Minor in Counselling


The Minor in Counselling was designed to provide students with a strong theoretical and practical understanding of the interdisciplinary field of counselling. Students in the program will develop a sound knowledge of theories in counselling, develop basic counselling skills (e.g., active listening, assessment, case conceptualization, goal-setting, counselling interventions) through engagement in practical and experiential learning opportunities, and learn about and reflect deeply on issues related to work in the helping professions (e.g., self-care, power dynamics, cultural considerations, professional ethics, boundaries of competence).

Students will study Abnormal Psychology (through the Psychology Department) so they can understand categories of mental disorders in order to strengthen their awareness regarding boundaries of competence. Student will develop an understanding of the theoretical foundations of counselling through courses on theories, career counselling, and cultural considerations in counselling. The latter portion of the Minor involves a shift from theoretical understanding to practical and experiential learning with courses on reflective practice, counselling relationships and basic skills, and group facilitation. This minor may be applied towards any KPU bachelor's degree.

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Admission Requirements

Students pursuing a Minor in Counselling must be admitted to KPU for undergraduate studies.

Declaration Requirements

Students pursuing this minor must declare their intention prior to graduation. A minor may only be declared as part of a bachelor’s degree.

Curricular Requirements

Students must achieve a minimum grade of C in all required courses.

PSYC 1100Introduction to Psychology: Basic Processes3
PSYC 1200Introduction to Psychology: Areas and Applications3
PSYC 2350Psychopathology3
CNPS 3310Theories of Counselling3
CNPS 3320Career Counselling and Career Education3
CNPS 3330Cultural Considerations in Counselling3
or CNPS 4330 Group Facilitation
CNPS 4300Counselling Relationships and Basic Skills3
CNPS 4310The Reflective Practitioner3
Total Credits24

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of the minor as part of a bachelors degree, transcripts will indicate a Minor in Counselling.

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