University of Calgary

Tom Strong

  • Professor Emeritus of Education


Dr. Tom Strong is a Professor and counsellor-educator at the University of Calgary who writes on the collaborative, critical and practical potentials of discursive approaches to counselling (e.g., narrative and solution-focused). Specifically, he is interested in optimizing the helpfulness of client-counsellor dialogues. Author or co-author of over 100 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, and co-author (with Andy Lock) of Social constructionism: Sources and stirrings in theory and practice (Cambridge University Press). Among his other books are Discursive perspectives on therapeutic practice (with Andy Lock for Oxford University Press), Patterns of Interpersonal Interactions: Inviting Relational Understandings for Therapeutic Change (Co-edited with Karl Tomm, Sally St.George, and Dan Wulff for Routledge), and Medicalizing counseling: Issues and tensions (Palgrave Macmillan, in press, August 2017). Elsewhere in his life, Dr. Strong is a jazz and roots music aficionado.

Research & Scholarly Activity

Dr. Strong's research takes seriously the notion that conversational practice in counselling is where meanings and actions can be critically reflected upon while new meanings and actions can be collaboratively developed. Embracing continental philosophy and dialogic theory, his research has examined such things as the conversational practices of narrative therapy, 'identity-work' for individuals and relationships, professional and institutional languages in counselling and counsellor education, and theoretical ideas as conversational resources.

Current Projects:

  • Newcomers’ research group (Dr. Nancy Arthur, PI)
  • Optimizing Gender safety and inclusivity in Alberta Schools (Co-PI with Dr. Jac Andrews)
  • Discursive therapies/Discursive Research. (with Olga Sutherland, Eds.) London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan


PhD (Counselling Psychology)
University of Alberta

MEd (Counselling)
University of Ottawa

PDP (Teacher Education)
Simon Fraser University

Professional & Community Affiliations

Dr. Strong is a Registered Psychologist (Alberta) who serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Systemic Therapies, Journal of Constructivist Psychology, New Therapist, and the Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy.


Lock, A., & Strong, T. (2010). Social Constructionism: Sources and Stirrings in Theory and Practice. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Lock, A., & Strong, T. (Eds.) (2012). Discursive perspectives on therapeutic practice. New York: Oxford University Press.

Tomm, K., Wulff, D., St. George, S., & Strong, T. (Eds.) (2014). Patterns of Interpersonal Interactions: Inviting Relational Understandings for Therapeutic Change. New York, NY: Routledge.

Strong, T. (in press August 2017). Medicalizing counselling: Issues and tensions? London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Strong, T. (2017). Neuroscience discourse and the collaborative therapies? In J. Duvall & M-N Beaudoin, Eds., Collaborative therapy and interpersonal neurobiology: Evolving Practices (pp. 116-128). London, UK: Routledge.

Strong, T (2016). Discursive awareness and resourcefulness: Bringing discursive researchers into closer dialogue with discursive therapists? In M. O’Reilly & J. Lester (Eds.) The Palgrave handbook of Adult mental health: Discourse and conversation studies (pp. 481-501). London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Strong, T., Chondros, K., Job, C., & Vegter, V. (in press, 2017). Medicalizing Developments in Counsellor Education? Counselling and Counselling Psychology Students’ Views. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Sametband, I., & Strong, T. (in press, 2017). Immigrant Family Members Negotiating Preferred Cultural Identities in Family Therapy Conversations: A Discursive Analysis. Journal of Family Therapy.

Gaete Silva, J., & Strong, T. (in press, 2017). Facilitating Supervisees’ Developing Competence through Supervisory Conversation. Counselling Psychology Quarterly.

Strong, T., Ross, K. H., & Sesma Vazquez, M. (2015). Counselling the (self?)  diagnosed client: Generative and reflective conversations. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 43, 598-610. 

Strong, T. (2015). Diagnoses, relational processes and resourceful dialogues: Tensions for   families and family therapy. Family Process, 54, 518-532. 

Photograph of Tom Strong

Curriculum Vitae

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