Master of Counselling, BC

Master of Counselling (British Columbia) Prerequisites

Admission to the Master of Counselling degree program in British Columbia requires the successful completion of a 4 year undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution.   Candidates for the Master of Counselling program must have completed undergraduate coursework showing the fundamental knowledge in each of the areas of Learning, Cognition, Personality and Human Development.  These fundamentals may be covered in any combination/number of courses.  For example, if you took one course that included the topic of Learning and Cognition and one course that included the topics of Personality and Human Development, you have probably met this requirement with these two courses.  A grade of a “C” or higher is required for the course to qualify.

Additionally, in the instance an applicant has no related counselling experience, a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer service is required.

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Accepting applications for Fall 2021 (October)

Program Details

CityU in Canada,  provides an approved Master of Counselling degree program in British Columbia, Canada. The program is approved by the Ministry of Advanced Education and designed to align with the requirements necessary to become a Registered Clinical Counsellor, R.C.C. or a Canadian Certified Counsellor, C.C.C.

Our Master in Counselling program provides a thorough grounding in traditional counselling theory and describes collaborative, practice-based ways of engaging therapeutically. You’ll learn from a faculty of scholar-practitioners who work in the field of counselling and publish in counselling journals and books.  Expect a comprehensive core of learning that covers the following topics:

  • diversity and cultural psychology
  • ethics and law
  • grief, loss, trauma and addictions
  • human development and family systems
  • psychopathology and psychopharmacology
  • research, testing and assessment

Effective In-Class and Online Learning

CityU in Canada’s British Columbia program offers you four different ways to complete your master’s in counselling program. Complete coursework online at your own pace with a quarterly residency requirement (mixed-mode learning), take courses part time with classroom-based sessions on Saturdays,  participate in our full-time, in-class program or learn in our new Virtual Campus. Full time students can complete the program in under two years. Speak with a CityU advisor to see which program works best for you.

*Please note, our Victoria location delivers courses through mixed-mode format only.

Where CityU Can Take You

Your master’s degree in counselling from CityU prepares you to work as a therapist in a variety of settings including mental health clinics, private practices, social service agencies, not-for-profit community organizations, residential treatment programs and provincial health authority ministries.

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If you have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, you can apply to earn your master’s degree in counselling online or in class with CityU. Reach out to Marien Farber, our Enrollment Advisor, to learn about starting your impactful career as a therapist or counsellor in British Columbia, Canada. or 604-689-2489 (toll-free: 1-800-663-7466).

