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Counselling - Professional Development


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These courses are intended for working professionals, those with previous experience or training in a Human Services field (such as counselling, youth work, settlement services, social work, or healthcare), and those that wish to pursue further education in the field of counselling. Keep your skills current and add valuable and practical training to your professional toolbox.

In order to register for these courses, one of the following is required: professional registration with a regulatory body in the field of counselling, social work, or healthcare; successful completion of a degree, diploma, or certificate in the human services field; or by permission of the Program Coordinator of VCC’s Counselling Skills Certificate Programs.




Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
September, January, April Varies N/A Downtown Part-time

Program Description

Program Description


Some courses in this program require textbooks. Please call or visit the Downtown Bookstore for more information.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.


International students

Please note that not all Continuing Studies programs are available to international students. To determine your eligibility, please contact VCC’s International Education Office at: study@vcc.ca or 604.443.8600.



As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.


Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

In order to register for these courses, one of the following is required: professional registration with a regulatory body in the field of counselling, social work, or healthcare; successful completion of a degree, diploma, or certificate in the human services field; or by permission of the Program Coordinator of VCC’s Counselling Skills Certificate Programs.

Fees and Other costs

Info Sessions

Info Sessions

If you are considering entering the counselling field or are already employed and want to expand your career prospects with academic credentials, VCC's addiction counselling skills and community counselling skills certificate programs can help you achieve your goals. We offer a Basic Counselling Skills - Prerequisite Course as well as Counselling - Professional Development classes.


Join us for an information session at VCC's Downtown campus, 200-block Dunsmuir at Hamilton, two blocks west of the Stadium SkyTrain station.





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Contact Us/Request Info

Contact Us/Request Info

Questions?

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Contact us:

Program Coordinator: Matt Stevenson, VCC Counselling Skills, 604.871.7000, ext. 8392
Program Assistant: Monica Song, VCC Counselling Skills, 604.871.7000, ext. 8635

Program Highlights

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

 

This program is application based. Before you register in any of the courses listed below, please ensure you have applied and been accepted to the program. Apply to the program now.


Currently Scheduled in Continuing Studies Sep-Dec2018 (201893)

(CNSK 1402) Foundations of Counselling 3.0 credits    $671.53



Using a systemic perspective, this course provides students with the philosophical and practical skills needed to build a foundation of professional practice and is the cornerstone course of the certificate program. Content includes an orientation to the resources offered by Vancouver Community College, the skills of learning, self-awareness and the systemic nature of individual, family, and community interaction. Students will develop an understanding of self-reflective practice that will enhance their ability to make meaningful connections with others, both personally and professionally. Understanding the social determinants of health and how these impact counselling will be an important focus. Students will examine the role of counselling, all aspects of wellness and a variety of theoretical models that address diversity, mental illness and substance misuse and addiction.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  30347 DTN Rm. 413
RM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1815 - 2130
13-Sep-2018
to 29-Nov-2018
Picton, Barbara
  30347 DTN Rm. 413
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1630
27-Oct-2018
Picton, Barbara


(CNSK 1403) Theories of Counselling 3.0 credits    $671.53



The course is an overview of counselling and psychotherapy in terms of theory and practice. Focus is on the how, what, and why of the theories. Content includes major theories of counselling and the limitations and contributions each makes to the practice of counselling. The emphasis is on practice arising out of theory. Ethical considerations will also be discussed. We will look at the differences in goals and techniques and the associated views of human nature. Students will extract theory from experience, and experience from theory and will formulate and develop their own beliefs and approaches to counselling. Attention will be paid to the process of the class group to support learning and also to enhance the learning environment. Students may take Theories of Counselling (CNSK 1403) OR Lifespan Development (CNSK 1404) for credit. Please note that a textbook may be required for this course. Please check the bookstore website at https://downtown.store.vcc.ca/ for textbook information and hours of operation.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  30348 DTN Rm. 522
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1815 - 2130
11-Sep-2018
to 27-Nov-2018
Schur, Peta
  30348 DTN Rm. 522
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1630
29-Sep-2018
Schur, Peta


