Counselling Psychology

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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 advisers provide students with regular mentoring and support.

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

Our project-based and thesis-based MA counselling programs balance theory, practical knowledge, and research.

We offer the MA in counselling psychology degree in 3 different delivery formats

Update on Canadian Counselling Association Accreditation- November 1st, 2017

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). We're happy to announce the EPLS department has received notice from CACEP that our graduate counselling psychology program has been granted provisional accreditation for a period of 3 years!

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?

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 the coursework.
  • Content: once completed, your degree will conform to the required standards for CACEP Accreditation.

Who gets accredited?

Counselling programs get accredited, not individual students.

What about certification with CCPA 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.

Our graduate counselling psychology programs reflect current professional and research knowledge concerning the counselling and human development needs of a pluralistic society.

These objectives are directly related to the program's activities and reflect on-going input from our faculty, current and former students, as well as agency personnel.

Our goal is that through the program our students will:

  1. Enhance their understanding of human development and the processes of change. This is achieved by drawing upon theories of human development and learning, broadening their awareness of developmental issues and challenges, and integrating this knowledge into the counselling psychology setting.
  2. Acquire and integrate their knowledge of the history and philosophy of counselling psychology, the expectations associated with the professional counsellor's role, and the standards and certification required by professional counselling organizations.
  3. Develop the relevant competencies consistent with CCA Standards of Practice for counsellors.
  4. Develop appropriate assessment strategies and intervention approaches based on specific client needs.
  5. Expand their awareness of cultural, racial, and social diversity as counselling practitioners in professional and research contexts.
  6. Develop legally and ethically sound professional counselling competencies in both clinical and research settings.
  7. Become competent in conducting ethical and relevant counselling psychology research.
  8. Establish community and professional connections that will improve their employability and provide them with a network of professional contacts in counselling-related disciplines.

Our students' education, supervision, and training combine theoretical, practical, and clinical orientations that provide them with a variety of opportunities for developing their professional counselling and research skills. Our students have an excellent record of job attainment after graduation.