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Counselling Programs at Ontario Colleges

What to expect from a career as a Counsellor

Helping people overcome addictions, fears, emotional and physical trauma, personal issues and other problems is truly rewarding. As a counsellor, you’ll help others by applying different techniques and treatments targeted to each client’s situation. Counselling programs at Ontario colleges provide you with the interpersonal skills and trauma and addictions knowledge needed to become a counsellor.

If you want to help better the lives of people who are struggling by providing counselling services, here’s what you need to know. More

Counselling Courses

There are many Ontario college counselling programs, and they typically fall into one of two categories:

  • Drug and Alcohol / Addictions Counselling. In these programs, students learn about different types of addictions, approaches to treatment and techniques for screening, assessing and managing client cases. Courses in pharmacology provide students with a thorough understanding of pharmaceuticals and their effects on a person’s physical and mental state.
  • Assaulted Women and Child Counselling. These programs examine the issues of violence and abuse from the perspective of women and children. Course subjects will include child development, physical and sexual violence, feminist political action, advocacy of children, women’s rights and more. Students will learn specialized techniques for counselling women and children who have suffered abuse.

Whether you want to focus on addictions counselling or work mainly with abused women and children, all counselling programs have mandatory fieldwork placements, co-ops and / or training practicums that provide you with the practical experience you’ll need to start your career.

General Counselling Program Requirements

Counselling programs are offered at the diploma and graduate certificate level. Diploma programs require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, which includes a grade 12 English credit. Other senior level courses may be required but will vary by program.

Graduate certificate counselling programs require a diploma or degree in a related field, or significant related work experience. There may be other non-academic requirements, so check program admission details carefully.

Counselling Jobs and Salaries

Graduates of counselling programs at Ontario colleges will find counselling jobs in a variety of settings, including (but not limited to):

Counsellor salaries vary depending on the position, but the average starting salary for program grads is between $34,000 and $39,000 per year. With experience, salaries could be upwards of $50,000 per year.

Ontario Colleges Offering Counselling Programs

Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of counselling programs at Ontario colleges. Less

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Program Title College Campus Availability Program Delivery Start Date Website
Show details ADDICTIONS COUNSELLOR NORTHERN CONTACT NORTH (SITE 2) OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

ADDICTIONS COUNSELLOR


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: A225
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details ADDICTIONS COUNSELLOR NORTHERN KIRKLAND LAKE OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

ADDICTIONS COUNSELLOR


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: A222
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details ASSAULTED WOMEN'S AND CHILDREN'S - COUNSELLOR/ADVOCATE GEORGE BROWN ST JAMES CAMPUS OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

ASSAULTED WOMEN'S AND CHILDREN'S - COUNSELLOR/ADVOCATE


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: R107
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

This Program Has An Individualized Direct Entry To Second Year Option For Eligible Students Who Have Relevant Degrees Or Diplomas.

Show details BACHELOR OF COMMUNITY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE - LEVEL 3 ONLY FOR SOC SERV GRADS CONESTOGA DOON CLOSED Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

BACHELOR OF COMMUNITY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE - LEVEL 3 ONLY FOR SOC SERV GRADS


  • Program Length: 4 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 3240C
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: DEGREE
  • Program Type: CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 3
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details CHILD AND YOUTH CARE FANSHAWE LONDON CLOSED Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

CHILD AND YOUTH CARE


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: CYW4
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

This Program Is Highly Competitive; A Program For Which The Number Of Qualified Applicants Exceeds The Number Of Seats Available.

Show details CHILD AND YOUTH CARE FANSHAWE LONDON OPEN Full Time 2016 - Jan Visit

CHILD AND YOUTH CARE


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: CYW4
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

This Program Is Highly Competitive; A Program For Which The Number Of Qualified Applicants Exceeds The Number Of Seats Available.

Show details CHILD AND YOUTH CARE (FAST TRACK) (FORMERLY CHILD AND YOUTH WORKER (FAST TRACK)) FANSHAWE LONDON OPEN Full Time 2016 - May Visit

CHILD AND YOUTH CARE (FAST TRACK) (FORMERLY CHILD AND YOUTH WORKER (FAST TRACK))


  • Program Length: 16 MONTHS
  • Program Code: CYW5
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: ACCELERATED
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 3
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

This Program Requires A Degree Or College Diploma. Refer To The Fanshawe Website (Www.Fanshawec.Ca) Or Program Guide For Specific Admission Requirements.

Show details CHILD AND YOUTH CARE (FORMERLY CHILD AND YOUTH WORKER) FANSHAWE ST THOMAS OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

CHILD AND YOUTH CARE (FORMERLY CHILD AND YOUTH WORKER)


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: CYW2S
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details CHILD AND YOUTH CARE (FORMERLY CHILD AND YOUTH WORKER) FANSHAWE WOODSTOCK OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

CHILD AND YOUTH CARE (FORMERLY CHILD AND YOUTH WORKER)


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: CYW2W
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details CHILD AND YOUTH CARE (FORMERLY CHILD AND YOUTH WORKER) FANSHAWE WOODSTOCK OPEN Full Time 2016 - Jan Visit

CHILD AND YOUTH CARE (FORMERLY CHILD AND YOUTH WORKER)


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: CYW2W
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Communicative Disorders Assistant ST. LAWRENCE KINGSTON CLOSED Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

Communicative Disorders Assistant


  • Program Length: 3 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 1005
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Communicative Disorders Assistant ST. LAWRENCE KINGSTON OPEN Full Time 2016 - Jan Visit

Communicative Disorders Assistant


  • Program Length: 3 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 1005
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details COMMUNITY AND JUSTICE SERVICES ALGONQUIN WOODROFFE CLOSED Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

COMMUNITY AND JUSTICE SERVICES


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0466X01F
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details COMMUNITY WORKER GEORGE BROWN ST JAMES CAMPUS WAITLISTED Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

COMMUNITY WORKER


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: C101
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details COMMUNITY WORKER - OUTREACH AND DEVELOPMENT SHERIDAN DAVIS (BRAMPTON) WAITLISTED Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

COMMUNITY WORKER - OUTREACH AND DEVELOPMENT


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: PCWOD
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES WORKER HUMBER LAKESHORE WAITLISTED Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES WORKER


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 01101
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES WORKER (ACCELERATED) HUMBER LAKESHORE OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES WORKER (ACCELERATED)


  • Program Length: 3 SEMESTERS (CONSECUTIVE)
  • Program Code: 10401
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: ACCELERATED
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details DRUG AND ALCOHOL COUNSELLOR FLEMING PETERBOROUGH OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

DRUG AND ALCOHOL COUNSELLOR


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: DA
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details DRUG AND ALCOHOL COUNSELLOR FLEMING PETERBOROUGH OPEN Full Time 2016 - Jan Visit

DRUG AND ALCOHOL COUNSELLOR


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: DA
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details HUMAN SERVICE FOUNDATIONS FLEMING PETERBOROUGH OPEN Full Time 2015 - Sep Visit

HUMAN SERVICE FOUNDATIONS


  • Program Length: 2 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: HSC
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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