Train to improve the mental health 
of children and adolescents.

Train to improve the mental health
of children and adolescents.

School and Youth Concentration Highlights

  • Work as a counselling professional and help children, adolescents, and families cope with challenges in a range of settings.
  • Earn your degree in two years of full-time study through small, intimate classes.
  • Work with faculty who embody Adler’s unique focus on socially responsible practice.
  • Develop your professional identity and research skills through the completion of a masters’ thesis.

Our Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology: School and Youth Concentration program prepares students with comprehensive knowledge, skills, and real-world experience to successfully provide therapeutic services for children, adolescents, and their families. Students gain a strong foundation in counselling theories and methods and are trained to be self-reflexive, ethically aware clinicians.

Our practitioner-focused program empowers students with clinical coursework that reflects contemporary challenges faced by counsellors of children and adolescents. We offer an immersive learning experience that brings together real-world training with a focus on socially responsible practice—all led by experts in the field.

Through strong faculty support, professional networks, and the University’s extensive partnerships with community agencies, our students gain valuable practicum and clinical experience in a wide variety of settings.

Students learn though a rigorous curriculum that, while focused on serving diverse populations, emphasizes the care of children and adolescents 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.


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:

  • Private practice
  • Social service agencies
  • Schools
  • Behavioural healthcare organizations
  • Hospitals
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Substance abuse treatment centers
  • Mental health centres
  • Private practice

Our graduates successfully work as psychotherapists, counsellors, case managers, guidance counsellors, and in many more positions. 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).

Professional Development & Training

Gain the knowledge and skills to create real change for youth and adolescents. Our diverse faculty brings together rigorous classroom learning with individualized mentorship and hands-on professional experience. Under the guidance of a faculty committee, our Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology: School and Youth Concentration students also engage in a rigorous and systematic investigation for the purpose of completing and defending a thesis, often required for doctoral work in counselling psychology.

Unique to our institution are two intensive practicums focusing on children and adolescents. 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 emphasizing the application of counselling skills with children and adolescents in a wide range of settings. These settings include: primary and secondary schools, clinics, hospitals, mental health centres, community organizations, government organizations, and others.

Community Learning, Format, & Support

Our program is designed to be completed in two years of full-time study, including summer terms. Unique to the School and Youth Concentration is the option to complete coursework in four consecutive full-time terms prior to practicum.

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, genuine care, and good will, 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.