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Applied Counselling

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At a glance

Program Length: 2 to 5 years, part-time
Credential: Earn a Certificate in Applied Counselling from the University of Manitoba
Streams: Choice of General Stream or Specialization in Addictions Studies. The Specialization in Addictions Studies combines program courses with courses from the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba.

What Applied Counselling graduates and students say

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“I am working for Manitoba Schizophrenia Society as a peer support worker and I use the information I learned every day. The instructors were phenomenal. With their life experiences, they brought so much to the program. It’s a great community of teachers and students, and I’ve made friendships I will cherish my entire life. I had a prof actually call me and ask my opinion on one of his clients. It’s kind of neat to be looked at as an equal. If I had one choice in life and I had unlimited money, I would spend my entire life as a student, just learning. Do it. It’s one of the greatest things you’ll ever do in your life.”

Matt MacRae
Applied Counselling Grad





“The program was very informative, very rewarding both personally and professionally as far as skills I could apply in my daily life and work. Being more supportive versus advice-driven, that’s the difference. As a counselor, you are more of a listening ear and sometimes people just need to know they are the experts on their own life and the things they need to work through. I am more knowledgeable now about resources that I can offer. I thought this program would be helpful to build my skills and my comfort level in helping others… It was very well worth it. ”

Bonnie Murray
Applied Counselling Grad





“Thirty years ago, when I was doing my Bachelor of Education, I noticed an older woman in class next to me and I thought, what is she doing in university at her age? Now I understand. Life is a journey and it is about learning. Give it a chance. Start with one course. I actually think you’ll like it.”

Helen Guenther
Applied Counselling Student


Study counselling

This program is ideal if you work or volunteer in a counselling context, as a professional or paraprofessional counsellor. For those without counselling experience, it is recommended that you seek out volunteer opportunities prior to or while you are in the program. It is important that you have an opportunity to practice the skills you learn in class with actual clients on a regular basis.

With your program application form, you must submit a self-declaration of an adult criminal record and a self-declaration of a child abuse registry record. Official checks issued within the past six months will be required prior to graduation. Letters of reference and an interview may also be required prior to admission to the program.

Your suitability

The program focuses on the development of practical counselling strategies. It is not intended to be therapeutic and it is expected that participants have dealt with traumatic issues, in some manner, prior to entering the program. You must be willing to reflect critically on personal values and attitudes and not carry any discrimination with you, be ready to actively participate as a learner and demonstrate skills learned in practice situations, and be willing to address and resolve conflicts respectfully, maintaining professional and ethical behavior according to the Counselling Code of Ethics, and disclosing any criminal conviction and child abuse record that may occur while in the program.

Personal unsuitability may prevent someone from being admitted to the program or require that they withdraw.


Counselling Skills Level 1 (COUN 0100) is the foundational course for the program and must be completed before any other required courses. Capstone Course (COUN 0400) is the final course of the program and can only be taken after all other required courses have been completed.
All courses in the ACC program are screening courses and students must adhere to the personal suitability criteria listed above throughout the entire program. Students must obtain a minimum grade of C+ in each course (including Addictions Foundation of Manitoba courses) and maintain 90% attendance in order to receive a passing grade.

Offered in Fall 2021 only:
COUN 0902 Special Topics in Counselling 2
(30-hour general stream elective course)
Prerequisite: a grade of no less than C+ in COUN 0100
* Students cannot receive credit for both this course and the Fall 2020 offering of COUN 0900 Special Topics in Counselling 1



Plan Ahead Course Schedule
SPRING/SUMMERCOUN 0202Counselling Theories (REQ)
COUN 0250Crisis Counselling (ELE)
COUN 0110Foundations of Case Management (ELE)
COUN 0100Counselling Skills Level I (REQ)
COUN 0256Mental Health Issues and Co-Occuring Addictions in Human Resource Delivery (ELE)
FALLCOUN 0100Counselling Skills Level I (REQ)
COUN 0200Counselling Skills Level II (REQ)
COUN 0242Working with Groups (REQ)
COUN 0252Understanding Family Violence (ELE)
COUN 0902Special Topics in Counselling 2 (ELE)
WINTERCOUN 0300 Counselling Skills Level III (REQ)
COUN 0400Capstone Course (REQ)
COUN 0240Working with Families (REQ)
COUN 0254Caring for the Caregiver (ELE)
COUN 0258Anger Management (ELE)

