Counselling Techniques - 802

Mohawk College Certificate
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This program is designed for individuals who wish to develop counselling skills. Many participants are employed where skills in interviewing or information gathering are required. Professionals in the community with extensive and relevant knowledge, skills and experience facilitate the courses.

The program is delivered on a part-time basis. Courses generally are held one night a week over a 13 week period during one of the three semesters: fall, winter and spring. Some students choose to take one course at a time. Other students are able to take two or more courses per semester which allows them to complete the certificate in less time. Courses in this program can be offered fully in class, fully online or in a blended format (a mix of both in class and online).

You do not need to apply to begin this program, simply ensure you meet the admission requirements (listed on the Admissions & Registration tab) and then you may register for any available courses.

Interested in taking a single course? No problem. Provided you have the appropriate prerequisites, these courses can be taken individually or as part of the full program.

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Recommended Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
    Students who struggle with communication or whose first language is not English are encouraged to explore upgrading options available through our Applied Communications Centre.
  • Computer Skills (e.g. word processing, data management, internet access)
    Students should be familiar with computers, word processing, and email based systems prior to considering these courses. To upgrade computer skills, consider a CE introductory 'Computer Basics' course or a Learning Support Centre workshop before applying.

You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered.  Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.

Financial Assistance Information

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The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the current academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Community and Urban Studies.

Click on the Course number or Course title for more information on each course. 

Visit the Textbooks page for information on ordering your course materials.

A selection of courses are available each term. Courses that are currently not available (N/A) for registration may be offered in the future – check back frequently.

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Examine the personal dynamics of communication in various settings, including the interview, small groups, and organizations.
Credits: 3
Course description: This course will provide the development of knowledge for basic interviewing methods, procedures and behaviours. Applications of these skills to the counselling work situation will be explored and experienced. Effective listening and empathy training will be presented.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: COMMSO226 and HMNSSO230
Course description: This course focuses on the practice of individual counselling. Students will examine the philosophy, methodology and practices of major counselling theories.
Credits: 3
Course description: Explore the theory and practice of group procedures and counselling. Expand group process skills and techniques for successful group leadership and participation.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: HMNSSO127
Course description: Examine ethical concerns and professional conduct of counselors in community, vocational, social agencies and other settings.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: LAWSGT301
Course description: Explore the scientific study of mental processes and behaviour, including the concepts of normality and abnormality. Investigate the biological basis of human experience, sensation and perception, learning and memory, and the nature of consciousness. Examine personality theories, health and stress, and various psychological disorders, including their etiology and treatments.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: PSYCSS126 or PSYCSS157 or PSYC10005
Course description: Describe the human growth process from conception to death in terms of social, emotional, physical, and intellectual functioning and examine the various theories of human development. Explain the nature-nurture debate, identify behaviour patterns that are abnormal for a particular developmental stage, and apply theoretical perspectives to explain normal and abnormal behaviour patterns throughout the human lifespan. Identify and describe positive environmental factors that can promote growth throughout the lifespan.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: PSYCSS144 or PSYCSS283 or PSYC10004 or EDUCEC121
Course description: Report writing skills required for effective communication in social agencies are explored. Letter writing, memorandums, assessment reports, referral forms, and case history writing will be discussed.
Credits: 3

The list of scheduled course offerings for this program is below. Please note that all offerings are subject to change. Not every course is offered every semester, so please consider this schedule when planning your academic path. Due to ongoing COVID restrictions, delivery methods and course offerings are subject to change. Please contact cecommunity [at] if you have any questions. 

Course Code Course Name Fall
(Sep to Dec)
(Jan to Apr)
(May to Aug)
COMMTC101 Interaction And Communications




COUNTC103 Interviewing Skills In Counselling




COUNTC104 Individual Counselling Blended    
COUNTC105 Group Counselling     Blended
COUNTC208 Issues And Ethics In Counselling   Blended  
PSYCTC106 Report Writing For The Behavioural Sciences     Blended
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Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.