Become a Registered Counsellor
Through REAL connection we learn that who we are and what we have to offer is valuable.
Be a transformational agent in your own life and in the lives of others. If you have a deep desire to keep growing, learning and becoming your best self, if you empathize with other’s pain and want to ease that pain, if you see the potential in people and want to help them achieve that potential, then you have some of the foundational qualities of an effective counsellor. If you believe that integrated healing requires focusing on mind, body and spirit then our program is for you.
Our 3 year ‘Practitioners Training Program’ (PRAC) is an experiential, relational and transpersonal Counsellor Training Program that fosters the self awareness and relationship skills required to transform lives: including your own. Our program can be taken for professional or personal development purposes, and is suitable for, but not limited to a counselling career. PRAC is geared toward the working adult, with online and local Vancouver/Lower Mainland area classes once weekly beginning mid October and ending in June. Students may elect to take all 3 years consecutively, or not. Our Course Outline and Policies provides detailed information.
Practitioners training year 1: REAL you
The first year of PRAC is an adventure of self discovery, with your life as the curriculum. Self awareness is the foundation for relationship skill. To be a good counsellor, you must be personally familiar with the emotional territory that you will explore with your future clients. The first year of the program will introduce you to aspects of your real, authentic self that are essential for you to have REAL impact on those around you.
Human Development and Family Systems Theory are the focus of Year 1. Students engage in many creative learning activities and emotional processes designed to foster cognitive and emotional self awareness, so that reactive behaviour is minimized and proactive behaviour is maximized. This includes writing an autobiography, doing a family of origin study and presenting your family story. Many choose to take PRAC 1 for personal reasons, to become better parents, better partners and healthier, more fulfilled human beings.
For a sample overview of classes and readings for year 1, please see our PRAC 1 Curriculum Overview.
Training year 2: REAL connection
The PRAC evolutionary journey now shifts to the interpersonal dynamic, exploring self in connection with other. Students discover how to be in authentic contact with another, and how to be genuinely supportive and helpful. Most people’s ‘helping’ instinct is to ‘fix’ the situation or the person. In PRAC 2 we learn instead how to create REAL connection to reach people where they hurt, and from there to facilitate their natural healing impulse. Through this relationship process students develop a greater awareness of who they are and how to connect in an emotionally responsible way.
Year 2 is intensely focused on theory and practice of the experiential and relational schools of therapy that we believe are the foundation for lasting change. These include, but are not limited to, Person Centred, Gestalt, Existential, AEDP, ACT, Psychodrama, Buddhist/Mindfulness, Transpersonal and Somatic approaches. Although we incorporate these psychological approaches, ours remains a unique body of work. Learning activities in Year 2 lead the student to reframe pain into purpose, experiencing that who they are and what they have to offer is valuable.
For a sample overview of classes and readings for year 2, please see our PRAC 2 Curriculum Overview.
Practitioners training year 3: REAL impact
PRAC 3 continues with an exciting and challenging journey into leadership, integrating the learning and skills from year 1 and 2, as well as offering specific training in group therapy and leadership skills. The bulk of the 350 hour Counselling Practicum takes place in this final year of the program. Unlike many Counsellor Training Programs, we provide Practicum opportunities in house. Students benefit from professional supervision, allowing you to hone your skills responsibly under the guidance of experienced Counsellors.
This final year of integration and practice culminates with the student’s delivery of their ‘universal constitution’. Drawing from their work from year 1 and 2, students articulate a personal commitment to the values that will drive their decision making in life, and to their unique self-defined life purpose.
For a sample overview of classes and readings for year 3, please see our PRAC 3 Curriculum Overview.
We are now accepting applications for the upcoming year.
If you are ready to apply, please know you MUST read through the Course Outline and Policies prior to completing and sending your Application.
If you have questions or want to speak with our Client Services Director who handles PRAC applications, please click on the button below to email Olivia Nelson or call her at 1.800.210.0372 (ext 1). She is happy to answer any questions you might have.
Clearmind International Institute Inc. (#3151) is designated by the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry for Advanced Education in BC, and has an Education Quality Assurance designation. It is also accredited by the National Council of Psychotherapists in the UK. This means that the content of our program has been examined in detail, student and Instructor feedback has been solicited, and our administration procedures and policies have been examined, so that you may be assured we are operating in good standing. We are constantly working to improve our program, to maintain our standard of excellence and meet educational requirements as the Counselling profession evolves.
Upon completion of our program, students qualify to apply for registration in Canada and the United Kingdom. If you live in another country and are interested in our online program, please research the regulations for Counselling, if any, in your area. In Canada, graduates can apply with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists (ACCT) or the Canadian Professional Counsellor’s Association (CPCA) as ‘Registered Therapeutic or Professional Counsellors and will receive a Diploma in ’Transpersonal Counselling Psychology’. UK graduates can apply to the National Council of Psychotherapists (NCP). More information can be found in Registration, Accreditation, Certification and Licensing.
