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2021 - 2022 Adler Catalog 
  
2021 - 2022 Adler Catalog

Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, (MACP)


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This program is offered at the Vancouver Campus.

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MACP) degree program, in alignment with Adler University’s scholar-practitioner model, prepares students to be knowledgeable and effective in the application of foundational theories and methods of counselling practice. The program offers compre­hensive and personalized graduate degree training that qualifies students to practice as counselling professionals in primarily a Canadian context. There is an emphasis on developing self-reflexive and ethically aware practitioners who are educated both theoretically and practically in socially responsible practice.

There are five program objectives: (1) to train graduates to ethically assess and skillfully intervene to support psychological and emotional well-being in a wide range of populations with the attitudes, knowledge, and skills needed to work professionally with diverse clients; (2) to train graduates to use self-reflexivity, self-awareness, and lifelong learning for personal and professional development and competence; (3) to develop graduates who have learned how to critique the literature and can apply literature-based and research-based foundations of counselling psychology practice to their work; (4) to develop graduates who embrace a socially responsible counselling practice and who have the ability to identify and apply goals and tasks that further social justice and foster inclusive and healthy communities rooted in Adler University’s mission towards social interest; and (5) to prepare graduates with the theoretical and scholarship foundations for further academic study at the doctoral level.

This comprehensive program can be completed in a two-year period as a full-time student, including summer terms, if courses are completed according to the curriculum sequence below. This program is identical to the Master of Counselling Psychology but requires the successful completion of a thesis.

Graduates of the program are well prepared for a wide variety of mental health positions in human service agencies and organizations in both the public and private sectors.

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for membership registration with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (bc-counsellors.org) and/or the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (ccpa-accp.ca). Students are advised that licensure require­ments are under review in various jurisdictions in Canada, and students are encouraged to regularly consult about current requirements. Students are advised to consult with the Training Director prior to starting the clinical practicum, as individual practicum training experiences may differ, and some students may need additional postgraduate experience or supervision hours to meet certification requirements. Students who intend to practice in locations other than the province of British Columbia are also encouraged to consult with the appropriate association, agency, or board relevant to local certification or licensure requirements.

Degree Requirements


Successful completion of the following courses is required for this degree:

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  • SJP-202 Social Justice Practicum I Credits: 1*
  • SJP-203 Social Justice Practicum II Credits: 1*
  • SJP 204 Social Justice Practicum Continuation (as needed) Credits: 0
  • MACP-337 Group Psychotherapy Credits: 3
  • MACP-402 Introduction to Adlerian Psychology and Psychopathology Credits: 3*
  • MACP-472 Basic Counselling Skills and Interventions Credits: 3*
  • MACP-473 Pre-practicum Counselling Skills Lab** Credits: 0*
  • MACP-474 Advanced Counselling Skills and Interventions Credits: 3*
  • MACP-495 Research in Counselling Psychology Credits: 3
  • MACP-505 Ethical Practice in Counselling Psychology Credits: 3*
  • MACP-506 Master’s Practicum I Credits: 1
  • MACP-507 Master’s Practicum II Credits: 1
  • MACP-508 Master’s Practicum Seminar I Credits: 2
  • MACP-509 Master’s Practicum Seminar II Credits: 2
  • PCO- 610 Practicum Continuation (as needed) Credits: 0
  • MACP-516 Individual Appraisal for Counsellors in Practice Credits: 3*
  • MACP-517 Trauma Theory and Practice Credits: 3*
  • MACP-520 Theories of Psychotherapy Credits: 3*
  • MACP-641 Multicultural Counselling for Diverse Populations Credits: 3*
  • MACP-647 Biopsychosocial Bases of Health and Dysfunction Credits: 3*
  • MACP-663 Effective Couple and Family Counselling Credits: 3
  • MACP-671 Structural and Sociocultural Bases of Health 3and Dysfunction Credits:
  • MACP-995 Master’s Clinical Qualifying Examination Credits: 0
  • MACP-525 Preparation for the M.A. Thesis Credits: 1
  • MACP-526 M.A. Thesis I Credits: 1
  • MACP-527 M.A. Thesis II Credits: 1
  • MACP-528 M.A. Thesis III Credits: 1
  • MACP-529 M.A. Thesis Continuation (as needed) Credits: 0

Clinical Elective Course Options (Students must select two)


  • MACP-438 Introduction to Addictive Disorders Credits: 3
  • MACP-569 Lifestyle and Career Development Credits: 3
  • MACP-673 Advanced Adlerian Psychotherapy Credits: 3
  • MACP-674 Introduction to Sex Therapy Credits: 3
  • MACP-676 Introduction to Depth Psychology and Psychotherapy Credits: 3

Total Credit Hours Required: 59


*Required before beginning clinical practicum.

