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About Mark Shelvock (he/him)

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Self-transformation is my passion and expertise as a licensed psychotherapist. I am also a certified thanatologist, and I have taught post-secondary courses related to death, grief, and trauma for years. 

 

I am a very curious person, with an open heart and a great sense of humour. I do not have a traditional "therapist voice", which I view as a plus! 

I learned at an early age that deeper issues don't tend to fix themselves, and that we are all responsible for our own healing. The art of a well lived life invites us to adopt a curious, open-minded, and flexible approach towards our own suffering. 

 I also attend to my own healing process, shadow work, and individuation process. This supports me in showing up with integrity, grit, resiliency, and compassion for those I work with. Post-traumatic growth is real, and I have personally experienced it.

I live in London, Ontario, Canada. 

I have pursued clinical training in modalities that work with the whole person - mind, heart, and body:

  • ​ Attachment-based Psychotherapy

  • Internal Family Systems

  • Expressive Arts

  • Jungian Psychology

  • Somatic Psychology & Polyvagal Theory

  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

  • Psychosynthesis & Transpersonal Psychology

 

These psychotherapeutic approaches emphasize awareness, depth, tending to life patterns, addressing survival/trauma responses, and safely helping people to reconnect with themselves or others. Establishing a relationship with the hidden or unconscious aspects of our mind (psyche) or body (soma) can help us learn how to live with our deepest emotional wounds, while also offering us the opportunity to discover vitality, freedom, and joy.

 

By co-creating safety and curiosity, I can help facilitate your innate potential for psychological growth and meaning. The aim of psychotherapy is not striving for perfection, but rather a sense of wholeness. 

I am committed to examining the most up to date research in healing. I also frequently pursue professional development, continuing education, and clinical mentorship/supervision as a lifelong learner. 

Professional Affiliations

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying). College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

Certified Thanatologist. Association for Death Education and Counselling. 

Adjunct Professor. Grief Education - OISE, University of Toronto. 

Mental Health Author. Psychology Today, and Published Health Scientist. 

Member. Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy.

Member. Bereavement Ontario Network.

Continuing Education - Doctoral Training

While maintaining my clinical practice, I am pursuing doctoral training in the Health & Rehabilitation Sciences PhD program, Faculty of Health Sciences, at Western University. My research focuses on trauma, health professional education, and self-actualization. 

My academic supervisor is Dr. Imants Barušs, who states: "As soon as we turn to an examination of existential issues, we run into a wealth of information that has not been, and in many cases cannot be, subjected to the methods of scrutiny traditionally employed in the sciences. It is a daunting situation from which it is easier to turn away and to do something more 'respectable' than to proceed and risk embarrassment and possible academic castigation. However, having decided to advance, we have no choice but to dig in and hopes that our scholarly integrity can be seen through the clouds of nonsense that seek to envelop us".

- Authentic Knowing: The Convergence of Science and Spiritual Aspiration

Completed Education

Master's of Arts in Counselling Psychology, Yorkville University

Master's of Arts in Gender & Sexuality Research, Western University

Certificate in Thanatology: Death, Dying, & Bereavement, Association for Death Education & Counselling

Certificate in Techniques of Grief Therapy: Creative Practices with Dr. Robert Neimeyer

Honours Bachelor Degree in Thanatology and Philosophy, King's University College

Ontario College Diploma in Food & Nutrition Management, Fanshawe College

Publications 

​Papers in refereed journals

 

  • Shelvock, M., Kinsella, E. A., & Harris, D. (2022). Beyond the corporatization of death systems: Towards green death practices. Illness, Crisis, and Loss, 30(4), 640-658. 

  • Shelvock, M. (2018). A life worth living: Examined and unexamined grief. The King’s Undergraduate Research Journal, 2, 1-9.

 

Chapters in books

 

  • Shelvock, M. (accepted, in preparation). Shadows in context: Batman, Twoface, and losses of a traumatic childhood. In J. Harrington & R. Neimeyer (Eds.), Superhero grief: Non-death losses. Routledge.

 

Online professional articles and blogs

 

  • Shelvock, M. (2023). Majority of adults have adverse childhood experiences. Psychology Today. 