PRAC is the most transformative program we offer, providing comprehensive training in the relational skills required to be a positive influencer.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Transpersonal Psychology?
We are operating from a particular theoretical paradigm called ‘Transpersonal’, which more or less means ‘spiritual’. We believe that a holistic approach to healing includes mind, body and spirit. Our unique approach draws on the philosophy of A Course in Miracles as well as Buddhist Psychology. You need to be aware of this, particularly if you have firmly held beliefs (ie. religious) that may conflict with what we present. It is not our need that you “buy into” this paradigm; indeed, we would prefer that you think critically about how it fits you and your unique life perspective. We do ask, however, that you “try on” the concepts offered, and keep what works for you.
Why should I take your program instead of an M.A.?
The answer to this question depends on what kind of program you’re looking for, and what kind of counselling career you envision for yourself. Prac is geared toward those who want to open a private practice, and/or do their own thing in the field. Our program is more practical, self-reflective, and teaches a very specific model. Everything you learn, you will be applying to yourself, and practicing with others: starting with your classmates, and graduating to practicing with participants in our workshops under supervision (as part of your practicum). Our program is relational, experiential, and transpersonal. An M.A. will give you a broader education in many schools of therapy, academic writing and practical skill; our program will give you a cursory familiarity with main schools of therapy but will focus on the approaches we actively use and emphasizes application practical skill.
If you want a traditional agency career, you are best served with a traditional (ie. MA) education. In Canada, most agency work specifies an MA, in the UK membership in BACP. We have had grads successfully get more traditional jobs in agencies, health services or schools, but it is not the norm, and tends to happen because the organization is open to alternative approaches, because they see an individual’s ability, or someone in the organization is familiar with our approach.
Our program is for people who want to take our program, and learn our approach: this is why we require the Awakening as pre-requisite. At the end of our program, because of the applied nature of it, our students are highly self aware, and skilled at supporting others. We are extremely proud of our graduates, who consistently demonstrate a greater degree of comfort, skill and flexibility in the face of a client’s emotional distress than is typical of a beginning counsellor, because most programs do not provide the opportunity to work on self and practice navigating that emotional territory with others.
What kind of computer ability do I need?
Our campus and online programs use a Learning Management System (LMS) to provide reading material, access to video links including class recordings, exams, and access to Forums for class discussion. If you can navigate the internet, you will be able to us the LMS. Assignments are to be submitted in Microsoft Word, and Powerpoint. If you are not familiar with these commonly used programs, you will need to become familiar.
What is the cost of the program?
The cost for one year of PRAC is $5315 CDN. Applications can be made with a $150 Application Deposit which will be applied to the tuition once you are approved and you become a registered student. Early bird discounts on the full cost of tuition are available, inquire with firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We offer a payment plan that is spread out over 11 months, making the PRAC program affordable and accessible. In addition, we include the required practicum hours primarily in-house, making our program great value for money, as many other programs require students to find and/or pay separately for their practicum opportunity.
Do you offer student loans?
No. The BC Student Assistance Program requires that applicants be attending a full-time school; as we are a part-time program, assistance is not available through that avenue. There are some other financing options if you are pursuing your counselling training certification. There is Canadian federal government education relief and the Canadian government’s Lifelong Learning Plan, which allows you to withdraw repayable amounts from RRSPs to finance training or education. Or, ask your lender about personal educational loans. We also have a Tuition Relief Program where a portion (not exceeding half) can be gifted due to generous donations from our community members and Alumni.
What are the class sizes?
Our student/Instructor ratio is 15 to 1. For the most part, classes are in the mid-twenties and led by two Instructors. Our Instructors are heart-centred, professional and dedicated supervisory and/or practicing counsellors that abide by all the standards and ethics required of the profession through their governing bodies. In addition, higher level students and graduates ‘assist’ classes, offering help with learning activities as well as personal support. Our success rate for graduating among those taking it for Counsellor Training purposes is high due to the amount of support available.
What is the difference if I choose to take the program for Personal Development instead of Counsellor Training?
If you are doing the program for personal growth purposes, you will not have to write the exams or complete the practicum and supervision components that are required for the Diploma program. You have until the end of Prac 1 to decide if you wish to be in the diploma (Counsellor Training) stream. If you are in the Counsellor Training stream, you may opt out and choose to take the program for Personal Development at any time.
What kind of support is available to me after I graduate?
We offer ongoing group supervision, as supervision is a professional requirement for insured, registered counselling therapists (contact Client Services above – “Let’s talk about PRAC” button – for more information). We have established relationships with Alumni Partners that specialize in helping our recently graduated counsellors set up their private practice. We invite our registered, insured Graduates to appear in our Counsellor Directory (coming soon).