This program is designed for students who want to understand human behaviour and use this knowledge to promote the mental health of individuals, families, groups and communities. Students are exposed to a range of counselling and psychotherapy approaches as well as a strong foundation in psychology research and theory. In the practicum and work term, students obtain experience with different populations and working environments that allows them to explore career options and practice the skills that prepare them for employment or graduate studies. The curriculum fosters an understanding of diverse sociocultural factors, lifespan development, theory and practice in a range of counselling and psychotherapy approaches, ethical and evidence-based professional practices, as well as the research methods and psychological theories that inform counselling and psychotherapy practice.
Graduates are prepared to work with diverse populations in a variety of roles (e.g. case manager, mental health worker, support worker, disability counselor, educational assistant, attendance counsellor, employment counselor, intake coordinator, parole supervisor, probation officer, residential worker) and in different settings (correctional institutions, community support agencies, schools, youth residences, self-employment). Graduates may start a career upon graduation or pursue a graduate degree in counselling or a related applied psychology area.
OSSD or equivalent, with:
- minimum overall average of 65 percent
- six Grade 12 U or M level courses
- grade 12 English (U) (ENG4U)
Students presenting equivalent qualifications will also be considered for admission. A grade 12 U or M Mathematics course is highly recommended.
Mature applicants may also be considered for admission to this program providing their previous school performance and/or recent work record suggests a strong possibility of academic success. In order to qualify, applicants must be 19 years of age by December 31 of the year of admission and must have been away from formal education for at least one year immediately prior to beginning studies. Mature applicants must meet subject prerequisites prior to registration.
Applicants should be aware that first-year enrolment is limited; satisfying minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.
Selection is based on academic grades and subject prerequisites; applicants must meet minimum averages to receive final acceptance.
Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector Check
Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student's responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.
NOTE: A record of criminal offences, for which a pardon has not been granted, may prevent students from completing their placements, thereby affecting their ability to graduate.
This college has been granted consent by the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development to offer this applied degree for a seven year term starting
April 29, 2019. The college shall ensure that all students admitted to the above-named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.
Non-core courses are required in all degree programs to meet the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities benchmark for depth and breadth in degree-level learning. These courses are designed to give students the tools to develop interdisciplinary perspectives that inform their approach to their own discipline, their continued education and their life outside work.
Students are required to take: at least one first year interdisciplinary course (INTS1xxx); two introductory courses in their choice of disciplines outside their main field of study, which may include psychology (PSYC 1000 or PSYC 1001), social science (SOCI 1000), humanities (HUMA 1012), or science (SCEN 1000); one advanced course in a discipline (ex. PSYC3xxx, SOSC3xxx, HUMA3xxx), and; one upper level interdisciplinary course (INTS4xxx). These courses and any remaining non-core course requirements to be selected from the program list.
- CNSL 1000 - Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
- PSYC 1000 - Introduction to Psychology 1 (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
- INTS 1007 - Interdisciplinary Modes of Communication (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
- Select 2 courses at the 1000-level from the available list during registration. (Semester 1 / 84 hours)
- CNSL 1001 - Basic Interviewing Skills (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
- CNSL 2000 - Ethical Issues in the Helping Professions (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
- PSYC 1001 - Introduction to Psychology 2 (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
- INTS 1002 - Introduction to Multidisciplinary Research (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
- Elective Non-Core Course - Select 1 course from the available list during registration. (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
- CNSL 2001 - Theories and Practice of Counselling and Psychotherapy - Individual (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
- PSYC 2008 - Advanced Writing for Psychology (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
- PSYC 3011 - Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
- PSYC 3013 - Theories of Personality (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
- INTS 2008 - Foundations of Human Sexuality (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
- CNSL 2002 - Theory and Practice of Counselling and Psychotherapy - Groups (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
- CNSL 3000 - Theories and Pract of Counselling and Psychotherapy-Contemp. Psychodynamic and Humanistic Approaches (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
- PSYC 3008 - Social Psychology (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
- PSYC 3012 - Developmental Psychology: Adulthood and Aging (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
- STAS 3003 - Statistical Analysis (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
- CNSL 3001 - Self-Awareness in the Counselling Relationship (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
- PSYC 3014 - Brain and Behaviour (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
- PSYC 4008 - Research Methods in Psychology (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
- CNSL 3002 - Field Placement 1 (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
- CNSL 3003 - Field Placement 2 (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
- CNSL 3004 - Theories and Practice of Counselling and Psychotherapy - Cognitive-Behavioural Approaches (Semester 6 / 42 hours)
- CNSL 3005 - Psychometric Assessment in Counselling (Semester 6 / 42 hours)
- CNSL 4000 - Advanced Readings in Counselling (Semester 6 / 42 hours)
- PSYC 3015 - Learning and Cognition (Semester 6 / 42 hours)
- Elective Non-Core Course - Select 1 course at the 3000-level from the available list during registration. (Semester 6 / 42 hours)
- CNSL 3006 - Counselling Internship (Semester 7 / 420 hours)
- CNSL 3007 - Theories and Practices of Counselling and Psychotherapy - Abuse, Trauma, and Crisis Intervention (Semester 8 / 42 hours)
- CNSL 4001 - Applied Thesis 1 (Semester 8 / 42 hours)
- PSYC 3001 - Abnormal Psychology (Semester 8 / 42 hours)
- Elective Non-Core Course - Select 1 course from the available list during registration. (Semester 8 / 42 hours)
- Elective Non-Core Course - Select 1 course at the 4000-level from the available list during registration. (Semester 8 / 42 hours)
- CNSL 4002 - Topics in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Semester 9 / 42 hours)
- CNSL 4003 - Counselling as a Profession (Semester 9 / 42 hours)
- CNSL 4004 - Applied Thesis 2 (Semester 9 / 42 hours)
- CNSL 4005 - Counselling Psychology Research Seminar (Semester 9 / 42 hours)
- Elective Core Course - Select 1 course from the available list during registration. (Semester 9 / 42 hours)