MEd in Counselling Psychology (MVR5)

ECPS This program is offered by the Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education. Learn more about ECPS programs.

Focus on Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling

If you are interested in applying for this program, please contact Yvette Kharoubeh.

VRC Program orientation and the first summer course work for applicants admitted to the upcoming cohort will be scheduled on UBC campus between July 2 and July 20, 2012. The next on campus course will be offered in the summer of 2013.

First Course

The first course will be CNPS 578B.

There are two sections for this course. Students will be registered by the Senior Program Assistant.

CNPS 578B 96A and 96B

  • Title: Individual and Family counselling & Theories
  • Dates: July 3 – 20, 2012
  • Time: 9:30am – 1:00pm
  • Location: Scarfe 1108A (UBC Campus)
  • Instructor: Colleen Haney
  • Required Textbook: “Professional Counselor: A Process Guide to Helping” by Hackney, Harold & Cormier, Sherry, 7th edition, Prentice Hall

Need Accommodation?

You can find on-campus accommodation information here:

Note that accommodations fill quickly, early arrangements are recommended.

Program Description

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The UBC M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology (focus on Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling) offers an evidence-informed, state of the art, interactive, and engaging graduate program. The program may include orientation and/or seminars at UBC or affiliated clinical sites, with a distance option for those who are not able to attend in person.

Additional program information can be found on the Educational & Counselling Psychology & Special Education website.

The Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling (VRC) program was founded with generous support from The Great-West Life Assurance Company and WorkSafe BC and is also endorsed by Healthcare Benefit Trust. Read more.

The VRC program is developing a collaborative relationship with the University of Calgary’s Community Rehabilitation Program. Graduates of the University of Calgary’s Community Rehabilitation Program are welcome to apply.

This is a 48-credit program. The proposed schedule is as follows:


YEAR ONE – 2012/13
Summer 1 Individual and Family Counselling & Theories (3-cr) CNPS 578B
Winter 1 Issues in Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling ( 3-cr) VRHC 501
Winter 1 Theory & Interventions 1 (3-cr) CNPS 578A
Winter 2 Psychosocial & Vocational Aspects of Disability (3-cr) VRHC 512
Winter 2 Medical Aspects of Disability (3-cr) VRHC 502
Elective (3-cr): CNPS 545 or CNPS 534 or CNPS 594, or Trauma or Addiction (if these courses are available).
YEAR TWO – 2013/14
Summer 1 Ethics in Counselling Psychology  (3-cr) CNPS 586
Summer 2 Group Counselling (3-cr) CNPS 564
Winter 1 Psychological Assessment in Counselling (3-cr) CNPS 532A
Winter 1-2 Supervised Training in Counselling (6-cr) CNPS 588C
Winter 2 Psychological Assessment in Counselling (3-cr) CNPS 532B
YEAR THREE – 2014/15
Summer 1 Research Methodology in Education (3-cr) EDUC 500
Winter 1 Review of Research in Educational Methods (3-cr) CNPS 508
Winter 1/2 Field Experience (6-cr) VRHC 508


There are significant clinical practica courses in Year 2 and Year 3 of the program. The clinical courses can be done with a qualified supervisor with a recognized Master’s degree at your location. We are continuing to develop the capacity to provide clinical experience for students at a greater distance.

All students must meet the requirements for this program, which include:

  • A completed four-year undergraduate degree and at least a 76% average on all senior-level credits or at least 12 credits of third or fourth-year courses in the A- grade range (at UBC 80% or higher) in the field of intended graduate study.
  • Three recommendations from educators and administrators that speak to your engagement with disability issues, counselling and rehabilitation.
  • Resumé and a 600-word statement of career aspirations, indicating how you think this program (along with your current education and experience) can help you achieve them.
  • You are encouraged to submit additional information regarding professional or volunteer employment experience, publications, or awards which you feel should be taken into account in considering your application. If you have been out of university for more than two years, this information is mandatory.


  • Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 300)
  • Career Counselling (CNPS 363)
  • Introduction to Theories of Counselling (CNPS 365)
  • Basic Interviewing (CNPS 362)
    • Please send CNPS 362 (Basic Interviewing) video tapes to:
      Dr. Daniluk
      Dept. of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education
      University of British Columbia
      2522 – 2125 Main Mall
      Vancouver, BC   V6T 1Z4

UBC prerequisite courses are in brackets; view approved prerequisites.

These prerequisites must be completed prior to the start of this program and are available as online courses at UBC (view list of online courses), with the exception of CNPS 362 and PSYC 300(A). Click here to search for course availability at UBC. For other online options you may wish to view the course calendar at Athabasca University.

If the coursework you completed is not listed on the UBC website as an official approved prerequisite course, you may apply, on an individual basis, to have your past coursework reviewed to determine if it meets the criteria for prerequisite course work.

In such cases, in addition to the transcript(s) already received, the Admissions Committee also requires that you send a copy of the relevant past course outlines, with an indication as to the course prerequisite for which you are submitting it.

Application for approved prerequisites should be sent together with your application to the program. For further information about approved prerequisites, please visit the following link:

Subject to approval: Program fees will be paid over a minimum of nine (9) installments, payable in September, January and May of each year. For current information on tuition and student fees, please log in to the Student Service Centre.

To find out what it costs to take one of our graduate programs, please refer to the list of programs accepting applications.