Counselling Psychology

Program Overview

The Counselling Psychology program is offered by the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), leading to the Master of Education (MEd) and Doctor of Education (EdD) degrees.

There are three fields:

  1. Counselling and Psychotherapy (MEd, EdD)
  2. Guidance and Counselling (MEd)
  3. Global Mental Health and Counselling Psychology​ (MEd)

In the field of Counselling and Psychotherapy, the MEd program provides individuals with the opportunity to learn and develop counselling skills appropriate for a variety of work settings. Students are encouraged to develop their courses and practicum learning experiences to suit their own goals. Examples of the types of goals for which suitable programs of study could be developed are adult counselling and psychotherapy, college and university counselling centres, career counselling, geriatrics counselling, multicultural counselling, and community mental health and family life centres. The program of study provides students with the basic preparation for certification as a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling Association (CCA).

Counsellor training in the EdD program emphasizes the role of the counsellor in the educational system, the acquisition of effective supervisory and consultative skills, and the development and assessment of student counselling services in addition to the advanced study of counselling theory and practice. Graduates will be prepared to take leadership positions in the field of educational counselling; as educators in colleges and institutes of education; as directors and coordinators of school guidance programs; as specialists in the provision of counselling-related, in-service training for school personnel; and as providers of advanced levels of personal counselling to school, college, and related populations. This option will be especially attractive to individuals who have demonstrated a career commitment to the provision of counselling services in an educational and community setting.

In the field of Guidance and Counselling, the MEd program helps meet the need for well-prepared practitioners in the field of guidance and counselling in the schools. Therefore, strong preference for admission to this degree program is given to experienced teachers who are interested in specializing in guidance and counselling in the schools. The program of study provides students with the basic preparation for certification as a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling Association (CCA). Students completing this MEd program may have their degree credited toward Parts I and II of the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) Specialist Certificate in Guidance. Students may pursue the MEd degree on a full-time or part-time basis.


Quick Facts

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Application payment deadline EdD, MEd:

15-Nov-2019

EdD, MEd:

15-Nov-2019

Supporting documents deadline EdD, MEd:

15-Nov-2019

EdD, MEd:

15-Nov-2019

Minimum admission average MEd:

B+ in final year of bachelor’s

EdD:

B+ in final year of bachelor’s; A-minus average in Master’s

MEd:

B+ in final year of bachelor’s

EdD:

B+ in final year of bachelor’s; A-minus average in Master’s

Direct entry option from bachelor's to PhD? EdD:

No

EdD:

No

Is a supervisor identified before or after admission? EdD:

After

EdD:

After

If a supervisor is identified after admission (as per question above), is admission conditional upon securing a supervisor? EdD:

No

EdD:

No

Is a supervisor assigned by the graduate unit or secured by the applicant? EdD:

TBC

Program length (full-time only) MEd:

5 sessions

MEd:

5 sessions

EdD:

4 years

EdD:

4 years


Master of Education

Program Description

This MEd degree program provides individuals with the opportunity to learn and develop counselling skills appropriate for counselling individuals across a variety of work settings. Students are encouraged to tailor their courses and practicum learning experiences to meet their particular learning goals. Examples of the types of goals for which suitable programs of study could be developed include counselling and psychotherapy with adults, college and university students, or older adults: career counselling; multicultural counselling; and counselling and psychotherapy in community mental health and family service settings. The program of study provides students with the basic preparation for certification as a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and as a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

The MEd program can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the additional admission requirements of the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree of any background or discipline, with a grade equivalent to a University of Toronto B+ or better in the final year, from a recognized university.

  • At least one year of relevant experience.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • ​​APD 1202Y Theories and Techniques of Counselling and Psychotherapy (1.0 FCE).

    • APD 1203Y+ Practicum I: Interventions in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy (1.0 FCE). The practicum placement is the supervised training component of this course.

    • APD 1214H Critical Multicultural Practice: Diversity Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy (0.5 FCE; prerequisite: APD 1202Y and co-requisite: APD 1203Y+).

    • APD 1219H Ethical Issues in Professional Practice and Psychotherapy (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 1260H Family Therapy (0.5 FCE) or APD 1261H Group Work in Counselling and Psychotherapy (0.5 FCE).

    • 1.5 FCEs in electives.​ Recommended electives: one of APD 1266H Career Counselling and Development: Transition from School to Work (0.5 FCE) or APD 1268H Career Counselling and Development: Transitions in Adulthood (0.5 FCE).

  • A comprehensive examination. Upon completion of program course requirements, students must pass a written comprehensive exam of selected topics from the program curriculum and training.

  • Optional additional practicum, counted as one of the electives. Students may choose to complete a practicum (APD 1247H Practicum in Adult Counselling and Psychotherapy) for an additional 250 hours of field placement concurrent with the required course (APD 1203Y+ Practicum I: Interventions in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy). Arrangements for the practicum placement must be made in consultation with and the approval of the Director of Clinical Training. Find out more about the practicum.

