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The program is designed to provide students with an extended skill set for effective small group facilitation. The program focuses on facilitator confidence, managing group dynamics, group therapy, and challenges facilitators are likely to encounter. Students will achieve competency in running groups as a basic or developmental facilitator.

This course provides an overview of the assessment and treatment of mental health disorders. DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for specific mental health disorders will be introduced, along with models of recovery and treatment. This course will examine the nature, causes, and prevalence of mental illness, as well as treatment options, including medication, psycho-social rehabilitation and mental health counselling interventions such as cognitive behavioural therapy and motivational interviewing. This course will provide experiential opportunities for students to demonstrate their assessment and counselling skills in the treatment of mental health disorders. 

This program is designed to provide students with the practical skills to design and run a Professional Counselling or Coaching Practice.  The specific areas of studies include: business set up, website creation, account management, marketing and branding, report writing and documentation, networking, practical training with clients or workshops while under supervision.

Using principles of life-span development, this course addresses predictable developmental issues that individuals face on their life journey. We will examine the inter-connectedness of physical, emotional, environmental, cognitive, and social aspects of human development, and focus on applying understanding of the normative range of human development to counselling practice.

Learners will be engaged in the process of understanding various approaches to relationship counselling. A diversity of relationship types and structures will be examined. We will look at how problems presented in relationships have to do not only with current conflicts, but relate to unresolved issues from early relationships. Emphasis will be on learning to engage clients facing a variety of relationship concerns in effective, ethical and culturally appropriate therapy. Exploration of the role of attachment in relationship therapy will be addressed.

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.