MA | Counselling Psychology

This scientist-practitioner onsite full time degree prepares graduates to work as professional counsellors in community agencies and public institutions serving a diverse range of clientele. Counselling faculty draw from different theoretical orientations to expose students to current thinking in feminist-informed, cognitive-behavioral and existential practices with individuals, families and communities. The thesis requirement prepares graduates to be both consumers and producers of research. The 8-month internship with experienced counsellors in child and family services, schools, colleges and universities, as well as mental health and justice settings, prepares graduates for counselling practice in specialized areas of interest.

Description

The MA program in Counselling Psychology alone does not result in certification; however, many of our graduates independently become certified with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. The MA in Counselling Psychology degree may lead to entrance into advanced graduate work at the doctoral level in other institutions or faculties, such as:

  • Western University
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Calgary
  • University of North Dakota
  • University of Ottawa

Please Note: Candidates wishing to work in public school settings as a guidance counsellor must hold a suitable teaching qualification.

Employment

Recent graduates of the Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology work in a variety of community agencies. Graduates have continued their education in professional psychology at the doctoral level.

  • Thames Valley District School Board, London, ON
  • London Catholic School Board, London, ON
  • Canadian Mental Health Association, London, ON
  • Daya Counselling Services, London, ON
  • Blue Hills Child and Family Centre, Aurora, ON
  • Child Parent Resource Institute, London, ON
  • Fanshawe College Counselling Services, London, ON
  • Student Development Centre Western University, London, ON
  • Western University Student Success Centre:  Careers, Leadership and Experience, London, ON
  • Center for Children and Families in the Justice System, London, ON
  • Madame Vanier Children's Services, London, ON
  • Halton Family Services, Oakville, ON
  • Canada World Youth, Montreal, QC
  • Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Edmonton, AB
  • Changing Ways, London, ON
  • Huntington Society of Canada- London and Area, ON
  • Canadian Mental Health Association, London-Middlesex, ON
  • London Abused Women's Centre, London, ON
  • University of Toronto, ON
  • Western University, London, ON
  • King's University College, London, ON
  • McGill University, Montreal, QC
  • Seneca College, Toronto, ON
  • Humber College, Toronto, ON
  • Rapport Youth and Family Services, Brampton, ON
  • East Metro Youth Services, Toronto, ON
  • Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
  • Peel Board Of Education, Mississauga, ON
  • Toronto Board Of Education, ON
  • Cambridge Memorial Hospital, Waterloo, ON
  • Centre for Prevention Research, CAMH, Toronto, ON

Milestones

Below is a summary of the Thesis process. Students must consult the Master's Thesis Guide (PDF), Program Policies web page, and the School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies' Thesis Regulation Guide for complete thesis guidelines and regulations.

Proposal:

Once a student completes their required and elective courses they will register in ED 9683 Individual Proposal Preparation (IPP). By the end of the semester in which a student completes the last required course, a student must decide on a topic for their thesis, and submit the Individual Proposal Preparation (IPP) - Supervisor Approval Form (found on the Forms & Guidelines page).

The IPP provides a structure for the writing of a thesis proposal. An initial review of relevant research provides the background for the proposed study. The methodological framework and the method to be employed are studied and developed. Ethical considerations are investigated and, where appropriate, an ethical review document prepared. The IPP is not a course but a milestone and compulsory element for those writing a Thesis.

The IPP should be completed in one term. The IPP is completed when the proposal and ethical review (where required) have been submitted for approval.

The Thesis Supervisor after consulting with the faculty members concerned, will formally appoint a Thesis Advisory Committee. The Committee will consist of a Thesis Supervisor and at least one additional faculty member who will act as a Thesis Advisory Committee Member. The Thesis Supervisor must be a member of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies with Ph.D. supervisory status, as approved by the Credentials Committee of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

When the Thesis Supervisory Committee is satisfied with a student's written proposal, the student may submit the proposal for approval. The student submits one copy of their proposal and the MA Thesis Proposal Approval form to the Graduate Programs Office for approval by the Associate Dean, Graduate Programs.

If the proposed research involves human subjects, the student has to receive ethics approval from Western University Research Ethics Board before the research begins.  Please see the Research Ethics page for more information.

The student may proceed with their research and thesis preparation when all approvals have been obtained.

Thesis:

Only after all approvals have been obtained the student must register in ED 9590 Master's Thesis and may proceed with the research and the preparation of the thesis under the guidance and review of the Thesis Supervisory Committee. Please note that ED 9590 is not a course but a milestone.

When the thesis has been completed and approved by the Thesis Supervisory Committee. The student will submit the Application for Thesis Examination - Form B and Master's Thesis Supervisor Approval Form (found on the Forms & Guidelines page) to the Graduate Programs Office. The necessary arrangements will be made by the Graduate Programs Office for the examination of the thesis in accordance with the appropriate University regulations.

