|Faculty:||OISE, Department of Applied Psychology and Human Developme
|Field of Study:||Community Psychology
Counsellor Education/School Counselling and Guidance Services
|Description:||The principal emphasis in this degree program is on the development of research and theoretical knowledge in counselling psychology, assessment skills, and knowledge and training in professional issues. Students are expected to carry out advanced research as well as to develop professional knowledge and skills in counselling psychology.
The scholarly context in which training takes place provides the unique character of the program. Within the course work, students are encouraged to think critically about dominant paradigms within psychology, the medical model of mental illness and traditional therapeutic approaches. They are encouraged to consider the social context of human problems and to consider the many ways in which privilege and power and the lack thereof contribute to an individual’s psychological well being.
Graduates of this degree program will be prepared to assume a variety of positions in psychological practice and research in schools and universities, in community settings, in agencies offering psychological services, and in university or college counselling centres. Students must plan their program of study according to the current Guidelines for Counselling Psychology Program. Faculty supervisors will assist in this process. Five areas of essential course content for a professional training program in counselling psychology are: counselling and psychotherapy, psychological measurement and statistics, advanced research methods, history and systems, ethics and professional issues.