UVic launches new Master’s in Indigenous Communities Counselling

February 10, 2014

The University of Victoria has launched a new Master’s degree in Indigenous Communities Counselling leading to provincial and national certification, reportedly the first of its kind in Canada. The program provides coursework that follows national guidelines and certification requirements for professional counsellors, but is grounded in Indigenous ways of knowing and includes courses on spirituality and healing, cross-generational counselling, and topics on the importance of ceremony, culture and language. The 3-year program is offered part-time on campus and in the community, enabling learners to continue working and/or caring for families while studying. A pilot version of the program ran successfully in 2011-12; the first cohort of the new degree program began this January. “The program will directly address the urgent need for professional counsellors who are able to provide culturally relevant counselling services to Indigenous individuals, families and communities,” says Anne Marshall, an education professor who co-chaired the initial advisory committee that led to the program. UVic News Release