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Counselling Skills Foundational Certificate


The Counselling Skills Foundational Certificate replaces the previous Community Counselling Skills and Addiction Counselling Skills certificates. Designed for those who are entering the social service field, or are currently employed and wish to upgrade their skills, the new program continues to offer a comprehensive overview of addictions and community counselling. The new certificate provides students with practical and experiential learning that is grounded in theory and evidence-based practice. The program concludes with a practicum in which students work or volunteer in a support position within a community setting.

Program Status:
Accepting applications

Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
September, January, April 1 to 3 years (full time or part time studies available) Certificate Downtown Full or Part-time

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If you're ready and know the program you want, apply now. Download and complete the (PDF) application/registration form and mail it to VCC Registrar's Office Visit the CS Registration Desk at our Downtown campus, 2nd floor, 250 West Pender Street, Vancouver [business hours]

Program Description

Program Description

Goal: The Counselling Skills Foundational Certificate Program provides learners with theoretical and practical knowledge in basic counselling skills to prepare them for work in support positions across community settings. Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this program, students 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

Instructional Activities:

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.


REQUIRED COURSE(S):

The following courses are required for the Counselling Skills Foundational Certificate program:

  • CNSK 1502 Foundations of Counselling 2.5
  • CNSK 1503 Theories of Counselling 2.5
  • CNSK 1504 Introduction to Family Systems 2.0
  • CNSK 1505 Individual Counselling Skills 2.5
  • CNSK 1506 Lifespan Development 2.5
  • CNSK 1507 Diversity, Inclusion, and Culture 2.0
  • CNSK 1508 Assessment Practices 2.5
  • CNSK 1509 Personal and Professional Development 2.0
  • CNSK 1510 Indigenous Perspectives 1.5
  • CNSK 1511 Practicum 5.0
  • Total Credits: 25.0

    REQUIRED COURSE(S):

    The following courses are required for the Counselling Skills Foundational Certificate program:


    Some courses in this program require textbooks. Please call or visit the Downtown Bookstore for more information.

    Admission Requirements

    Admission Requirements

    General

    VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.


    International students

    Please note that not all Continuing Studies programs are available to international students. To determine your eligibility, please contact VCC’s International Education Office at: study@vcc.ca or 604.443.8600.



    As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.


    Program Specific

    Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

    Successful completion of VCC's CNSK 1401 Basic Counselling Skills course with a C letter grade or equivalent

    • English 12 with a C+ letter grade or equivalent
    • English proficiency at the grade 12 level
    • VCC Counselling Skills Reference Form from a volunteer or employment supervisor verifying the following:
      Upon Acceptance:
    • 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.

    Recommended Characteristics:

    • Basic computer skills
    • Familiarity and comfort with basic research skills
    • Ability to give and receive feedbak
    • Maturity, emotional stability, and a suitability for 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


    Fees and Other costs


    Application Fee $35
    Tuition Fee To be confirmed
    Other Costs Application fee: $35 Criminal Record Check: $28 All other costs: To be confirmed

    For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.


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    Info Sessions





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    Questions?

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    As well, if you meet any of the following criteria, please follow the links for more information:

    Contact us:

    Program Coordinator: Matt Stevenson, VCC Counselling Skills, 604.871.7000, ext. 8392
    Program Assistant: VCC Counselling Skills, 604.871.7000, ext. 8635
    Practicum Coordinator: Sarah Stirling, Sarah Stirling, 604.871.7000, ext. 8676

    Course Schedule

    Courses Schedule

     

    This program is application based. Before you register in any of the courses listed below, please ensure you have applied and been accepted to the program. Apply to the program now.


    Currently Scheduled in Continuing Studies Sep-Dec2019 (201993)

    (CNSK 1502) Foundations of Counselling 2.5 credits    $734.77



    This course provides foundational awareness of the wide range of issues for which people seek counselling and introduces basic principles of being an effective counsellor in working with diverse populations.

    More Information

    CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
      30505 DTN Rm. 414
    RM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    1815 - 2130
    12-Sep-2019
    to 28-Nov-2019
    Picton, Barbara
      30505 DTN Rm. 415
    SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    0900 - 1630
    02-Nov-2019
    Picton, Barbara


    (CNSK 1503) Theories of Counselling 2.5 credits    $734.77



    This course will provide students with an overview of the major theories that form the foundation of counselling practice and that provide a context for counselling interventions and techniques.

