Faculty & Staff

Patricia Kostouros, MA, RPsych, PhD

Academic title: Professor

Office: T386
Email: pkostouros@mtroyal.ca
Phone: 403.440.6440

PhD, University of Calgary
MA, University of Victoria
BA, University of Victoria
Diploma, Grant MacEwan College


Patricia has worked in most child and youth practice setting over her 30-year career. Her research interests include vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue, intimate partner violence, depicting the suffering in the post-secondary classroom and post-secondary student wellness. She has developed and taught courses and was the editor for the Children’s Mental Health certificate. Has co-edited Child and Youth Mental Health in Canada: Cases from the Front-Line and Child and Youth Care Practice: Collected Wisdom for New Practitioners.

Areas of Instruction

  • Counselling
  • Mental Health
  • Trauma-Informed Care
  • Capstone
  • Ethics

Areas of Scholarship

  • Compassion Fatigue & Burnout
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Depictions of Suffering
  • Post-secondary Student Wellness
  • Self-Care

Selected Publications

Kostouros, P., & Warthe, D. G., (2020). Protocols and practices in emergency evacuation of women fleeing abuse. Greenwich Social Work Review 1(1), 1-10.

Kostouros, P., Bennett, D., & Heliman-Shippey, A.* (2019). Self-Care curriculum. Transformative Dialogues,12(2), 1-11.

Kostouros, P. (2018). Wellness in the post-secondary classroom. Relational Journal of Child & Youth Care Practice, 31(1), 50-59. 

Kostouros, P., & Bennett, D. (2017). Caring about student self-care. Transformative Dialogues,10(3)

Kostouros, P. (2017). Depictions of suffering through a Circle of Courage lens. Relational Journal of Child and Youth Care Practice, 30(2), 35-52.

Selected Presentations

Kostouros, P. & Thompson, B. (Nov 2019). Mental health: Beyond the DSM. Unity through relationships conference. Dublin Ireland

Kostouros, P. & Kearney, S.* (Nov 2019). Addressing compassion fatigue and compassion satisfaction in supervision. Unity through relationships conference. Dublin Ireland

Kostouros, P. & Bennett, D. & Shippey-Heilman, A. (June 2019). What students taught us about self-care curriculum. Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Winnipeg, MN

Kostouros, P. (Oct 2018). Depictions of Suffering in Post-Secondary Education. International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Bergen, Norway.

Kostouros, P. & Warthe, G. (June, 2018). Emergency evacuation protocols for women fleeing abuse. Women’s Shelters Canada: Shelters of the Future. Ottawa, ON.

Relevant Community Service

  • Journal Reviewer
  • Executive Board member Alberta Counselling Therapist Association
  • MRFA Committees
  • Child and Youth Care Educators Accreditation Board of Canada