The goal of the Counselling Psychology program is to prepare students for future careers in Counselling Psychology as practitioners, educators, and researchers (on-campus degrees), through the acquisition of core knowledge and skills including:
- Interpersonal communication skills
- Assessment of clients and presenting concerns
- Therapeutic counselling interventions
- Program evaluation
- Research methods
Counselling can take you in many directions including academia, community settings, or independent practice. Graduates of our program have pursued careers in a variety of settings including education (schools, colleges, and universities), government, social services, health units and hospitals, community agencies, business / industry, and solo or group private practice.
We believe in the importance of developing full human potential and enhancing quality of life within the context of life-long learning. Toward this end, we emphasize a strong conceptual foundation, an ethical orientation, sensitivity to ethnic/cultural differences, and ongoing skill development. Our students learn to be skilled consumers of research, while on-campus students also focus on the creation and dissemination of knowledge that contributes to the discipline. All students focus on personal awareness and growth.
Graduates of our program are positioned to serve as educational leaders in the effective application of educational and psychological principles to the learning environment at both the individual and systems levels. To achieve these goals, our program cultivates students who are theoretically- and scientifically-informed critical thinkers who demonstrate excellence as providers of high-quality, evidence-based prevention, assessment, intervention and research services. Our graduates are scientist-practitioners who benefit from learning experiences enriched by empirical investigation and supervised training experiences within both the clinical and school environments.