Program Length

5 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W);
10 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.



Doctor of Education

Program Description

Counsellor training in this degree program emphasizes the role of the counsellor in educational and community settings with the goal of enhancing their expertise in their professional roles including supervisory and consultative skills and the advanced study of counselling theory and practice. Graduates will be prepared to take leadership positions in the field of counselling and psychotherapy; as educators in colleges and institutes of education; as directors and coordinators of school guidance programs; as specialists in the provision of counselling-related, in-service training for school and college personnel; and as providers of advanced levels of personal counselling in community and educational settings.

This program will be especially attractive to individuals who have demonstrated a career commitment to the provision of counselling services in an educational and community setting. This professional doctorate is designed to prepare students to refine and build on professional knowledge and practice to support the development of scholar-practitioners to be leaders in their fields of professional practice.

The Doctor of Education (EdD) program is only available on a full-time basis. Students cannot transfer between the EdD and PhD programs.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the additional admission requirements of the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development stated below.

  • Applicants must have the following to be admitted to the EdD program:

    • A bachelor's degree: an appropriate bachelor's degree of any background or discipline from a recognized university, with high academic standing.

    • A master's degree: an MA or MEd degree in Counselling Psychology or School and/or Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Toronto with a grade of B+ or better, or its equivalent from a recognized university. The applicant must have had successful professional experience and interest to increase and advance their knowledge of counselling and psychotherapy to become leaders in their fields. Applicants who hold an MEd or other non-thesis master's degree must submit evidence of their ability to identify a research question or problem, to design and conduct a research study or project, and to report the findings or results, all in a rigorous manner. This constitutes a Qualifying Research Paper (QRP).

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must take courses related to the development of advanced competence in counselling, psychotherapy, and mental health theory and practice and become sophisticated consumers of research in these and related fields. Students must complete a minimum of 5.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) including a practicum, internship, and thesis (dissertation in practice) as follows:

    • APD 3115H+ Research Proseminar in Counselling and Psychotherapy (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 3215H Advanced Psychotherapy Seminar (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 3261H+ Clinical Supervision and Consultation Practicum (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 3217Y+ Advanced Practicum in Clinical and Counselling Psychology (1.0 FCE; Credit/No Credit): complete a 500-hour practicum before the Final Oral Examination.

    • APD 3270H EdD Internship (0.5 FCE): complete 500 hours of internship, typically after the Final Oral Examination. All internship arrangements must be made in consultation with the Coordinator of Internship and Counselling Services.

    • Three courses, one from each of the following three groupings:

      • APD 3178H Advanced Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (0.5 FCE) or APD 3160H Advanced Family Therapy (0.5 FCE)

      • ​​​​​​​​APD 3260H Psychodiagnostic Systems (0.5 FCE) or one elective in a special focus of interest (0.5 FCE)

      • APD 3201H Qualitative Research Methods in Applied Psychology and Human Development (0.5 FCE) or ​​APD 3202H A Foundation of Program Evaluation in Social Sciences (RM) (0.5 FCE) or APD 3228H Mixed Methods Research Design in Social Sciences (RM) (0.5 FCE).

    • In addition, students must take 1.0 FCE in their specific area of focus.

      • Option 1: Counselling and Psychotherapy for Adults

        • APD 3163H Advanced Multicultural Counselling and Psychotherapy (0.5 FCE)

        • One elective in a special focus of interest (0.5 FCE)

      • Option 2: Counselling and Psychotherapy for Schools and Youth

        • APD 5284Y Assessment and Intervention with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children, Youth, and Families (1.0 FCE).

  • Optional additional practicum. Students may choose to take an optional continuous practicum (APD 3271H0 Additional PhD Practicum) in conjunction with the required doctoral practicum course APD 3217Y+ Advanced Practicum in Clinical and Counselling Psychology (Credit/No Credit). Find out more about the practicum.

  • Thesis (dissertation in practice). All students must complete a thesis (dissertation in practice), the aim of which is to ensure excellent knowledge of counselling and psychotherapy theory, practice, and policy for professionals working with adults or children/youth to function as leading scholar-practitioners. The thesis (dissertation in practice) should be: a) well conceived, original, and likely to make a sustained contribution to mental health practice; b) involve creativity, innovative methods and techniques, and have the potential to improve practice; c) exemplary, sets high standards in the field, and can be emulated and; d) has the potential for significant public impact. The focus of the thesis (dissertation in practice) is expected to be on contributions to field development or to innovations in practice. The main criteria for evaluation will be those applied to creative professional activity. Students will defend their thesis (dissertation in practice) at a Final Oral Examination.

  • Students are full-time and must maintain continuous registration full-time and pay full-time fees until all degree requirements, including the thesis (dissertation in practice), are completed.

