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    Credential

    • Certificate in Applied Counselling
    General Stream or Specialization in Addiction Studies

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    Program length

    • 2 to 5 years

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    Program features

    • For Canadian citizens and permanent residents
    • Part-time, online * subject to change

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    Program fees

    • Total cost: $5,400 approximately
    • Each course: $340 to $515

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    Study counselling

    This program is ideal if you work or volunteer in a counselling context, as a professional or paraprofessional counsellor. For those without counselling experience, it is recommended that you seek out volunteer opportunities prior to or while you are in the program. It is important that you have an opportunity to practice the skills you learn in class with actual clients on a regular basis.

  • Criminal background check

    Checks required

    With your program application form, you must submit a self-declaration of an adult criminal record and a self-declaration of a child abuse registry record. Official checks issued within the past six months will be required prior to graduation. Letters of reference and an interview may also be required prior to admission to the program.

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    Personal suitability criteria

    The program focuses on the development of practical counselling strategies. It is not intended to be therapeutic and it is expected that participants have dealt with traumatic issues, in some manner, prior to entering the program. You must be willing to reflect critically on personal values and attitudes and not carry any discrimination with you, be ready to actively participate as a learner and demonstrate skills learned in practice situations, and be willing to address and resolve conflicts respectfully, maintaining professional and ethical behavior according to the Counselling Code of Ethics, and disclosing any criminal conviction and child abuse record that may occur while in the program. Personal unsuitability may prevent you from being admitted to the program or require that you withdraw.

Program details

This program is for Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Information for international students who wish to study with us can be found at Intensive program packages.

Credential: Earn a University of Manitoba Certificate in Applied Counselling.

Fees: $5,300 in course fees approximately and $100 non-refundable application fee

Expected duration: 2 to 5 years, part-time

Admission requirements: Grade 12 diploma or equivalent, or mature student status

If primary language is not English, proof of English proficiency is required. http://www.umanitoba.ca/student/admissions/international/english/

Application requirements: With your application, include any supporting documents such as letters of reference or intent, and these two completed forms:

Self-Declaration of an Adult Criminal Record (PDF)
Self-Declaration of a Child Abuse Registry Record (PDF)

Students must submit original copies of their current Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse Registry Check prior to receiving approval to graduate. Both must be issued within the six months prior to the graduation date. Criminal Record Checks must be conducted by the local police agency in the jurisdiction where the student lives. Child Abuse Registry Checks are conducted by the Government of Manitoba. Allow four to six weeks for checks to be issued, and submit them to Extended Education six to eight weeks prior to graduation.

Course requirements: Students must complete COUN 0100 first, and their Capstone course last. All courses in the ACC program are screening courses and students must adhere to the personal suitability criteria throughout the entire program.They must obtain a minimum grade of C+ in each course (including Addictions Foundation of Manitoba courses) and maintain 90 percent attendance in order to receive a passing grade.

Choice of General Stream or Specialization in Addictions Studies. The Specialization in Addictions Studies combines program courses with courses from the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba.

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Program courses - General Stream

Determine the courses you will need to complete this program.

Required courses

Course number Course name Contact hours Term(s) offered
COUN 0100 Counselling Skills - Level I 30 Spring, Fall
COUN 0200 Counselling Skills - Level II 30 Fall
COUN 0300 Counselling Skills - Level III 30 Winter
COUN 0202 Counselling Theories 30 Spring
COUN 0240 Working with Families 30 Winter
COUN 0242 Working with Groups 30 Fall
COUN 0400 Capstone 30 Winter

Elective courses

Choose a minimum of 100 contact hours.

Course number Course name Contact hours Term(s) offered
COUN 0258 Anger Management 20 Winter
COUN 0254 Caring for the Caregiver 20 Winter
COUN 0250 Crisis Counselling 20 Spring
COUN 0110 Foundations of Case Management 20 Spring
COUN 0256 Mental Health Issues and Co-Occurring Addictions in Human Services Delivery 30 Spring
COUN 0252 Understanding Family Violence 30 Fall
COUN 0902

Special Topics in Counselling 2
Resiliency and Indigenous Youth: Working in Respect and Reciprocity
* You cannot receive credit for both this course and the Fall 2020 offering of COUN 0900 Special Topics in Counselling 1

30 Fall 2021

Program courses - Specialization in Addiction Studies

Determine the courses you will need to complete this program.

Required UM courses

Course number Course name Contact hours Term(s) offered
COUN 0100 Counselling Skills - Level I 30 Spring, Fall
COUN 0200 Counselling Skills - Level II 30 Fall
COUN 0300 Counselling Skills - Level III 30 Winter
COUN 0202 Counselling Theories 30 Spring
COUN 0240 Working with Families 30 Winter
COUN 0242 Working with Groups 30 Fall
COUN 0400 Capstone 30 Winter

Required AFM courses

Course name Contact hours
Fundamentals of Addiction 20
Pharmacology of Mood Altering Drugs 10
Recovery Oriented Practice (formerly Continuum of Recovery) 10

Elective AFM courses

Choose a minimum of 60 contact hours of elective courses from AFM.

Course name Contact hours
Aging and Addictions 10
Families and Addictions 10
Family Violence and Addictions 10
Indigenous People: Substance Use and Gambling 10
Understanding Gambling and Gambling Behaviour 10
Women and Substance Use 10
Youth: Substance Use and Gambling 10

Register for AFM courses

See course details for AFM Courses
Register online at afm.mb.ca or call 204-944-6260 or 1-866-638-2561.

Note: AFM Courses must be transferred into your program.
Submit the AFM Transfer Request Form, with a copy of the AFM grade letter for each course being transferred into the program.

AFM Course Transfer Request Form (PDF)

How to apply

Complete and submit your Application Form (PDF):

  • Save to your computer before filling out the form.
  • To register for individual courses, please visit Courses.

Learn more about the program

  • Matt MacRae
    Applied Counselling, Grad

  • Bonnie Murray
    Applied Counselling, Grad

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Extended Education
185 Extended Education Complex
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

204-474-8800
Toll free: 1-888-216-7011 ext. 8800