Aboriginal Counselling Skills Certificate

Program description

The program provides counsellor training for individuals who presently work, volunteer, or who may wish to work or volunteer in an Aboriginal setting. It provides learners with a foundation of knowledge and skills requried to provide culturally appropriate counselling services to Aboriginal families and individuals.

The program involves 346 contact hours, comprised of an orientation, nine required courses and two electives. Learners who successfully complete the program will have the capacity to respond effectively to the increasingly complex role of a counsellor in an Aboriginal setting of community.

While in the program, learners must be employed or hold a supervised and related volunteer position in a social service or comparable agency that is of sufficient duration to allow learners to practice skills and knowledge learned in their program.


Required Courses

  • Program Orientation
  • Colonialism and Its Effects
  • Basic Counselling Theories
  • Introduction to Counselling
  • Development and Practice of Counselling Skills Level I
  • Development and Practice of Counselling Skills Level II
  • Working with Aboriginal Families
  • Counselling in an Aboriginal Community
  • Working with Aboriginal Groups
  • Independent Project

Two elective options are selected for each program, based on the topics most relevant to the work and interest of the student group.

Examples of electives

  • Alcohol, Drug and Solvent Abuse
  • Family Violence
  • Grieving and Loss
  • Suicide Prevention and Intervention
  • Working with Youth
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Effects of Abuse, Neglect and Trauma
  • Administration Skills for Counsellors
  • Topics in Aboriginal Counselling (content will vary)
  • Fundamentals of Addictions
  • Addictions: Assessment and Screening
  • Addictions: Health Determinants


Leslie Backlund, Program Assistant (204) 474-8000
24-hour national toll free 1 (888) 216-7011 ext. 8000
North American toll free 1 (800) 432-1960 ext. 8000
Email: Leslie.Backlund@umanitoba.ca