Counselling Psychology program overview
The Canadian Psychological Association defines counselling psychology as:
a broad specialization within professional psychology concerned with using psychological principles to enhance and promote the positive growth, well-being, and mental health of individuals, families, groups, and the broader community. Counselling psychologists bring a collaborative, developmental, multicultural, and wellness perspective to their research and practice. They work with many types of individuals, including those experiencing distress and difficulties associated with life events and transitions, decision-making, work/career/education, family and social relationships, and mental health and physical health concerns. In addition to remediation, counselling psychologists engage in prevention, psychoeducation and advocacy. (Taken from CPA's Definition of Counselling Psychology [.pdf].)
In addition to training students to counsel professionally, this program teaches them to be intelligent consumers of the relevant research literature in this field and to do research in the applied aspects of the profession. For this purpose, it draws on the findings of developmental psychology, personality theory, social psychology, career psychology, and neuropsychology, among several other basic sciences. This is done, further, for purposes of enlarging its canonical knowledge base, as well as for training students to practice professionally.
MA in Counselling Psychology - Professional/Internship and Project concentrations
PhD in Counselling Psychology
Visit the program's Courses & Timetables page.
Visit the Counselling Psychology Faculty page and the main ECP Research page to view professors and research teams associated with the Counselling Psychology program. Follow the links to individual research websites to learn more about specific projects, graduate students involved in these projects, research and other apprenticeship opportunities, and funding. On the Research page, you will also find links to ECP faculty publications and full-text theses. Related research: McGill Psychotherapy Process Research Group
The program follows a Scientist-Practitioner Training Model.
The Scientist. Research is central to McGill's mission. Toward this end, students acquire through their courses, seminars, and individual research a firm foundation in scientific methodology, philosophy of science, and the skills required to conduct and evaluate research.
The Practitioner. Students are expected to manifest expertise in the practice of counselling. The practitioner component of the programs includes extensive training in practicum and internship sites, clinical course work, and preparation for university teaching and clinical supervision.
The principal objectives of this program are to assist individuals to:
- Integrate a broad theoretical and practical knowledge base into practice and supervision
- Contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field through research that focuses on systems, strategies, and techniques in the practice of counselling psychology
- Conduct and evaluate research in the practice of counselling psychology
- Take a leadership role in the profession.
Theoretical orientations of faculty members:
- Jack DeStefano: Systems/Interactional
- Martin Drapeau: Eclectic
- Marilyn Fitzpatrick: Eclectic Interpersonal, Cognitive (mindfulness)
- Annett Koerner: Psychodynamic/Interpersonal
- Ada Sinacore: Feminist/Multicultural/Social Justice
- Nathan Smith: Interpersonal/Psychodynamic
- Lisa Spanierman: Multicultural/Social Justice/Integrative
Application deadline for the MA and PhD in Counselling Psychology programs: December 15 annually (Fall admission).
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