Honours Bachelor of Counselling Psychology

Program: HBCP
Credential: Honours Bachelor Degree
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 1 Internship + 2 Field Placements
Length: 9 Semesters
Duration: 4 Years
Effective: Fall 2023
Location: Orillia


This program is designed for students who want to understand human behaviour and use this knowledge to promote the mental health of individuals, families, groups and communities. Students are exposed to a range of counselling and psychotherapy approaches as well as a strong foundation in psychology research and theory. In the practicum and work term, students obtain experience with different populations and working environments that allows them to explore career options and practice the skills that prepare them for employment or graduate studies. The curriculum fosters an understanding of diverse sociocultural factors, lifespan development, theory and practice in a range of counselling and psychotherapy approaches, ethical and evidence-based professional practices, as well as the research methods and psychological theories that inform counselling and psychotherapy practice.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are prepared to work with diverse populations in a variety of roles (e.g. case manager, mental health worker, support worker, disability counselor, educational assistant, attendance counsellor, employment counselor, intake coordinator, parole supervisor, probation officer, residential worker) and in different settings (correctional institutions, community support agencies, schools, youth residences, self-employment). Graduates may start a career upon graduation or pursue a graduate degree in counselling or a related applied psychology area.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. evaluate alternative theories and approaches to counselling and psychotherapy based on information from a variety of sources;
  2. examine fundamental concepts, methods, theories and research in major fields of psychology;
  3. use critical thinking and analytic skills in fields outside psychology;
  4. explain the significance of evidence from case studies and other research findings using structured and coherent arguments, both orally and in writing using APA conventions;
  5. use effective and professional listening and communication skills with clients, peers and supervisors;
  6. practice intervention strategies in accordance with major theories, concepts and practice in counselling psychology;
  7. formulate resolutions for ethical issues and dilemmas in a manner consistent with legislation and professional standards in counselling and psychotherapy;
  8. identify the limits of their own knowledge and ability, and obtain feedback from peers and supervisors to assist in review of practices;
  9. identify professional development resources to maintain currency and promote professional growth, considering the potential for entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship and social entrepreneurship;
  10. practice professional and academic integrity, taking into consideration social responsibility and environmental sustainability.

Program Progression

The following reflects the planned progression for full-time offerings of the program.

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2023
  • Sem 2: Winter 2024
  • Sem 3: Fall 2024
  • Sem 4: Winter 2025
  • Sem 5: Fall 2025
  • Sem 6: Winter 2026
  • Sem 7 (Internship): Summer 2026
  • Sem 8: Fall 2026
  • Sem 9: Winter 2027

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent, with:

  • minimum overall average of 65 percent
  • six Grade 12 U or M level courses
  • grade 12 English (U) (ENG4U)

Students presenting equivalent qualifications will also be considered for admission. A grade 12 U or M Mathematics course is highly recommended.

Mature applicants may also be considered for admission to this program providing their previous school performance and/or recent work record suggests a strong possibility of academic success. In order to qualify, applicants must be 19 years of age by December 31 of the year of admission and must have been away from formal education for at least one year immediately prior to beginning studies. Mature applicants must meet subject prerequisites prior to registration.

Applicants should be aware that first-year enrolment is limited; satisfying minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.

Selection Process

Selection is based on academic grades and subject prerequisites; applicants must meet minimum averages to receive final acceptance.

Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector Check

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student's responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: A record of criminal offences, for which a pardon has not been granted, may prevent students from completing their placements, thereby affecting their ability to graduate.

Additional Information

This college has been granted consent by the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development to offer this applied degree for a seven year term starting
April 29, 2019. The college shall ensure that all students admitted to the above-named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.

Non-core courses are required in all degree programs to meet the Ministry of Colleges and Universities benchmark for depth and breadth in degree-level learning. These courses are designed to give students the tools to develop interdisciplinary perspectives that inform their approach to their own discipline, their continued education and their life outside work.

