Delivery Method: In-class
Duration: 102 weeks, including a minimum of 100 hours of supervised counselling practice.
Advanced Entry: 90 weeks, including a minimum of 100 hours of supervised counselling practice.
Start: April, June, and October
Wages: $50-$100/hour
Credit Transfer (Articulation): Graduates are granted transfer credits toward BCIT’s Business Management Advanced Diploma. Upon completion, they can continue to BCIT’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA).
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About the Career

Whether supporting someone through a challenging time, motivating them to achieve their goals, or guiding them to personal insights, a counsellor helps others to change their own lives. This program will enhance your existing skill set and expertise in careers that work with people, such as: human resources; career counselling; customer service; and health care professionals.

Our graduates meet the requirements for registration with the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA) and the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada (ACCT). As candidate members of either association, our graduates can work as counsellors under supervision, while pursuing a Registered Professional Counsellor or Registered Therapeutic Counsellor designation.

With either designation, our graduates may find employment in:

  • Employee assistance programs (EAP) 
  • Private practice
  • Health and wellness clinics
  • Treatment centres
  • Government
  • Not-for-profits organizations

Many of our grads begin their careers working in the human service sector supporting individuals with mental health, addictions, and housing challenges, as well as individuals with developmental disabilities. Our grads also provide employment assistance, assistance to new immigrants, and support to women and children. Some of our grads work in private practice shortly after graduation and for most, private practice is their long-term goal.

About the Counselling Therapist Program

Our Counselling Therapist program is built on a foundation of evidence-based, reflective, and ethical practice. You will develop an understanding of the biological, psychological, and social underpinnings of everyday human problems and mental health issues, as well as frameworks to change them. Under the guidance of expert counsellor instructors and practicum supervisors, you will apply and deepen your learning throughout the program with in-class role plays and weekly integrated practicum hours with real clients. 

On a weekly basis, Stenberg students have supervised counselling sessions with real clients from Moving Forward Family Services (MFFS). MFFS is a non-profit organization that offers free short-term and low-cost long-term counselling services across Canada. Using interns and new graduates, this unique model allows MFFS to offer timely, affordable counselling and support without being restricted by gender, age, geography or presenting issues. MFFS’ vision is to ensure no one is ever turned away from quality counselling services.

Admission Requirements

Pre-requisites:

  • Mature student status (19+ years of age)
  • English 12 or meet IELTS requirements below*
  • Completion of the Computer Proficiency Entrance Testing with a score of 70% or higher
  • Must provide a police certificate from country of origin
  • Acceptable Medical Examination Form completed by a physician

Language Proficiency Requirements:

  • Overall IELTS Academic Test score* of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in Listening and no less than 6.5 in Speaking. Must be within the last 2 years. *Other English assessments are acceptable.
  • Advanced Entry: Overall IELTS Academic Test score* of 6.5 with no less than 6.5 in Listening and no less than 7.0 in Speaking. Must be within the last 2 years. *Other English assessments are acceptable.

Program Courses

Post-Graduation Pathways

Articulation to British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

Stenberg College’s Counselling Therapist Diploma Program has an articulation agreement with BCIT. Graduates of our Counselling Therapist program are granted access to BCIT’s Advanced Diploma in Business Management.

Upon completion of Stenberg’s Counselling Therapist Program, with an additional 8 months full time at BCIT, you will acquire an Advanced Diploma in one of Canada’s largest business schools, obtaining industry ready skills and experiences that will prepare you to face the next step in your career.

After completing BCIT’s Business Management Advanced Diploma, students have the option to enroll in BCIT’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), earning a degree that emphasizes critical and strategic thinking.

Credit Transfer to British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

Stenberg College Counselling Therapist Diploma

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102 Weeks Full-Time

BCIT Advanced Diploma In Business Management

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8 Months Full-Time

BCIT Bachelor of Business Administration Degree

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1 Year Full-Time

Articulation to British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

Stenberg College’s Counselling Therapist Diploma Program has an articulation agreement with BCIT. Graduates of our Counselling Therapist program are granted access to BCIT’s Advanced Diploma in Business Management.

Upon completion of Stenberg’s Counselling Therapist Program, with an additional 8 months full time at BCIT, you will acquire an Advanced Diploma in one of Canada’s largest business schools, obtaining industry ready skills and experiences that will prepare you to face the next step in your career.

After completing BCIT’s Business Management Advanced Diploma, students have the option to enroll in BCIT’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), earning a degree that emphasizes critical and strategic thinking.

Our Faculty

Accreditation and Recognition

Stenberg College is designated by the BC government’s Ministry of Advanced Education through the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB). PTIB is responsible for setting standards of quality and ensuring consumer protection. Stenberg College has also received the BC government’s Education Quality Assurance (EQA) designation, which is BC’s brand or “seal” of quality post-secondary education for public and private institutions. This program is also approved by the Registrar. 

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