MHAW112 – Counselling Principles


Admission Requirements
  • Grade 12 or OSSD Equivalent
  • Mature Student with Wonderlic SLE min. cut score minimum 14 on test
  • Bring your own device (BYOD): As a student in this on-campus program, you will require a mobile computing device that meets specifications outline by your program

Delivery Mode: Online
Textbook: Intentional Interviewing and Counseling: Facilitating Client Development in a Multicultural Society, 9th Edition 2018 Nelson Publishing; Substance Abuse Counseling, 6th Edition Nelson Publishing 2019

Course Fees: $485.00 (with eTextbook)
Other Compulsory Fees: Inclusive
Additional Cost: Textbook $175.00 (Hard Copy)
Course Hours: 75 Hours
Course Intake: Every Monday
Department: PT – Continuing Education


In this subject, students will learn the basic skills of the counselling or psychotherapy session: listening, influencing, and integrating these skills into an effective session with individual and multicultural sensitivity.


North Bay Campus or Online –

Knowledge Competencies

Applying a comprehensive range of evidence-informed counselling styles, techniques, and methodologies aimed at improving the overall well-being of substance use, mental health and concurrent disorders clients.

Assists counsellors in an administrative or support capacity

Observes experienced staff providing services and facilitating groups


  • Evidence-informed individual and group counselling approaches and techniques such as motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioural therapy
  • The importance of building rapport when working with clients to enhance their motivation
  • Relapse, risk and protective factors
  • The importance of collaborative treatment
  • Life skills conducive to recovery, like managing personal finances
  • The range of approaches that can enhance counselling (e.g., mutual help, self-help and psychotherapy)

Interacts with each client to facilitate that client’s recovery and avoid retraumatization and triggers

Uses plain language in all client communication

Participates in creating a safe environment

Adheres to all legislation, guidelines, procedures, and protocols about client confidentiality and professional ethics

Describes the signs and symptoms of problem gambling, addictions and mental health issues including common cognitive distortions, financial impacts and legal issues