A non-thesis option for those interested 
in a practitioner based Master of 
Counselling Psychology credential.

A non-thesis option for those interested
in a practitioner based Master of
Counselling Psychology credential.

Counselling Psychology Overview

The Master of Counselling Psychology (MCP) program provides a foundation in counselling psychology theory and methodology. Along with coursework, the program offers hands-on, supervised training in counselling psychology techniques. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared for a wide variety of community mental health positions in the public and private sectors. This program provides a non thesis option for students interested in a practitioner based Master of Counselling credential.

This comprehensive program can be completed in a two year period as a full- time student including summer semesters, if courses are completed according to the curriculum sequence provided. Graduates of the program are well prepared for a wide variety of mental health positions in human service agencies and organizations in both public and private sectors.

This program is offered under the written consent of the Minister of Advanced Education, effective November 14, 2011 for a five year term, having undergone a quality assessment process and been found to meet the criteria established by the Minister.

While similar to a number of the courses and training experiences offered at other programs, the Master of Counselling Psychology program at the Adler University is distinctive in several ways:

  • The inclusion of focused education and training in Adlerian Psychology presented within a comprehensive generalist program.
  • A strong emphasis in preparing students for professional practice at the Master’s level in a broad number of service settings, reflecting our roots as an institute focused on community service.
  • Our commitment to socially responsible practice, which includes a unique graduate level service learning requirement (Community Service Practice) and required coursework that provides students with theory and research pertinent to structural and systemic barriers to well-being and how to address these barriers.

With the inclusion of preparation in socially responsible practice, along with a strong preparation in more traditional forms of counselling practice, the Master of Counselling Psychology program at the Adler University's Vancouver campus will provide students with the foundation necessary for broad range of potential employment opportunities working with individuals and communities in which they live.

Statement of Purpose

The Counselling Psychology programs: Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology and Master of Counselling Psychology, in alignment with Adler University’s scholar-practitioner model, prepare students to be knowledgeable and effective in the application of foundational theories and methods of counselling practice. The programs offer comprehensive and personal graduate degree training that qualifies students as counselling professionals, primarily in a Canadian context. There is an emphasis on developing self-reflexive and ethically aware practitioners who are educated both theoretically and practically in socially responsible practice.

Program Objectives

  • To train graduates to ethically assess and skillfully intervene with a wide range of populations with the attitudes, knowledge, and skills needed to work professionally with diverse clients. 
  • To train graduates to use self-reflexivity, self-awareness, and life-long learning for personal and professional development and competence.
  • To develop graduates who have learned how to critique the literature, and can apply literature-based and research-based foundations of counselling psychology practice to their work.
  • To develop graduates who embrace a socially responsible counselling practice and who have the ability to identify and apply goals and tasks that further social justice and foster inclusive healthy communities in alignment with Adler University’s mission and value of social interest.

Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution, preferably in psychology or counselling-related discipline
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate or graduate course work
  • The equivalent of at least twelve semester credit hours in baccalaureate level psychology coursework with a grade of C or better. These courses must include introductory psychology, abnormal psychology, research methods and a fourth foundational course preferably in personality psychology.
  • Coursework or volunteer work involving the use of counselling related skills or demonstrating counselling capacity is highly desirable and is considered in the evaluation of applicants.
  • Approved applicants will be evaluated through an in-person writing sample and interview as the final step in the application process.

Degree Requirements

  • Satisfactory completion of 54 credit hours, including all required courses
  • 700 minimum clock hours of Clinical Practicum
  • 150 clock hours of Social Justice Practicum
  • Successful completion of the Master's Clinical Qualifying Examination
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and no more than two "C" grades (or 6 credit hours)
  • Submission of graduation application and full payment of all outstanding tuition and fees
  • Faculty approval for graduation and recommendation to the Board of Trustees for the conferral of the Master of Counselling Psychology


The degree credential is accepted by the registering bodies for master’s level counsellors in British Columbia (British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors) and in Canada
(Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association).