What you will learn
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate empathetic approaches in working with people
- Explore self-awareness by acknowledging and challenging assumptions
- Recognize how people are treated and shaped by historic and systemic oppression, as well as inclusion and social justice
- Apply interpersonal skills to complex dynamics in social service agencies
- Develop ethical and professional practices in support positions across community settings
- Describe the benefits and potential limitations of a trauma-informed practice
- Practice effective communication skills
- Explain evidence-based models, tools, and interventions relevant to the field of counselling
- Recognize Indigenous health models and resiliency, as well as traditional and contemporary practices
What to expect
The Counselling Skills Foundational Certificate curriculum is designed to provide students with practical and experiential learning that is grounded in theory and evidence-based practice. The program has a skills-based focus and emphasis is placed on integration of knowledge and practice.
Courses are delivered through a combination of instructional activities including, but not limited to, lectures, seminars, group discussion and activities, demonstrations, guest lectures, videos, clinical simulations, and field trips.
The program concludes with a practicum in which students work or volunteer in a support position within a community setting. The practicum includes on-site support and supervision from a practicum supervisor and seminars for debriefing and integration of learning.
- CNSK 1401 (Basic Counselling Skills) with a C or equivalent
- English 12 with a C+ or equivalent
- English proficiency at the grade 12 level
- VCC Counselling Skills Reference Form and rubric from a volunteer or employment supervisor verifying the following:
- completion of 35 hours of work or volunteer experience in the helping field (must include direct client contact), and
- personal and professional readiness for the program
- Criminal Record Check (CRC). In accordance to the Criminal Records Review Act, all individuals who work with vulnerable adults and/or children must complete a Criminal Records Check through the Ministry of Justice. Applicants to the program will be responsible for any costs incurred in the Criminal Record Check.
- This program is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Program options for international students can be found at VCC International.
- Applicants must be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
- Applicants must submit official transcripts and educational documents as required by their course or program.
- Basic computer skills
- Familiarity and comfort with basic research skills
- Ability to give and receive feedback
- Maturity, emotional stability and a suitability to work in a helping role
- A sufficient level of self-awareness and personal and professional development to be able to attend to another person
- An interest in helping people and willingness to work in support positions in community settings
|CNSK 1502||Foundations of Counselling||2.5|
|CNSK 1503||Theories of Counselling||2.5|
|CNSK 1504||Introduction to Family Systems||2|
|CNSK 1505||Individual Counselling Skills||2.5|
|CNSK 1506||Lifespan Development||2.5|
|CNSK 1507||Diversity, Inclusion, and Culture||2|
|CNSK 1508||Assessment Practices||2.5|
|CNSK 1509||Personal and Professional Development||2|
|CNSK 1510||Indigenous Perspectives||1.5|
* This information is intended as a guideline only. Program and course details are subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors.
Fees and other costs*
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|Materials||0||not including textbooks|
|Medical & Dental||0|
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* Fees are approximate and subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors. Students are required to pay any applicable fee increases. Application and assessment fees are non-refundable.
Fees listed are for domestic students. For international programs, visit VCC International.
Any refunds are issued according to VCC's refund policy.