Overview

A non-thesis option for those interested 
in improving community mental health.

A non-thesis option for those interested
in improving community mental health.

Counselling Psychology Program Hightlights

  • Work as a counselling professional and help others cope with life’s challenges.
  • Earn a degree in two years of full-time or part-time study through small, intimate classes.
  • Work with leaders in the field who embody Adler's focus on socially responsible practice.
  • A non-thesis option for those interested in a practioner based Master of Counselling Psychology credential.

Adler University’s Master of Counselling Psychology (MCP) program prepares community mental health counsellors to be socially responsible practitioners based primarily in Canada’s public and private sectors. Students gain a strong foundation in counselling theories and methods and are trained to be self-reflexive, ethically aware clinicians.

Our MCP program provides a non-thesis option for students interested in a practioner-based master’s degree credential. This generalist training provides students with comprehensive knowledge and skills for clinically working with clients from diverse communities and in a variety of settings.

Our diverse teaching faculty is made up of practicing clinicians, scholars, and researchers recognized as leaders in their fields, who bring real-world experiences to the classroom. Students learn through a rigorous curriculum focused on serving diverse populations across the lifespan through research-based counselling theories and techniques. Adler University is a recognized pioneer in graduate education, training scholar-practitioners who are committed to a more just society.

Careers

Service Canada projects positive job growth and need for counsellors. Our mission-driven program is designed to prepare counselling professionals to work with individuals, families, and groups to address specific mental and emotional health issues across a range of settings.

These include:

  • Community organizations
  • Human service agencies
  • Community clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Substance abuse treatment centres
  • Mental health centres
  • Private practice

Our innovative program aligns with the requirements of the registering bodies for master’s level counsellors in British Columbia and Canada (the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association).

Profesional Development & Training

Gain the knowledge and skills to create real change for individuals and communities. Our diverse faculty brings together rigorous classroom learning with individualized mentorship and hands-on professional experience.

Unique to our institution are two intensive practicums. The first is the Social Justice Practicum, a nonclinical experiential practicum completed by all Adler students to cultivate the skills for becoming agents of social change. Working with our robust network of community partners, students develop the practical knowledge and understanding of what it means to engage with communities and be a socially responsible practitioner.

The second is a 700-hour counselling practicum, which offers extensive training in the field, and focuses on the clinical work and principles of counselling in settings such as community organizations, mental health organizations, and private practice.

Cohort Learning, Format & Support

Our program is designed to be completed in two years of full-time study, including summer terms. We offer two starts dates for enrollment—in September and January—and, in addition to daytime classes, courses are offered evenings and weekends for flexibility of scheduling. The MCP program can also be completed part-time, with a limit of five years for completion.

When you enroll, you join a community of students who will take classes together throughout the course of the program. Our model emphasizes collaboration, communication, connection, and camaraderie among students.

Our program environment is characterized by Adlerian encouragement, empathy, and genuine care, with the expressed purpose of supporting the personal and professional growth of each of our students based on their interests and professional focus. Upon graduation, you will become a member of the University’s Alumni Association, which along with our Office of Alumni Affairs, provides extensive ongoing networking and professional development opportunities.