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Applied Counselling Ontario College Graduate Certificate - Part-time

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  • Objectives
    This 300 hour post-degree/post-diploma, part-time program is designed to increase knowledge of the counselling process and to provide an applied, practical 'hands-on' opportunity to develop counselling skills in a variety of areas. Participants who will benefit from this program include individuals in health occupations, education, social services, law enforcement agencies and other workplaces where counselling is a primary or related part of the employment challenge. This program design is established with sequential learning aimed at enhancing counselling knowledge, skills and values.
  • Academic Title
    Applied Counselling Ontario College Graduate Certificate
  • Course description
    COUN8040      Counselling Skills II
    Description: This course offers helpers an opportunity to practice skills and develop attitudes necessary when engaged in significant and caring relationships. It focuses attention on the problem-solving model and its application within a counselling relationship.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: COUN8240

    COUN8050     Counselling Skills III

    Description: Recommended: permission of the Coordinator. This course provides students with the opportunity to apply the problem-solving method to a variety of counselling situations. Students will develop an understanding of appropriate community resources and intervention skills.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: COUN8040

    COUN8060     Groupwork
    Description: This course provides students with the knowledge, skills and self-awareness necessary to use group-based interventions. There will be didactic input, experiential learning, and practice of skills with feedback.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    COUN8070     Supporting Families
    Description: Emphasizing an understanding of family relationships within a system that is ordered by roles, rules, and rituals, this course teaches appropriate interventions and referrals. In addition, supports in the broader community are identified that can help families today use their competencies to adjust to changes such as life cycle transitions or crises.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    COUN8080     Professional And Ethical Issues In Counselling
    Description: This course ensures that students understand the ethical and legal responsibilities of counsellors working in the human services. Through study of the ethical standards of the profession and legal issues related to the practise of counselling, students will learn about the process of ethical and professional decision-making.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    COUN8090     Independent Study Project (Applied Counselling Program)
    Description: Admission: Status as a program student and successful completion of Introduction to Counselling Skills I, Counselling Skills II, Professional and Ethical Issues, and one other core program course. Designed to provide students with the opportunity to explore an area of counselling, the topic, content and method of evaluation of the course will be determined by both the instructor and student.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: COUN8080, COUN8240

    COUN8240     Introduction To Counselling I
    Description: This course teaches a broad base of knowledge and skills related to the counselling process. The focus of the course will emphasize the practical aspects of the helping relationship and will include simulations and opportunities for developing a variety of counselling skills.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

          Electives: Program Option     
    Description: Student must complete a minimum of 90 Hours

    Elective Courses:

    COUN8010     Family Violence: Abuse Of Women

    Description: Note: This course is recommended for health and social service personnel and interested individuals. Designed to address the issue of family violence as a social problem in general and as a specific issue for abused women, this course emphasizes what family violence is, why it happens, why women remain with abusive men and what resources are available to families experiencing abuse.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    COUN8030     Abuse Of Children
    Description: Designed to introduce the various kinds of abuse and neglect, this course will emphasize causes of abuse and the present societal supports including the legal system and protection and treatment by agencies. The student will be prepared to recognize and act to report suspected abuse and learn strategies to prevent child abuse.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    COUN8110     Conflict Management
    Description: This course is designed to teach aspects of conflict management when working with hostile clients. The student will learn skills used in anger/conflict management such as communication assertiveness, negotiation mediation, problem solving, decision-making.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    COUN8120     Crisis/Trauma Counselling
    Description: This course teaches the counselling techniques used in dealing with individuals, couples, families and communities in crisis and/or experiencing trauma. It will examine assessment, intervention, trauma management, crisis resolution and referral. Suicide prevention and intervention will be an integral component of this course.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    COUN8130     Counselling Interventions with Youth
    Description: Providing practical, tangible skills and techniques to effectively counsel adolescents, this course instructs through role-play, discussion, guest speakers and audiovisual aids. A variety of challenges affecting at-risk youth will be addressed including suicide, drug/alcohol dependency, criminal delinquency and eating disorders.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

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