  • Shelvock, M. (2023). Awareness and change: How psychodynamic therapy supports healing. Psychology Today. 

  • Shelvock, M. (2023).  Grief, attachment, & growth. Heroics Minds App.

  • Shelvock, M. (2023).  Loss is whatever a person says it is. Heroics Minds App.

  • Shelvock, M. (2023). Haunted by loss: Grieving during Halloween. Psychology Today. 

  • Shelvock, M., & Wyzynski, D. (2023). Ethical principles in mental health care. Psychology Today. 

  • Shelvock, M. (2023). New APA book: Death as an altered state of consciousness. Psychology Today. 

  • Shelvock, M. (2023). 4 Ways to connect with your authentic self. Psychology Today. 

  • Shelvock, M. (2023). Can we “see” dead people?. Psychology Today.  

  • Shelvock, M. (2023). Have you ever wondered what your dreams mean? Psychology Today.

  • Shelvock, M. (2023). The shadow of mystery: Limitations of science in therapy. Psychology Today. 

  • Shelvock, M. (2023).  The hero & heroine archetypes. Heroics Minds App.

  • Shelvock, M. (2023). Healing soma: Integrating trauma through somatic experiencing. Psychology Today. 

  • Shelvock, M. (2023).  What is ecological grief and trauma?. Psychology Today. 

  • Shelvock, M. (2022).  A grief that never ends: Chronic sorrow. Psychology Today. 

  • Shelvock, M. (2022).  Rationality is not enough. Psychology Today. 

  • Shelvock, M. (2022).  What’s the difference between grief support and grief therapy? Psychology Today. 

  • Shelvock, M. (2022). Understanding loss: Grief and attachment theory. Psychology Today. 

  • Shelvock, M. (2022).  Grieving when no has died. Psychology Today.

  • Shelvock, M. (2022).  Relearning the world through grief. Psychology Today. 

  • Shelvock, M. (2022).  There is no step-by-step formula for grief. Psychology Today. 

 

Print magazine articles and newsletters

 

  • Shelvock, M. (2023). Grief allows growth. Psychology Today. Men – Understanding Male Emotions, 56(2), 40.

  • Shelvock, M. (2021). Ethical standards for mental health service providers: Case analysis I. Ethical Connections, Yorkville University’s MACP Annual Newsletter.

  • Shelvock, M. (2021). Ecological grief. Psynopsis – Canadian Psychological Association Magazine, 43(2), 10-11.

Presentations

Invited presentations

 

  • Shelvock, M. (2023). Invited online clinical webinar training for internationally trained healthcare clinicians. Tending to living losses from mis-attuned, neglectful, or adverse childhood experiences. Association for Death Education & Counselling. 

  • Shelvock, M. (2023). Invited online clinical training for psychotherapist training program. Introduction to grief counselling for new therapists (oral presentation). Invited by Dr. Alida van Dijk. For Community Counselling Centre of London.

  • Shelvock, M. (2023). Invited in-person clinical presentation for grieving families and individuals. A grief that never ends: Chronic sorrow. Threads of Life, at their family forum in Alliston, Ontario, Canada.

  • Shelvock, M. (2023). Invited in-person clinical training presentation. The journey through loss, grief, & hope. London Middlesex Palliative Care – Refresher Day. London, Ontario, Canada.

  • Shelvock, M. (2023). Invited online clinical training for psychotherapist training program. Essential knowledge: Grief & loss for new clinicians (oral presentation). Invited by Dr. Alida van Dijk. For Community Counselling Centre of London.

  • Shelvock, M. (2022). Invited online professional presentation. Becoming grief literate: Foundations for grief, loss, and meaningful support (oral presentation). For Department of Human Resources (university staff), University of Toronto.

 

Presentations at professional meetings, workshops, community education, and invited guest lectures

 

  • Shelvock, M. (2023). Introduction to loss and grief support (guest lecture). For PSYC 1078: Psychology of Death. Invited by Dr. Monika Mandoki. Fanshawe College. London, Ontario, Canada.

