CNPS Tenure-Track Instructor Position Candidate – Dr. Cynthia Glidden-Tracey

Thursday, April 12
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Neville Scarfe, Room 310

You can review Dr. Cynthia Glidden-Tracey’s CV here.

Presentation Title

Reciprocal impact: Counselling psychology and cultural variations in mindful expression


In interpersonal theory and therapy, reciprocal impact means that counselors and their clients continually influence each other through their words and actions. Each of us gives the other messages both verbally and non-verbally about how we see ourselves and the other person, about how we expect to be treated, and about what we are willing to offer to the interaction. Counselling Psychologists learn to be mindful, judicious, and intentional in choosing words and actions aimed at shaping the counselling interaction to benefit the therapy relationship and to guide clients toward their goals. Attention to cultural factors and differences is essential for interpreting and shaping the counselling interaction and its outcomes.


Cynthia Glidden-Tracey specializes in supervising psychotherapy and teaching counselling processes, with emphases on interpersonal and cultural dynamics of counseling relationships, and on addiction psychology.  Dr. Glidden-Tracey has taught and supervised practicum courses at masters and doctoral levels at three universities in the USA as well as didactic courses in supervision, substance use counselling, diagnosis, intervention, personality theory, and multicultural psychology.  Placing high value on experiential learning, she has mounted “intervention lab” activities into many courses she teaches.  A counselling psychologist by day and world music enthusiast by night, Dr. Glidden-Tracey enjoys sharing concepts and techniques for enhancing well-being, addressing human conflicts, and improving learning, communication, and motivation to change.  She is developing a method, using insights from explorations of both psychology and cultural variations in musical expression, that combines cognitive restructuring with rhythmic reinforcement with hopes of strengthening clients’ memories and motivations to use the positive messages they learn to tell themselves in counselling.  On campus and in the community, Dr. Glidden-Tracey hosts educational events, leads workshops, and manages a website focused on the beneficial uses of mindful expression and rhythmic movement (BUmerm on facebook) from different cultural perspectives.  She greatly looks forward to further infusions of this work with this kind of play.