How Do I Start?
Go to the Admission page and request the catalogue package and application forms by sending your background information. You can also receive the application forms by email or regular mail and return them by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax to 1-604-688-9001 or by regular mail.
Why VCCT Counsellor Training?
Training in counsellor skills is unique compared to many other types of career skill training. It focuses on simultaneous development of you as a person, you as a professional, and your acquisition, at a high level, of the most transferable set of career skills - counselling skills - which will benefit you in all interpersonal settings. VCCT programs do this through indepth instruction while emphasizing skill practice and offering almost twice the hours in any similar courses offered in a university setting.
Counsellor training offers you the opportunity to build on your own self-knowledge, growth and abilities in order to counsel in ways that are intentional and effective. VCCT courses are just the beginning of the lifelong development and use of these skills.
Who is a Typical Participant?
Participants at VCCT are mature individuals who may have been away from a classroom setting for several years. They tend to be people who have had a variety of life experiences and who have found that friends and acquaintances often feel safe to approach them with their problems.
They view VCCT training as an opportunity to acquire both background theory and practical skills in order to become professional counsellors who can earn an income from their heartfelt desire to help others.
How is VCCT Accredited?
Vancouver College of Counsellor Training is registered and accredited by the Private Careers Training Institutions Agency, PCTIA the legislated government regulatory authority.
How Can I Begin a Career as a Professional Counsellor?
Counsellors are needed in all communities and regions of Canada. One of the most gratifying ways to provide counselling services is through private practice. You may also be interested in the many examples of career outcomes of graduates given on the Testimonials page on this site.
Upon completion of training, graduates approved by faculty may enroll in the Diploma of Counselling Practice. The Diploma requires 24 reporting months of active client contact and meetings with a clinical supervisor to discuss personal issues and effective counselling approaches.
Diploma students may charge a fee to clients for counselling services.
Many graduates of the Vancouver College of Counsellor Training are members of the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association, a non-profit society organized to provide a Code of Ethics and Practice, a complaint and disciplinary procedure, and professional liability insurance.
What Financial Assistance is Available?
Financial assistance is available to qualified applicants.
Examples of funding sources are:
To determine total tuition and to arrange for financial assistance, contact the Admissions Department.
Who Can Benefit from Counsellor Training?
VCCT courses and programs have been designed by practicing Psychologists, Family Therapists and Counsellors to balance state of the art theory and practice with accesibility and interest to the widest spectrum of students. The result is a set of courses that both beginners and practioners can benefit from. Some students who come to VCCT may have no background in counselling theory, some are interested in a career transition and use VCCT as a stepping stone to university programs, some are working already in helping roles in their communites and want to formalize their training, some are interested in personal growth and personal recovery, some want to enhance interpersonal and communication skills generally, and some want to enhance their exsisting practioner skills.
Your Experiences are a Part of Your Resources.
First of all, realize that you are a human being, which means you have strengths and challenges. Challenges are issues to work on, to gain insight from, and to transform into strengths if possible. People who do counselling for a living sometimes say that there are two kinds of people: people who are growing and people who need to be. In order for you to be able to help others, you need to be working on your growth as well at that of the people you are trying to help. Counsellor training must help you gain insight into how your issues which come from your own past, may still be affecting your life and relationships, including your relationship with someone seeking your help.
In order to be an effective counsellor for others, one must first be an effective counsellor for oneself. Therefore awareness of one's own personal issues, conflicts and losses, unhealthy patterns as well as strengths, and ways of supporting oneself, are essential to the training for becoming an effective counsellor for others. This process can also help you separate your own issues from the other person and to avoid reacting unintentionally when your own emotions from your past are triggered.
How is Professional Counselling Different?
Professional counselling is different than normal communication, because it is a process of interacting with others for a predictable helpful or therapeutic outcome. The profession of counselling is more than knowledge of processes and skills. It involves working within a framework of standards of ethics and practice, which are designed primarily to protect the interests of the person seeking help, and sometimes others related to them. Usually a counsellor is an accountable member of a professional association who requires that certain procedures will be followed by the counsellor.
How Do I Earn an Income as a Professional Counsellor?
Because of the challenges faced by human beings, professional counsellors are needed to help people find support and healing. Depression, as an example, is one of the leading problems faced by people everywhere. Professional counsellors make a living by providing a valuable service for people seeking help. Counselling services are provided in three major sectors: government positions, private non-profit agencies, and private for-profit services. Requirements for positions in counselling may be a certificate or diploma from a professional training institute such as VCCT, or a university degree. The most important factor contributing to the success of a counsellor, is the quality of the service provided to each and every client. After quality of service, the greatest challenge for counsellors in private practice is to network and develop their reputations.
Client Referral Service?
Graduates of the Vancouver College of Counsellor Training, who are recommended by their clinical supervisor, may receive client referrals from our counselling department at the college. The Client Referral Service helps counsellors to build their clientele based on word-of-mouth referrals when clients who are benefiting, tell others about the counsellors, helpful services.