The Minor in Counselling was designed to provide students with a strong theoretical and practical understanding of the interdisciplinary field of counselling. Students in the program will develop a sound knowledge of theories in counselling, develop basic counselling skills (e.g., active listening, assessment, case conceptualization, goal-setting, counselling interventions) through engagement in practical and experiential learning opportunities, and learn about and reflect deeply on issues related to work in the helping professions (e.g., self-care, power dynamics, cultural considerations, professional ethics, boundaries of competence).
In the first year, students will be required to take Introduction to Higher Education in order to develop the appropriate attitude and disposition towards interdisciplinary scholarly inquiry that studies in Counselling requires. In the second year, students will take Abnormal Psychology (through the Psychology Department) so they can understand categories of mental disorders in order to strengthen their awareness regarding boundaries of competence. The third year involves developing an understanding of the theoretical foundations of counselling through courses on theories, career counselling, and cultural considerations in counselling. The fourth year courses involve a shift from theoretical understanding to practical and experiential learning with courses on reflective practice, counselling relationships and basic skills, and group facilitation. This minor may be applied towards any KPU bachelor's degree.
Students pursuing a Minor in Counselling must be admitted to KPU for undergraduate studies.
Students pursuing this minor must declare their intention prior to graduation. A minor may only be declared as part of a bachelor’s degree.
Students must achieve a minimum grade of C in all required courses.
1100 Level Prerequisites
|PSYC 1100||Introduction to Psychology: Basic Processes||3 credits|
|PSYC 1200||Introduction to Psychology: Areas and Applications||3 credits|
|EDUC 1100||Introduction to Higher Education||3 credits|
|EDUC 1101||Introduction to Higher Education for Student Athletes||3 credits|
|EDUC 1102||Introduction to Higher Education for Aboriginal Students||3 credits|
|EDUC 1150||Introduction to Higher Education for International Students||3 credits|
|EDUC 1190||Introduction to Higher Education for High School Students||3 credits|
|PSYC 2350||Psychopathology||3 credits|
|CNPS 3310||Theories of Counselling||3 credits|
|CNPS 3320||Career Counselling & Career Education||3 credits|
|CNPS 4300||Counselling Relationships & Basic Skills||3 credits|
|CNPS 4310||The Reflective Practitioner||3 credits|
|CNPS 3330||Cultural Considerations in Counselling||3 credits|
|CNPS 4330||Group Facilitation||3 credits|
Upon successful completion of the minor as part of a bachelors degree, transcripts will indicate a Minor in Counselling.
At a Glance
Faculty of Arts
- Baccalaureate Degree
- Open intake
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