Kate received her BA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, later receiving an MA, and completed her doctorate at the University of St Andrews. She completed her DipPsych(Open) with the Open University, and a PGDip in Counselling at Abertay, where she also recently completed her Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching.
Her doctoral studies at the University of St Andrews, examined the impact of narrative rehearsal on memories of autobiographical events in people experiencing low mood and depression, and she has been a therapeutic practitioner for ten years.
Kate joined the teaching staff at Abertay as a part-time lecturer in 2012, and later as a full-time lecturer, academic curriculum manager and latterly has taken the role of interim head of Division for Mental Health Nursing and Counselling. She runs, along with Sally Lumsdaine, Julia McLeod and Mhairi Thurston, the Tayside Centre for Counselling, a large-scale project into the development of the pluralistic framework for counselling. She is involved in projects examining the role of counselling for people with long-term health conditions (both medical and psychological), and heads a research project into the emotional and psychological needs of people with diabetes. She has published research on training for practitioners in mental health.
Kate is a member of BACP, COSCA, BPS, a Senior Fellow of the HEA, and a founder member of the Pluralistic Practioner Network and chaired the 1st International Conference on Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2018
Kate is the Head of Division for Mental Health Nursing and Counselling for the School of Social and Health Sciences.
Kate teaches on both undergraduate and post-graduate counselling and psychology courses:
Kate has a PGCert in Higher Education Teaching, and she also teaches mindfullnes theory and practice.
Kate is carrying out research in to the emotional and psychological needs of people with diabetes, in collaboration with NHS Tayside and NHS Fife
She is collaborating with Robin Ion (DNC) on a project examining the experiences of student nurses who report poor practice while on placement.
Kate is involved in the running the Tayside Centre for Counselling as a focus for research in to the development of counselling practice and training within the pluralistic model developed by John McLeod and Mick Cooper.
Kate's doctoral research focussed on the role of narrative accounts on the subsequent recall of and understanding of autobiographical events. She has carried out research in to the role of mood and mood-disorders on autobiographical memory.
Students interested in post-gradaute study with Kate should contact her direct.
Smith, K; McLeod, J; McLeod, J & Shoemark, A. (2014) Moving on: a systemitci case-study of health anxiety. Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapies 13(2)
Ion, R., Smith, K., Rice, A-M, McMillan, L. (2015) Factors influencing Student Nurse Decisions to Report Poor Practice Witnessed While on Placement. Nurse Education Today, 35(7) 900-905
Smith, K. (2015) Learning from triads: training undergraduates in counselling skills.Counselling and Psychotherapy Research d.o.i.: 10.1002/capr.12056
Ion, R., Smith, K., Nimmo, S., Moir, J. (2016) Accounting for actions and omissions: a discourse analysis of student nurse accounts of responding to instances of poor care, Journal of Advanced Nursing
Smith, K & McLeod, J. (2016) Counselling Training in Higher Education: Where do we go from here? Counselling in Scotland Winter/Spring
Ion, R, Smith, K, & Dickens G.L. (2017) Nursing and midwifery students' encounters with poor clinical practice: a systematic review. Nurse Education in Practice. Available at https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1UeY85EcXy5D1D
Smith, K & Thurston, M (2017) QAA Quality Teaching International Conference, Glasgow 6-8th June
Smith, K (2016) The development of a practitioner training manual for counselling people with diabetes, BACP Research Conference, Brighton, 20-21st May
Smith, K., McLeod, J. & Thurston, M. (2016) Symposium: Training in counselling and psychotherapy: strategies for developing practitioners who can integrate diverse theoretical perspectives to offer a flexible, responsive and collaborative service to clients. International Conference for Psychotherapy Integration SEPI, Dublin 16-18th June
Smith, K. McLeod, J, Thurston, M (2016) Teaching Integrative Counselling; The Pluralistic Approach. International Conference for the Sociatey of Psychotherapy Integration SEPI, Dublin, RI. 16th-18th June
Smith, K (2016) Training for Counselling in Diabetes. BACP Research conference, 18th-21st May Brighton, UK.