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Core Courses (50)
CPC 501 Introduction To Counselling Psychology Practice (5)
This course provides an introduction to the fundamental skills needed to facilitate therapeutic change. Topics include interviewing skills, establishing a therapeutic alliance, and professional documentation. Students will be able to conduct a client interview using the foundational practices of the field.
CPC 502 Systemic Theory: Diversity and Cultural Psychology (3)
This course is an introduction to the theory, ethics and practice of diversity counselling. Students will examine the sociopolitical nature of counselling, the impact of counsellor and systemic bias, the multiple dimensions of identity, and the goals of diversity counselling competence. The course develops competencies through the students personal and professional exploration of value and belief systems, factors of power and oppression, racial/cultural/gender/ sexual orientation identity formation, and ethical practice.
CPC 510 Professional Ethics and Law (3)
The professional practice of psychology and counselling centres on thinking, questioning, and decision-making. This course provides a comprehensive investigation of ethical, practice and legal codes and issues as they relate to the development of a professional identity. Areas of focus include multicultural issues, responsibilities and liabilities, confidentiality and its limits, duty to warn, and dual relationships. A differentiation will be made between the regulatory process that protects the public interest and the collegial association process that promotes self-interest and the profession.
CPC 511 Psychology of Loss and Grief (3)
The Psychology of Loss and Grief course presents the holistic experience of loss, the varied presentations of the resulting grief and models of understanding and working with bereavement. Students will acquire knowledge, clinical skills and personal understanding of working with people who have experienced a loss, from the perspective of the individual, as well as the macrocosm of the family, culture, religion, etc. Prerequisites:Admission to the Master of Counselling program.
CPC 512 Family Systems Therapy (5)
This course introduces systemic thinking and a variety of Family Therapy theories and interventions. Students explore the history of Family Therapy, the Feminist Critique, Post-Modern Theories, Neurobiological Research, and the new evidence based models of Family Therapy. Prerequisites:Admission to the Master of Counselling program.
CPC 513 Brief Therapy Models (3)
This course provides an overview of the common factors inherent in all effective psychotherapy, and provides skill development in how to plan treatment that is time-sensitive, pragmatic, and outcome-focused.
CPC 514 Research Methods and Statistics (3)
This course, covering research in the social sciences, provides the context for the development of the ability to critically review, as an informed counselling practitioner, scientific research in the mental health fields. Students taking this course will need basic mathematical competencies: addition, subtraction, multiplying, dividing, and working with roots and squares. An understanding of basic first and second-order equations is an asset, particularly properties of equality.
CPC 522 Psychology of Trauma and Interpersonal Violence (3)
Students will analyze social and psychological dimensions of power in interpersonal relationships. From this theoretical base, students will develop therapeutic competency to engage with victims and perpetrators of violence in a process of change. Theoretical understanding and clinical competencies will include attention to social context, ethics, and legal implications.
CPC 523 Psychology of Sexuality and Human Development (3)
Developmental psychology describes emotional, cognitive, behavioral, relational, social, and cultural change as a function of age and the passage of time. Important aspects of psychological potential and psychological distress can be understood in the context of individual, family, community, and cultural development. This course reviews the dominant theories that have structured the psychology of human development. It enlarges the focus of inquiry to include class, culture, gender, age and sexuality. Students will explore how a developmental perspective informs clinical practice.
CPC 524 Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology (5)
This course is an investigation of psychopathology from a therapeutic perspective based upon observable patterns of behaviour. Students develop skills in diagnostic assessment and case conceptualization. Emphasis will be on diagnosis of syndromes, with introductions to etiology, treatment, and prognosis.
CPC 525 Testing and Assessment (3)
This course presents a survey of assessment techniques and instruments for personality, intelligence, achievement, interest, and aptitude. Students learn to incorporate test results into written reports, conduct mental status examinations, perform assessment interviews, and write detailed case conceptualization reports integrating quantitative and qualitative assessments. Prerequisites: CPC 514 Statistics and Research or equivalent or substantial experience and facility with quantitative analysis.
CPC 526 Counselling Psychology Theory (5)
This course provides an orientation on how to approach and use theory in the practice of counselling psychology, reviews a number of current issues in counselling and psychotherapy, and introduces students to both classical and contemporary models of counselling and psychotherapy. Once students acquire these competencies, they will be able to form an initial, critically informed personal theory of counselling. Course delivery will be via lecture, demonstration (live and videotape), in-class skill practice, and feedback.
CPC 527 Group Counselling Psychology (3)
This course provides an experiential group counselling laboratory in which students learn group process theory and skills by participating as both members and as leaders. Students will explore the application of various group approaches to specific client populations and clinical settings.
CPC 529 Psychology of Addictions (3)
This course seeks to comprehend the phenomenon predominantly described as “addiction”, exploring and critically examining this phenomenon from multiple perspectives. This course places special emphasis on compassionate, collaborative, practices of engagement with what may be considered the clinically significant distress of others. This course explores, and critically evaluates, a range of frameworks, models, metaphors and theories seeking to make sense of the etiology of substance use, misuse and abuse within the context of the person’s life and relationships. This course critically examines predominant and conventional ways in which “addiction” is understood, proposing and examining alternative ways of understanding the meanings people attach to the phenomenon of the “addiction” experiences. The course presents a sociological overview of the history regarding the social construction of what makes a drug licit or illicit, and examines associated outcomes.
CPC 550 Comprehensive Exam (0)
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Additional Required Courses (16)
CPC 600 Child and Adolescent Counselling (3)
An intense exploration of approaches to working with children and adolescents in therapy, this course emphasizes methods of integrating and applying systemic, developmental, and individual theories. Topics include: behavior problems, violence, drug and alcohol problems, school problems, suicide assessment, and family issues.
CPC 604 Psychology of Aging (3)
In a time of changing demographics and longer lifespan, the skills and knowledge required for responding to elders is crucial to well-rounded clinical practice. This course looks at trends and demographics, covers development late in the lifespan in detail, examines the mental health issues associated with aging, provides guidelines and critique in the ethics of elder care, as well as emphasizing the unique set of clinical skills needed for service to the elderly. Prerequisites: MACP Program.
CPC 606 Couples Counselling (3)
This course exposes students to the dynamics of couple relationships, potential issues, treatment approaches, and counselling techniques.
CPC 610 Introduction to Clinical Supervision (3)
This course is a foundational introduction to the theory and practice of clinical supervision. Focus will be given to cultivating a working knowledge of a diversity of supervisory theories, their pragmatic clinical applications and skilled service delivery, understanding and analysis of the ethical and legal dimensions of supervisory practice, and supervisory professional and personal dynamics. The format of the course will include in-class discussions, readings, group work and role play, self-reflective practice, written assignments, and a class presentation.
CPC 680 Counselling Research Capstone (4)
The Capstone is a research project that incorporates students’ overall academic learning and scholastic inquiry. The project is intended to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge regarding a variety of theories, perspectives, and practices relevant to dilemmas that therapists hear of during therapeutic consultations. The Capstone project creates an opportunity for students to critically reflect on their evolving philosophy of counselling and their sense of self as a therapist. This is done by researching and critiquing a relevant counselling dilemma, or particular topic or theme, in depth, while proposing a research methodology appropriate for further research in the area students choose to write about. A synopsis or overview of the project will be expected of each student, within the context of a poster presentation or related format.
Internship/Practica (6)
CPC 633 Internship * (0)
Students will arrange clinical internships at local agencies or other approved settings, and deliver counselling services under the supervision of the internship site and the City U Internship Coordinator. This course serves as a vehicle for documentation of internship hours, intern evaluations, and supervisory evaluations. This course is repeated until all 250 required client contact hours and 50 site supervision hours are completed.
CPC 651 Practicum I (2)
The Practicum courses provide clinical experience and professional supervision beyond the student’s internship setting. Students will have the opportunity to participate in group supervision, discuss internship issues, journal their client contact therapy work, and conduct professional clinical case presentations. Prerequisites: Successful Completion of Comprehensive Exams.
CPC 652 Practicum II (2)
The Practicum courses provide clinical experience and professional supervision beyond the student’s internship setting. Students will have the opportunity to participate in group supervision, discuss internship issues, journal their client contact therapy work, and conduct professional clinical case presentations.
CPC 653 Practicum III (2)
The Practicum courses provide clinical experience and professional supervision beyond the student’s internship setting. Students will have the opportunity to participate in group supervision, discuss internship issues, journal their client contact therapy work, and conduct professional clinical case presentations.

*Internship must be repeated until internship requirements are completed.

Elective Courses (1-5)
CPC 599 Graduate Seminar-Independent Study (1-5)
Special topics in counselling psychology will be explored in seminar, workshop or independent study formats.