Program Length

4 years full-time

Time Limit

6 years full-time​

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is graded when completed.

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.



Master of Education

Program Description

The Master of Education (MEd) degree program provides individuals with the opportunity to learn and develop skills appropriate for the field of mental health and counselling psychology. Students will be prepared to work in a variety of applied settings, including educational, vocational, and mental health globally. This degree program is ideally suited to students interested in an international perspective of mental health and counselling. This field will not lead to registration as a Certified Canadian Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, nor will it provide registration with the College of Psychotherapists in Ontario. This degree is cohort based and must be pursued full-time.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the additional admission requirements of the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree, with a grade equivalent to a University of Toronto B+ or better in the final year, from a recognized university.

  • At least one year of relevant experience.

  • Normally, an interview is required prior to admission.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • ​​​​​​APD 1902H Theories and Techniques of Counselling in a Global Context (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 1219H Ethical Issues in Professional Practice in Psychology and Psychotherapy (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 1228H Individual and Group Psychotherapy: Families and Couples Counselling (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 1268H Career Counselling and Development: Transitions in Adulthood (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 1277H Global Indigenous Healing in Counselling and Psychotherapy (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 1278H Cognitive Therapy (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 1282H Introduction to Global Mental Health and Counselling Psychology (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 1283H Peer and Video-Based Counselling With Practicum Field-Based Learning in Global Mental Health (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 2293H Interpretation of Educational Research (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 5000H Special Topics in Applied Psychology and Human Development: Master's Level (0.5 FCE).

Program Length

4 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F)

Time Limit

3 years full-time



Master of Education

Program Description

The Master of Education (MEd) degree program provides individuals with the opportunity to learn and develop skills appropriate for the field of guidance and counselling in the schools. Strong preference for admission to this degree program is given to experienced teachers who are interested in specializing in guidance and counselling in the schools. The program of study provides students with the basic preparation for certification as a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). The MEd program can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the additional admission requirements of the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree, with a grade equivalent to a University of Toronto B+ or better in the final year, from a recognized university.

  • Teacher certification.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • ​​​​​​APD 1202Y Theories and Techniques of Counselling and Psychotherapy (1.0 FCE).

    • APD 1203Y+ Practicum I: Interventions in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy (1.0 FCE). The practicum placement is the supervised training component of this course.

    • APD 1214H Critical Multicultural Practice: Diversity Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy (0.5 FCE; prerequisite: APD 1202Y and co-requisite: APD 1203Y+).

    • APD 1219H Ethical Issues in Professional Practice in Psychology and Psychotherapy (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 1260H Family Therapy (0.5 FCE) or APD 1261H Group Work in Counselling and Psychotherapy (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 1262H Educational Psychological Testing for Counselling (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 1266H Career Counselling and Development: Transition from School to Work (0.5 FCE).

    • 0.5 FCE in electives.

  • A comprehensive examination. Upon completion of program course requirements, students will take a comprehensive examination of selected topics from the program curriculum and training.

  • Optional additional practicum. Students may choose to complete a practicum (APD 1247H Practicum in Adult Counselling and Psychotherapy) for an additional 250 hours of field placement concurrent with the required course APD 1203Y+ Practicum I: Interventions in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy. Arrangements for the practicum placement must be made in consultation with and the approval of the Director of Clinical Training. Find out more about the practicum.

Program Length

5 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W);
10 sessions part-time​

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.



Master of Education

Program Description

The Developmental Psychology and Education program offers studies leading to the MA, MEd, and PhD degrees. Students have an opportunity to construct an overall perspective on developmental psychology and human development and their implications for practice with children in educational and other applied settings. The Master of Education (MEd) program is designed for the reflective teacher or other practitioner in education or related fields. This is a degree primarily designed for those working in applied settings and it does not require a research thesis.

Students take foundation courses in human development and research methodology. Elective courses cover a range of areas including cognitive, social, and emotional development; cognition and instruction (language, literacy, and mathematics); special education and adaptive instruction; developmental neuroscience; advanced research methodology and evaluation; and early childhood policy and programs, including child care.

The MEd program can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the department's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Admission to the MEd program normally requires an appropriate bachelor's degree with standing equivalent to a University of Toronto mid-B or better.

  • Applicants normally possess a teaching certificate and have at least one year of relevant professional experience.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • ​​​APD 1200H Foundations of Human Development and Education​ (0.5 FCE).

    • ​APD 2293H Interpretation of Educational Research (0.5 FCE).

    • ​​​​2.0 additional FCEs must be selected from the department electives list, available on the departmental website or in the Applied Psychology and Human Development program guidelines.

    • The remaining 2.0 elective FCEs may be taken from within or outside the department. Elective courses must be chosen in consultation with the student's faculty advisor. Students are asked to meet with their faculty advisor in the first session of their program.

Program Length

4 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F);
10 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time



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