Matthew (Matty) Hillman

Counsellor; Educational Developer, Mental Health; Instructor
Matty Hillman Staff Bio
School of Health & Human Services
Teaching & Learning Centre


1 (250) 365-7292

Instructor, Human Services Diploma, Child and Youth Care Specialty

Matty Hillman's pedagogy is a reflection of various aspects of his identity and is deeply influenced by his experiences as a child and youth care practitioner, educator, artist and father. His approach to teaching tends to be theoretical, relational and student-centred.

As an instructor and alumnus of Selkirk College’s Human Services Program, he is deeply invested in preparing students for sustainable, fulfilling and effective professional careers supporting children, youth and families in our region. As a mental health strategist and trainer, Matty strives to increase the safety of our community through promoting mental health literacy and skills with educators, students and community members. As a muralist, he is especially interested in the intersection of youth work, social justice and public art—exploring the opportunities these complementary practices create for empowerment, community building and social justice dialogue.

Matty's scholarship and research interests include sexual violence prevention and response on post-secondary campuses, trauma-informed education, healthy masculinities and critical youth mentorship. His writing can be found in various child and youth care journals and several provincial anti-violence projects. You can find his murals adorning walls throughout the West Kootenay.