Counselling Techniques - 802

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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).

Program Contact
Continuing Education Community Services & Support

Applicants to the program must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent
    (GED, College and Career Preparation)

    All applicants who do not meet or are missing the academic eligibility requirements for this program may email us at cecommunity [at] for a Pre-Admission test(s) recommendation.

Recommended Requirements

  • 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 Communication 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 this blended program (a mix of online and inclass learning). 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.

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the 2018/19 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. 

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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: This course covers the theory and practice of group procedures in counselling. Students will develop comprehension skills and attitudes conductive to successful group leadership and participation.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: HMNSSO127
Course description: Examine ethical concerns and professional conduct of counsellors 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.
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