Healing and Wellness Counsellor

  • Program TitleHealing and Wellness Counsellor
    Credential: Diploma
    Delivery: Online
    Credential: Diploma
    Program Length: 3 Semesters (One year)
    Program Availability: Full time or Part time
    Offered: This program is available starting every Monday.

    Description


    Community Healing & Wellness Counsellors use their skills to assist individuals to identify, understand, and overcome personal problems or achieve personal objectives. In qualifying for a rewarding future as a counselor, the student will have the opportunity to learn from the theory how people think about problems, how to modify their behavior, and how to change their attitudes or their ways of experiencing life.

    The touchstones for beginning counsellors is to begin thinking about how to choose to fit counseling into a personal life view, how to relate to other people, and how to value process, and outcome. The course will also incorporate an Aboriginal cultural component.

    Students have fifty-two (52) weeks to complete their program requirements, starting from the date of their first course.

    Learning Outcomes


    • Develop a working definition of counseling and know its parameters.
    • Develop effective counseling skills.
    • Understand the structure of the counseling process.
    • Develop a framework in which to view own helping function.
    • Know how to apply counseling skills to several unique situations.
    • Become a more aware and effective person by emphasizing self-help and own improved coping skills.
    • Improve basic communication skills.
    • List the skills needed for helping skills in understanding, loss and crisis, and positive action and behaviour change.
    • Improve and maintain micro- computer skills.
    • Counsel clients as requested.
    • Make community referals.
    • Encourage clients to make right choices in daily life and living.
    • Develop and maintain professional relationships, which adhere to professional, legal and ethical standards aligned to community counsel.

    Your Career


    The Healing and Wellness Counsellor will provide support services and education that are culturally sensitive, help improve the mental health and well-being of community members.  The Community Healing and Wellness Counsellor is a resource to clients in achieving their wellness goals; provides confidential counseling; completes intake referrals for treatment; develops prevention programs; advocates for client services

  • Admission Requirements


    College Eligibility

    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent; OR
    • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate; OR
    • General Educational Development (GED); OR
    • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program).

    Call the Admissions Office at 1 (800) 267-2577 for more details. Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.

    Application Process
    Program intake – Apply to this program by visiting our Registration page. If you are entering into this program as a mature student please attach your resume when submitting your registration information online.

  • Courses


    Semester 1
    Study Skills Strategies
    Report and Proposal Writing
    Crisis Management
    Conflict Resolution
    Stress Management
    College Communication

    Semester 2
    Conceptualizing Counseling
    Stages and Skills of Counseling
    Defining Strategies and Selecting Interventions
    Termination and Follow-up
    Introduction to Assessment

    Semester 3
    Methods and Sources of Assessment Information
    Selecting, Administering, Scoring, and Interpreting Assessment Results
    Communicating Assessment Results
    Case Management and Documentation
    Working with Diverse Populations
    Violence/Abuse/Neglect
    Social Work and the Law

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  • Course  Descriptions


    Semester 1
    Report and Proposal Writing
    In this course students will learn four stages of report writing, and nine tips for effective writing that will help them create materials that are engaging, understandable, and most important, get read. In addition, students will learn about using persuasive language to write effective proposals.

    Crisis Management
    This course on crisis management offers students the basics in identifying, preventing, and controlling crisis situations. Crisis management basics, from preparation to training and compliance are discussed, as are various stages of a crisis, and the need to establish a crisis management team. Clearly identifying the roles and functions of each crisis management team member is essential for the ultimate success of contingency planning, which is also discussed.

    Conflict Resolution
    In this course students will learn how to recognize how their own attitudes and actions impact others, effective techniques for dealing with difficult people, strategies for dealing with anger, and how to cope with the difficult people and situations that we will inevitably encounter in our everyday lives.

    Study Skills Strategies
    This course will enable students to assess their current study skills and plan for improvement. Students will practice time-management techniques for successful studying. Students will learn to develop powerful reading skills and practice memory techniques to enhance ability to learn and improve test performance. This course will also help students to develop specific study skills for mathematics and related subjects and implement an action plan to improve them.

    Stress Management
    Whether students are looking for appropriate initiatives to apply from a corporate perspective, or as individuals, stress is an unavoidable reality that can be positively impactful. Students will learn the signs of chronic stress overload, identifying actions that add to people’s stress levels, and how to implement action to reduce unhealthy stress.

    College Communication
    This course introduces the standards of college-level English. It enables the student to develop skills in grammar, sentence variety, paragraph development, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. These are language skills, which are essential to success in college programs and professional life.

    Semester 2
    Conceptualizing Counseling
    In this course, we introduce a number of concepts and conditions that are fundamental to the counseling process. Counseling must be viewed within a context. The factors that contribute to that context include philosophy, current theoretical premises, and culture— in other words, the social milieu. That milieu changes as a society changes. And, of course, it changes when one moves from one society or culture to another. In addition, we address helper qualities that are universal, crossing cultures and time. Our ultimate objective is to help you, the student, begin to identify yourself within these parameters and to do some introspection regarding how your personal qualities match those of the professional counselor.

