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Master of Counselling

Program Overview

The Master of Counselling (MC) program provides a professional course of study that equips students for a vocation in the mental health sector and in specialized counselling ministries in church and parachurch organizations. The Master of Counselling degree program seeks to develop professionals with a capacity for critical and constructive theological reflection on social issues. This will include a strong focus on building skills that can help to improve the lives of others through personal engagement, counselling and human service programs. Core to the program is the engagement of biological, psychological, relational, and theological issues that impact peoples’ lives. The program is designed to help students meet the academic requirements for gaining professional recognition as a member of the Professional Association of Christian Counsellors and Psychotherapists (PACCP), the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA). It should be noted that recognition in each of these associations is independent of Briercrest's program and that it is the student's responsibility to pursue such recognition after graduation.


Credit Hours: 42
Coordinator: Sam Berg

Berg, Sam DMin
Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy
   Requirements  Program Sheet

Learning Outcomes

  1. Articulate and apply an evangelical theology that demonstrably arises out of Scripture and finds expression in all areas of life and ministry.
  2. Be equipped for serving the local church and its global mission.
  3. Demonstrate growth as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
  4. Demonstrate the necessary skills and personal attributes to enter into a ministry of counselling.
  5. Demonstrate that their practice of counselling meets the highest Christian and professional ethical standards.
  6. Have met the basic academic qualifications for membership in the Professional Association of Christian Counsellors and Psychotherapists (PACCP), the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA).


I. Core (12 credit hours)
In consultation with the program coordinator, students will choose one course from each of the following disciplines:
Personal Formation for Ministry *
New Testament
Old Testament
THEO 601 Christian Theology Overview **

II. Counselling (12 credit hours)
CO 603 Foundations of Marriage and Family Therapy
CO 703 Counselling Problems and Procedures
CO 705 Counselling Ethics
CO 714 Counselling Systems and Approaches

III. Counselling Elective (3 credit hours)
Choose one course from the following...
CO 606 Marriage and Family Therapy
CO 613 Topics in Marriage and Family Therapy
CO 620 Pastoral Counselling
CO 707 Procedures in Marriage and Family Therapy
CO 711 Addictions Counselling
CO 712 Dynamics of Abuse
CO 819 Counselling Specialty: Motivational Interviewing
PSY 611 DSM and Psychopharmacology

IV. Developmental Psychology (3 credit hours)
PSY 606 Lifespan Development ***

V. Practicum and Internship (3 credit hours)
CO 790 Counselling Practicum I ****
CO 791 Counselling Practicum II ****
CO 801 Counselling Internship (150 clinical hours, non-credit)

VI. Open Electives (6 credit hours)

VII. Non-Credit Requirements
PRT 800 Learning Portfolio and Interview

* Must include one of the following: CM 600 Spiritual Formation for Ministry; CM 601 Philosophy and Foundation for Ministry; LE 605 Personal and Service Development.
** With permission of the program coordinator, a student with sufficient background in theology may replace this course with one course in history or theology.

*** Another PSY Development course may be substituted with approval of the program coordinator.
**** Please contact Academic Services to register for CO 790 Counselling Practicum I and CO 791 Counselling Practicum II.  Practicum I and II are normally taken in the same school year.

I learned not to take the easy answers when dealing with Scripture and theology, but to deal with uncomfortable and challenging questions, wrestling with both the text and my own biases to best determine what is true and God-pleasing.
Trevor Loken