Students are required to take: at least one first year interdisciplinary course (INTS1xxx); two introductory courses in their choice of disciplines outside their main field of study, which may include psychology (PSYC 1000 or PSYC 1001), social science (SOCI 1000), humanities (HUMA 1012), or science (SCEN 1000); one advanced course in a discipline (ex. PSYC3xxx, SOSC3xxx, HUMA3xxx), and; one upper level interdisciplinary course (INTS4xxx). These courses and any remaining non-core course requirements to be selected from the program list.

Graduation Requirements

28 Core Courses
1 Elective Core Course
3 Non-Core Courses
6 Elective Non-Core Courses
2 Field Placements
1 Clinical Placement

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, a student must attain a minimum of 60 percent or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester, and have an overall average of 65 percent in core courses and 60% in non-core courses.

Program Tracking

The following reflects the planned course sequence for full-time offerings of the Fall intake of the program. Where more  than one intake is offered  contact the program co-ordinator for the program tracking.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Core Courses
CNSL 1000 Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy 42
PSYC 1000 Introduction to Psychology 1 42
Non-Core Course
INTS 1007 Interdisciplinary Modes of Communication 42
Elective Non-Core Courses
Select 2 of the following courses: SOCI 1000, HUMA 1012 or SCEN 1000. 84
Semester 2
Core Courses
CNSL 1001Basic Counselling Skills 42
CNSL 2000 Ethical Issues in the Helping Professions 42
PSYC 1001 Introduction to Psychology 2 42
Non-Core Course
INTS 1002 Introduction to Multidisciplinary Research 42
Elective Non-Core Course
Select 1 course from the available list during registration. 42
Semester 3
Core Courses
CNSL 2001 Advanced Counselling Skills 42
PSYC 2008 Advanced Writing for Psychology 42
PSYC 3011 Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence 42
PSYC 3013 Theories of Personality 42
Non-Core Course
INTS 2008 Foundations of Human Sexuality 42
Semester 4
Core Courses
CNSL 2002 Group Counselling 42
CNSL 3000 Psychodynamic and Humanistic Approaches 42
PSYC 3008 Social Psychology 42
PSYC 3012 Developmental Psychology: Adulthood and Aging 42
STAS 3003 Statistical Analysis 42
Semester 5
Core Courses
CNSL 3001 Self-Awareness in the Counselling Relationship 42
PSYC 3014 Brain and Behaviour 42
PSYC 4008 Research Methods in Psychology 42
Field Placement
CNSL 3002 Field Placement 1 42
Elective Non-Core Course
Select 1 course at the 3000-level from the available list during registration. 42
Semester 6
Core Courses
CNSL 3004Cognitive-Behavioural Approaches 42
CNSL 3005 Psychometric Assessment in Counselling 42
CNSL 4000 Advanced Readings in Counselling 42
PSYC 3015 Learning and Cognition 42
Field Placement
CNSL 3003 Field Placement 2 42
Semester 7
Clinical Placement
CNSL 3006 Counselling Internship 420
Semester 8
Core Courses
CNSL 3007Trauma and Crisis Intervention 42
CNSL 4001 Applied Thesis 1 42
CNSL 4003 Counselling as a Profession 42
PSYC 3001 Abnormal Psychology 42
Elective Non-Core Course
Select 1 course at the INTS 4000-level from the available list during registration. 42
Semester 9
Core Courses
CNSL 4002 Topics in Counselling and Psychotherapy 42
CNSL 4004 Applied Thesis 2 42
CNSL 4005 Counselling Psychology Research Seminar 42
Elective Core Course
Select 1 course from the available list during registration. 42
Elective Non-Core Course
Select 1 course from available list during registration 42
 Total Hours2100

Graduation Window

Students unable to adhere to the program duration of four years (as stated above) may take a maximum of eight years to complete their credential. After this time, students must be re-admitted into the program, and follow the curriculum in place at the time of re-admission.

Disclaimer: The information in this document is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. 

Program outlines may be subject to change in response to emerging situations, in order to facilitate student achievement of the learning outcomes required for graduation. Components such as courses, progression, coop work terms, placements, internships and other requirements may be delivered differently than published.

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