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UBC Approved Prerequisites at VCCT.

Good news for any students who are thinking of undertaking further education and are interested in the Counselling Psychology MEd or MA Program at UBC.

The following VCCT courses have been approved as equivalent to the following prerequisites for the CNPS MA Program:

UBC & VCCT Counselling Psychology MEd or MA Program
UBC Prerequisites VCCT Equivalent Prerequisites
CNPS 362 (Basic Interviewing Skills) = CCS 600 (Clinical Counselling Skills)
CNPS 363 (Career Counselling) = CCO 600 (Introduction to Career Counselling)
CNPS 365 (Theories of Counselling) = MOD 600 (Models of Counselling)
    or CSM 600 (Case Study Approaches to Models of Counselling)
Abnormal or Behavioural Disorders = IPP 600 (Introduction to Psychopathology)

This means that students at VCCT who have undertaken the above courses at VCCT will be eligible to apply to the UBC masters programs if they fulfill the other admission criteria specified by UBC.

For further information please check out the following link: VCCT Equivalent Prerequisites at The University of British Columbia


New Transfer Credits to Trinity Western University (TWU).

Students who have completed the VCCT diploma program will receive 48 credits towards their BA in Psychology at Trinity Western University.

The Breakdown is as follows (this can be explained to students who require further information):

VCCT Trinity Western University Transferable Credits
VCCT & Trinity Western University Transfer Credits
University Core Requirements No credits applicable
Required Psychology Courses Students will be waived from PSYC 105, 106, 201 & 207 (12 credits)
Elective Psychology Courses Students will be waived from any 2 of the following 3 lower level courses — PSYC 204, 214, 215 (6 credits)
Ancillary Social Science Requirements & 5 Elective Courses Students can choose credits from up to ten lower level psychology/general elective courses of their choice (30 credits)

The following PDF checklist is helpful for students making their choices:

DOWNLOAD PDF CHECKLIST

This contains information about the program:

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Any specific course queries should be addressed to TWU directly.


VCCT is now affiliated with Westbrook University, West Virginia, USA.

Westbrook University has agreed to evaluate and apply VCCT's coursework from the Diploma of Professional Counselling towards a Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Counselling. Transcripts from VCCT will be reviewed individually as part of the registration process. For further information please call VCCT and/or check out the University at www.westbrooku.edu


Diploma of Professional Counselling (52 weeks)

Courses listed below include 10 required and 6 elective courses and can be taken on campus or by either distance education or unless indicated otherwise. Additional certificates and diploma programs are described in the VCCT catalogue. A Certificate is given upon completion of each course. Courses and programs may change to remain current with professional standards.

Ten Required Courses:

  1. Personal and Professional Development
  2. Models of Counselling
  3. Case Study Approaches to Models of Counselling
  4. Clinical Counselling Skills I
  5. Advanced Counselling Skills
  6. Integrated Counselling Skills
  7. Psychosocial Development
  8. Introduction to Psychopathology
  9. Sexual Abuse Counselling
  10. Substance Abuse Counselling

Six Elective Courses:

  1. Introduction to Cognitive-Behavioural Counselling
  2. Introduction to Family Counselling
  3. Gestalt Counselling Skills
  4. Group Process & Support Skills
  5. Listening, Asserting & Resolving Conflict
  6. Loss and Grief Counselling

Elective Courses listed below (available by distance learning),
may substitute for the above elective courses and are offered on campus depending upon enrollment.

  1. Aboriginal Counselling Skills
  2. Child & Adolescent Counselling
  3. Clinical Art Therapy
  4. Chronic Illness Counselling
  5. Critical Incident Stress Debriefing
  6. Counselling Practice Development
  7. Case Study Approaches to Career Counselling
  8. Case Study Approaches to Family Counselling
  9. Counselling of Eating Disorders
  10. Couples & Marital Counselling
  11. Family Violence Counselling
  12. Family of Origin Explorations
  13. Gambling Addiction Counselling
  14. Issues in Cross-Cultural Counselling
  15. Introduction to Counselling Seniors
  16. Introduction to Career Counselling
  17. Issues in Prison Release
  18. Pharmacology for Counsellors
  19. Sexual Identity & Gender Counselling
  20. Specialized Approaches to Sexual Abuse Counselling
  21. Suicide & Crisis Intervention Skills
  22. Specialized Approaches to Substance Abuse Counselling

(Distance education and on-campus programs)


Diploma of Counselling Practice

The Diploma of Counselling Practice is awarded upon completion of 24 months of reporting counselling sessions with clients seen in a private practice or agency setting in any location world-wide, and conferencing with an approved Clinical Supervisor. For other requirements, please request and review the Course Catalogue by submitting your background information on the Admission page.


