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Counselling: Bachelor of Arts Minor


The B.A. 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.

Admission Requirements

Students pursuing a minor in Counselling must be admitted to the Faculty of Arts.

Declaration Requirements

Students pursuing this minor must declare their intention prior to graduation.

Curricular Requirements

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete all requirements in the Bachelor of Arts framework in addition to their major or minor program requirements.

Students must complete all of the following requirements for the Counselling Minor:

1000 Level

One of:
  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

2000 Level

All of:
  PSYC 2350 Psychopathology 3 credits

EDUC 2220 Introduction to Educational Psychology is highly recommended.
PSYC 2350 requires completion of PSYC 1100 and PSYC 1200 with a grade of C in each course as prerequisites. 

3000 Level

All of:
  CNPS 3310 Theories of Counselling 3 credits
  CNPS 3320 Career Counselling & Career Education 3 credits

4000 Level

All of:
  CNPS 4300 Counselling Relationships & Basic Skills 3 credits
  CNPS 4310 The Reflective Practitioner 3 credits


Students must also complete one of the following courses:
  CNPS 3330 Cultural Considerations in Counselling 3 credits
  CNPS 4330 Group Facilitation 3 credits


Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of the minor as part of a Bachelor of Arts program, transcripts will indicate a Minor in Counselling.

At a Glance

Faculty of Arts

Program Type:

  • Undergraduate

Credential Granted:

  • Baccalaureate Degree

Offered At:

  • KPU Richmond  Richmond
  • KPU Surrey  Surrey

Start Date(s):

  • Fall Intake (September)  September
  • Spring Intake (January)  January
  • Summer Intake (May)  May

Intake Type:

  • Open Intake  Open intake


  • Full-time  Full-time
  • Part-time  Part-time

Minimum Credits Required:

  • 120

Instructional Cycle:

  • Semester-based

Curriculum Effective Date:

  • 01-Sep-2015

How to Declare:

Applying to KPU:

Last Updated: 14-Jun-2016

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