Counselling Psychology (MA Program)

Paul Siakaluk, Professor and Chair
Linda O’Neill, Associate Professor
John Sherry, Assistant Professor

The MA in Counselling Psychology is designed to prepare counsellors to provide professional services and leadership in counselling and psycho-educational programs offered in social service agencies, community health organizations, schools, and postsecondary institutions. Students have the opportunity to choose the type(s) of counselling they wish to focus upon, and to complete periods of supervised clinical practice in practicum settings that are relevant to their interests, based on availability. The program includes an integrated core of required courses, elective courses, and a thesis, project or comprehensive examination. Counselling students are required to complete a minimum of eight required courses, three elective courses, and a Comprehensive Examination. Application can be made to the Department of Psychology to enter a Thesis or Project route after completion of at least 12 credit hours of coursework. If approved, the Thesis route would consist of eight required courses, a minimum of one elective course, and a research project. If approved, the Project route would consist of eight required courses, a minimum of two electives, and a project.


Three Routes to the Completion of the Counselling Psychology Program

The Counselling Program includes an integrated set of required and elective courses. Students are accepted into the MA in Counselling Psychology Program under the Comprehensive Examination route leading to the MA degree. During the course of study the student may apply for permission to the program to transfer to the Project or Thesis route. Students may make a special application to the Department of Psychology to enter a Project or Thesis route after they have completed at least 12 credit hours of coursework. It is the student’s responsibility to find a faculty member who is willing to supervise them in a Project or Thesis route.

Comprehensive Examination Route
The Comprehensive Examination route of study requires the successful completion of a comprehensive examination that evaluates candidates’ knowledge of theory and practice in students’ field of study. This program route is designed to enhance and reinforce students’ knowledge of theory and practice, as well as their interrelationship. The Comprehensive Examination route requires the successful completion of a minimum of 40 credit hours of graduate course credit. This credit must include a minimum of 37 credit hours of graduate coursework and 3 credit hours awarded upon the successful completion of a written comprehensive examination.

Project Route
The Project route emphasizes the study of theory and practice and the successful completion of an innovative research and/or development project that addresses a particular aspect of practice or community need. The Project route is designed to develop students’ ability to evaluate and improve professional practice in the discipline. The Project route requires the successful completion of a minimum of 40 credit hours of graduate course credit. This credit must include 34 credit hours of  graduate coursework and at least 6 credit hours of supervised work culminating in the successful completion of a project.

Thesis Route
The Thesis route emphasizes academic study, research and the successful completion of a thesis. This degree route is designed to develop students’ ability to evaluate theory and practice and conduct research that contributes to the discipline. The Thesis route requires the successful completion of a minimum of 40 credit hours of graduate course credit. This credit must include 31 credit hours of graduate coursework, and at least 9 credit hours of supervised research culminating in the completion of a thesis and the successful defence of it in an oral examination.


Admissions

Admission to the MA Counselling Psychology program at the Prince George campus occurs each September; deadline for applications is December 15 of the prior year. Admission to the program at regional campuses does not normally occur each year and will vary in response to demand and resources.

In addition to the admission application requirements outlined in section 1.0 of the Graduate Admissions and Regulations, priority will be given to those applicants applying for the MA Counselling Psychology program who have (a) graduated with a Baccalaureate degree a minimum of two years prior to the admission date to which they are applying, and (b) obtained some paid or unpaid work experience in a helping capacity at a counselling-related or teaching related setting since receiving their Baccalaureate degree.

Applicants are also required to submit a Curriculum Vitae or Resumé that indicates the number of hours in each employment or volunteer position. A list of any scholarships or publications should also be included.


Criminal Record Review

In addition to meeting the admission application requirements outlined in Section 1.0 of the Graduate Admissions and Regulations, all applicants to the Psychology Counselling program are required to submit a Criminal Record Check search prior to the first day of classes in their entry semester. Domestic applicants must supply a Criminal Record Check search result after receiving an offer of admission and before the first day of classes; the search result is not required with the application. International applicants must submit a Criminal Record Check search result provided by their local police authority upon application, and are also required to submit a British Columbia Criminal Record Check if offered admission. The Office of the Registrar will provide instructions to domestic and international applicants who have accepted offers of admission on how to complete a British Columbia Criminal Record Check.


Curriculum

Required Courses
PSYC 701-3 Research Design and Methodology
PSYC 711-3 Counselling Theory
PSYC 713-3 Counselling Skills
PSYC 714-3 Group Counselling Processes
PSYC 717-3 Ethics in Counselling
PSYC 719-6 Counselling Practicum
PSYC 721-3 Advanced Counselling Skills

One of the following research courses is required; the other may be taken as elective credit:
PSYC 605-4 Multivariate Statistics
PSYC 710-4 Qualitative Analysis

Elective Courses
EDUC 633-3 Human Development: Implications for Education
PSYC 715-3 Career Counselling
PSYC 716-3 Clinical Counselling
PSYC 718-3 Family Counselling
PSYC 722-3 Counselling for Aboriginal/Indigenous Peoples
PSYC 723-3 Trauma Counselling
PSYC 724-3 Child and Youth Counselling
PSYC 727-3 Assessment in Counselling
PSYC 792-3 Special Topics
PSYC 793-3 Directed Reading

Thesis, Project or Comprehensive Examination
PSYC 797-3 Comprehensive Examination
PSYC 798-6 Project
PSYC 799-9 Thesis

Updated: March 16, 2021