Counselling Psychology Program Plan

The normal program plan is four courses per year; one in the fall, one in winter, and two in the spring-summer semester. All students are required to complete the first year of the program as a cohort, completing the first four courses in a standard sequence. The courses have been designed to build sequentially the foundational competencies required for your success in the rest of the program. Accordingly, students must pass GCAP 631 to proceed to GCAP 633; and must pass GCAP 633 in order to take GCAP 671 or GCAP 635. Students not passing GCAP 633 will be given an alternative program plan, requiring them to retake GCAP 633 the following year and defer the Summer Institute by one year.

For most students, four courses per year is the ideal pace to complete their program as it ensures core courses are available and you have maximum flexibility in selecting elective courses. The program normally takes 3.3 years to complete.

Year Semester Course-Based Exit Route Thesis Route
1 Fall GCAP 631: Models of Counselling and Client Change (online) GCAP 631: Models of Counselling and Client Change (online)
  Winter GCAP 633: Counselling Psychology: Sociocultural and Systemic Influences (online) GCAP 633: Counselling Psychology: Sociocultural and Systemic Influences (online)
  Spring/Summer GCAP 635: Intervening to Facilitate Client Change (online + Summer Institute)
GCAP 671: Developing a Working Alliance (online + Summer Institute)

GCAP 635: Intervening to Facilitate Client Change (online + Summer Institute)
GCAP 671: Developing a Working Alliance (online + Summer Institute)
 
2 Fall GCAP 691: Methods of Inquiry (online) GCAP 691: Methods of Inquiry (online)
  Winter GCAP 632: Professional Ethics (online) GCAP 632: Professional Ethics (online)
  Spring/Summer GCAP 634: Assessment Processes (online)
Specialization Option I (online)

GCAP 634: Assessment Processes (online)
GCAP 692: Advanced Quantitative Methods*
or
GCAP 693: Advanced Qualitative Methods*

 
3 Fall GCAP 685: Advanced Counselling Practicum (online + field placement + intensive seminar) GCAP 685: Advanced Counselling Practicum (online + field placement + intensive seminar)
  Winter GCAP 685: Advanced Counselling Practicum (online + field placement + intensive seminar) GCAP 685: Advanced Counselling Practicum (online + field placement + intensive seminar)
  Spring/Summer Specialization Option II (online) GCAP 696: Thesis I*
 
4 Fall GCAP 695: Specialization Seminar – Knowledge Transfer GCAP 697: Thesis II*
  Winter   GCAP 697: Thesis II*

Please Note:

  1. Most students will complete the program through the course-based exit route. Students enter the thesis by application in their second year, following GCAP 691. Admission is based on:

    - GPA
    - Availability of research supervisors
    - Alignment with faculty research interests.

  2. You must plan to add in 250 hours per semester of on-site placement during GCAP 685: Advanced Counselling Practicum.
  3. If you are in the course-based exit route, you may opt to take GCAP 695 in the spring-summer semester of Year 3 along with your final elective, if you have completed the 500 hours required for GCAP 685: Advanced Counselling Practicum.
  4. The courses above marked with an asterisk * indicate differences in course requirements for each of the program plans—thesis or course-based exit.