Trinity Western University

Graduate Program in Counselling Psychology (M.A.)


Dr. Marvin McDonald, Director

The purpose of the Graduate Program in Counselling Psychology is to fulfil the mission of the University in the professions of counselling and psychology. Godly Christian leaders are nurtured to serve God and people as mental health professionals, community advocates, and scholars. The mission of the program can be summarized as the building up of students and the advancement of knowledge in counselling psychology. Graduates of the program are competent, professional counsellors who are able to function in a pluralistic society. The Graduate Program in Counselling Psychology encourages personal and spiritual growth, fosters community spirit, and promotes the integration of scholarship, practice, and faith. Graduates from the program may pursue doctoral studies in counselling or clinical psychology, counsellor education, and related fields. There is a wide variety of professional approaches and research interests represented by program faculty and students.

Students gain a unique perspective on the discipline as they learn to integrate scientific psychology and counselling skills. This synergy between research and practice is grounded in a profound recognition of biblical principles and spiritual resources in the healing process. Likewise, the personal and professional development of students emerges in the heart of integration as they strengthen their ability to make a difference in the world. The program fosters a community spirit through shared values, teamwork, ministry opportunities, and mutual support. Students entering this program bring a wide range of personal, cultural, and professional experience to their training and contribute in many ways to the growth and awareness of their colleagues in the program. The M.A. program prepares students to function competently and professionally in community agencies and to work with families and individuals in increasingly diversified and pluralistic communities.

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