**Lab fee applied.

Curriculum Sequence


Term 1


  • MACP-200 Professional Development Seminar I 1 cr.
  • SJP-202 Social Justice Practicum I 1 cr.
  • MACP-402 Introduction to Adlerian Psychology and Psychopathology 3 cr.
  • MACP-641 Multicultural Counselling for Diverse Populations 3 cr.
  • MACP-472 Basic Counselling Skills and Intervention 3 cr.
  • MACP-520 Theories of Psychotherapy 3 cr

Term Credits = 14


Term 2


  • MACP-201 Professional Development Seminar II 1 cr.
  • SJP-203 Social Justice Practicum II 1 cr.
  • MACP-505 Ethical Practice in Counselling Psychology 3 cr.
  • MACP-474 Advanced Counselling Skills and Interventions 3 cr.
  • MACP-495 Research in Counselling Psychology 3 cr.

Term Credits = 11


Term 3


  • MACP-647 Biopsychosocial Bases of Health and Dysfunction 3 cr.
  • MACP-516 Individual Appraisal for Counsellors in Practice 3 cr.
  • MACP-517 Trauma Theory and Practice 3 cr.
  • MACP-473 Pre-practicum Counselling Skills Lab 0 cr.
  • MACP-525 Preparation for the M.A. Thesis 1 cr.

Term Credits = 10


Term 4


  • MACP-508 Master’s Practicum Seminar I 2 cr.
  • MACP-506 Master’s Practicum I 1 cr.
  • MACP-671 Structural and Sociocultural Bases of Health and Dysfunction 3 cr.
    or
  • MACP-663 Effective Couple and Family Counselling
    or
  • MACP-337 Group Psychotherapy
  • One of two required electives (see below) 3 cr.
  • MACP-526 M.A. Thesis I 1 cr.

Term Credits = 7 or 10


(Depending on whether an elective is taken this term)

Term 5


  • MACP-509 Master’s Practicum Seminar II 2 cr.
  • MACP-507 Master’s Practicum II 1 cr.
  • MACP-671 Structural and Sociocultural Bases of Health and Dysfunction 3 cr.
    or
  • MACP-663 Effective Couple and Family Counselling
    or
  • MACP-337 Group Psychotherapy 3 cr.
  • One of two required electives (see below) 3 cr.
  • MACP-527 M.A. Thesis II 1 cr.

Term Credits = 7 or 10


(Depending on whether an elective is taken this term)

Term 6


  • MACP-671 Structural and Sociocultural Bases of Health and Dysfunction 3 cr.
    or
  • MACP-663 Effective Couple and Family Counselling
    or
  • MACP-337 Group Psychotherapy
  • One of two required electives (see below) 3 cr.
  • MACP-528 M.A. Thesis III 1 cr.
  • MACP-995 Master’s Clinical Qualifying Examination 0 cr.

Term Credits = 4 or 7


(Depending on whether an elective is taken this term)

Total Credit Hours Required: 59


Clinical Elective Course Options


Students select two of the following five courses:

Fall Term


  • MACP-676 Introduction to Depth Psychology and Psychotherapy 3 cr.
  • MACP-569 Lifestyle and Career Development 3 cr.

Spring Term


  • MACP-673 Advanced Adlerian Psychotherapy 3 cr.
  • MACP-438 Introduction to Addictive Disorders 3 cr.

Summer Term


  • MACP-674 Introduction to Sex Therapy 3 cr.

Graduation Requirements


  1. Satisfactory completion of 59 required credit hours, including all required courses
  2. Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 700 clock hours of practicum
  3. Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 200 clock hours of Social Justice Practicum
  4. A cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher and no more than two grades or six credit hours of C
  5. Successful completion of the M.A. Thesis
  6. Successful completion of the Master’s Clinical Qualifying Examination
  7. Submission of completed Graduation Application and full payment of all outstanding tuition and fees

Admission Requirements


At Adler University, we take great pride in our diverse student body. Students represent a wide range of professional interests, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and academic and work histories. We admit individuals with a record of outstanding academic achievement and a commitment to social responsibility.

