Courses

Study Areas

Counselling

  • CO 603 Foundations of Marriage and Family Therapy

    This course is a survey of ideas and praxis essential for marriage and family therapy. The content will include theological, psychosocial, systems, and constructivist perspectives.
  • CO 606 Marriage and Family Therapy

    The course will provide a comprehensive survey and substantive understanding of the major models of couple, marriage, and family therapy.
    Prerequisite
    CO 603 Foundations of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • CO 613 Topics in Marriage and Family Therapy

    This course focuses on advanced family systems theories and interventions. Students will have the opportunity to gain substantive understanding of specific systems theories and the specialized applied practices related to these theories.
  • CO 620 Pastoral Counselling

    This course will offer biblical perspectives and foundational theory and practice for pastoral care and counselling. Topics include: understanding the fundamentals of the therapeutic process including basic interviewing skills, preliminary assessment, referral options, and documentation. Emphasis will be placed on ethical practice, confidentiality, and circle of care.
  • CO 703 Counselling Problems and Procedures

    A study of counselling interventions from several therapeutic perspectives. This course will cover essential skills in family therapy, the counselling process from intake to termination, and emergency procedures in mental health practice.
    Prerequisite
    CO 603 Foundations of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • CO 705 Counselling Ethics

    A survey of ethical, legal, and professional issues within the counselling profession. The course will explore issues of boundaries, informed consent, confidentiality, and legal demands.
  • CO 707 Procedures in Marriage and Family Therapy

    This course takes the marriage and family model of understanding people and relationships and applies it to specific behavioural and relational issues, with a concentration on those issues related to working with families. The focus is on counselling practices, especially the use of questions in the context of family meetings that can help families and individual family members experience change toward health.
    Prerequisite
    CO 603 Foundations of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • CO 710 Crisis and Grief Counselling

    This study of the dynamics, techniques, and guidelines for grief and crisis counselling emphasizes crisis and grief as a process (i.e. loss of spouse) and looks at the dynamics of suicidal or domestic crisis.
  • CO 711 Addictions Counselling

    This course is designed to give students an introduction to the various conceptualizations of addiction theory. Understanding addictive behaviour and the impact and effect of addictions on the family system are considered. Basic assessment, intervention, and treatment techniques in working with individuals and families are explored.
  • CO 712 Dynamics of Abuse

    This course unpacks the interpersonal dynamics that make up the context in which abusive relationships occur. Contemporary issues like family violence, sexual abuse, spiritual abuse, and professional misconduct involving sexual abuse set the backdrop for the class discourse.
    Prerequisite
    CO 603 Foundations of Marriage and Family Therapy or permission of the professor.
  • CO 714 Counselling Systems and Approaches

    This survey course looks at a variety of current approaches to counselling and psychotherapy. It includes an extensive survey of systemic approaches, including the influence of postmodern ideas on this work. The course is intended to provide a broad background in systemic approaches for students of counselling and for others interested in the theological, philosophical, and technical bases of systems theory.
  • CO 715 Premarital Counselling

    This course offers a study of the dynamics of the premarital relationship and of the tools available for premarital counselling and post-marital follow-up. This includes gender issues, human sexuality, communication, conflict resolution, treatment of the wedding ceremony, the pastor's role, and special circumstance marriages.
  • CO 717 Group Counselling Strategies

    This course provides a look at group-focused counselling ministries from a number of perspectives. It incorporates a "reflecting team" approach to working within groups. The principles studied in this course are applicable to establishing support groups, therapy groups, or simply leading a better Bible study.
  • CO 790 Counselling Practicum I

    This practicum will focus on the person of the counselor through the experiential integration of counselling skills and concepts into each student's natural way of being. Qualities of highly effective counsellors will be highlighted and gifts within the student explored.
    Prerequisite
    12 credits in CO (Counselling) including CO 603 Foundations of Marriage and Family Therapy and CO 705 Counselling Ethics.
  • CO 791 Counselling Practicum II

    This practicum will focus on the skills and presence of the counselor through the experiential integration of counselling skills and concepts into each student's natural way of being.
    Prerequisite
    CO 790 Counselling Practicum I
  • CO 800 Counselling Internship (Non-credit)

    This course begins the transition from learning to practice for those enrolled in the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program. The main requirement is to provide 300 hours of direct client contact in a setting in which it is possible to also receive 60 hours of supervision from a qualified supervisor. Students incur an annual charge for coverage under the liability insurance carried by Briercrest College and Seminary. (Students are advised to check the Counselling Internship Guide for specific details.)
    Prerequisite
    CO 791 Counselling Practicum II
  • CO 801 Counselling Internship (Non-credit)

    This course begins the transition from learning to practice for those enrolled in the Master of Counselling program. The main requirement is to provide 100 hours of direct client contact in a setting in which it is possible to also receive 20 hours of supervision from a qualified supervisor. Students incur an annual charge for coverage under the liability insurance carried by Briercrest College and Seminary. (Students are advised to check the Counselling Internship Guide for specific details.)
    Prerequisite
    CO 605 Counselling Practicum II
  • CO 819 Counselling Specialty

    This study focuses on a particular emphasis of counselling ministry. The focus of this course varies from year to year.
  • CO 841 Counselling and Contemporary Society

    An examination of counselling theory and practice and its relationship(s) to contemporary North American society, with particular emphasis on diverse and minority groups.
    Prerequisite
    CO 603 Foundations of Marriage and Family Therapy, CO 604 Counselling Practicum I, CO 605 Counselling Practicum II, and CO 705 Counselling Ethics
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