Gain requisite counselling skills to help clients engage in self-care and nurture healthy interpersonal relationships
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Professional counsellors assist people in working towards living a resourceful, successful and self-fulfilling life. This professional counselling therapist diploma program is designed to provide graduates with the requisite counselling theory and skills to assist people in addressing and solving real-life problems, coping with life crisis’s, addressing inner conflict, developing personal insights, engaging in self-care, and nurturing healthy interpersonal relationships, all in the context of working as part of and within an interdisciplinary healthcare service.
Program graduates will be able to work in Employee & Family Assistance Programs, private practice, health and wellness clinics, educational institutions, treatment centres, government and not-for-profits organizations, and human resource departments.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
- Provide safe, ethical, and sociocultural sensitive care according to the guidelines as set by the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada, Canadian Professional Counsellors Association, and the Federation of Associations for Counselling Therapists of British Columbia.
- Practice in a reflective, responsible, accountable, and professional manner as required by legislation, defined scope and standards of practice, and the Code of Ethics as described in the Health Professions Act.
- Demonstrate comprehensive and competent knowledge of counselling theories and practice.
- Assist and apply in counselling practices that promote the physical, psychological, social, cognitive, and spiritual well being of clients.
- Work collaboratively as part of a healthcare team to provide quality counselling care for clients.
- Perform according to the Practice Standards and Code of Ethics for Counsellors of BC.
- Engage in Evidence-Based Practice.
- Abide by the ethical principles of the counselling profession and participate in the ethical decision-making process.
- Comply with the legal requirements of the counselling role.
- Demonstrate theoretical models to counselling practice that recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each individual client.
- Recognize the benefits, limitations and contraindications of differing theoretic frameworks.
- Develop an informed theoretical framework by reflecting on your own worldview and values as you begin to understand the various counselling interventions and processes for facilitating change.
- Use an approach to provide care that promotes the physical, psychological, social, cognitive and spiritual well being of clients.
- Demonstrates awareness of the social, political, economic or cultural factors that impact human development and functioning.
- Demonstrates awareness of culturally appropriate responsibilities as a counsellor and expresses a commitment to understanding clients as complex, multidimensional and cultural beings.
- Displays knowledge of abnormal psychology and the continuum of normal and abnormal behaviour.
- Identifies the factors affecting mental health and illness and applies methods for recovery and treatment.
- Demonstrate effective, caring interpersonal and therapeutic communication techniques with clients, colleagues and others.
- Interact with other members of the healthcare team in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.
- Collaborate and cooperate with other service providers in the best interest of clients.
- Accept feedback with grace and appreciation.
- Model behaviours that promote inclusion.
- Recognize and respond to own self-assessment, self-development, learning and health enhancement needs.
- Apply self-reflective and self-appraisal processes in order to increase own effectiveness in practice
- Utilize feedback to develop learning goals.
- Enhance counselling performance through self-evaluation strategies such as videotape analysis, readings and peer feedback.
- Perform in a reflective, responsible, accountable and professional manner.
- Prepare and maintain client records and reports accurately.
- Seek consultation or supervision, and reviews research when unusual, difficult to resolve or complex situations arise.
- Demonstrate effective strategies and techniques in client orientation, assessment, intervention, evaluation and closure.
- Become familiar with and utilize various diagnostic and assessment tools as appropriate.
- Provide care and assistance in ways that maintain safety for self and others in a variety of contexts.