(6), 6-7.

Truscott, D. (1992). Duty to protect. Canadian Clinical Psychologist, 2(3), 1516.

Truscott, D. (1992). Professional ethics: Ownership of records. Alberta Psychologist, 2(4), p. 12.

Truscott, D. (1992). Professional ethics: Record keeping. Alberta Psychologist, 2(3), 17-18.

Truscott, D. (1992). Professional ethics: Boundaries. Alberta Psychologist, 2(2), p. 8.

Truscott, D. (1992). Professional ethics: Prescription privileges. Alberta Psychologist, 2(1), 7-9.

Truscott, D. (1992). Professional ethics: Dual relationships. Alberta Psychologist, 1(3), 6-7.

Truscott, D. (1992). Professional ethics: Duty to protect. Alberta Psychologist, 1(2), 5-6.

Truscott, D. (1992, January). Alberta case opens door for Tarasoff liability. Canadian Psychological Association Psynopsis, p. 11.

Truscott, D. (1990). Sexual exploitation in psychotherapy: II. Responding to disclosures of exploitation. Alberta Psychologist, 19(5), p. 24.

Truscott, D. (1990). Sexual exploitation in psychotherapy. Alberta Psychologist, 19(2), 18-20.

Truscott, D. (1990). Psychologists and the duty to warn. Alberta Psychologist, 19(1), pp. 68, 19.

Professional Guidelines and Standards

College of Alberta Psychologists. (2004). Dual roles: Guidelines for conducting assessments and providing therapy with the same client. Edmonton, AB: Author. (Produced while I was Chair of the Practice Review Committee)

College of Alberta Psychologists. (2004). Criteria for practice guideline development and evaluation. Edmonton, AB: Author. (Produced while I was Chair of the Practice Review Committee)

College of Alberta Psychologists. (2002). Guidelines for supervisors: Addressing unacceptable performance of provisional chartered psychologists. Edmonton, AB: Author. (Produced while I was Chair of the Practice Review Committee)

Canadian Psychological Association. (2002). Accreditation standards and procedures for doctoral programmes and internships in professional psychology. Ottawa, ON: Author. (Produced while I was a member of the Accreditation Panel)

College of Alberta Psychologists. (2002). Child custody assessment (revised). Edmonton, AB: Author. (Produced while I was Chair of the Practice Review Committee)

College of Alberta Psychologists. (2001). Limits to confidentiality and consent for services: Special issues in working with minors and dependent adults. Edmonton, AB: Author. (Produced while I was Chair of the Practice Review Committee)

College of Alberta Psychologists. (2001). Psychological evaluations for child protection decisions. Edmonton, AB: Author. (Produced while I was Chair of the Practice Review Committee)

College of Alberta Psychologists. (2001). Advertising and other public communication (revised). Edmonton, AB: Author. (Produced while I was Chair of the Practice Review Committee)

College of Alberta Psychologists. (2001). Release of confidential information: Special issues in client and third party requests (revised). Edmonton, AB: Author. (Produced while I was Chair of the Practice Review Committee)

College of Alberta Psychologists. (2001). The use of aversive techniques in behaviour management (revised). Edmonton, AB: College of Alberta Psychologists. Author. (Produced while I was Chair of the Practice Review Committee)

College of Alberta Psychologists. (2000). Service fees for the provision of copies of client files to authorized persons. Edmonton, AB: Author. (Produced while I was Chair of the Practice Review Committee)

International Presentations

Truscott, D. (2013, August). Incorporating nonrational reasoning into ethics education in professional psychology. In E.R. Welfel (Chair), Making graduate and continuing ethics training engaging, relevant, and inspiring. Symposium conducted at the 121st Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.

Whyte, H., & Truscott, D. (2011, September). The synergy of self: How reflection impacts congruence in psychotherapists. Poster presented at the North American Society for Psychotherapy Research Annual Meeting, Banff, AB.

