University of Lethbridge

Faculty of Education

Counselling Psychology


4401 University Drive

Lethbridge, AB T1K 3M4


Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Counselling Psychology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The purpose of the Master of Education (Counselling Psychology) program is to provide training for people who want to develop professional skills and certification in counselling psychology. The emphasis of the program is on the provision of counsellor training for those people who aspire to be a Canadian Certified Counsellor or Registered Psychologist.

In this program you will:

  • Focus on the understanding and acquisition of communication skills in interpersonal and counselling contexts
  • Learn the historical and theoretical foundations in counselling psychology
  • Develop a framework for the planning and implementation of client change interventions in counselling psychology
  • Become familiar with a variety of assessment procedures commonly used in counselling settings
  • Gain a thorough understanding of the process of career counselling
  • Address professional and ethical issues in the practice, science and regulation of counselling psychology
  • Develop an understanding of gender and cultural issues in counselling
  • Experience supervised practice in counselling psychology settings

This two-year program is offered full-time on-campus for the first year.  The second year of program includes practicum placements which can be completed at a distance with limited on-campus requirements.  Refer to the program schedule for details.  Classes will be scheduled during the day.

We also offer Master of Counselling program. 

The twelve course Master of Counselling program is completed over three years.  The program prepares individuals to function effectively as Canadian Certified Counsellors or Registered Psychologists in a wide range of work environments.

With the completion of the appropriate courses, graduates may be eligible for certification as a Canadian Certified Counsellor under the guidelines of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). CCPA certification attests to the level of professional counselling competence and is considered the minimum professional standard in Canada.

Students who wish to become a Registered Psychologist should be aware that in Alberta, the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP) regulates the process of registering. The CAP has additional requirements beyond what is provided within the M.C. program at the University of Lethbridge, including undergraduate psychology courses, supervised clinical hours, and oral and written examinations. Students are responsible for ensuring that they meet the requirements for registering as established by the College of Alberta Psychologists or the corresponding body in the province/state in which they wish to achieve a professional designation. 


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