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Counselling Psychology

What is the Counselling Psychology specialization?

The University of Calgary has offered advanced counselling psychology degrees on campus since 1964. These degrees are offered through the Faculty of Graduate Studies but the programs are housed in the Werklund School of Education. The M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs are offered on campus, while the M.C. (Master of Counselling) is offered through a distributed learning format. The Ph.D. program was accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) in 2011, and the counselling psychology program at the University of Calgary bases its training on the definition of counselling psychology approved by the CPA Board of Directors. Learn more.

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"The Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary offers an excellent program that well-equips students for the variety of roles one can take on as a psychologist, whether it be clinical practice, teaching, or research."

- Jennifer Thannhauser, Class of 2012

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Program Goals

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
  • Ethics
  • Program evaluation
  • Research methods

Career Options

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.

Student Testimonial

Suzie Bisson is a Counselling Psychologist, who works for the Calgary Catholic School District's Intercultural Wellness Program. She graduated with her PhD in Counselling Psychology in 2012.

Student Testimonial

Danielle Droucker graduated from the PhD program in School & Applied Child Psychology in 2013. She currently works for Renfrew Educational Services as a Provisional Psychologist.


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.