Wallace, K., & Truscott, D. (2009, October). Characteristics of peer nominated “therapeutic prodigies.” Poster presented at the 15th Annual Qualitative Health Research Conference, Vancouver, BC.

Truscott, D., Gothhelpsen, S., & Pugh, N. (2007, July). How well are we teaching research ethics? An analysis of research methods textbooks. Paper presented at the International Conference on the Teaching of Psychology, Vancouver, BC.

Gothhelpsen, S., & Truscott, D. (2007, July). Current state of ethics training in Canadian applied psychology graduate programs. Paper presented at the International Conference on the Teaching of Psychology, Vancouver, BC.

Paul, T., Knish, S., & Truscott, D. (2004, October). Validating the Experience of Rehabilitation Questionnaire: Honouring the client's experience. Poster presented at the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology 8th Annual Conference, New York, NY.

Dunn, S., & Truscott, D. (2004, June). Student perceptions of bullying. Poster presented at the Society for the Study of Social Issues 2004 Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

Mikail, S., Cohen, K., Truscott, D., & Pierce, J. (2004, April). Accrediting internationally or international accreditation? Symposium presented at the 2004 Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards International Congress, Montreal, PQ.

Truscott, D., & Goodkey, L. (2002, June). How do clients experience positive change in psychotherapy? Poster presented at the Society for Psychotherapy Research Annual Conference, Santa Barbara, CA.

Kadambi, M., & Truscott, D. (2001, August). The rewards of working with sex offenders. Poster presented at the 108th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

Truscott, D., Paulson, B., Wall-MacDonald, J., & Everall, R. (2000, June). A client-generated taxonomy of concerns in psychotherapy. Paper presented at the Society for Psychotherapy Research Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Caputo, A., & Truscott, D. (2000, June). Resistance in psychotherapy process: Giving the client a voice. Poster presented at the Society for Psychotherapy Research Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Newell, C., & Truscott, D. (2000, June). The experience of living in a group home. Poster presented at the Society for Psychotherapy Research Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Paulson, B., Truscott, D., Everall, R., & Stuart, J. (2000, June). Clients' perceptions of hindering aspects of counseling. Paper presented at the Society for Psychotherapy Research Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Everall, R., Paulson, B. L., Truscott, D., & Henkelman, J. (2000, June). Children's perceptions of their counselling experience. Paper presented at the Society for Psychotherapy Research Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Caputo, A., & Truscott, D. (2000, April). Clients' experiences of resistance in counselling: A qualitative approach to inquiry. Poster presented at the Qualitative Health Research Conference, Banff, AB.

Truscott, D., Paulson, B.L., Everall, R. & Meier, M. (1999, August). Client perceptions of unhelpful aspects of counseling. Poster presented at the 107th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Paulson, B., Everall, R. & Truscott, D. (1999, June). Unhelpful events in psychotherapy: A concept mapping approach. Paper presented at the Society for Psychotherapy Research Annual Conference, Braga, Portugal. [Summary published in Society for Psychotherapy Research 1999 Conference Proceedings, p. 200]

Everall, R., Paulson, B., & Truscott, D. (1999, June). Client concerns in counselling: A concept map. Poster presented at the Society for Psychotherapy Research Annual Conference, Braga, Portugal. [Summary published in Society for Psychotherapy Research 1999 Conference Proceedings, p. 93]

Truscott, D., Evans, J., & Knish, S. (1999, March). Suicide and the therapeutic alliance: A process model for clinical decision making. Poster presented at the 31st Banff International Conference on Behavioural Science, Banff, AB.

Truscott, D. (1997, November). Incidence and course of non-combat posttraumatic stress disorder: A synthesis of the literature. Poster presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Montreal, PQ.

Truscott, D., & Evans, J. (1997, November). Fraud or false attribution? Three case studies of WCB claims involving sexual assault. Paper presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Montreal, PQ.

