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The customized Diploma  in Applied Psychology and Counselling from Kelowna College of Professional Counselling allows you to choose from two areas of specialization -- professional counselling, or the practice of psychotherapy. 

What is the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapists and counsellors are skilled in the major theories and techniques used to treat clients’ emotional distress. Both qualify for designation as mental health providers through various professional associations. The differences between the two disciplines are based on severity of clients’ symptoms; length and depth of treatment; and level of the practitioner’s training and clinical experience. A counsellor typically treats mental health issues that are less severe and shorter in duration than those that require psychotherapeutic interventions. 

What will you learn in the Diploma program?

KCPC takes a laser-like approach to training…zeroing in on applied theories and specific skills so graduates are prepared to hit the ground running.

The specialization in Professional Counselling, leads to entry-level employment in mental health agencies and private practice.

The specialization in the Practice of Psychotherapy prepares entry-to-mid level mental health professionals for careers in community agencies, or private practice. 

What about employment?

Although KCPC cannot guarantee job placements, graduates are prepared for employment with public agencies or private practice; and have the skills to treat a variety of mental health concerns:

  • depression, anxiety, and other emotional and behavioral disorders
  • addictions: prevention, recovery and follow-up treatment
  • youth, family, and couples issues
  • suicide and emergency intervention
  • identify and developmental deficits
  • loss and grief
  • abuse and domestic violence

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline. More details:

    Continuous enrollment, you can start now- Courses are scheduled on a continuous 3 week cycle. Begin your program at the start of any course.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

How is the program structured?

The Diploma in Applied Psychology and Counselling includes 16 core courses (980 hours of study) that can be completed in one year.

  • Distance Education: Students study from the comfort and convenience of home; texts and study materials are delivered right to your door.
  • Study on campus   On-campus study groups are optional for students wanting additional skill practice to supplement the Distance Learning experience.
  • Independent learning The application of therapeutic techniques requires the ability to analyze and process complex information as it emerges in real life therapy situations. KCPC’s curriculum is specifically designed to strengthen critical thinking abilities related to the practice of counselling and psychotherapy.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Adult student status (19 years of age and 1 year work experience).
  • Completion of the Counselling Aptitude Assessment (CAA).
  • Students with pre-existing medical, psychiatric or substance related conditions that may interfere with their ability to complete the training program require a letter of recommendation from an attending specialist.
  • Admissions interview with the Registrar in-person or by phone to evaluate applicants’ expectations and career goals.
  • Signed agreement with confidentiality and participation policies. Proof of funding, Criminal record check.

Technological Requirements

  • Access to the internet, a computer, and proficiency with Microsoft Word.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9276 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9280 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    9276 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9280 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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