Master of Counselling

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).



Biblical foundation

Receive a biblical foundation that enhances your life and ministry. The MC pairs courses in Bible, theology, and personal formation for ministry with relevant counselling and psychology courses.

Qualified and certified

The MC meets the requirements of two accrediting groups: the Professional Association of Christian Counsellors and Psychotherapists and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

Enhance your ministry

The MC is perfect for students already serving in ministry who want to provide godly counselling where it is needed around them. Two required practicum and internship courses will help you to graduate ready for impact.

  • Overview
  • Requirements

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.

Outcomes

  1. Articulate and apply an evangelical theology that demonstrably arises out of Scripture and finds expression in all areas of life and ministry.
  2. Be equipped for serving the local church and its global mission.
  3. Demonstrate growth as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
  4. Demonstrate the necessary skills and personal attributes to enter into a ministry of counselling.
  5. Demonstrate that their practice of counselling meets the highest Christian and professional ethical standards.
  6. Meet the basic academic course 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).
Credit Hours: 42

I. Core (12 credit hours)
In consultation with the program coordinator, students will choose one course from each of the following disciplines:
Personal Formation for Ministry *
New Testament
Old Testament
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 620 Pastoral Counselling
CO 707 Procedures in Marriage and Family Therapy
CO 710 Crisis and Grief Counselling
CO 711 Addictions 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 (150 clinical hours, non-credit)*****

VI. Open Electives (6 credit hours)

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

* Must include one of the following: CM 600 Spiritual Formation for Ministry; CM 601 Philosophy and Foundation for Ministry; LE 605 Personal and Service Development.
** With permission of the program coordinator, a student with sufficient background in theology may replace this course with one course in history or theology.

*** Students must have taken CO 603, CO 705 and two other counselling (CO) courses 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 program coordinator to proceed with CO 801 Counselling Internship.

Program Sheet(s)

Faculty

Sam Berg
Sam Berg DMin
Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy
Margaret Clarke
Margaret Clarke PhD (Cand.)
Program Coordinator
Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy
Carlie Pagens
Carlie Pagens MA
Assistant Professor of Counselling/Internship Coordinator
Ellery Pullman
Ellery Pullman PhD
Professor of Psychology and Educational Leadership
Tony Schnare
Tony Schnare MA
Adjunct Instructor in Counselling Psychology
Tamara Strijack
Tamara Strijack MC
Adjunct Faculty in Psychology
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Having knowledge from Briercrest has been phenomenal in assisting with things in my ministry that I never would have figured out before. I think this is the best place I have ever been. The format is incredible and the teachers are incredible.
Capt The Rev Eric Davis