Truscott, D. (1996, August). Assessing exaggeration of chronic pain reports with the McGill Pain Questionnaire: The Pain Infrequency (INF) scale. Poster presented at the 8th World Congress on Pain, Vancouver, BC.

National Presentations

Whyte, H., & Truscott, D. (2012, May). Promoting personal-professional value congruence through reflective practice. Poster presented at the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association Annual Convention, Calgary, AB.

Haverkamp, B. E., Beatch, R., Bedi, R. P., Cave, D., Domene, J. F., Harris, G., Loh, J., Mikhail A. M., & Truscott, D. (2008, June). Towards a Canadian understanding of counselling psychology [Summary]. Canadian Psychology, 49(2a). Symposium presented at the Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Halifax, NS.

Truscott, D. (2006, June). Ethical and legal issues in supervision. In P. Jerry (Moderator), D. Truscott, B. Rude-Weisman, T. Jose, & T. Wilton, Emerging issues in supervision [Summary]. Canadian Psychology, 47(2a), 269. Symposium presented at the Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Calgary, AB.

Truscott, D., Alderson, K., & Sinacor, A. (2006, June). Toward counselling-specific accreditation criteria [Summary]. Canadian Psychology, 47(2a), 162. Conversation session presented at the Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Calgary, AB.

Kadambi, M. A., & Truscott, D. (2006, June). Professionals' positive experiences working with survivors of sexual violence [Summary]. Canadian Psychology, 47(2a), 17-18. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Calgary, AB.

Sinclair, C., Morris, R., Truscott, D., & Cohen, K. (2005, June). Ethics in research and the practice of psychology [Summary]. Canadian Psychology, 46(2a), 162. Workshop presented at the Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Montreal, PQ.

Truscott, D., McIlwraith, R., & Cohen, K. (2005, June). CPA Accreditation Panel workshop - Planning and meeting training outcomes [Summary]. Canadian Psychology, 46(2a), 162. Workshop presented at the Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Montreal, PQ.

Truscott, D., McIlwraith, R., & Cohen, K. (2005, June). CPA Accreditation Panel conversation session [Summary]. Canadian Psychology, 46(2a), 162. Conversation session presented at the Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Montreal, PQ.

Cohen, K., Mikail, S., Truscott, D., & McIlwraith, R. (2004, June). CPA Accreditation Panel site visitor workshop [Summary]. Canadian Psychology, 45(2a), 159. Workshop presented at the Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, St. John’s, NF.

Dunn, S., & Truscott, D. (2004, May). Student definitions of bullying. Poster presented at the Canadian Counselling Association Annual Convention, Winnipeg, MN.

Truscott, D. (2002, June). A comparison of Canadian codes of conduct for psychologists [Summary]. Canadian Psychology, 43(2a), 162. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Vancouver, BC.

Truscott, D. (2000, May). A client-generated taxonomy of concerns in counselling. In J. Evans (Moderator), B. L. Paulson, D. Truscott, & R. Everall, Researching clients’ experiences in counselling. Symposium presented at the Annual Convention of the Canadian Society for Studies in Education, Edmonton, AB.

Caputo, A., & Truscott, D. (2000, May). Counselling process research: Re-visiting the client perspective. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the Canadian Society for Studies in Education, Edmonton, AB.

Everall, R., Truscott, D., & Paulson, B. (1999, May). When your client is suicidal. Workshop presented at the Canadian Guidance and Counselling Association Annual Conference, Calgary, AB.

Truscott, D. (1998). Balance theory and the therapeutic alliance: A model for studying therapeutic influence? In D. Truscott (Moderator), C.T. Audet, A. Caputo, & E. T. Gill, The counselling process as social interaction: Beyond social influence [Summary]. Canadian Psychology, 39(2a), 20. Symposium presented at the Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Edmonton, AB.

Truscott, D., Evans, J., & Knish, S. (1995, October). A model for clinical decision making in highrisk outpatient situations: Its application to suicide. Paper presented at the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention 1995 Conference, Banff, AB.

