If you’re looking for a rewarding career in counselling or furthering your own personal development, then the Counselling Therapist Diploma Program will provide you with the stepping stones to help others overcome challenges, achieve their goals, and better their lives. You will learn to approach and resolve real-life situations, proper self-care, ethical decision making, strengthen relationships, and other applicable soft skills.
Many people grow up knowing they want to do some sort of counselling, and typically those who are drawn to the career have a natural skill set that allows them to be successful. Stenberg can help you fine-tune these skills in such a way that you will be able to create an optimal environment for growth. You will be able to employ a variety of different tactics for specific clients and empower your clients to face any challenges they may meet, and transform theoretical knowledge into practical skill through frequent role plays, simulation weeks, and integrated counselling practice.
Our Counselling Therapist program is thorough and will give you the skills you need to change someone’s life. This program will prepare you for supporting yourself as well as individuals, couples and families from a variety of different backgrounds and circumstances through the in-class learning and the practicum.
After successfully completing the program, you will enter the workforce with an open mind, an open heart, and the ability to change lives.
This program prepares you to meet the requirements to become registered with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists in Canada (ACCT) and the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA).
Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
CPCA is a nationally recognized, independent, self-regulated, non-profit association whose members are held to the highest ethical standards of the profession. Their members meet rigorous standards for education and training and clinical experience before they can use the RPC (Registered Professional Counsellor) designation. This program includes a course designed to prepare you for the CPCA Qualifying Examination, a requirement for membership with this association. Stenberg College provides FREE CPCA supervision services up to 24-months post-graduation from our Counselling Therapist Diploma Program.
Below is a summary of the designations available through CPCA:
RPC-C Registered Professional Counsellor Candidate
RPC – Registered Professional Counsellor
MPCC – Master Practitioner in Clinical Counselling
Qualified Clinical Supervisor (QCS)
Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists in Canada (ACCT)
ACCT is a self-regulated competency-based professional association, registering counsellors with the designation of Registered Therapeutic Counsellor/Accredited Counsellor (RTC/AC), Master Therapeutic Counsellor (MTC) and Registered Counselling Supervisor (RCS). Below is a summary of each ACCT designation:
RTC: Registered Therapeutic Counsellor
MTC: Master Therapeutic Counsellor
RCS: Registered Counselling Supervisor
Curriculum in the Stenberg program corresponds to the competencies set by the Federation of Associations for Counselling Therapists in British Columbia (FACTBC), of which ACCT and the CPCA are task group members for creating the counsellor competency profile for counselling therapists. You will have access to free clinical supervision and use of our counselling clinic for two years following your graduation while you work toward registration with ACCT and/or CPCA. In addition to your diploma, you will also receive industry-relevant certifications: Violence Prevention, Non-Violent Communication, and DSM-V.
Qualified graduates have the option to write the CPCA RPC-C (Registered Professional Counsellor Candidate) examination. To become a fully accredited Registered Professional Counsellor, graduates from Counselling Therapist programs must complete 150 hours of Supervised Practice. To assist our alumni with meeting this requirement, Stenberg College provides FREE CPCA supervision services up to 24-months post-graduation from our Counselling Therapist Diploma Program. To qualify, graduates must attend monthly meetings as well as other CPCA supervision criteria. For those studying outside of the Lower Mainland, Adobe Connect sessions may be available.
This FREE Supervision Service will save graduates of Stenberg College’s Counselling Therapist Diploma Program approximately $5000 in supervision fees.
Applicants for the Counselling Therapist program must complete the following:
1 (English 12 with a grade C or higher or Communications 12 with a grade B or higher. Entrance requirement can be met through alternate acceptable English assessments such as the English 12 Challenge Exam or Communications 12 Challenge Exam with a score of 70% or higher. Also, alternate English equivalency assessment tests (TOEFL, IELTS, CLBPT, CAEL, CELPIP, LPI and ELET) are acceptable – see details at end of interview guide)
You could be eligible for Employment Insurance funding for education, government student loans, as well as other financing options; Stenberg’s Financial Aid Officer would be happy to provide further assistance.