Counselling psychology

Sherri Pooyak teaches students how to bead
Counselling students learn to bead from Sherri Pooyak, a guest presenter in Indigenous Mental Health & Healing (ED-D 591D). This special topics course examined Indigenous culture-based treatment and healing within the broader historical and social backdrop of the history of psychology in Canada and cultural revitalization.

Are you passionate about helping people? With us, you'll gain the knowledge and skills necessary to work as a professional counsellor and have a real impact on people’s lives. Our trauma-informed graduate programs offer a balance of theory, practice and research.

We offer two programs:

  1. The Counselling Psychology program is available as a project-based master's or a thesis-based master's for those who want to pursue doctoral-level studies. This program is accredited by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association’s Council on Accreditation of Counsellor Education Programs.
  2. The Indigenous Communities Counselling Psychology program integrates Indigenous values and traditions. The makes the needs of Indigenous communities and clients central. This program is the first of its kind in Canada.

Why study counselling psychology at UVic?

We offer:

  • Balanced programs of theory, practice and research
  • Small classes, ongoing contact with a program supervisor and close faculty contact
  • Practicum component where you'll get the counsellor preparation and training necessary to work in different settings.
  • Excellent record of graduate job placement—see what our students have to say!

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Upcoming Counselling Psychology MA info session:

We host info sessions once every few months. Our next info session will be in February 2023 - please check here for details in the new year. The info session provides an overview of our program, career prospects, admissions requirements, and how to put together a competitive application. 

If you are currently submitting your application to the September 2023 program (Application deadline Dec. 1), we are hosting a special Question-And-Answer session on Wednesday November 2, 4:30-6:00 p.m. Please email for the Zoom link. This is NOT a general info session - if you are just beginning to gather information about our program or are thinking of applying in a future year, please wait and attend the February info session instead.