Counselling for Intimacy in Relationships Certificate (21 Weeks)

The Counselling for Intimacy in Relationships Certificate is designed to allow students to gain familiarity with a range of contemporary models of counselling. Students will be trained to a level of competence to enable them to provide support for clients dealing with intimacy issues within relationship. Students will gain an understanding of how Psychopathology & Sexual Identity may impact intimacy in relationship. The course will help familiarize students with listening and assertiveness skills, as well as introduce different approaches to conflict resolution. Students will learn specific communication skills training essential to the adoption of healthy relationship patterns and gain an understanding of how to recognize and replace dysfunctional and distancing behaviours with healthy behavioural patterns. The program exposes students to a wide range of contemporary models of counselling applicable to a variety of populations and cultural groups.

Courses Include:

  1. Couples and Marital Counselling
  2. Models of Counselling
  3. Case Study Approaches to Models of Counselling
  4. Sexual Identity & Gender Counselling
  5. Clinical Counselling Skills
  6. Introduction to Psychopathology
  7. Listening, Asserting & Resolving Conflict


Addictions Worker Certificate (24 Weeks)

This program is designed to introduce students to theory and skills that are applicable to working in various community support positions with substance abuse issues and populations. The program is available in both On-Campus and Distance Education formats. Courses are in-depth with 60 hours of classroom time in each which is almost double the usual number of hours in University courses. Courses are taught by experienced therapists who have specialized knowledge of substance abuse, its management and treatment. Each course is also designed to offer students the opportunity for extensive experiential learning through hands-on skill practice which facilitates the generalization of skills to real world settings after graduation. The program exposes the student to a range of models of substance abuse etiology and intervention that includes individual, family, community, and cultural factors. In addition to earning the Addictions Worker Certificate students may also apply these credits to earning the full VCCT Diploma in Professional Counselling should they chose to take additional courses. Due to demand enrollment may be limited in this popular specialization so plan for registration early if interested.

Courses Include:

  1. Personal & Professional Development of the Counsellor
  2. Substance Abuse Counselling
  3. Clinical Counselling Skills
  4. Introduction to Family Counselling
  5. Pharmacology for Counsellors
  6. Introduction to Cognitive-Behavioural Counselling
  7. Special Approaches to Substance Abuse Counselling
  8. Group Process & Support Skills


Youth & Family Support Worker Certificate (24 Weeks)

The Youth & Family Support Worker Certificate is designed to familiarize students with the ability to recognize symptoms associated with the most frequently encountered issues in children and adolescents today. Evidence-based methods of cognitive and behavioral interventions will be reviewed and practiced in case studies.

Specific Objectives Include:

  • Overview of recent developments in cognitive-behavioral approaches to issues in children and adolescents.
  • Survey of most commonly encountered symptom complexes in children and adolescents.
  • Views of recognize contemporary experts on current evidence-based cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques best suited to specific psychopathologies.
  • Understanding of common childhood and adolescent issues.
  • Identification of scope of practice of support counsellors with issues with children and adolescents.
  • The ability to develop treatment plans using cognitive-behavioral interventions at appropriate levels for support counsellors.

Courses Include:

  1. Personal & Professional Development of the Counsellor
  2. Introduction to Family Counselling
  3. Clinical Counselling Skills
  4. Child & Adolescent Counselling
  5. Listening, Asserting & Resolving Conflict
  6. Substance Abuse Counselling
  7. Loss & Grief Counselling
  8. Case Study Approaches to Family Counselling


Career Exploration & Development Skills Certificate (18 weeks)

The Career Exploration & Development Skills Certificate is designed to allow students to both explore their own career development as well as become familiar with current career counselling research, concepts, and employment facilitation skills. Students will be trained to a level of competence enabling them to provide a variety of approaches to career exploration and employment counselling applicable across different community settings. It is available in both on-campus and distance education formats. Courses are in-depth with 60 hours of classroom time in each which is about double the time in similar university courses. This extra time allows for a high level of hands on skill practice. Courses are taught by experienced counsellors who have specialized knowledge in this area. The program exposes students to a wide range of contemporary models of career exploration and counselling techniques applicable to a variety of populations and cultural groups. In addition, earning the Career Exploration & Development Skills Certificate also allows students to apply credits earned in this certificate toward other VCCT diplomas should students want to further their counselling education and skills.

Courses Include:

  1. Introduction to Career Counselling
  2. Clinical Counselling Skills I
  3. Listening, Asserting & Resolving Conflict
  4. Advanced Counselling Skills
  5. Case Study Approaches to Career Counselling
  6. Integrative Counselling Skills

 

 

 

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