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Counselling Psychology

Counselling Psychology

Why study Counselling at UVic?

Our Counselling Psychology graduate program assists students in developing the knowledge, skills, and understanding necessary to work as professional counsellors in a wide variety of settings. We promote individualized professional development through small, intensive programs, and our academic supervisors provide students with regular mentoring and support.

There are fellowships, scholarships, and assistantships available for qualified students, and the practicum component of our program gives students real-life job experience. As a result, our students have an excellent record of job attainment following graduation. See what our students have to say!

Programs and courses Programs and courses

Our project-based and thesis-based MA counselling programs balance theory, practical knowledge, and research. We also offer project-based MA counselling degrees in exciting community-based counselling programs.

Delivery method

Delivery methodBoth the project-based and thesis-based MA counselling program is offered as a full-time, on-campus program. The project-based MA typically takes 2-2.5 years, while the thesis-based MA typically takes 3 years to complete For both options, students are expected to take courses year round; 3-4 courses each September and January term and 2-3 courses in the summer. Students should be prepared to commit to five days a week during the academic year.  For more information, see the programs and courses section.

Comminuty-based counselling programs are also available. Community-based programs allow students to earn a project-based MA while engaging in mixed-delivery course work, often blending practicum and internship work, project research, and face-to-face instruction. Be sure to check out our current community-based program offerings.

CACEP Accreditation

Update on Canadian Counselling Association Accreditation

Update on Canadian Counselling Association Accreditation

In 2008, the University of Victoria approved revisions to our Counselling Psychology program requirements in order to comply with the accreditation standards of the Canadian Counselling Association's Council on Accreditation of Counsellor Education Programs (CACEP).

What is CACEP Accreditation?

What is CACEP Accreditation?

The Council on Accreditation of Counsellor Education Programs (CACEP) is a body empowered by the Canadian Counselling Association (CCA) CACEP to review and grant "accredited status" to counsellor education programs in Canada. The Council has outlined the required course content, practicum, and supervision experiences that counsellor education programs must provide to students in order to meet the standards of a professionally trained counsellor, as approved by the Canadian Counselling Association.

Our department has been working towards achieving CACEP Accreditation as a way to increase the quality and standards of our program for our students and to provide graduates with a competitive edge in their career planning and development.

What does this mean for the program?

What does this mean for the program?

CACEP Accreditation has revised the couselling program in two respects:

  • Duration: a minimum of two years (24 months or six terms) will be required to complete both the MEd and MA degrees.
  • Content: once completed, your degree will conform to the required standards for CACEP Accreditation.

Who gets accredited?

Who gets accredited?

Counselling programs get accredited, not individual students.

What about certification with CCA or registration with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC)?

What about certification with CCA or registration with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC)?

Graduates of our program have always been eligible and qualified for certification with CCA or registration with BCACC.

Accreditation will continue to provide students with the ability to obtain both qualifications.

When will the UVic program obtain CCP-CACEP Accreditation?

When will the UVic program obtain CCP-CACEP Accreditation?

It is our plan to have obtained CACEP Accreditation by July 2011.

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