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Counselling Psychology

Blend Your Faith With Professional Counselling Standards and Practices

One of the most popular study areas at Providence, the Counselling Psychology degree program will prepare you for work as a Christian counsellor by building your knowledge of the discipline and honing your therapeutic skills. A major draw of this Master’s Degree is that considerable coursework can be completed via Distance Education, with remaining classes available in either Otterburne or Calgary. The Distance Education element consists of a blend of online study, directed study and modular coursework.

Learn and Complete Your Degree Via Distance Education

Students of the Alberta Extension Site will complete most of their counselling courses through a series of one week modules, hybrid courses and online. Bible and Theology courses can be taken directly or through online courses provided by Providence Seminary. To view what courses are currently being offered, see our course offerings here.

Information Sessions

We welcome you to join us on one of our information sessions to hear more about the application/admission process. You can find upcoming sessions here (under Seminary Sessions)



"I really appreciated the relationships we were able to foster with our professors. Providence offers smaller classroom settings and that allowed for more one-on-one time with faculty. I think that has aided in my learning and shaped who I am as a person." - Esther Schmidt, 2016 Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology

90 credit hours
Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology
Counselling Psychology Major

Professional Designations

The MA Counselling and MA Counselling Psychology degrees meet the educational requirements for associate membership in:

  • BC Association of Clinical Counsellors
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
  • College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP)
  • College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
  • Professional Association of Christian Counsellors and Psychotherapists (PACCP)
  • The Association of Counselling Therapy of Alberta

For Entrance into the MA in Counselling Psychology program

Enrollment in this program is restricted to a limited number of students per year. It is strongly recommended that potential students have a solid background in the social sciences, psychology and Bible/theology. Fitness for counselling ministry and practice requires a high level of psychological health, including self-awareness, self-acceptance, self-knowledge, self-confidence, courage, resilience, purpose in life, balance, moderation, and emotional stability. Applicants are required to complete a standardized questionnaire (EQi 2.0), the results of which will be used by the Counselling Department to gauge suitability for the counselling profession. Some applicants may also be required to complete an interview with a member of the department as part of the application process. Applicants whose questionnaire or interview results indicate hindrances to the counselling profession may be denied entrance to the Seminary.

International students with English as a second language are required to provide an official iBt TOEFL score with the following minimum iBT scores: Reading Skills: 20; Listening Skills: 22; Speaking Skills: 26; and Writing Skills: 24. At the discretion of the Counselling Department, other students may also be required to take this test.

Students who do not achieve an AGPA of 3.00 in their first semester may be required to complete additional course work in the area of their weakness.

Thesis or Non-Thesis Track

Students who intend to go on to Doctoral studies are encouraged to take the Thesis Track. Admission into the Thesis Track is granted after the successful completion of the first 30 credit hours (maintain an AGPA of at least 3.0 across their courses, with no course grade lower than B-)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please look to the Academic Calendar for full information and course lists. If there are discrepancies between the information listed here and in the Academic Calendar, the Academic Calendar is definitive.

You will be enrolling in courses from the Department of Counselling and the Department of Biblical and Theological Studies.

Counselling courses:

  • Counselling Theory Practicum I and II
  • Marriage and Family Counselling
  • Family Systems
  • Ethical and Legal Issues for Counsellors
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Crisis and Trauma Counselling
  • Counselling Across Cultures
  • Theories of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Psychopathology
  • Group Psychotherapy: Theory and Practice
  • Congregational Care and Counselling
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Psychology of Emotion
  • Research Design and Methodology
  • Counselling Theory Practicum III and IV
  • Human Development
  • Counselling electives

Biblical and Theological Studies courses:

  • Reading the Church's Bible
  • Integration of Theology and Psychology
  • Theology and Practice of Christian Spirituality and Formation
  • Theological Foundations
  • Old Testament elective
  • New Testament elective
  • Theology elective

Sharon Pham, Ph.D. (Program Coordinator)Associate Professor of Counselling Psychology, Department Chair

Angelle Arinobu, M.A. Asst. Prof of Counselling Psychology; First Year Experience Coor

Brianne Collins, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Psychology

Michelle Gritter, M.Div. M.A. Instructor in Counselling Psychology

Nathan Hughes Coordinator & Student Liaison, Alberta Campus

Morgan Mulenga, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychology

Jan Nerenberg Instructor in Counselling Psychology

Janice Priess, M.A. Assistant Professor of Counselling Psychology

Laura Vander Velden, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Counselling Psychology

Glenys Wirch, CPGC, D.Min. Associate Professor of Counselling Psychology

Graduates build careers with child & family services, addictions foundations, private practices across Canada, pregnancy crisis care centers, and not-for-profit agencies and NGOs world-wide. Others pursue doctoral studies.