To be considered for admission, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • A baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution, preferably in psychology or counselling-related discipline.
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate or graduate coursework.
  • The equivalent of at least 12 semester credit hours in baccalaureate-level psychology coursework with a grade of C or better. These courses must include introductory psychology, abnormal psychology, research methods, and a fourth foundational course in life span/development.
  • Coursework or volunteer/work experience that involves the use of counselling-related skills and demonstrates counselling capacity is required.
  • Approved applicants will be evaluated through a writing sample and interview as the final step in the application process. Students must complete all coursework required for the program at Adler University- Vancouver Campus. The only exceptions to this policy are any courses accepted for transfer credit in accordance with the University’s official Transfer Credit policy. For full details about our admissions requirements, visit adler.edu.

Practicum - Vancouver Campus


An integral part of the M.A. in Counselling Psychology program at Adler is the acquisition of practical counselling and scholarly skills gained in field placements. Ongoing involvement in counselling and scholarly activities at professional training sites gives students the closely supervised opportunity to apply and further develop the knowledge, skills, values, and competencies they gain in coursework. Practicum training requirements begin with

a first-year Social Justice Practicum (SJP) that offers a service-learning experience and focuses on developing skills related to community-based interventions, advocacy, social justice, and systemic interventions that benefit human welfare and well-being. Counselling training provided in students’ second practicum focuses on developing the competencies needed to prepare students for entry-level practice at graduation. Because the focus is on integrating master’s-level education at Adler with master’s-level supervised counselling training, no transfer credit is granted for practica credits earned elsewhere. Students must successfully complete course prerequisites prior to being approved to begin their counselling practicum.

Social Justice Practicum (SJP)

Students completing first-year coursework will spend eight to 10 hours per week over the course of six months at an approved SJP site and must concurrently enroll in required coursework. A minimum of 200 clock hours of SJP is required. Students should contact the Manager of Community Action & Engagement, Vancouver Campus.

Socially Responsible Practice (SRP) Portfolio

Students must complete 50 hours of SRP-related programming offered by or required by the program and or campus. These 50 hours must be completed before the students sits for the MCQE.

Clinical Practicum

After completion of all first-year coursework, students should expect to spend two to three days per week over the course of eight to 12 months at an approved counselling practicum site. Students must concurrently enroll in practicum seminars during their first two semesters of field experience. Should the practicum experience extend beyond eight months or two semesters, students must enroll in MACP-610, practicum continued, which covers the requirements for third-party liablity insurance. There are no class meetings for MACP-610. A minimum 700 total clock hours of counselling practica are required to successfully complete the counselling clinical practicum. The Training Director mentors students to identify and obtain counselling practicum opportunities that meet the standards and requirements of the program. Students must familiarize themselves with the content of the counselling Clinical Practicum Handbook available on Adler Connect. Students are responsible for making themselves aware of the contents of the handbook and following procedures outlined therein. While enrolled in the practicum MACP-506, students need to be concurrently enrolled in the seminar MACP-508. While enrolled in the practicum MACP- 507, students need to be concurrently enrolled in the seminar MACP-509.

Please see course descriptions for prerequisites and corequistes for these courses.

M.A. Thesis - Vancouver Campus


Students are required to complete a research-based thesis as a capstone project of their MAC degree. Students begin the thesis process by reg­istering for Preparation for the M.A. Thesis (MACP-525). Once students register for MACP-525, they are required to continuously register in M.A. Thesis courses (MACP-526, MACP-527, and MACP-528) over the next three consecutive terms. Students who have not completed their thesis after registering for M.A. Thesis I, II & III are required to register for M.A. Thesis Continuation (MACP-529) in all subsequent terms until their thesis is completed and approved. Students receive a grade of IP (in progress) for any term in which they are making satisfactory progress on their thesis and a grade of NP (no progress) when they are failing to complete the project in a timely manner. (Please see the MACP Thesis Handbook for specific thesis timeline requirements.) When a student satisfactorily completes each major thesis component (i.e., the proposal and final thesis), a grade of CR (credit) will be issued for all courses, replacing the previous grades of IP.

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