Truscott, D. (1992). Tarasoff at the Court of Queen's Bench: The case of Anil Trihka. In D. Truscott (Moderator), D. E. Birch, K. H. Crook, & J. L. Pettifor, The psychotherapist’s duty to protect and Canadian law [Summary]. Canadian Psychology, 33(2a), 294. Symposium presented at the Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Quebec, PQ.

Truscott, D. (1988). Intergenerational transmission of violent behaviour in adolescence: Preliminary findings [Summary]. Canadian Psychology, 29(2a), 799. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Montreal, PQ.

Provincial and Local Presentations

Wallace, K. & Truscott, D. (2013, May). Examination of the experiences of clients in therapy with registered psychologists. Poster session presented at the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta Biennial Conference, Edmonton, AB.

Truscott, D. (2012, October). Some thoughts on the integration of ethical systems. Paper presented at the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre seminar series, Edmonton, AB.

Truscott, D. (2011, October). Professional boundaries across and between professions. Two-day workshop presented at the Stollery Children’s Hospital, Edmonton, AB.

Truscott, D. (2011, September). Ethical issues in providing emerging services and techniques. Workshop presented at the College of Alberta Psychologists’ Professional Development Day, Edmonton, AB.

Truscott, D. (2010, September). Professionalism and boundaries in psychotherapy. Workshop presented at the College of Alberta Psychologists’ Professional Development Day, Calgary, AB.

Truscott, D. (2009, September). Avoiding boundary violations: The importance of personal integrity for maintaining integrity in relationships. Workshop presented at the College of Alberta Psychologists’ Professional Development Day, Edmonton, AB.

Imaging Science Idea Exchange. (2008, December). Exhibition tour with Marcus Miller, Assistant Curator, Art Gallery of Alberta.

Truscott, D. (2006, September). Of boundaries and roles. In D. Truscott (Chair), L. Breault, & O. Younge, Boundary and role conflicts in assessment, treatment, training, and supervision. Panel discussion presented at the College of Alberta Psychologists’ Professional Development Day, Calgary, AB.

Truscott, D. (2005, January). What's missing in the University of Alberta Standards for the Protection of Human Research Participants? The importance of fidelity in health research. Paper presented at the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre seminar series, Edmonton, AB.

Paul, T., Knish, S., & Truscott, D. (2004, October). Changes in beliefs through the process of rehabilitation for clients with chronic pain. Paper presented at The Glenrose Conference on Rehabilitation Research: A Journey of Achievement and Excellence, Edmonton, AB.

Paul, T., Knish, S., & Truscott, D. (2003, June). Validation of the experience of rehabilitation questionnaire. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the University of Alberta Graduate Student Association. Edmonton, AB.

Truscott, D., Evans, J., & Knish, S. (1999, April). Suicide and the therapeutic alliance: A process model for clinical decision making. Paper presented at the 16th Suicide Research Symposium, Edmonton, AB.

Paulson, B., Truscott, D., & Stuart, J. (1999, February). Clients’ perceptions of helpful experiences in counselling. Poster presented at University of Alberta Research Revelations ‘99, Edmonton, AB.

Paulson, B., & Truscott, D. (1998, February). The counselling process project: An investigation into the essential factors for change in counselling psychotherapy. Poster presented at University of Alberta Research Revelations ‘98, Edmonton, AB.

Truscott, D. (1996, November). The chronic pain paradox: Ethical dilemmas. Workshop presented at Paradigms & Paradoxes: New Dimensions in Chronic Pain Management, Banff, AB.

Truscott, D. (1996, September). Posttraumatic stress disorder. Continuing medical education module for WCB Medical Advisors, Edmonton, AB.

Truscott, D. (1996, May). Chronic pain syndrome and Workers’ Compensation: Identifying non-genuine claims. Paper presented at the Workers Compensation Board of Alberta Legal Services retreat, Red Deer, AB.