Problem-Based Learning in Counsellor Education

  • John B. Stewart


In this article, the author discusses the principles o f problem based learning and their application to graduate level counsellor education. Problem-based learning is an educational approach using a problem statement, around which new information and skill development is initiated via a process which utilizes professional critical thinking and reasoning skills. Using this approach, counsellor education programs can be conceptualized around three phases: an essential theory and skills phase accenting broad theoretical parameters and skill development; a problem-based learning phase integrating additional information using critical thinking and reasoning skills; and an internship phase where students apply their learning in a professional context.
How to Cite
Stewart, J. B. (2007). Problem-Based Learning in Counsellor Education. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 32(1). Retrieved from
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