    Stages and Skills of Counseling
    The overall objective of this course is to present the structure of the counseling process and how that structure helps you determine what the counselor should be doing. The beginning point of counseling is a time when you and your client must decide, both independently and mutually, whether this particular pairing of persons and personalities offers the potential for growth and change. Beyond that decision, you must reach agreement on what the problem is; how counseling might assist in changing problematic circumstances; what counseling activities would help produce that change; and, finally, when the helping effort should conclude. This course examines this process from the client’s perspective, which will be different from your own.

    Defining Strategies and Selecting Interventions
    In this course, we examine the process by which counselors can assess the client’s presenting problems. That process involves the collection of information relevant to problem definition, conceptualization of that information into a cogent picture of the client in his or her world, and consideration of client resources. Cultural factors that affect client perceptions of their world and counselor perceptions of client problems are introduced. Clinical assessment in counseling may occur at an in- take interview prior to assignment to a counselor. Or it may occur during the assigned counselor’s sessions with the client. When it occurs prior to counselor assignment, it typically includes paper- and- pencil assessment instruments in addition to information gathering in the interview( s).

    There are two approaches to clinical assessment: the psych diagnostic method and the psychometric method. In this course, we shall examine the psych diagnostic approach, which has as its purpose the evaluation of client problems and contextual conditions in order to determine what type of counseling is needed, what types of interventions should be used, and how counseling is likely to progress.

    Termination and Follow-up
    Termination, the fifth and final stage of counseling, is the transition from assisted functioning to counseling- free functioning by the client. In this course, we discuss the dynamics that affect this transition, the counselor’s role and responsibilities in seeing that this transition occurs, and the occasional necessity to make client referrals to other mental health professionals. It is important to keep in mind through each of the counseling stages that the ultimate goals of any counseling relationship are success and termination. How this is accomplished is the focus of this course.

    Introduction to Assessment
    This course introduces students to the purpose of assessment and examines multiple methods and Students will review competencies required for assessment and discuss historical perspectives of the assessment process. This course examines assessment and technology reviewing computer-based assessment and internet-based assessment. Students will also discuss current controversial issues in assessment.

    Semester 3
    Methods and Sources of Assessment Information
    This course introduces students to assessment methods and processes. This course explores formal and informal assessment instruments and strategiesand examines the degrees of structure in interviews. In this course students will review various categories of tests including standardized and non-standardized tests, individual and group tests, maximum-performance and typical-performance tests, verbal and nonverbal tests and objective and subjective tests. Students will also study methods of recording observations, event recording, duration recording, time sampling, rating scales and anecdotal records.

    Selecting, Administering, Scoring, and Interpreting Assessment Results
    This course will define the appropriate measures to take when selecting assessment instruments and strategies. In this course students will identify the type of information needed and determine the methods for obtaining information. This course will examine assessment resources allowing enabling students to evaluate and select an assessment instrument or strategy. Students will examine how to administer assessment instruments, score assessment instruments and also discuss models of scoring, scoring performance assessment and standards for scoring. This course will enable students to interpret assessment results effectively.

    Communicating Assessment Results
    In this course students will be introduced to assessment report writing format and examine qualities of well written reports. Students will learn to effectively communicate assessment results to other professionals, and communicate assessment results to the public.

    Case Management and Documentation
    Students will enable students to utilize casework and client support practices in the application of tasks associated with client service delivery from intake to termination. Students will examine principles of recording required documentation and legal implications surrounding the maintenance of the consumer case record.

    Working with Diverse Populations
    This course will introduce students to the principles of working with diverse populations. Through examination and discussion, students will develop an awareness of their own views about diversity. They will develop an understanding of the impacted groups and devise interaction strategies which demonstrate respect for diversity. They will demonstrate knowledge of the role of the social work professional in advancing social inclusion, diversity, equity and social justice.

    Violence/Abuse/Neglect
    This course provides a comprehensive examination of the presence and effects of violence in our society by introducing the student to the scope and complexity of abuse of children, intimate partners and the elderly. Through a process of assessment of offenders and victims, the role of the legal system, and an examination of intervention strategies students will acquire an appreciation of concepts required to enhance the quality of life of others and advocate for appropriate access to resources to assist individuals, families, groups and communities.

    Social Work and the Law
    This course will develop the student’s awareness of the impact that legislation has on social development and the social work profession. Students will examine a number of topics ( i.e., marriage divorce, separation, mediation , child welfare, mental health, youth criminal justice, tenant protection, government support/disability, evidence, court types and the Charter of Rights/Ontario human Rights Code) in relation to the following Acts( Family Law, Child and Family Services, Youth Criminal Justice, Ontario Works/ Ontario Disability Support, Mental Health and Tenant Protection) . In addition, students will examine their own values in relation to social work and the law, and recognize the impact that the law has on future clientele.

  • Fees & Expenses


    Tuition fees listed are in effect for the 2015-2016 academic year.

    • Application Fee: $100.00
    • Textbooks: $975.00
    • Postal Fee: $49.00
    • Tuition Fee: $3,825.00

    Total Tuition & Fees: $4,949.00