(CNSK 1404) Lifespan Development 3.0 credits    $671.53



This course introduces the theories, concepts, research methods, and findings relevant to the study of human development throughout the life-span. Major developmental theories and issues are presented. Emphasis is placed on the integration of life-span principles and concepts into individual social contexts. The effects of heredity and environment, and ethical issues surrounding development are also presented. Students may take Theories of Counselling (CNSK 1403) OR Lifespan Development (CNSK 1404) for credit.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  30504 ONLINE M-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday
TBATo be assigned
TBATo be assigned
20-Sep-2018
to 06-Dec-2018
Barker, Lisa


(CNSK 1405) Individual Counselling Skills - Community 3.0 credits    $671.53



Discuss the skills of individual counselling as they relate to the counselling relationship and the development of the counsellor. Examine the skills and strategies involved in the counselling process while building on the content of “Basic Counselling Skills”. Topics include: the counselling process, understanding and practicing the skills involved in all phases of the counselling relationship, record keeping, ethical obligations, and emerging self awareness and self care. Key course goals: to provide experiential learning related to the client-counsellor relationship; and analyze the issues that emerge from the profession, focusing on the client issues found in community counselling agencies.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  30349 DTN Rm. 415
WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1815 - 2130
12-Sep-2018
to 28-Nov-2018
Mohammed, Erika


(CNSK 1406) Individual Counselling Skills - Addiction 3.0 credits    $671.53



This course focuses on the skills of counselling individuals including the counselling relationship and the development of the counsellor. Students examine the skills and strategies involved in counselling specifically in area of addiction. Content areas build on those covered in Basic Counselling Skills and introduce the concept of Motivational Interviewing. Topics include the counselling process, understanding and practicing the skills involved in all phases of the counselling relationship, record keeping, ethical obligations and emerging self-awareness and self-care. The central purpose of this course is to provide participants with experiential learning regarding the client-counsellor relationship and to analyze the issues that emerge from this work with a specific focus in the area of addiction.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  30359 DTN Rm. 413
WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1815 - 2130
12-Sep-2018
to 28-Nov-2018
Smith, Terri


(CNSK 1408) Group Counselling Skills 3 credits    $671.53



This course is designed to offer students a wide spectrum of both theoretical and experiential approaches to group work, focusing especially on core facilitation skills. Students will examine group dynamics and evolution, interpersonal relationships (e.g. conflicts, alliances and other structures), leadership styles, curriculum development, and the role of health and healing practices. Particular attention will be given to developing effective facilitation strategies through achieving greater self-awareness. Students will also learn about the emerging models of group work which focus on collaboration, community-building and creativity. Please note that a textbook may be required for this course. Please check the bookstore website at https://downtown.store.vcc.ca/ for textbook information and hours of operation.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  30503 DTN Rm. 414
RM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1815 - 2130
20-Sep-2018
to 06-Dec-2018
Zadravec, Miljenka
  30503 DTN Rm. 414
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1630
03-Nov-2018
Zadravec, Miljenka


(CNSK 1409) Family Systems - An Overview 2.0 credits    $428.15



This course examines supporting families using a systems perspective. Specific approaches to supporting families will be explored including family of origin and solution-focused counselling. Content areas include theoretical assumptions, family life cycle, parenting approaches, family violence, ethical issues, and counselling and support strategies. In addition, students will explore their own family experience and become aware of how their experience may impact the way they work with families. Please note that a textbook may be required for this course. Please check the bookstore website at https://downtown.store.vcc.ca/ for textbook information and hours of operation.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  30351 DTN Rm. 413
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1815 - 2130
23-Oct-2018
to 04-Dec-2018
Mrozewska, Mariola
  30351 DTN Rm. 413
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1630
10-Nov-2018
Mrozewska, Mariola


(CNSK 1413) Aboriginal Context 1.0 credits    $326.44



Examine the historical/traditional perspectives and contemporary issues (ie. alcohol-related birth defects, high suicide rates) of the Aboriginal community with a focus on health and healing. Students explore the role played by cultural expression, including values and identity, in providing a basis for healing in an Aboriginal treatment setting. Analyze the impact of colonization (ie. disruption of established family systems by residential schools). The focus is on the Canadian Aboriginal experience, but comparisons will be drawn to other Indigenous populations.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  30355 DTN Rm. 424
RM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1815 - 2130
25-Oct-2018
to 22-Nov-2018
Blackstock, Catherine
  30355 DTN Rm. 424
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1630
17-Nov-2018
Blackstock, Catherine


