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Counselling Psychology

Degrees Offered: Ph.D., M.A., M.Ed.

Members

Professors

N. Amundson, W. Borgen, M. Buchanan, J. Daniluk, I. Schultz, R. Young.

Associate Professors

B. Haverkamp, I. Ishiyama.

Assistant Professor

R. Bedi, D. Cox, A. Goodwill, R. Owens.

Program Overview

The Counselling Psychology (CNPS) program offers Ph.D., M.A., and M.Ed. programs. The Ph.D. program is accredited by the Canadian and American Psychological Associations, and the master's programs are accredited by the CCA Council on Accreditation of Counsellor Education Programs. Faculty members are involved in a wide range of research activities including intercultural counselling, First Nations counselling, career development and counselling, stress and coping, sexuality and reproductive health, disabilities, trauma, working with families and children in school settings, prevention of anxiety disorders, and empirically supported approaches utilizing both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
Note: The American Psychological Association will stop accreditation for any program in Canada as of September 1, 2015. This will include our program.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the general academic requirements of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and have completed a thesis-based master's degree equivalent to the CNPS M.A. in counselling (or its equivalent) with an overall grade average of at least 80%. Applicants are also required to write the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test, and, if applicable, the TOEFL test.

Program Requirements

The 51-credit CNPS doctoral (Ph.D.) program requires four years of full-time study, including on-campus courses, supervised training, and pre-doctoral internship.

The Ph.D. program is designed to educate counselling psychologists as researchers, practitioners, and educators. The focus of the program is on developing doctoral level competence in research, counselling theory and counselling skills. In exceptional circumstances, up to 15 credits of coursework may be waived in recognition of previous coursework. The program involves completion of 51 credits of coursework, theory and specialty comprehensive examinations, a 1600 hour internship and a dissertation meeting the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements. In order for students to meet deadlines for comprehensive examinations and candidacy, the department requires students to be engaged in full time study prior to advancement to candidacy.

Master of Arts

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the general academic requirements of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. In addition, applicants should have completed senior undergraduate courses in each of learning, statistics and either abnormal psychology or behaviour disorders. CNPS 362, 363 and 365 also are required prerequisites. Applicants should have a minimum of three years work/volunteer experience that involves helping relationships with children, adolescents and/or adults.

Applicants are required to write the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test, and, if applicable, the TOEFL test.

Program Requirements

The full program requires completion of 48 credits of course work and a 6-credit thesis. In exceptional circumstances up to 12 credits of coursework may be waived in recognition of previous course work and relevant work experience. In addition to offering core courses in research, counselling theory and skill acquisition/practica, the program provides the opportunity for students to focus on one of the three areas recognized by the organization that accredits the program, Council for Accreditation of Counsellor Education Programs. These areas of focus are school counselling, counselling in higher education, and community and agency counselling. The program may be completed on a full- or part-time basis.

Master of Education

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the general academic standards of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. In addition, applicants should have completed senior undergraduate courses in the areas of learning (except for the vocational rehabilitation counselling area of focus), and either abnormal psychology or behaviour disorders. For details, see Counselling Psychology. CNPS 362 and CNPS 365 (or equivalent) are also required prerequisites. Note that for the vocational rehabilitation counselling area of focus, CNPS 363 replaces a course in the area of learning as a prerequisite. Applicants should have a minimum of three years work/volunteer experience that involves helping relationships with children, adolescents and/or adults. If applicable, applicants are required to write the TOEFL test.

Program Requirements

The full program requires completion of 48 credits of course work. In exceptional circumstances up to 12 credits of coursework may be waived in recognition of previous course work and relevant work experience. In addition to offering core courses in counselling theory, skill acquisition/practica, and research, the program provides the opportunity for students to focus on one of the four areas recognized by the organization that accredits the program, Council for Accreditation of Counsellor Education Programs. These areas of focus are school counselling, counselling in higher education, community and agency counselling, and vocational rehabilitation counselling. Note that the area of focus in vocational rehabilitation counselling requires CNPS 363 as a prerequisite rather than a course in learning. For the other areas of focus, CNPS 363 is part of the M.Ed. program. The school counselling, counselling in higher education, and community and agency counselling areas of focus may be completed on a full or part time basis. The vocational rehabilitation counselling area of focus is available on a part time basis only.

Contact Information

Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z4
Tel: 604.822.6371
Fax: 604.822.3302
Email: karen.yan@ubc.ca
Web: http://ecps.educ.ubc.ca/counselling-psychology/

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