Program: Counselling and Spirituality
Office : GIG 334
Phone: 613-236-1393, ext.: 2301
Research Activities:"When Aging Parents Come Back to Us: Aging Parents, Adult Children Caregivers and Family of Origin Dynamics", Couple Therapy with gamblers and partners, Spirituality and Health Care and family of origin theory and marriage and family therapy
Education:Ph.D. (Counselling Psychology) University of Alberta
MA (Pastoral Counselling) Loyola College
Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Courses taught:ECS 5112 Trauma, healing and reconciliation
IPA 7205 Couple Practicum
IPA 7107 Couple Dysfunction and Assessment
IPA 6156 Research Seminar
IPA 5108 Family Systems Theory and Intervention
IPA 6152 Theology and Spiritual Care
Publications:Books authored or edited:
Meier, A. & Rovers, M.W. (2010) The Helping Relationship: Healing and Change in Community Context, University of Ottawa Press.
Meier, A, & Rovers, M.W. (2006). Through Conflict to Reconciliation, Ottawa, Novalis Publications, 416 pages.
Rovers, M. W. (2005) Healing The Wounds in Couple Relationships, Ottawa, Novalis Publications, 216 pages.
Rovers, M.W. (2006). Healing the Wounds that Hurt Relationships: Practical and Spiritual Guide. (reprinted edition) Peabody, MS: Hendrickson Publishers. 224 pages.
Rovers, M.W. (2007). Uzdrowic Milosc. (Healing The Wounds in Couple Relationships, Polish version). Polskiej Pnowincji Dominikanow, Poland: Wydawnictwo W drodze. 248 pages.
Rovers, M.W. (2008) Healing The Wounds in Couple Relationships. (Chinese version). Taiwan: Wisdom Press; 282 pages.
Feelan, M. L. & Rovers, M. W. (2005). Yes I Can: Being a Marriage Preparation Facilitator, Ottawa, Novalis Publications, 32 pages
Rovers, M. W. (1996) Who=s in the Seminary? Roman Catholic Seminarians Today, Ottawa, Novalis Publications, 136 pages.
Chapters in a book:
Kwast-Welfeld, J., Rovers, M. W., & Boski, P. (2006). Intergenerational transmission of cultural values in Polish immigrant families in Canada. In G. Zheng, K. Leung, J. G. Adair (Eds). Perspectives and Progress in Contemporary Cross-cultural Psychology; Selected Papers from the Seventeenth International Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology. International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology
Rovers, M. W. (2006) Dealing with difficult partners: Bowen Theory perspectives. (pp 239-267) In A Meier & M. W. Rovers (Eds.). Through Conflict to Reconciliation. Ottawa, Novalis Publications.
Rovers, M. W.. (2002). Forward. (pp vii-xi) In M.E. Myers, The Integrative Parish Nursing Model: A Theoretical Framework for Practice, Education and Research. Toronto, Opus Wholistic Publications.
Rovers, M. W..(2001). Forgiveness and Post Affair Marital Therapy. (pp. 227-247) In The Challenge of Forgiveness. In A Meier & P VanKatwyk (Eds.). Ottawa, Novalis Publications.
Papers in Refereed Journals:
Rovers, M.W. & Domingue, P. (2012) (accepted for publication) Attachment: Family Ties That Bind. Chapter in Demesure, K. (Ed) The Many Faces of Families.
Rutishauser, N., & Rovers, M.W. (2010) Attachment Styles, Therapy, and Termination. Journal of Counselling and Spirituality. (accepted for publication)
Rovers, M.W., & Kocum, L. (2010) Development of the Holistic Model of Spirituality. Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health, 12: 1, 2-24.
Doucet, M., & Rovers, M.W, (2010) Generational Trauma, Attachment and Spiritual / Religious Interventions. The Journal of Trauma and Loss; (accepted for publication).
Kwast-Welfeld, J., Boski, P., & Rovers, M. (2008) Intergenerational Value Similarity in Polish Immigrant Families in Canada in Comparison to Intergenerational Value Similarity in Polish and Canadian Non-Immigrant Families. In Zheng, G., Leung, K., Adair,J.C., (Eds.) Perspectives and Progress in Contemporary Cross-Cultural Psychology. http://ebooks.iaccp.org/xian/index.php
Rovers, M.W. West. R., Schmerk, T., & Vandenberg, R. (2008). Toward a better appreciation of the “intimacy” gap between men and women. Hakomi Forum, 19, 1-12.
Lee, B. K., Rovers, M. W. (2008).Training problem gambler counsellors in Congruence Couple Therapy: Evaluation of training outcomes. International Gambling Studies, 8, (1), 95-112.
Lee, B. K., Rovers, M. W., & MacLean, L. (2008). “Bringing torn lives together again”: Effects of the first Congruence Therapy training application in pathological gambling. International Gambling Studies, 8, (1), 113-129.