(CNSK 1415) Addiction and Human Behaviour 1.0 credits    $326.44



This survey course provides students with an overview of addictive substances and behaviours and the physiological and psychological effects on the body and mind. Students will review the functioning of the healthy brain and be introduced to the functioning of the brain damaged by addictive behaviour and trauma, how genetics and the environment contribute to the development of addictive behaviours, specific psychoactive drugs and concurrent disorders. Prerequisite: Foundations of Counselling CNSK 1402. Please note that a textbook may be required for this course. Please check the bookstore website at https://downtown.store.vcc.ca/ for textbook information and hours of operation.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  30356 DTN Rm. 413
MM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1815 - 2130
05-Nov-2018
to 10-Dec-2018
Wagner, Dale
  30356 DTN Rm. 413
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1630
24-Nov-2018
Wagner, Dale


Upcoming Schedules in Continuing Studies Jan-Mar2019 (201991)

(CNSK 1402) Foundations of Counselling 3.0 credits    $671.53



Using a systemic perspective, this course provides students with the philosophical and practical skills needed to build a foundation of professional practice and is the cornerstone course of the certificate program. Content includes an orientation to the resources offered by Vancouver Community College, the skills of learning, self-awareness and the systemic nature of individual, family, and community interaction. Students will develop an understanding of self-reflective practice that will enhance their ability to make meaningful connections with others, both personally and professionally. Understanding the social determinants of health and how these impact counselling will be an important focus. Students will examine the role of counselling, all aspects of wellness and a variety of theoretical models that address diversity, mental illness and substance misuse and addiction.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  10239 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
MM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1815 - 2130
07-Jan-2019
to 01-Apr-2019
Picton, Barbara
  10239 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1600
02-Mar-2019
Picton, Barbara


(CNSK 1403) Theories of Counselling 3.0 credits    $671.53



The course is an overview of counselling and psychotherapy in terms of theory and practice. Focus is on the how, what, and why of the theories. Content includes major theories of counselling and the limitations and contributions each makes to the practice of counselling. The emphasis is on practice arising out of theory. Ethical considerations will also be discussed. We will look at the differences in goals and techniques and the associated views of human nature. Students will extract theory from experience, and experience from theory and will formulate and develop their own beliefs and approaches to counselling. Attention will be paid to the process of the class group to support learning and also to enhance the learning environment. Students may take Theories of Counselling (CNSK 1403) OR Lifespan Development (CNSK 1404) for credit. Please note that a textbook may be required for this course. Please check the bookstore website at https://downtown.store.vcc.ca/ for textbook information and hours of operation.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  10252 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1815 - 2130
08-Jan-2019
to 26-Mar-2019
Schur, Peta
  10252 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1600
02-Feb-2019
Schur, Peta


(CNSK 1404) Lifespan Development 3.0 credits    $671.53



This course introduces the theories, concepts, research methods, and findings relevant to the study of human development throughout the life-span. Major developmental theories and issues are presented. Emphasis is placed on the integration of life-span principles and concepts into individual social contexts. The effects of heredity and environment, and ethical issues surrounding development are also presented. Students may take Theories of Counselling (CNSK 1403) OR Lifespan Development (CNSK 1404) for credit.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  10243 ONLINE M-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday
TBATo be assigned
TBATo be assigned
10-Jan-2019
to 28-Mar-2019
Barker, Lisa


(CNSK 1405) Individual Counselling Skills - Community 3.0 credits    $671.53



Discuss the skills of individual counselling as they relate to the counselling relationship and the development of the counsellor. Examine the skills and strategies involved in the counselling process while building on the content of “Basic Counselling Skills”. Topics include: the counselling process, understanding and practicing the skills involved in all phases of the counselling relationship, record keeping, ethical obligations, and emerging self awareness and self care. Key course goals: to provide experiential learning related to the client-counsellor relationship; and analyze the issues that emerge from the profession, focusing on the client issues found in community counselling agencies.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  10241 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1815 - 2130
09-Jan-2019
to 27-Mar-2019
Mohammed, Erika


(CNSK 1406) Individual Counselling Skills - Addiction 3.0 credits    $671.53



This course focuses on the skills of counselling individuals including the counselling relationship and the development of the counsellor. Students examine the skills and strategies involved in counselling specifically in area of addiction. Content areas build on those covered in Basic Counselling Skills and introduce the concept of Motivational Interviewing. Topics include the counselling process, understanding and practicing the skills involved in all phases of the counselling relationship, record keeping, ethical obligations and emerging self-awareness and self-care. The central purpose of this course is to provide participants with experiential learning regarding the client-counsellor relationship and to analyze the issues that emerge from this work with a specific focus in the area of addiction.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  10242 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1815 - 2130
09-Jan-2019
to 27-Mar-2019
Smith, Terri


