Counselling Psychology MA, MEd

PROGRAM CURRICULUM

Program Format:

This program is designed to offer flexibility for students by holding most classes in the late afternoon/evenings at the Surrey or Burnaby campus and clinic courses at the SFU Surrey Counselling Centre.

Year 1 Program Description

The first year of the program begins with courses which help students to develop in-depth understandings of theories of counselling and become familiar with assessment procedures. This is followed by a practical component of Counselling Psychology training (EDUC 874) in which students learn and practice advanced counselling skills with peers while receiving detailed feedback from program faculty.  Students also usually take a course in ethics, and may take other required or elective courses.

Year 1 Courses

Fall    Core   EDUC 862-3
Individual Assessment in Counselling

Individual Assessment in Counselling

EDUC 862

Assessment procedures used in educational and community counselling settings, including intake assessment, case conceptualization, observational procedures, diagnostic categories, ethics, bias and multicultural and diversity issues. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the MA/MEd counselling psychology program or permission of instructor. Students must successfully complete a Criminal Record Check.

Fall    Core   EDUC 870-3
Theories of Counselling

Theories of Counselling

EDUC 870

Students examine analytic, phenomenological, existential, behavioral and cognitive approaches to counselling, and the philosophical and personality theories upon which they are based. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the MA/MEd counselling psychology program or permission of instructor. Students must successfully complete a Criminal Record Check.

Spring    Clinical   EDUC 874-5
Counselling Skills and Strategies

Counselling Skills and Strategies

EDUC 874

Counselling skills and strategies are analysed, practiced, and critically examined. Counsellor decision-making, counselling effectiveness, and professionalism in counselling are also considered. Prerequisite: EDUC 870.

Spring    Core   EDUC 872-3
Ethics in Counselling Psychology

Ethics in Counselling Psychology

EDUC 872

Issues related to foundational ethical principles and systems, professional and legal standards for counselling psychology, review of ethics codes, ethical decision-making, and other topics including professional boundaries, competence, service across cultures, social justice, consulting and private practice, and ethical guidelines around evaluation, assessment, supervision, and research.

Summer    Core (MEd)    EDUC 877-4
Contemporary School Counselling

Contemporary School Counselling

EDUC 877

An examination of contemporary approaches to school counselling. Program development, consultation skills, counselling interventions in school counselling are considered.

This is a core course for M.Ed. students.

Contacts

MA students are encouraged to begin exploring thesis ideas and meeting with their senior supervisor to discuss research ideas as early as possible in the program.

MA students are also required to complete a research methods/design course chosen in collaboration with their thesis supervisor. This course is usually completed during Year 1 or early in Year 2 to facilitate work on the thesis. (EDUC 863, EDUC 864 or EDUC 866)

Year 2 Program Description

In the second year of the program, students usually complete EDUC 799 and EDUC 800 (Supervised Counselling Clinics I and II), in which they participate in their first supervised clinical experience.  The Supervised Clinic courses take place at the SFU Surrey Counselling Centre, which is housed in a secondary school in Surrey.  While at the Centre, students see a small number of clients under very close supervision.  Supervisors are able to watch students conduct counselling sessions, join students in their sessions with clients, and review recordings of students’ counselling sessions.  In addition to the Supervised Clinic courses, students also complete other required or elective courses.

Year 2 Courses

Fall    Clinical    EDUC 799-3
Supervised Counselling Clinic I

Supervised Counselling Clinic I

EDUC 799

An initial clinical course where students develop their basic and beginning counselling skills and increase their conceptual understanding of theoretical perspectives of counselling through practice, including counselling processes and case conceptualizations. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: EDUC 870, 874. Students must successfully complete a Criminal Record Check.

Fall    Elective    EDUC 873-3*
Career Counselling

MA/MEd students complete one of EDUC 871 or EDUC 873.

Career Counselling

EDUC 873

An examination of contemporary approaches to career counselling.

* This elective availability may change from year to year.

Spring    Clinical    EDUC 800-3
Supervised Counselling Clinic II

Supervised Counselling Clinic II

EDUC 800

An advanced clinical courses where students further develop their counselling skills and increase their conceptual understanding of theoretical perspectives of counselling through practice, including counselling processes and case conceptualizations. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: EDUC 799. Students must successfully complete a Criminal Record Check.

Spring    Core    EDUC 878-5
Group Counselling

Group Counselling

EDUC 878

An examination of contemporary approaches to group counselling. Students with credit for EDUC 720 may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: EDUC 874.

