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Year Course ID Course
2021-2022 CPSY 490

Basic Counselling Skills

This course introduces the art of counselling kills as a part of the growth process. Basic helping skills will be explored from Hill’s three stage model of helping; exploration, insight and action. Students will be provided a framework from which they can approach the counselling process. They will also learn specific skills to use in sessions with clients to help their clients explore, gain insight, and make changes in their lives. Students will also begin to explore the process of coming to think of themselves as a helper.

Course Credits: 3
2021-2022 CPSY 502

Research Design

Provides an in-depth examination of quantitative and qualitative research methods available for the conduct of research in counselling psychology. Students are equipped to define and evaluate research problems, conduct literature searches, and critically evaluate published research and professional writing. Ethical and cultural considerations in research are also addressed.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): CPSY 501
2021-2022 CPSY 504

Evaluating Statistics & Research

Prepares students to evaluate and critique statistics and research methods in counselling psychology, including learning about the use and misuse of basic quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques in counselling-related research and in program evaluation. The course also provides an introduction to ethical issues in research, and conducting critical reviews of literature. Please note: Students must also register for the mandatory weekly Lab (L1) sessions (0 s.h.)

Course Credits: 3
NB: Credit will not be granted for CPSY 504 if CPSY 502/517 have already been taken.
2021-2022 CPSY 505

Foundations of Counselling Psych

Provides a critical introduction to scholarly literature on cultural, philosophical, historical, and theological perspectives on counselling, psychotherapy and research. Students explore their personal worldviews in relationship to professional, biblical, and scientific standards and begin to formulate their approaches to serving in socially, spiritually and culturally diverse professional settings.

Course Credits: 3
2021-2022 CPSY 506

Theories of Counselling

Critical evaluation of major theories of counselling and psychotherapy in terms of their assumptions, research support, and applications. Such issues as cultural diversity, gender differences, and human development are discussed. Students are introduced to the process of integrating theories as they develop their own framework for counselling practice.

Course Credits: 3
2021-2022 CPSY 508

Family and Community Systems

This course provides a theoretical and applied introduction to systems theory with a focus on illustrating interventions targeting the wellbeing of children and youth. This course will provide an overview of family systems theory and therapy with an emphasis on clinical skill building and conceptualization within a family life cycle and lifespan human development focus. Attention will be paid to person-environment interactions within families and communities, including ways in which societal issues impact functioning of the individual, family, and community. This course will highlight distinctions between traditional 1:1 intervention paradigms and those of family and community psychology with the aim of expanding the repertoire of skills and approaches available to future professionals. Consideration of issues and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and spirituality and religion will be encouraged throughout the course.

Course Credits: 3
2021-2022 CPSY 510

Group Counselling

An overview of meta-theory and skill applications necessary for leadership of effective group processes. Participants develop and demonstrate introductory group facilitation skills. In addition to an overview of group dynamics, the course includes an introduction to the major models of group counselling and therapy, and a laboratory section to facilitate the development of group counselling skills and competencies. Ethics and cultural differences are also addressed.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): Undergraduate psychology course covering basic empathy and communication skills (CPSY 490 is recommended), and/or instructor permission.
2021-2022 CPSY 515

Career Counselling

An overview of some of the most useful major career development theories and resources. A wide range of issues such as gender, culture, socio-economic status, age, and mental health concerns are also addressed, as these issues impinge upon career. Students are introduced to a variety of career counselling and implementation strategies within the current labour market. In addition, each student completes a set of career assessment instruments, and interprets them for a class partner.

Course Credits: 3
2021-2022 CPSY 518

Research Seminar

Helps to orient students to several significant research areas in counselling and psychology as well as issues critical to the successful completion of thesis research. Students present their research ideas in class and develop a research proposal.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): CPSY 501, 502, and permission
2021-2022 CPSY 522

Basic Principles of Assessment

Covers basic principles of psychometrics as applied to the construction and validation of formal tests. Addresses ethical standards of test usage, multicultural assessment, and assessment paradigms. Students learn how to select appropriate tests for specific purposes, to conduct assessment interviews, and to synthesize qualitative and quantitative assessment information in normal personality assessment.

Course Credits: 3
2021-2022 CPSY 590

Advanced Counselling Skills

Students are engaged in this course using a laboratory format. Classes include conceptual presentations on advanced counselling skills, in-class demonstrations, and triad exercises designed to facilitate counsellor development. Students also analyze and transcribe portions of video recordings of sessions. Professional roles, functions, preparation standards, ethics, and cultural differences are addressed.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): Undergraduate psychology course covering basic empathy and communication skills. CPSY 490 is recommended.
2021-2022 CPSY 591

Practicum I

Individual and group clinical practice with intensive supervision totalling more than 100 hours over eight months. The course includes an average of one hour individual supervision and 1.5 hours of group supervision each week. Students must complete a minimum of 40 direct client hours, of which at least 10 hours must be group work. Any incomplete hours must be made up during internship placements. The practicum course is designed to be completed in teams of five students and a faculty supervisor. Practicum I and II must be completed consecutively.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): CPSY 506, 510, 590
NB: Limited to CPSY students only
2021-2022 CPSY 592