Smith, K (2015) Training in Pluralistic Practice. International Conference for the Sociatey of Psychotherapy Integration SEPI, Baltmore, 25th-29th May
Smith, K., Thurston, M., Eva, P., McLeod, J. (2014) Using the Ward Method as a structure for team-based analysis of complex case data. Society for Psychotherapy Research. Copenhagen. 25th -27th June, 2014.
Smith K (2014) ‘All that stuff I told them’ HEA STEM Conference, Edinburgh 30th April-1st May, 2014
Thurston, M., Smith, K., Eva, P., McLeod, J. (2014). Counselling for Sight Loss: An update. Scottish Vision Strategy Spring Conference. Stirling 26th March, 2014.
Smith, K (2013) Autobiographical Memory, Life-story chapters and incongruent events Paper presented at Society for Applied Research in memory and Cognition (SARMAC) Rotterxdam, 26-29 June
Smith, K (2013) The Ward Method: Collaborative and Creative Consensus in Case-Study Research British Psychological Society, Qualitative Methods Conference, Huddersfield, UK, 4-7th Sept
Smith, K; Dritshel, B; MacLeod, < & O'Connor, A (2012) Narrative incongruence and characteristics of Autobiographical Memories in depression (2012) Paper presented at Autobiographical Memory Conference, Aarhus, Denmark, 11-12 June
Handbook of Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy (2016), Sage:
Chapter: Training in pluralistic practice (McLeod, J., Smith, K. & Thurston, M.)
Chapter: Pluralistic Counselling for Long-term medical conditions (McLeod, J., Thurston, M. & Smith, K.)
Graduate Attributes: developing the Abertay model with Eddie Simpson SET. ATLEF, £4000 March 2017
How inclusive is Abertays on-line learning environment? with Mhairi Thurston SHS ATLEF, £1850 May, 2016
Counselling for Diabetes, Abertay University pump-priming, £4950 May, 2014
Evaluation of Counselling for Diabetes in Young Adults: An open-trial and case-analysis, BACP, £4827, 2014
2014- present Glasgow University - External Examiner for Certificate in Counselling Skills (counselling skills, further steps in counselling and group counselling)
2015 - present Newman University - External Examiner for Counselling Introductory Certificate; Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling and Graduate Certificate in Counselling
2016 - External Reviewer for Leeds Beckett validation event.: Advanced Diploma in Counselling for Children and Young People using Creative Arts
2016 - Reviewer for 3rd International Enhancement in Higher Education Conference: Inspiring excellence – transforming the student experience, 6-8 June 2017 Glasgow
June 2016 'Working with vulnerable groups' workshop for Scottish Graduate School for Social Science
April 2016 'Counselling for Diabetes' training workshop for Pluralistic Counsellors Network
February 2015 - 'Collaborative conversations' Workshop for NHS Fife
September - December 2015 - 'Problem solving with patients' Workshops for NHS Fife
May 2013: University of West of England, Bristol. Day workshop entitled Pluralistic Counselling for Research.
August 2012 - present. Member of the COSCA Training for Trainers panel
April 2016 - Invited talk at Innovations event, St Andrews
February 15th 2016Dundee Courier article on keeping well with Diabetes
February 10th 2016 Presentation to Scottish Parliament cross-party panel on diabetes 'Emotional and psychological impact of diabetes'
January 2016 Diabetes UK Scotland presentation on the emotional impact of living with diabetes doi 10.13140/RG.2.1.3684.8729
13th March 2015 STV News: Interview promoting Tayside Centre for Counselling and the Counselling for Diabetes Project
16th March 2015 Wave 102 (Tayside and Fife local radio) Interview for news programme and promotion of Counselling for Diabetes Project