(CNSK 1407) Diversity, Culture and Counselling 1.0 credits    $326.44



This introductory course explores dimensions of diversity and increases knowledge and understanding of the cultural factors underlying client and counsellor behaviour and interventions. Participants will explore their own cultural values and belief systems and learn how these systems affect their relationship and interventions with clients. Participants will also increase their understanding of cultural transition, racial identity and sexual orientation identity development processes, and examine the role of race and culture on communication in the counselling context. Emphasis will be placed on integration of knowledge with personal awareness.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  10238 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
RM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1815 - 2130
28-Feb-2019
to 28-Mar-2019
Dulay, Bhupie
  10238 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0930 - 1615
23-Mar-2019
Dulay, Bhupie


(CNSK 1409) Family Systems - An Overview 2.0 credits    $428.15



This course examines supporting families using a systems perspective. Specific approaches to supporting families will be explored including family of origin and solution-focused counselling. Content areas include theoretical assumptions, family life cycle, parenting approaches, family violence, ethical issues, and counselling and support strategies. In addition, students will explore their own family experience and become aware of how their experience may impact the way they work with families. Please note that a textbook may be required for this course. Please check the bookstore website at https://downtown.store.vcc.ca/ for textbook information and hours of operation.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  10250 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
RM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1815 - 2130
10-Jan-2019
to 21-Feb-2019
Mrozewska, Mariola
  10250 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0930 - 1615
26-Jan-2019
Mrozewska, Mariola


(CNSK 1414) Vocational Counselling Skills 1.0 credits    $326.44



An overview of the knowledge and skills of vocational counselling, especially related to clients who face barriers. Explores career counselling theories, practical skills, resources, and strategies to help clients reach career goals. Content includes career counselling interview techniques, non-standardized skill assessment, vocational interests, skills, values, job placement strategies, and using labour market information.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  10244 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
MM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1815 - 2130
11-Feb-2019
to 18-Mar-2019
Pons, Audrey
  10244 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0930 - 1615
16-Mar-2019
Pons, Audrey


(CNSK 1415) Addiction and Human Behaviour 1.0 credits    $326.44



This survey course provides students with an overview of addictive substances and behaviours and the physiological and psychological effects on the body and mind. Students will review the functioning of the healthy brain and be introduced to the functioning of the brain damaged by addictive behaviour and trauma, how genetics and the environment contribute to the development of addictive behaviours, specific psychoactive drugs and concurrent disorders. Prerequisite: Foundations of Counselling CNSK 1402. Please note that a textbook may be required for this course. Please check the bookstore website at https://downtown.store.vcc.ca/ for textbook information and hours of operation.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  10237 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
MM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1815 - 2130
11-Feb-2019
to 18-Mar-2019
TBATo be assigned
  10237 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1615
16-Mar-2019
TBATo be assigned


Aboriginal Context (CNSK 1413)
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits $326.44
Addiction and Human Behaviour (CNSK 1415)
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits $326.44
Counselling Skills - A Youth Perspective (CNSK 1416)
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits N/A
Diversity, Culture and Counselling (CNSK 1407)
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits $326.44
Family Systems - An Overview (CNSK 1409)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits $428.15
Foundations of Counselling (CNSK 1402)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits $671.53
Group Counselling Skills (CNSK 1408)
course schedule schedule
3 credits $671.53
Individual Counselling Skills - Addiction (CNSK 1406)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits $671.53
Individual Counselling Skills - Community (CNSK 1405)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits $671.53
Lifespan Development (CNSK 1404)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits $671.53
Theories of Counselling (CNSK 1403)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits $671.53
Vocational Counselling Skills (CNSK 1414)
course schedule schedule
1.0 credits $326.44


Fees for Continuing Studies programs and courses are approximate and subject to change without notice. Fees include GST (if applicable) as well as College Initiative and Resource Fees, which vary depending on the individual course. Student Union Fees and UPass Fees will be assessed at time of registration where applicable, and are not included in the fees displayed online. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made.



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