  • Shelvock, M. (2023). Environmental grief (guest lecture). For THAN 4331: Social and political discourse in thanatology. Invited by Dr. Darcy Harris. King’s University College. London, Ontario, Canada.

  • Shelvock, M. (2023). People ‘see’ dead people: Exploring how to support after death communication experiences in health-care (poster presentation). International Working Group for Death, Dying, and Bereavement. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

  • Shelvock, M. (2023). Facilitated psychotherapist and thanatologist career mentorship for undergraduate students at King’s Home Coming event. For King’s Alumni Services. King’s University College. London, Ontario, Canada.

  • Shelvock, M., & Joy, K. (2022). Anti-oppressive and healing approaches to grief education in times of uncertainty (oral presentation). Bereavement Ontario Network. Online professional conference.

  • Shelvock, M., & Husseini, A. (2022). Creating meaning through art: A non-death loss grief support group (oral presentation). Bereavement Ontario Network. Online professional conference.

  • Shelvock, M. (2021). Media and tragic events in thanatology (guest lecture). For THAN: 1025: Introduction to Thanatology. Invited by Dr. Darcy Harris. King’s University College. London, Ontario, Canada.

  • Shelvock, M. (2021). Beyond the corporatization of death systems: Towards green death practices (oral presentation). Association for Death Education & Counselling. Online professional conference.

  • Shelvock, M. (2020). Death education – life after king’s: thanatology (panelist alumni member). For King’s Alumni Services. King’s University College. Online support for students.

  • Shelvock, M. (2020). Green death practices (oral presentation). For Department of Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies Annual Academic Conference. Western University. London, Ontario, Canada.

  • Shelvock, M. (2020). Engaging with wisdom and mystery (oral presentation). For King’s Mature Student’s Association Annual Conference. King’s University College. London, Ontario, Canada.

  • Shelvock, M. (2020). Death education – life after king’s: thanatology (panelist alumni member). For King’s Alumni Services. King’s University College. Online support for students.

  • Shelvock, M. (2019). Discovering wisdom in thanatology: The value of reflective knowledge (oral presentation). Bereavement Ontario Network. Orillia, Ontario, Canada.

  • Shelvock, M. (2019). Facilitated death education workshop for highschoolers. H. B Beal Secondary School (partnership with thanatology program). London, Ontario, Canada.

  • Shelvock, M. (2018). A life worth living: Examined and unexamined grief (oral presentation). King’s Undergraduate Research Conference. King’s University College. London, Ontario, Canada.

  • Shelvock, M. (2018). Facilitated death education workshop for highschoolers. H. B Beal Secondary School (partnership with thanatology program). London, Ontario, Canada.

  • Shelvock, M. (2017). A life worth living: Examined and unexamined grief (poster presentation). Association for Death Education & Counselling. Portland, Oregon, United States of America.

 

Media and podcast interviews

 

  • Shelvock, M. (2023). Finding grief support: When to seek professional help & when to turn to peers with Mark Shelvock (podcast interview). Grief Club: The Podcast, hosted by Addison Brasil. Online.

  • Shelvock, M. (2021). Coping with tragedy, death, and change: OISE continuing & professional learning unveils grief education certificate program (media oral interview). Interviewed by Perry King, OISE Communications Department. Online.

  • Shelvock, M. (2021). Death has a climate change problem (media oral interview). Interviewed by Dominique Mosbergen, HuffPost. Online.

  • Shelvock, M. (2017). King’s thanatology professor and student to be honoured at the ADEC conference (media oral interview). Interviewed by King’s Communications Department. King’s University College. London, Ontario. 

  • Shelvock, M. (2016). Acknowledging death in order to appreciate life: Death cafes (broadcast radio interview). Interviewed by Wei Chen. CBC Radio - Ontario. 

  • Shelvock, M. (2016). Death cafes at Western University (media oral interview). Interviewed by Rita Rahmati. The Western Gazette. 

  • Shelvock, M. (2015). Studying death to appreciate life: The key to happiness can be found in the exploration of death (text-based media interview). Interviewed by Evan Boudreau. The Catholic Register.

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