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Counselling Psychology

The mission of the program in Counselling Psychology is to prepare highly knowledgeable, skilled, dedicated, and ethical professional practitioners, who will endeavour to enhance human potential throughout the life span and who can effectively practice within a variety of settings.

The Counselling Psychology faculty promotes counselling as an effective, viable means of assisting individuals throughout the life span. The counselling psychologist, regardless of his or her theoretical stance or work setting, functions as a change agent who is sensitive to and knowledgeable about the range of human development reflected in individual differences and cultural and linguistic diversity. Effective and positive change is brought about by assisting clients to: examine and modify their behaviour for more effective living; cope with, adjust to, or otherwise negotiate the environments affecting their psychosocial well-being; and effect change in the larger society.

The practice of Counselling Psychology is based on theory and research, an understanding of ethical practices, and a set of professional and interpersonal skills. It is essential that graduate students study a variety of conceptual frameworks and research findings as preparation for collaborative work with other helping professionals, paraprofessionals, and a variety of self-help groups.

The Counselling Psychology faculty, while representing a range of views, agree that the uniqueness of the individual and his or her personal strengths must be acknowledged and respected. To fully explore professional issues and personal values, a trusting and open atmosphere must be present.

Individuals from a wide variety of personal, social, and educational backgrounds are encouraged to apply to the Counselling Psychology program. The program provides a broad-based sequence of studies and supervised experiences that will prepare graduate students to be knowledgeable and skilled practitioners who can function in a variety of settings. By the time they have completed this program, students will have acquired knowledge and competencies in the following general areas:

  • individual and group counselling theory and techniques
  • legal and ethical aspects of counselling
  • human development and learning
  • social, cultural, and linguistic diversity
  • career education and counselling
  • program development and implementation
  • measurement and appraisal
  • research and program evaluation
  • application of current technology
  • service delivery in rural areas


This is a blended program which requires attendance on campus for a number of its courses.

The actual number of semesters will depend on the following factors:

  • status (full-time or part-time)
  • route chosen (course or thesis route)
  • and the electives chosen and offered during a student's program of study

The Counselling Psychology program is currently transitioning to a cohort model in which we will be offering a full-time and a part-time option.

The deadline for this program is now February 1st of each year. Part-time students will start in the spring semester and full-time students will start in the fall semester.  Consequently, there is currently no winter start for this program.

The full-time and part-time groups will take all core courses with the same group of peers. All core courses will be prescheduled. Full-time students could potentially complete all program requirements in four semesters. The course load for part-time candidates will be one (1) course in the fall, (1) course in the winter, and up to two (2) in the spring/summer semesters.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the requirements in the general degree regulations, students:

must have completed Introduction to Counselling (3210).

must have completed at least one undergraduate course on each of the following topics: statistics (2900), assessment (3280, 3951, 3952, or 4950), introduction to career education (3211), introduction to exceptionality (4240, or 4242). (Or their equivalent)
NOTE: many of these courses are prerequisites to specific graduate courses and must be completed before taking those courses.

must have at least one year of teaching (or related work) experience.

must complete the resume, statement of interest as part of the application (500 words or less) and two letters of recommendation (preferably one from each of the following: previous university instructors, supervisors, or employers).

should note admission is selective and controlled by an admission committee of faculty members involved in the program. An interview may be required if deemed necessary.

should note the Graduate Record Examination may be required.

A criminal record check or other screening procedures are not required as a condition of admission to the Counselling Psychology program. A student should, however, be aware that such record checks or other screening procedures are required by school districts, schools, community agencies, or other agencies that host counselling psychology students. Such agencies will not accept a student without a clean criminal record and vulnerable sector check or other screening procedures, which would prevent the student from completing a required component of the program. As a result, such a student may not be eligible for promotion or graduation.

It is the responsibility of the student to have such procedures completed as required and at his/her own expense. The Faculty of Education’s Counselling Psychology program expects a student to provide evidence of a clean criminal record and vulnerable sector check before participating in any course or experience where direct contact with clients will occur.

The screening procedures of any given agency may change from time to time and are beyond the control of the University.

Program Requirements

All students in the Master of Education (Counselling Psychology) program shall be required to complete:

  • 6100 Research Designs and Methods in Education (Prerequisite: Education 2900)
  • 6700 Ethical and Legal Issues in Counselling
  • 6702 Counselling: Theory and Practice (Prerequisite: Education 3210)
  • 6706 Career Education and Career Counselling (Prerequisite: Education 3211)
  • 6708 Group Counselling: Theory and Practice (Prerequisite: Education 6702)
  • 6720 Internship in Counselling Psychology (Prerequisite: Normally completion of all Courses)

Students on the thesis route must complete the core courses listed above (24 credit hours) as well as a minimum of 6 credit hours from the closed electives indicated below for a total of 30 credit hours.
Students on the comprehensive-course route must complete the core courses listed above (24 credit hours) as well as a minimum of 6 credit hours from the closed electives and 6 credit hours from any university graduate offering provided that those chosen are appropriate to the student's program for a total of 36 credit hours.

All students in the Counselling Psychology program must complete 6720. The Internship may be fulfilled full-time or part-time and must comprise 600 clock hours with 240 hours of direct service with clients. It cannot be completed as part of your regular employment. It is strongly recommended that students take no other course during the full-time internship.

Closed electives are those listed below:

  • 6703 Personal and Professional Development Group
  • 6705 Nature and Development of School Counselling Services
  • 6707 Assessment for Counsellors
  • 6709 Assessment of Intelligence and Learning Skills (Prerequisite: 6707. Normally students in Counselling Psychology will not enroll in this course until the latter part of their program). Candidates intending to pursue a career in the K-12 school system in Newfoundland and Labrador are urged to take this course and the prerequisite.
  • 6710 Issues in Development and Implementation of Special Education Policy and Practices
  • 6712 The Nature and Assessment of Behaviour Disorders in Children and Adolescents
  • 6713 Educational Applications of Contemporary Cognitive Psychology
  • 6714 Principles and Practices in Exceptionality
  • 6716 Working with Families and Parents
  • 6717 Counselling Adolescents
  • 6718 Elementary School Counselling
  • 6719 Cultural Issues in Counselling
  • 6802 Adult Learning and Development


The Internship Guidelines and Application for Internship (below) are in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. You will need Adobe Reader to read these files. If you need to download Adobe Reader, click on the following image and follow the download instructions.



Student membership in the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). or other appropriate professional organizations is strongly recommended for all students in the program.

Students who plan to work in the school system should be aware of the Department of Education Certification Regulations to be eligible to work as a school counsellor.

Students who plan to become registered psychologists in Newfoundland and Labrador should review the requirements of the Newfoundland Board of Examiners in Psychology.