Masters of Counselling Program with Major in Applied Psychology and Specialization in Counselling Psychology through University of Lethbridge requires completion of following coursework during a period of three years. The course outlines can be accessed by clicking on the links below for each course: CAAP 6601: Theories of Counselling and their Application to Client Change Description: Students are engaged in a critical evaluation of a range of contemporary counselling theories and they will begin to develop a description of their own emerging theory. CAAP 6605: Foundational Counselling and Conflict Resolution Skills Description: This course focuses on the understanding and acquisition of skills that are essential for the development of working alliances in counselling contexts. The course will introduce a theoretical framework for the application of counselling skills in addition to providing opportunity for skills practice. Exercises, lectures, small group practice, skill demonstrations, peer supervision, and instructor feedback will be employed in the teaching of counselling skills. You are encouraged to consult and practice with your peers as much as possible. Counselling is a professional relationship that requires the counsellor’s personal involvement. Knowing yourself as a person and as a counsellor are vital parts of this focus. Being present for the client, respecting boundaries, the multifaceted role of culture, power differentials, collaboration, and expanding awareness of your sense of self are some themes that will be addressed. CAAP 6607: Counselling Diverse Clients Description: Focuses on increasing personal awareness, identification of conceptual frameworks, and development of in-depth knowledge of equity and diversity issues in counselling. Students will be expected to examine their own attitudes, behaviours, perceptions and biases. CAAP 6617: Research and Program Evaluation Skills Description: Research and Program Evaluation Skills is designed to provide students with a brief overview on research and is intended to cover basic concepts of qualitative and quantitative research designs as they relate to counselling contexts and program development. This course will also introduce basic key concepts relevant to program evaluation that are essential to program planning, design, and development. CAAP 6603: Professional Ethics & Conduct Description: This course addresses professional and ethical issues in the practice, science, and regulation of counselling. Course topics include, but are not limited to, ethical decision-making models and codes of conduct; professional standards, values, attitudes, and competency of the counsellor; client rights and confidentiality; dual relationships; and ethical issues in testing. This course will also focus on ethical situations involving vulnerable populations, multicultural clients, systems therapy, group counselling, supervision, private practice, school counselling, and issues relate to dealing with unethical conduct by the helping professional. Extensive reference will be made to the CPA Canadian Code of Ethics for Psychologists and to practice issues relevant in Alberta. In addition, the CCPA Code of Ethics and its decision-making model will be examined. Ample use will be made of vignettes, role-plays, and discussions to anchor issues in practical realities. CAAP 6613: Assessment Processes and Applications Description: Addresses the measurement of characteristics of individuals across the life span and diverse groups in a variety of contexts. Assessment models, psychometric theory and concepts, ethics of testing, and utilization of various classification systems for diagnosing client functioning are addressed. Standardized and non-standardized assessment techniques are examined to measure client change and individual characteristics. CAAP 6635: Biosocial Foundations and Health Psychology Description: Current research in biosocial health psychology is addressed including the study of behavioural responses to stress, addictions and chronic illness. Emphasis is on interpersonal emotional processes and lifestyle modifications to adjust to health-related stressors. Additional topics include consequences of common psychophysiological reactions and syndromes such as anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and depressive disorders including grief and loss. CAAP 6631: Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behaviour Description: Focuses on theories of cognition and affect by examining how humans process information and organize their knowledge and emotional experiences. Contemporary issues will be addressed in several areas of application including regulation of affect and behaviour in everyday life and in unusual circumstances. CAAP 6615: Counselling Strategies and Interventions Description: An intensive study of a variety of counselling techniques arising from counselling theories to address common presenting problems in children, youth, and adults. Skill development in laboratory settings emphasizes counsellor self-evaluation, case conceptualization, the ethical practice of delivering the treatment plan, intervention efficacy, matching of interventions to client issues, and consultation issues. CAAP 6633: Counselling Issues Across the Life Span Description: In-depth study of human development and functioning across the lifespan. Focus is on normative life transitions, the family life cycle, atypical developmental risk factors (e.g., trauma), attachment, and selected emotional and behavioral disorders in children and adolescents. Special attention is given to attachment theory across the life span and implications for relational development. CAAP 6611: General Counselling Practicum Description: Provides an opportunity for professional development and supervised practice in a general counselling setting. Students will be involved in direct work with clients under the supervision of a qualified professional. CAAP 6619: Specialized Counselling Practicum Description: Provides an opportunity for professional development and supervised practice in a specialized counselling context. Students will be involved in direct work with clients under the supervision of a qualified professional. The practicum allows students to actively explore issues encountered in working with a specialized client population or area of practice. CAAP 6699: Project - Professional Portfolio Description: Students will be required to complete an independent project as the culminating activity of the Master of Counselling program. The project may be theoretical or applied, shall be relevant to the practice of Counselling or Counselling Psychology, and shall demonstrate a depth of knowledge and understanding of the discipline, as well as the student’s area of specialization. The project is intended as a means for students to integrate their conceptual learning with applied practice in a contextually meaningful fashion. The structure of the project will be flexible in order to accommodate various creative endeavours and it may be work-based.