Counselling is not one-size-fits-all. As a psychotherapist, counsellor or social worker, you understand that each client has their own unique strengths and experiences. You want to be able to meet each client where they’re at, allowing them to draw on those strengths and experiences to help them move forward and thrive.
This skill-based certificate will provide you with a broad overview of the various counselling approaches that can help you build a therapeutic toolbox to address the needs of most clients. This certificate will allow you to explore various therapeutic modalities in depth and provide you with opportunities to practice the skills you are learning with peers so you’ll be able to confidently begin using the skills with your clients.
No application required. To complete the Counselling Techniques certificate, you must select a minimum of seven workshops from the list on the right. You can complete this certificate in as little as one year or take up to seven years. You do not have to be working toward the Counselling Techniques certificate to take any of these workshops. These workshops can be taken in any order.
Participation and Attendance
Full attendance and participation are required to complete these workshops. Participants are requested, as much as possible, to have their cameras on. We know there are situations where this is not possible, so please send a message to your instructor or the Professional Development host to let them know that you are unable to turn on your camera. Our workshops are interactive and include breakout rooms, role play, group discussions and other activities. Participation is required.
The Counselling Techniques certificate workshops are available remotely through Zoom.
Becoming a Therapist
Completing the Counselling Techniques certificate will not qualify you to practice therapy or register with any college or association, including the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers or the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Please visit those websites for information on becoming a therapist in Ontario.
For more information about this certificate contact the Faculty of Social Work Professional Development office:
See our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.