Faculty & Staff

Jill Thompson, MA, BA

Academic title: Assistant Professor

Office: T392
Email: jathompson@mtroyal.ca 
Phone: 403.440.6002

MA, Yorkville University 
BA, Rocky Mountain College
Diploma, Mount Royal College


Jill has been working at MRU as contract faculty since winter 2017. As a graduate from the program, she has many years of experience working with youth in a variety of settings (schools, residential treatment, addiction treatment, and in home family therapy, to name a few). Since completing her masters in 2013, Jill has specialized in working within the Queer community. Outside of MRU, Jill maintains a small private practice and works to disrupt the system through small acts of community work. Jill uses the pronouns they/them and she/her. 

Areas of instruction

  • Fundamental Skills in Interviewing 
  • Fundamental Skills in Counselling 
  • Group Theory and Process 
  • Interdisciplinary Professional Practice 

Areas of scholarship

  • Gender, Sex and Sexuality 
  • Occupational Stress and Growth 
  • Integrating Counselling Skills Into Everyday Contexts 

Selected Publications

Thompson, J. (2018). Always be prepared. In P. Kostouros, & M. Briegel, (Eds). E-book: Child and youth care: Collected wisdom for new practitioners. Cape Town, South Africa: CYC Press

Selected Presentations

Etheridge Calder, N., Thompson, J. (2019). Occupational Stress and Growth When Working with Vulnerable Populations. Presentation at Canadian Mental Health Association Alberta Conference, Edmonton, AB.

Thompson, J. (2016). Prayer and private parts: How church culture impacts consent culture. Presentation at the Western Canadian Sexual Health Conference, Calgary, AB.

Sangra, N., Thompson, J., & Avelar, R. (2014). Let’s talk about sex! Integrating sexuality into your counselling practice. Presentation at the International Association of Counselling 2014 Conference, Victoria, BC.

Relevant Community Service

  • Guest Lecturer
  • President, Board of Directors, Calgary Dyke and Trans March 2015-2017
  • Panelist and Guest Speaker for Queer Community Events