    More Information

    CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
      30506 DTN Rm. 522
    TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    1815 - 2130
    10-Sep-2019
    to 26-Nov-2019
    Schur, Peta
      30506 DTN Rm. 522
    SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    0900 - 1630
    05-Oct-2019
    Schur, Peta
      30527 DTN Rm. 429
    FM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    0930 - 1245
    13-Sep-2019
    to 11-Oct-2019
    Schur, Peta
      30527 DTN Rm. 429
    SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    0900 - 1630
    12-Oct-2019
    Schur, Peta
      30527 DTN Rm. 429
    FM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    0930 - 1245
    25-Oct-2019
    to 06-Dec-2019
    Schur, Peta


    (CNSK 1505) Individual Counselling Skills 2.5 credits    $734.77



    This course will build upon the knowledge and skills gained in previous courses and introduce students to a broader range of counselling skills.

    More Information

    CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
      30507 DTN Rm. 423
    WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    1815 - 2130
    11-Sep-2019
    to 27-Nov-2019
    Marlow, Mary
      30507 DTN Rm. 526
    WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    1800 - 2030
    09-Oct-2019
    Marlow, Mary
      30507 DTN Rm. 514
    WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    1800 - 2030
    09-Oct-2019
    Marlow, Mary
      30507 DTN Rm. 512
    WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    1800 - 2030
    09-Oct-2019
    Marlow, Mary
      30507 DTN Rm. 425
    WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    1800 - 2030
    09-Oct-2019
    Marlow, Mary
      30507 DTN Rm. 423
    WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    1800 - 2030
    09-Oct-2019
    Marlow, Mary
      30507 DTN Rm. 414
    WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    1800 - 2030
    09-Oct-2019
    Marlow, Mary


    (CNSK 1506) Lifespan Development 2.5 credits    $734.77



    This course will provide students with a general introduction to and overview of the field of developmental psychology with a focus on developmental research and theories that have particular relevance for those working in a helping role in community settings. The course follows the life span development of the individual, emphasizing the theoretical and experimental approaches to the study of cognitive, personality, social, perceptual, and physical components of development from conception to death.

    More Information

    CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
      30508 ONLINE M-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday
    TBATo be assigned
    TBATo be assigned
    19-Sep-2019
    to 05-Dec-2019
    Barker, Lisa


    (CNSK 1510) Indigenous Perspectives 1.5 credits    $644.35



    This course will assist students in their roles as a helper by providing awareness of the diversity of the Indigenous Nations and cultures, impacts of colonization, and models of healing and wellness. As part of a movement towards reconciliation, students will engage in experiential learning and witnessing and will have the opportunity to incorporate their understanding into their work.

    More Information

    CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
      30509 DTN Rm. 522
    MM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    1815 - 2130
    07-Oct-2019
    to 02-Dec-2019
    Wasegijig, Jean
      30509 DTN Rm. 522
    SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    0900 - 1630
    23-Nov-2019
    Wasegijig, Jean


    Upcoming Schedules in Continuing Studies Jan-Mar20 (202091)

    (CNSK 1502) Foundations of Counselling 2.5 credits    $734.77



    This course provides foundational awareness of the wide range of issues for which people seek counselling and introduces basic principles of being an effective counsellor in working with diverse populations.

    More Information

    CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
      10836 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
    MM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    1815 - 2130
    06-Jan-2020
    to 30-Mar-2020
    Picton, Barbara
      10836 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
    SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    0900 - 1600
    29-Feb-2020
    Picton, Barbara


    (CNSK 1503) Theories of Counselling 2.5 credits    $734.77



    This course will provide students with an overview of the major theories that form the foundation of counselling practice and that provide a context for counselling interventions and techniques.

    More Information

    CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
      10837 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
    TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    1815 - 2130
    07-Jan-2020
    to 24-Mar-2020
    Schur, Peta
      10837 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
    SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    0900 - 1600
    07-Mar-2020
    Schur, Peta
      10838 BWY-A Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
    FM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    0930 - 1245
    10-Jan-2020
    to 03-Apr-2020
    Schur, Peta
      10838 BWY-A Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
    SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    0900 - 1600
    14-Mar-2020
    Schur, Peta


    (CNSK 1504) Introduction to Family Systems 2.0 credits    $669.42



    This course will introduce students to systems theory as a framework to understand and support complex and diverse families.

