Counselling Psychology Specialization

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Department of Educational Administration, Foundations & Psychology (EAFP)

The Master’s Program in Counselling Psychology prepares graduates to integrate critical knowledge and understanding of the theoretical bases of counselling, and develops counselling skills. The model of training is that of a scientist-practitioner with an emphasis on reflective practice.

Specifically, the graduate program is designed to help students with:

  • Developing individual and group counselling skills;
  • Conducting and interpreting current research;
  • Increasing their knowledge of the latest developments in counselling and literature;
  • Training in group leadership and communication skills;
  • Providing career development, career information and job search skills;
  • The principles, processes and methods of interviewing children, adolescents and adults; and
  • The skills of measurement and evaluation.

The program provides an array of supervised practicum placements that can support more specialized experience to meet individual needs and interests. Our graduates have found employment in a wide range of settings including schools, community agencies, clinics, hospitals, business and industry, rehabilitation centres, government services and private practice.

Pre-requisite Coursework
The following 9 credit hours of coursework at the 5000 level must be completed before applying to the  Counselling Psychology MEd program:

There are two routes to complete an MEd in Counselling Psychology. They include:
Thesis-Based Route
Course-Based Route


Thesis-Based Route

18 credit hours plus thesis

Courses prepare the student to design and implement a research project that leads to the thesis. For the thesis, students will select a research question, gather and interpret data, present the investigation and its results as a written document with the program advisor’s support. An oral defense of the thesis culminates the program.

Coursework and Thesis

  • Core Courses (9 credit hours)
    EDUA 7550 Theories of Counselling (3)
    EDUA 7520* Practicum Seminar in Counselling (6)
*EDUA 7520 is a 3-hour weekly seminar offered over fall and winter terms taken concurrently with a minimum of 180 hours of supervised practicum experienced in a selected placement. Students are required to be available September to April during the day for a minimum of one to one-and-a-half days per week for the practicum component.
  • Research Courses (6 credit hours)
    EDUA 5800 Introduction to Educational Research (3) plus an additional 3 credit hours of research methodology at the 7000 level in Education or 3000 or above in other faculties
  • Concentration (3 credit hours)
    The thesis is a focus of the concentration.
    Students will select 3 credit hours from:
    EDUA 7510 Seminar in Current Issues in Counselling (3)
    EDUA 7530 Group Counselling: Theory and Practice (6)
    EDUA 7540 Programs in Career Development (3)
    EDUA 7750 Topics in Educational Psychology 2 (3) (requires Advisor approval)
    EDUA 7760 Interview Techniques with Children and Adolescents (3)
or other courses approved by program advisor and department head
  • Electives (None)
  • Thesis
  • Course Level Restrictions
    12 credit hours must be at the 7000 level; the remaining 6 credit hours may be at the 5000 level or above in the Faculty of Education and/or at the 3000 level or above in other faculties.


Course-Based Route

30 credit hours plus comprehensive examination

The student and program advisor select courses that lead to mastery within Counselling Psychology and the concentration. As the course component is completed, the student, with the program advisor’s support, prepares a document that demonstrates comprehensive mastery. The document can be a final examination or a project, which may culminate with an oral defense of the document.

Coursework and Comprehensive Option

  • Core Courses (9 credit hours)
    EDUA 7550 Theories of Counselling (3)
    EDUA 7520* Practicum Seminar in Counselling (6)
*EDUA 7520 is a 3-hour weekly seminar offered over fall and winter terms taken concurrently with a minimum of 180 hours of supervised practicum experienced in a selected placement. Students are required to be available September to April during the day for a minimum of one to one-and-a-half days per week for the practicum component.
  • Research Courses (3 credit hours)
    EDUA 5800 Introduction to Educational Research (3)
  • Concentration (18 credit hours)
    Students will select 18 credit hours from:
    EDUA 7510 Seminar in Current Issues in Counselling (3)
    EDUA 7530 Group Counselling: Theory and Practice (6)
    EDUA 7540 Programs in Career Development (3)
    EDUA 7750 Topics in Educational Psychology 2 (3) (requires Advisor approval)
    EDUA 7760 Interview Techniques with Children and Adolescents (3)
plus additional electives at the 5000 level or equivalent or other courses approved by program advisor and department head
  • Electives (None)
  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Course Level Restrictions
    18 credit hours must be at the 7000 level; the remaining 12 credit hours may be at the 5000 level or above in the Faculty of Education and/or at the 3000 level or above in other faculties.

 

Admission Deadlines and Document Requirements:

First things first: Below is a complete list of documents for application to the Guidance & Counselling specialization (EAFP).

 

Education Graduate Program Advisors (Faculty Members)


Priya Mani
Guidance & Counselling
Research interests: Cultural diversity, career development
Contact:
(204) 474-6979
Priya.Mani@umanitoba.ca


Virginia Tze
Guidance & Counselling
Research interests: Social-emotional competencies and development, psychological well-being, cultural diversity, quantitative research
Contact:
(204) 474-7085
Virginia.Tze@umanitoba.ca


Grace Ukasoanya
Guidance & Counselling
Research interests: Psychosocial disability research and issues of inclusion, participation and empowerment among diverse populations
Contact:
(204) 474-9010
Grace.Ukasoanya@umanitoba.ca