Teaching Counselling Theory and Skills: A Scoping Review of Canadian Graduate Counselling Psychology Coursework

Gregory E. Harris, Katie A. Flood


This article describes a scoping review and content analysis of Canadian counselling and counselling psychology graduate coursework focused on counselling and psychotherapy preparation. The authors explored the coursework of 24 graduate-level master’s programs and received relevant syllabi from 11 of these programs. Through a content analysis framework, multiple themes were identified, including areas such as course description, objectives, structures, expectations, readings, and evaluations/assignments. Implications for teaching and training are discussed along with considerations for future research.


counselling skills; counselling theory; counsellor preperation; counsellor training

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