Practicum II

Individual and group clinical practice with intensive supervision totalling more than 100 hours over eight months. The course includes an average of one hour individual supervision and 1.5 hours of group supervision each week. Students must complete a minimum of 40 direct client hours, of which at least 10 hours must be group work. Any incomplete hours must be made up during internship placements. The practicum course is designed to be completed in teams of five students and a faculty supervisor. Practicum I and II must be completed consecutively.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): CPSY 506, 510, 590
NB: Limited to CPSY students only
2021-2022 CPSY 603

Thesis I

Students are required to complete an M.A. thesis that passes an examiner external to the University with expertise in the area of the thesis. The thesis must be defended orally before an examination committee. Students may complete one of three types of theses. Students who intend to pursue a Ph.D. degree are advised to complete an empirical thesis (1 or 2):1) Quantitative Research ' Typically involves systematic, experimental or correlational investigation, and employs quantitative analysis and inferential statistics.2) Qualitative or Mixed Methods Research ' Includes a variety of qualitative methods in collecting and analyzing data. Typically, the focus is on phenomenological experience.3) Theoretical-Integrative Thesis ' Requires a critical review of relevant research and the development of an integrative model that attempts to encompass available data and competing theories.Students normally choose their area of research with help from the Thesis Coordinator and other faculty after their second semester in the program. Visit the program’s website at https://www.twu.ca/cpsy to view some thesis topics.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): CPSY 501, 502, and 518, and permission.
2021-2022 CPSY 604

Thesis II

Students are required to complete an M.A. thesis that passes an examiner external to the University with expertise in the area of the thesis. The thesis must be defended orally before an examination committee. Students may complete one of three types of theses. Students who intend to pursue a Ph.D. degree are advised to complete an empirical thesis (1 or 2):1) Quantitative Research ' Typically involves systematic, experimental or correlational investigation, and employs quantitative analysis and inferential statistics.2) Qualitative or Mixed Methods Research ' Includes a variety of qualitative methods in collecting and analyzing data. Typically, the focus is on phenomenological experience.3) Theoretical-Integrative Thesis ' Requires a critical review of relevant research and the development of an integrative model that attempts to encompass available data and competing theories.Students normally choose their area of research with help from the Thesis Coordinator and other faculty after their second semester in the program. Visit the program's website at http://www.twu.ca/cpsy to view some thesis topics.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): CPSY 501, 502, and 518, and permission.
2021-2022 CPSY 607

Psychopathology

An overview of current conceptualization, diagnostic assessment, etiology, and treatment of emotional distress. Historical, biological, sociological, neuropsychological, cultural, and psychological theories and processes involved in the ongoing discourse around psychopathology are examined through the use of historical and current research articles, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV-Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR), case studies in print and media, and guest presentations. In addition, evidence-based treatments of the more commonly understood mental illnesses, and the social justice and ethical issues involved in the treatment of emotional distress are a focus of discussion.

Course Credits: 3
NB: Preference given to 2nd-year CPSY students.
2021-2022 CPSY 609

Seminar on Ethical Integration

This course thoroughly examines the laws and ethics that guide practitioners in the field of counselling psychology. Students will be expected to grapple with complex issues that arise when confronted with ethical dilemmas in a variety of professional contexts. Since ethical and legal principles are not the only standards by which counsellors make decisions, students will be challenged to integrate these guidelines with their personal values and spiritual beliefs, as well as clinical judgments and multicultural considerations.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): CPSY 505, 691, and 45 s.h. earned in CPSY program
2021-2022 CPSY 613

Crisis Counselling

Focuses on the theory, interventions, and research relevant to providing crisis management services with people experiencing situational, transitional, and cultural/socio-structural crises. The course, based on a psycho-socio-cultural perspectives, explores the interaction of crises with situational factors, developmental status, family dynamics, ethnicity, and gender. The course involves exploration of interactions between crises and situational factors, developmental levels, family dynamics, ethnicity, and gender, as well as both didactic and skills development components.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): CPSY 590 & 591; preference given to 2nd-year CPSY students.
2021-2022 CPSY 615

Child and Youth Counselling

This course is designed to provide students with a foundation in the theory and practice of assessment, diagnosis and interventions with children and youth. Consideration of presenting problems will be informed by understanding of lifespan human development. Both individual- and systems-focused interventions will be examined. An advocacy focus on culturally competent perspectives, collaboration with larger systems, and the impact of sociocultural issues on children and families is maintained. Expressive and structured counseling modalities are considered as they relate to research evidence and the need to tailor interventions to individual clients' needs. Discussion of faith-informed perspectives and legal-ethical principles as they inform practice with children and their families will be encouraged.

Course Credits: 3
2021-2022 CPSY 616

Couples & Older Adults Counselling

This course is designed to provide students with a foundation in the theory and practice of assessment, diagnosis and interventions with couples and older adults. Consideration of presenting problems will be informed by understanding of lifespan human development. Both individual- and systems- focused interventions will be examined. An advocacy focus on culturally competent perspectives, collaboration with larger systems, and the impact of sociocultural issues on couples and older adults is maintained. A clinicial focus on relational violence will be used to integrate various professional priorities. Multiple clinical modalities are considered as they relate to research evidence and the need to tailor interventions to individual clients' needs. Discussion of faith-informed perspectives and legal-ethical principles as they inform practice with couples and older adults will be encouraged.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): CPSY 508 and second year standing in program.