Summer    Elective    EDUC 871-3*
Family Counselling

MA, MEd students complete one of EDUC 871 or EDUC 873 

Family Counselling

EDUC 871

Students discuss models of family dynamics and instructional interventions applicable by school personnel in family counselling interactions. Concepts and techniques will be explicated through discussion and simulation. Prerequisite: EDUC 870.

* This elective availablility may change from year to year.

* Elective availabilty may change from year to year

MA students: Continued discussions with thesis supervisor; completion of thesis proposal; ethics approval for thesis research. Data collection usually begins before the end of 2nd year.

In Year 2, MA and MEd students secure practicum placements for the fall & spring of Year 3. Placements begin in January and are completed in June.

Year 3 Program Description

In the third year of the program, all MA and MEd students complete their culminating supervised clinical experience: 2 terms of practicum (EDUC 801 and 802, September through April).  During the practicum terms, students are placed in a community-based social service agency, a public school, or a university or college counselling centre where they see clients under the supervision of an on-site supervisor.  The on-site supervisor is a fully qualified counsellor who works at the practicum site.  Supervision during the practicum is based on supervisors and students reviewing recordings of the students’ counselling sessions and discussing sessions and cases.  Students also attend an on-campus seminar (led by a faculty member from the program) with other students in the practicum.  The seminar includes group supervision and case consultation.  In addition, MEd students are required to register in the comprehensive exam course (EDUC 883) in their final term. Typically students complete all remaining degree requirements (course work, comprehensive examination, thesis examination) during this period.

Year 3 Courses

Fall    Clinical    EDUC 801-1.5
Counselling Practicum I

Counselling Practicum I

EDUC 801

Supervised clinical experience for students enrolled in the MEd or MA Counselling Psychology Program. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: EDUC 800. Students must successfully complete a Criminal Record Check.

Fall    Core  (MEd)  EDUC 864-5
Research Designs in Education

Research Designs in Education

EDUC 864

Designing and interpreting research about education. Introduction to survey techniques, correlational designs, classic experimental and evaluation designs for investigating causal relations, case study methods, interpretive approaches to research. Students with credit for EDUC 814 may not take this course for further credit. Equivalent Courses: EDUC814

EDUC 864 is sometimes offered in other terms and may be completed in a different term or year if this works with program requirements and the student's schedule.

Spring    Clinical    EDUC 802-1.5
Counselling Practicum II

Counselling Practicum II

EDUC 802

Advanced supervised clinical experience for students enrolled in the MEd or MA Counselling Psychology Program. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: EDUC 801. Students must successfully complete a Criminal Record Check.

Spring    Core    EDUC 883-5
M.Ed. Comprehensive Exam

MEd Comprehensive Examination

EDUC 883

The examination is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Summer    Core    EDUC 898-10
Master's Thesis

Master's Thesis

EDUC 898

The thesis is a research investigation designed to generate and/or examine critically new knowledge in the theory and/or practice of education. The thesis should normally be completed and approved in three terms.

MEd students prepare for and complete the Comprehensive Examination in the final term.

MA students continue to work on their thesis throughout Year 3. Upon completion of the thesis to the satisfaction of the supervisory committee (8th term or later), MA students proceed to a Thesis Examination.

How long will it take to complete a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology at SFU?

The shortest time in which the program may be completed is 8 terms. SFU operates 3 terms per calendar year, so the shortest time in which the program may be completed is 2 calendar years plus 2 terms.

Is it possible to continue working during the day while completing the program?

For most of the program, it is possible to continue working full-time or nearly full-time during the day.  Courses in the program usually begin at 16:30 and meet once per week.  Students usually take no more than 2 courses per term.  In addition to time spent in class, students must expect to spend about twice as much time out of class reading and preparing assignments.

During the 2nd year of the program, students enroll in the Supervised Clinic courses (EDUC 799 in the fall and EDUC 800 in the spring) at the SFU Surrey Counselling Centre.  These courses are also scheduled in the evening, however, due to the nature of the course activities, students must also spend some additional time outside class during the day at the Centre. 

During the 3rd year of the program, students usually complete the practicum courses (EDUC 801 and EDUC 802), which take place over two consecutive terms, from September through April.  The practicum requires a minimum 2 full weekday commitment and also involves a weekly evening seminar on campus.  Given the demands of the practicum, it is feasible to work half time at most during  these terms.


MA MEd MSc EDUC Course Offerings Fall 2019 - Summer 2020 (revised May 2019)

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