    More Information

    CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
      10839 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
    WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    1815 - 2130
    05-Feb-2020
    to 01-Apr-2020
    Mrozewska, Mariola
      10839 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
    SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    0930 - 1615
    28-Mar-2020
    Mrozewska, Mariola


    (CNSK 1505) Individual Counselling Skills 2.5 credits    $734.77



    This course will build upon the knowledge and skills gained in previous courses and introduce students to a broader range of counselling skills.

    More Information

    CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
      10840 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
    RM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    1815 - 2130
    09-Jan-2020
    to 26-Mar-2020
    Marlow, Mary


    (CNSK 1506) Lifespan Development 2.5 credits    $734.77



    This course will provide students with a general introduction to and overview of the field of developmental psychology with a focus on developmental research and theories that have particular relevance for those working in a helping role in community settings. The course follows the life span development of the individual, emphasizing the theoretical and experimental approaches to the study of cognitive, personality, social, perceptual, and physical components of development from conception to death.

    More Information

    CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
      10841 ONLINE M-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday
    TBATo be assigned
    TBATo be assigned
    09-Jan-2020
    to 26-Mar-2020
    Barker, Lisa


    (CNSK 1507) Diversity, Inclusion, and Culture 2.0 credits    $669.42



    The goal of this course is to create inclusive spaces in counselling settings while acknowledging the roles that systems to play in opposition and resistance in client's lives. Students will learn about the utilization of anti-oppressive frameworks in working alongside diverse clients and communities.

    More Information

    CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
      10842 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
    RM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    1815 - 2130
    16-Jan-2020
    to 12-Mar-2020
    Dulay, Bhupie
      10842 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
    SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    0930 - 1615
    22-Feb-2020
    Dulay, Bhupie


    (CNSK 1508) Assessment Practices 2.5 credits    $734.77



    This course will introduce students to the skills required to appropriately identify and conduct an assessment in various settings with multiple demographics. Encompassing a bio-psycho-social-spiritual model, students will learn a collaborative therapeutic framework for conducting assessments as a client-centered, trauma informed skill, while preserving respect and dignity for clients.

    More Information

    CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
      10843 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
    TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    1815 - 2130
    07-Jan-2020
    to 24-Mar-2020
    TBATo be assigned


    (CNSK 1509) Personal and Professional Development 2.0 credits    $669.42



    This course integrates theory and practice learned throughout the program to enable students to be effective, responsible, and professional practitioners in the field of social services.

    More Information

    CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
      10844 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
    MM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    1815 - 2130
    06-Jan-2020
    to 09-Mar-2020
    Chadwick, Julie
      10844 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
    SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    0900 - 1615
    08-Feb-2020
    Chadwick, Julie


    (CNSK 1510) Indigenous Perspectives 1.5 credits    $642.04



    This course will assist students in their roles as a helper by providing awareness of the diversity of the Indigenous Nations and cultures, impacts of colonization, and models of healing and wellness. As part of a movement towards reconciliation, students will engage in experiential learning and witnessing and will have the opportunity to incorporate their understanding into their work.

    More Information

    CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
      10845 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
    WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    1815 - 2130
    12-Feb-2020
    to 25-Mar-2020
    Wasegijig, Jean
      10845 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
    SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,
    U-Sunday

    0930 - 1615
    21-Mar-2020
    Wasegijig, Jean


    Assessment Practices (CNSK 1508)
    course schedule schedule
    2.5 credits $734.77
    Diversity, Inclusion, and Culture (CNSK 1507)
    course schedule schedule
    2.0 credits $669.42
    Foundations of Counselling (CNSK 1502)
    course schedule schedule
    2.5 credits $734.77
    Indigenous Perspectives (CNSK 1510)
    course schedule schedule
    1.5 credits $644.35
    Individual Counselling Skills (CNSK 1505)
    course schedule schedule
    2.5 credits $734.77
    Introduction to Family Systems (CNSK 1504)
    course schedule schedule
    2.0 credits $669.42
    Lifespan Development (CNSK 1506)
    course schedule schedule
    2.5 credits $734.77
    Personal and Professional Development (CNSK 1509)
    course schedule schedule
    2.0 credits $669.42
    Practicum (CNSK 1511)
    course schedule schedule
    5.0 credits N/A
    Theories of Counselling (CNSK 1503)
    course schedule schedule
    2.5 credits $734.77


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