General Stream

Required Courses (210 hours)

• COUN 0100 Counselling Skills - Level I (30 hours)
• COUN 0200 Counselling Skills - Level II (30 hours)
• COUN 0300 Counselling Skills - Level III (30 hours)
• COUN 0202 Counselling Theories (30 hours)
• COUN 0240 Working with Families (30 hours)
• COUN 0242 Working with Groups (30 hours)
• COUN 0400 Capstone (30 hours)

Elective Courses (minimum of 100 hours required)
  • COUN 0258 Anger Management (20 hours)
  • COUN 0254 Caring for the Caregiver (20 hours)
  • COUN 0250 Crisis Counselling (20 hours)
  • COUN 0110 Foundations of Case Management (21 hours)
  • COUN 0256 Mental Health Issues and Co-Occurring Addictions in Human Services Delivery (30 hours)
  • COUN 0252 Understanding Family Violence (30 hours)
  • COUN 0902 Special Topics in Counselling (30 hours)
    Offered in Fall 2021 ONLY
  • * Students cannot receive credit for both this course and the Fall 2020 offering of COUN 0900 Special Topics in Counselling 1


Specialization in Addiction Studies

Required Courses

Required UM Courses (210 hours)

  • COUN 0100 Counselling Skills - Level I (30 hours)
  • COUN 0200 Counselling Skills - Level II (30 hours)
  • COUN 0300 Counselling Skills - Level III (30 hours)
  • COUN 0202 Counselling Theories (30 hours)
  • COUN 0240 Working with Families (30 hours)
  • COUN 0242 Working with Groups (30 hours)
  • COUN 0400 Capstone (30 hours)

Required AFM Courses (40 hours)

Elective Courses

Specialization in Addiction Studies

Apply to the Program

  1. Fill Out an Application Form

    Download and submit a completed Program Application Form.
    Program Application Form


  2. Gather Your Transcripts

    Submit transcripts of the highest level of education you have completed. Student copies or photocopies are not acceptable.

    Transcripts become the property of University of Manitoba and will not be returned.
    Submit any other required supporting documents (e.g., letters of reference, letter of intent).


  3. Complete the Forms


  4. Submit the completed application form, self-declarations and transcripts by mail or email to:

    Student and Instructor Services
    185 Extended Education Complex
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2


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  1. Select a course and Click "Register" for a course in the term you wish to begin

  2. "Submit" the Registration Form

  3. Pay for the course

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Note:  To register for additional courses, return to the program page and repeat the process above.


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Note: AFM Courses must be transferred into your program.


How do I transfer my AFM courses into my program?

Students seeking credit in the Specialization in Addictions Studies must submit a request to have their completed AFM courses transferred into their program. Students must complete the AFM Course Transfer Request Form and submit it along with a copy of the AFM grade letter for each course being transferred into the ACC program. Requests should be sent to Student and Instructor Services at or 185 Extended Education Complex, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2.

What are the graduation requirements?

In order to graduate from the Applied Counselling Certificate program, students must submit original copies of their current Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse Registry Check prior to receiving approval to graduate.

Criminal Record Checks must be conducted by the local police agency in the jurisdiction where the student lives. We will not accept record checks from third parties.

Child Abuse Registry Checks are conducted by the Government of Manitoba.

The Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse Registry Check must be issued within the 6 months prior to the student’s graduation date.

Important Deadlines:

  • Processing times vary, so students should allow 4-6 weeks for the checks to be issued.
  • Students should provide both checks to Extended Education approximately 6-8 weeks prior to graduation.

Why are self-declarations required for admission?

Extended Education undertakes to ensure that all persons admitted to the program have not engaged in behaviour that is regarded as physically and/or mentally harmful to others. Two self-declarations are required as part of the application process: self-declaration of an adult criminal record and self-declaration of a child abuse registry record.

Prior to graduating from the program, students are required to submit an official Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse Registry Check.

If you are on the Child Abuse Registry, you will not be eligible to register in the program.

What are the admission requirements?

Grade 12 diploma or equivalent, or mature student status

Proof of English language proficiency (if primary language is not English)

What are the fees?

For Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents:

  • $100 program application fee
  • $515 per 30 hour UM course
  • $340 per 20 hour UM course
  • AFM course fees as indicated on the AFM website

All fees are subject to change.