Rovers, M.W., Kocum, L., Briscoe-Dimock, S., Myers, P., Cotnam, S., Henry, T., Kwasniewski, E., & Shepherd, D. (2007). Choosing a partner of equal differentiation: A new paradigm utilizing similarity and complementary measures. The Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 6(3): 1-23.
Rovers, M.W. (2006). Attachment: A continuous tread. AAMFT Family Therapy Magazine, September/October.
Rovers, M. W. (2005). When aging parents come back to us: Family attachment perspectives. Pastoral Sciences, 24, 43-62.
Seutter, R., & Rovers, M. W., (2004). Emotionally absent fathers : further understanding of the etiology of homosexuality. The Journal of Psychology and Theology, 32, 43-49.
Rovers, M. W. (2004). Family of origin theory, attachment theory and the genogram: developing a new assessment paradigm for couple therapy. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 3 (4), 43-63.
Paper in Process:
Rovers, M.W., Brophy, C., & Lee, B. The dance of caregiving burden and reciprocity: A family systems lens. (Paper submitted to the Journal of Applied Gerontology).
Professional Spiritual and pastoral care: A Practical Clergy and Chaplain’s Handbook by Rabbi Stephen Roberts (2012) in Counselling and Spirituality, August, 1012
Papers in Refereed Conference Proceedings:
Crucial Conversations and Interprofessional Teams: Refereed paper given at the annual conference of the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care, Toronto, April, 2011.
Attachment: Family Ties that Bind: Refereed Paper given at the International Interdisciplinary Colloquium on the Family, Ottawa, May 2010.
The Marital Dance of Wounds: Invited lecture to be given at the 8th Gniezno Convention: Family – The Hope for Europe. Gniezno, Poland, September, 2009.
The Dance of End of Life Living: Creating an Interprofessional Dialogue with Family Members.
Workshop given at Spiritual Care Collaborative: International Conference for Spiritual Care and Counselling: Orlando, FL. January, 2009.
Burden and Reciprocity for Aging Parents and Adult Children Caregivers: Workshop given to the Annual Conference of the Society for Pastoral Counselling Research, Ottawa, May, 2008.
Family Dialogue and Caregiving with Aging Parents: Presentation given at the 16th Annual Symposium on Conflict Resolution: Ottawa, March, 2007
Aging Parents and Adult Children Caregivers: Family Attachment Patterns. Workshop given at the Annual Conference of the (AAMFT) American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Austin, Texas, October, 2006.
Attachment in Family Therapy (AFT): A New Paradigm. Workshop presented to the annual conference, The Society for Pastoral Counselling Research, Ottawa, May, 2006
When Aging Parents Come Back to Us: Aging and Family Of Origin Dynamics. Workshop presented to the annual conference, The Society for Pastoral Counselling Research, Windsor, May, 2005
Family Systems Theory (Bowen) and Depression. Presentation given at the Second Annual Conference on Spirituality and Mental Health, Ottawa, December, 2004.
Images of God in the Therapeutic Process: A Case Study. Workshop presented to the annual conference, The Society for Pastoral Counselling Research, Sherbrooke, May, 2003
Ethics and Supervisors: Unnecessary Pitfalls, Needed Changes. Paper presented at the Annual National Conference of the Canadian Association for Pastoral Practice and Education (C.A.P.P.E): Edmonton, January, 2002.
Forgiveness and Systemic Therapy. Paper presented at the Annual National Conference of the Canadian Association for Pastoral Practice and Education (C.A.P.P.E): Halifax, January, 2001.
Work stress and job performance : personality factors and learning styles. Paper and research findings presented to the Annual Conference of the Canadian Psychological Association; June 2000. Ottawa.
Forgiveness and Post Affair Marital Therapy : Paper presented to the Annual Conference, The Society for Pastoral Counselling Research, Ottawa, May 2000.
Healing Love: Workshop given to the regional meeting of the National Capital Regional
Employee Assistance Program Association, May, 2008, Ottawa.
Couple and Family Therapy with One Person: Workshop given to the regional meeting of the
Canadian Counselling Association, March, 2008, Ottawa
Enriching Faith: The Pastoral Journey: Workshop given to Faith Enrichment Conference, Montreal, November, 2007.
Healing the Wounds in Couple relationships: Lecture given to the Master Academy of Love, Warsaw, Poland, July, 2007.
Healing Our Wounds in Dialogue with Parents; Lecture given at the Dominical College, Poznan, Poland, July, 2007.
Spiritual Care in a Multi-faith Setting: Workshop given to the Spring Meeting of pastoral care
workers with the Ottawa Carleton District School Board, April 24, 2007
Counselling and Spirituality: Workshop given to the regional meeting of the Canadian
Counselling Association, March, 2007, Ottawa.
Healing the Wounds in Couple Relationships: Workshop given to The Academy of Medicine
(Section on Psychiatry) and The Academy of Psychology, Ottawa, March, 2006.
Attachment and Family Therapy: Theory and Skills: Workshop given to the National Capital
Region Chapter, Canadian Counselling Association, November, 2005.
Gambling and Families: Workshop given to the Annual Retreat of the Ontario Medical
Association, April, 2005.