Looking to meet a need for counselling in your context? 

Gain skills that can help improve the lives of others, and learn to engage the biological, psychological, relational, and theological issues that impact peoples’ lives. The Master of Counselling (MC) equips students for compassionate engagement, whether in the mental health sector or in specialized church and parachurch counselling ministries.

This program will also help you meet the academic requirements to gain professional recognition as a member of the Professional Association of Christian Counsellors and Psychotherapists (PACCP) and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).

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The Master of Counselling (MC) program provides a professional course of study that equips students for a vocation in the mental health sector and in specialized counselling ministries in church and parachurch organizations. The Master of Counselling degree program seeks to develop professionals with a capacity for critical and constructive theological reflection on social issues. This will include a strong focus on building skills that can help to improve the lives of others through personal engagement, counselling and human service programs. Core to the program is the engagement of biological, psychological, relational, and theological issues that impact peoples’ lives. The program is designed to help students meet the academic requirements for gaining professional recognition as a member of the Professional Association of Christian Counsellors and Psychotherapists (PACCP) and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). It should be noted that recognition in each of these associations is independent of Briercrest's program and that it is the student's responsibility to pursue such recognition after graduation.

Credit Hours: 42

I. Core (12 credit hours)
CM 600 Spiritual Formation for Ministry 
BLST 606 New Testament Survey*
BLST 601 Old Testament Survey*
THEO 601 Christian Theology Overview*

II. Counselling (12 credit hours)
CO 603 Foundations of Marriage and Family Therapy
CO 703 Counselling Problems and Procedures
CO 705 Counselling Ethics
CO 714 Counselling Systems and Approaches

III. Counselling Elective (3 credit hours)
Choose one course from the following:
CO 606 Marriage and Family Therapy
CO 707 Procedures in Marriage and Family Therapy
CO 710 Crisis and Grief Counselling
CO 712 Interpersonal Trauma Counselling
CO 713 Topics in Marriage and Family Therapy
CO 819 Counselling Specialty: Motivational Interviewing
PSY 611 DSM and Psychopharmacology

IV. Developmental Psychology (3 credit hours)
PSY 606 Lifespan Development 

V. Practicum and Internship (3 credit hours)
CO 790 Counselling Practicum I **
CO 791 Counselling Practicum II ***
CO 801 Counselling Internship (300 hours, non-credit)****

VI. Open Electives (6 credit hours)

VII. Non-Credit Requirements
PRT 800 Learning Portfolio and Interview

* With permission of the program coordinator, a student with sufficient background in New Testament, Old Testament or Theology may replace the specified course with an elective from the respective discipline.
** Students must have taken CO 603, CO 703 and CO 705 before taking CO 790. Please contact Academic Services to register for CO 790 Counselling Practicum I.
*** Students must have a grade of "B"  in CO 790 to proceed to CO 791.  Please contact Academic Services to register for CO 791 Counselling Practicum II.
****Students must have a grade of "B" in both CO 790 and CO 791 and the approval of the Department Head to proceed with CO 801 Counselling Internship.

Faculty

Sam Berg   DMin
Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy (Former)
Margaret Clarke   PhD
Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy
Carlie Pagens   PhD (in process)
Assistant Professor of Counselling/Internship Coordinator
Jesse Schellenberg   PhD (in process)
Assistant Professor of Counselling
Tony Schnare   MA
Adjunct Faculty in Counselling
Tamara Strijack   MC
Adjunct Faculty in Counselling