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Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos

Episode #8: Call It Like It Is

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Jeffrey Ansloos, PhD, C. Psych, joins us to discuss the importance of listening, cultivating relationships, the concept of care and caring for others within your community, the ethical responsibility that identity creates within a person to enact real change, and so much more!


Dr. Ansloos is a Registered Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Indigenous Mental Health and Social Policy in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto. Dr. Ansloos is Nêhiyaw (Cree) and English, and is a member of Fisher River Cree Nation (Ochekwi-Sipi; Treaty 5). He was born and raised in the heart of Treaty 1 territory in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Prior to joining OISE, Dr. Ansloos worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria, at Lesley University in Boston and was also interim program director in Global and Interdisciplinary Studies. Dr. Ansloos completed his doctoral residency at the University of Manitoba, his PhD and MA in Clinical Psychology, as well as an MA in Theology and Ethics from Fuller, and a BA in Counselling from Trinity Western University.



  • Deciding what to post on Twitter and the tensions of using social media while working in the public domain of scholarship

  • Advocacy within violent systems

  • The need for both optimism and realism in Psychology

  • Relationship building 

  • The power of listening and its limits

  • Dr. Ansloos’ theology background

  • Common threads across psychology and how “keeping us together” may not be the best course of action

  • Challenging the notion of ‘staying in your lane’

  • Identity: labels vs people

  • Navigating identity and intersectionality in institutions and relationships

  • How identity informs Jeffrey’s politics and practice

  • The privilege of deciding when and with whom to reveal aspects of one’s identity

  • Better understanding and appreciation for different ways of knowing and being

  • The importance of building meaningful relationships with people outside your comfort zone or site of privilege

  • Thinking about change in a deeper way



  • Follow Jeffrey on Twitter!

  • Staying with the Trouble by Donna Haraway

  • Learn more about the history of Clinical Psychology referenced in this episode here and here.

  • Read Dr. Ansloo’s article: “Indigenous Peoples mental health and wellbeing: Updates in Canadian psychology practice” in CPA’s Psynopsis Vol 41, Issue 3

  • Watch Jeffrey’s interview on the importance of Indigenous content in Canadian classrooms here.

  • Dr. Ansloos’ book: “The Medicine of Peace” is available for order online.



  • Cognitive Dissonance: the feelings of discomfort that result when your beliefs are inconsistent with your behaviors and/or new information that is presented to you.

  • Habituation: a process of learning in which an innate response to a stimulus decreases after repeated or prolonged presentations of that stimulus.

  • Active listening: the process of listening attentively while someone else speaks, paraphrasing and reflecting back what is said, and withholding judgment and advice.

  • Intersectionality: the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.

  • Xenophobic: showing an extreme dislike or fear of people from foreign countries..

  • Epistemic pluralism: many ways of knowing (epistemic: relating to knowledge, pluralism: a condition or system in which two or more states, groups, principles, sources of authority, etc., coexist.)

    • A theory that posits (i) “there are many fundamentally different, genuinely alternative epistemic systems’, but (ii) ‘no facts by virtue of which one of these systems is more correct than any of the others.”  Paul Boghossian. 2006. Fear of Knowledge: Against Relativism and Constructivism. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


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