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This course offers students the essential knowledge and skills to develop emotional wellness, including identifying, taking ownership and expressing feelings; understanding and articulating one’s personal emotional challenges, including unresolved issues from early life; identifying needs; and understanding the nature of emotions.  Participants will learn techniques for self-awareness and emotional regulation.

This course provides students with the opportunity to study the cultivation of spiritual wellbeing by engaging with diverse spiritual perspectives and practices. Students will examine and articulate their own beliefs and world-views, while developing the ability to understand and honour the world-views of others. This course is an experiential exploration of spiritual wellness that equips students with the essential knowledge and skills to support the spiritual growth and development of others.

Physical Wellness provides students with fundamental knowledge of a balanced physical lifestyle for optimum health, longevity, and the prevention of disease. Specific areas of study include: body awareness, body image, nutrition, fitness, sexuality and relationships, sleep, pain management, environmental wellness and somatic therapy. 

This course will teach participants how to apply four different therapy approaches to counselling and coaching settings to enhance mental wellness. Using an experiential approach, students will be employ strategies from each of these therapies to develop their own mental wellness, while cultivating skills to support others. The four therapies that will be explored include Dialectical Behaviour, Cognitive Behavioural, Narrative and Art Therapy.  

This course presents introductory theory and concepts of counselling individuals to make informed career choices. Participants are guided through assessments, career exploration, and job search. This course is designed to assist counsellors to provide basic job placement for clients.

This course provides students with the skills necessary to identify the addictive process and to counsel clients in various stages of the process of change. The many forms of addictions will be examined, and the skills needed to assist clients will be demonstrated and practised. The focus of the course is the development of a thorough understanding of the Stages of Change Model.  The course will provide insight into the use and mis-use of psychoactive drugs in the human body including information on neuro-biology and pharmacology. Students are asked to identify their own habits/addictions and asked to examine what effects they may have on their lives, keeping a journal of their personal experience of withdrawal. This course provides theory and practice in methods of counselling in the process of recovery and rehabilitation.  Self-regulation Theory, reduction of enabling behaviour, and the appropriate/responsible use of intervention strategies will be examined.

Participants learn how to assess family systems and define problematic couple and family dynamics.  The course emphasizes and identifies techniques in the application of systemic/structural and narrative approaches to family therapy and develops an awareness of the verbal and nonverbal messages that tend to dominate patterns of family interaction. The course provides skill development opportunities for learning a variety of assessment and intervention techniques.

Participants learn the fundamentals of development related to children and youth. The course focuses on issues that impact healthy development and which may result in the onset of problematic behaviour in childhood and adolescence. The importance of developing rapport, mutual trust and respect when working with young clients is highlighted throughout the course.  

Family issues, peer culture, puberty, respect and responsibility, drug and alcohol issues, high-risk behavior and aggression are considered. Therapeutic approaches for working with young people are addressed, and assessment and screening tools and their application will be examined.  Students will be provided with the tools necessary to assist youth to navigate the challenging path leading to adulthood and therefore assist them to become healthy, productive and contributing participants in the community.

The course introduces students to the necessary topics in ethics to meet professional practice standards to ensure industry compliance with the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA). The class is designed to provide students with the fundamentals of a professional, ethical counselling practice.  The class consists of basic ethical decision-making principles, and developing a code of ethics.  Ethical dilemma management, recognizing unethical behaviours, corporate social responsibilities, understanding consequences and barriers in professional practices are crucial components.  Students will develop skills and knowledge in the field of counselling.

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