Timing/Delivery

Full-time students:

Students will normally complete the program in five consecutive semesters beginning in September. The first three semesters are devoted to course work and thesis proposal, with the remaining two semesters constituting the Internship plus writing and defense of thesis.

Courses

Study Routes

Maintenance of a B average is required throughout the program. All students in this program are enrolled in the thesis-based route of study.

. Nine half-courses;
. ED9549 (Internship); and
. ED9590 Master's Thesis.

The program requires all students to be actively involved in research in counselling psychology.

See below for more information on ED9549 Internship.

Typical Program of Study

The following is a typical itinerary for a full-time student:

Fall Term 1
(Sept - Dec)
9544 Theories of Counselling Psychology (6-credit hours)
9545 Practicum in Counselling
9546 Research Design in Counselling
Winter Term 2
(Jan - Apr)
9542 Assessment in Career and Counselling Psychology
9543 Systemic Practice
9547 Counselling Interventions and Community Mental Health
9553 Cross-Cultural Counselling
9590 Thesis (Writing of the proposal)
Summer Term 1
(May - Aug)
9552 Counselling for Career Development and Life Transitions 
Fall Term 2
(Sept - Dec)
9549 Internship in Counselling
9550 Ethics and Human Development 
9590 Thesis
Winter Term 2
(Jan - Apr)
9549 Internship in Counselling
9590 Thesis

Scheduling of Courses

Fall Term: 8:30 am - 11:30 am (each course meets one morning per week for 13 weeks)

Winter Term: 8:30 am - 11:30 or 1:30-4:30 pm (each course meets one morning or afternoon per week for 13 weeks)

Summer Term (Intersession): 9:00 am -12:00 noon (course meets two mornings per week for 6 weeks)

Timetables & Timelines

Course Descriptions

Internship

ED9549. Internship in Counselling. For counselling interns, who have completed the major part of their course work, to study cases, examine current problems and apply theory.

Prerequisite: completion of core courses or equivalent

Full course; two terms. Offered: Every Fall & Winter Term

Education 9549 involves a supervised Internship placement in counselling activities on at least a half-time basis over at least 8 continuous months of the academic year (namely September through April). Most students complete this requirement by working three days a week on-site for approximately 21 hours a week for 26 weeks (a minimum of 550 supervised hours on site) as well as one day of independent study off-site related to client issues.

The placement must be supervised by professional counselors in accordance with Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association guidelines. If the student plans to be employed with his/her current employer during the internship year, the student must arrange for both individual and group counselling activities to a minimum of half-time. Specific arrangements for the internship are made during the Winter term of the first year in the program.

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Admissions

Please visit this link for Admission Requirements.

Tuition

Tuition amounts are set each year by Senate and then published on the Office of the Registrar's Fees Schedules web page. Fees are assessed once each term (Fall, Winter, Summer) according to the full or part time status of students (not by course).

Current students can access fee information by logging into the Student Centre (use your Western email log in and password). Students are notified each term once fee amounts have been posted in the Student Centre; it is each student's responsibility to log into the Student Centre and pay fees by the due date indicated. Failure to do so may result in a late payment fee or deregistration.

For questions about fees, including how to pay fees and the methods of payment that are accepted, students should go to the Student Financial Services pages of the Office of the Registrar's web site or contact Student Financial Services (Office of the Registrar) at 519-661-2100.

For students receiving WGRS funding, this amount is applied to the fees account on the first day of each term (i.e. September 1, January 1, May 1). For questions related to funding, students should contact their Manager of Graduate Affairs in the Graduate Programs Office. More information about funding is located on the Funding tab.

Please note: Fall term ancillary fees are proportionately higher for domestic students because part of this fee is the SOGS (Society of Graduate Students) Health & Dental Plan.  Health & Dental Plan fees provide coverage from September through August and are collected from graduate students in September. Students who are admitted and have their own coverage will be provided information on how to "opt out" of the SOGS Health Plan.

Funding

Please visit our Scholarships Page for more information.

Technology

Instructors of onsite courses use the Sakai OWL platform, although it is not required.  Access to a course in Sakai OWL is typically opened the first business day of each term. Please note that although your own access may be granted prior to the first business day, course content may not be posted until closer to the scheduled term start. Your Western University login and password is required to access the course (your Western email without the @uwo.ca and its accompanying password). Access to Sakai OWL is found here: https://owl.uwo.ca/portal.


For online courses, students are required to have access to the following:

  • High speed Internet access
  • Access to a computer that enables connection to outside websites (flexible firewall restrictions)
  • Multimedia playback capabilities (video/audio)
  • WebCam
  • Computer capable of running a recent version of Internet Explorer, Safari, or Firefox; and/or Cisco MOVI client for PC or Mac
  • Audio headset and microphone for computer