Applied Counselling

Get Help in Helping Others

Gain knowledge of practical counselling strategies that can provide objective and useful guidance in personal, social, or psychological scenarios within a group or individual context with a certificate in Applied Counselling.

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Program Description

Help make a difference to someone in need. Through the Applied Counselling Certificate (ACC) Program, you can choose a General Stream and/or Specialization in Addictions Studies. The General Stream consists of (210 hours) of required courses and (100 hours) of elective courses. The specialization in Addictions Studies consists of 210 hours of required courses in the Applied Counselling Certificate Program and 100 hours of Addictions Studies courses from the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM).

Credential Awarded

Certificate in Applied Counselling

Who is the Program for?

The program is ideal if you are involved in direct counselling through your paid or volunteer work and you work in: health care, education, social services, government, vocation employment counsellors, managers and other workplaces where counseling takes place. Both professional and paraprofessional counsellors will benefit from the program because if focuses on the sequential development of practical counselling strategies.

Admission Requirements

If you work with people in a counselling or helping capacity, either as a paid employee or as a volunteer, you are eligible to apply. If you don’t have counseling experience, it’s recommended that you seek out volunteer opportunities prior to/while you are in the program. It’s important that you have an opportunity to practice the skills you’ve learned in class with actual clients on a regular basis. Final acceptance into the program requires that you complete and submit the following forms:

  • Program Application Form
  • Self-Declaration of an Adult Criminal Record
  • Self-Declaration of a Child Abuse Registry

Once we receive the above forms and if you have been accepted into the program, we will email you a welcome letter. Extended Education undertakes to ensure that all persons admitted to the program have not engaged in behavior that is regarded as physically and/or mentally harmful to others. Failure to submit the above forms will delay the admission process as your application will not be finalized until the form is received. If you have a criminal record or outstanding charges, you will be informed of the admission decision as soon as possible. If you are on the Child Abuse Registry, you will not be eligible to register in the program. Prior to graduating from the program, you are required to submit an official Criminal Record and Child Abuse Registry: with your Application for Graduation form.

A letter of reference verifying the practice opportunity or permission of the Program Director may be required. An interview may also be requested as part of the admission process.

Class size is limited. Please apply early to ensure a place in the program. Personal unsuitability may require that a student not be admitted to the program, or that s/he withdraws from the program.

Criteria for personal suitability:

You need to pass both the theoretical/clinical components and the suitability criteria to pass the course. The components include:

  • Willingness to reflect critically on personal values and attitudes (i.e., racism; sexism) and not to carry any values that are discriminatory into the counselling process in the classroom setting.
  • Readiness and preparedness to actively participate in the program as learners. The program is not intended to be therapeutic; it is expected that participants have dealt with traumatic issues, in some manner, prior to entering the program.
  • Willingness and preparedness to participate and demonstrate the skills learned (attending, listening, empathy, and probing) in small group exercises and practice situations.
  • Willingness to address and resolve individual and/or group conflicts in a helpful and respectful manner throughout the program.
  • Maintain professional and ethical behaviors according to counselling code of ethics.
  • Disclose any criminal conviction and child abuse record that may occur while in the program.

Length of Study

2-5 years (part time) 310 hours

Delivery Methods

Classroom

Course Requirements

Counselling Skills Level 1 (COUN 0100) is the foundational course for the program, and must be taken before any other course (unless otherwise noted). Capstone Course (COUN 0400) is the final course of the program and can only be taken after all of the other required courses have been completed.

  • COUN 0200 – Counselling Skills Level 2 – requires completion of COUN 0100(C+)
  • COUN 0300 – Counselling Skills Level 3 – requires completion of COUN 0100 and COUN 0200(C+)
  • COUN 0202 – Counselling Theories – requires completion of COUN 0100(C+)
  • COUN 0240 – Working with Families – requires completion of COUN 0100(C+)
  • COUN 0242 – Working with Groups – requires completion of COUN 0100(C+)
  • COUN 0400 – Capstone – requires completion of all the other courses.

All courses in the ACC program are screening courses. All students must adhere to the Suitability Criteria listed above throughout the entire program.

Fees

$100 application for applying to the program and $295.00 – $425.00 per course.

Courses

Required Courses

  • COUN 0100 – Counselling Skills Level 1
  • COUN 0200 – Counselling Skills Level 2
  • COUN 0300 – Counselling Skills Level
  • COUN 0202 – Counselling Theories
  • COUN 0240 – Working with Families
  • COUN 0242 – Working with Groups
  • COUN 0400 – Capstone

Elective Courses

  • Anger Management
  • Caring for the Caregiver
  • Crisis Counselling
  • Foundations of Case Management
  • Mental Health Issues and Co-Occurring Addictions in Human Services Delivery
  • Understanding Family Violence

Specialization in Addictions Studies

Specialization

The course options in this specialization are offered at The Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM).

AFM Course list and descriptions

For further information, applications and to register contact AFM:

Required courses: (40 hours)

Elective Courses: (60 hours)

Course Transfers

How to Transfer Courses

Students seeking credit in the Applied Counselling Certificate Program (ACC) must submit the AFM Course Transfer Request Form, their original certificate and grade letter for the AFM course(s) they have completed for each course being transferred to the ACC.

Send this information to the attention of:

Applied Counselling Certificate Program Room 166 Extended Education Complex University of Manitoba Winnipeg MB R3T 2N2

Note: Original certificates and grade letters will be returned to the student.

FAQs

What is Online Learning?

Online learning is how we offer the course content. The where and when and is completely up to you. You’re free to decide the way that you’d like to integrate the classroom into your life, whether you’d like to do the course work on lunch breaks, in bed, or on a picnic table on a leisurely Saturday afternoon. Simply download the course modules, and learn at your own pace. Remember, instructors are still available to help when you need it.

Online courses are delivered through UofM’s online learning management system UM Learn.

How long does it take to complete the program?

2-5 years (part time) 310 hours

Apply to the Program

1. Fill Out an Application Form

Download and submit a completed Program Application Form.

Program Application Form (PDF)

2. Gather Your Transcripts

Submit transcripts of the highest level of education you have completed. Student copies or photocopies are not acceptable. Transcripts become the property of University of Manitoba and will not be returned.

Submit any other required supporting documents (e.g., letters of reference, letter of intent).

3. Complete the Forms

Final acceptance into the program requires that you complete and submit the following forms:

4. Submit all of Your Documents

Submit the completed application form, forms and transcripts to:

Student and Instructor Services

185 Extended Education Complex
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2
or by email: extended@umanitoba.ca

Final official transcripts from any university or college attended other than University of Manitoba are required. Student copies or photocopies are not acceptable. Transcripts become the property of University of Manitoba and will not be returned.

Submit any other required supporting documents (e.g., letters of reference, letter of intent).

5. Register for Your Courses

After you receive notice of your admission to the program, you can register for courses either online or by email, mail, in person or fax.

Register for a Course

You can register for courses either online or by email, mail, in person or fax.

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1. Download and fill out Course Registration Form (PDF)
2. Send your completed form by email, mail, in person or fax to:

Extended Education

185 Extended Education Complex
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB Canada R3T 2N2
Phone: +1 204 474-8800
Toll Free: 1 888 216-7011
Fax: +1 204 474-7661
Email: extended@umanitoba.ca