Counselling Skills III


Course Detail

Fee: CAD$998.00 plus CAD$100.00 Administrative Fee = CAD$1098.00

Students will read the required textbook or manual for each section below and answer a series of essay type questions relating to the material in the textbook. They will submit their answers by uploading them to their individual folder on Google Drive.

The Instructor will evaluate the answers and give the student a mark. 80% is a pass for each section. The student must attain an 80% average of all 3 courses to pass. A certificate will be given to a successful student.

The Instructor will provide support if needed for the duration of the program. Prospective students can challenge on the sections below based on prior learning.

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DSM V (30hrs.) $398.00
Course Detail:

Counsellors are not trained or authorized to make mental illness diagnoses. By the end of this course, students are introduced to the various updates of information presented in the new DSM-V and will have an understanding of the eight primary spectrums of mental illness and secondary mental illness disorders.

The objectives of the course are to look at mental illness across the spectrum of severity and symptoms.

Allowing the counsellor to understand the uniqueness of the client and their manifestation of mental illness from the DSM-5 perspective. With an emphasis on helping counsellors understand and remember complex mental illness ideas and concepts; through cartoons, mnemonic devices, summary tables and simple case studies.

Learning Objectives

To clearly understand changes in the new DSM-5.

To be introduced to the spectrum approach to mental illness.

A clear understanding of the eight spectrums of mental illness, the categories, and the full complement of symptoms.

The Depression Spectrum: Shallowness versus Despair, The Mania Spectrum: Boring versus Bipolar, The Anxiety Spectrum: Carelessness versus Anxiousness, The Psychosis Spectrum: Visionless versus Psychotic

The Focusing Spectrum: Attention Deficit Disorder versus Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

The Substance Abuse Spectrum: Ascetic versus Addicted,

The Autism Spectrum: Codependent versus Autistic

The Personality Spectrum: Neurotic versus Obnoxious.

A clear understanding of the secondary mental illness disorders: Trauma and stressor Related Disorders, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Neurocognitive Disorders, Dissociative disorders, Somatic Disorders, Feeding and Eating Disorders, Sleep Disorders, Gender Dysphoria, Sexual Dysfunctions, Paraphilic Disorders.

Required Book:

DSM-5 Insanely Simplified Unlocking the Spectrum within DSM-5 and ICD-10 By: Steven Busher, MD and Leonard Cruz, MD 2014 BY Chiron Publications


Gestalt Therapy

Course Detail:

Includes the theory, historical evolution, research and practice of Gestalt
This course is essential for graduate students and seasoned counsellors wishing to study how the Gestalt approach may be used with their clients in a practice. Including case studies.


Course Prerequisites Basic Counselling Skills 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the successful student will have reliably
demonstrated the ability to understand:

Gestalts valuable place within any therapeutic practice.
Gestalt Therapies views on the importance of counsellor? client relationship for healing and change..
Meaning making as a therapeutic tool used to create our own reality and understanding that reality.
Through case studies observe how Gestalt therapy is used in a practice and adapting them to your client's needs.
Neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology and Gestalt
Contemporary relational Gestalt Theory and Practice
Relational Gestalt Therapy into the future.


Required Book:

Theories of Psychotherapy Series
Jon Carlson and Matt Englar?Carlson, Series Editors
Gestalt Therapy by Gordon Wheeler and lena Axelsson, 2015 American Psychological Association, Washington, DC




Trauma and Recovery (30Hrs.)

Course fee: $398.00

Trauma and recovery is the crucial text to understanding trauma and trauma survivors.

This course will offer counselors research on domestic violence, combat and political terror. Trauma from the individual perspective as well as the societal perspective.

From the introduction: “Trauma and Recovery represents the fruits of two decades of research and clinical work with victims of sexual and domestic violence.

It also reflects A growing body of experience with many other traumatized people, particularly combat veterans and the victims of political terror.”

Learning Objectives

This course will offer students a deeper understanding of the complexities and diversity of PTSD and other trauma-related disorders.


trust issues.




The history of trauma Societal rules and trauma, trauma patterns, and perpetuating trauma.

The Stages of Recovery The Healing Relationship Rebuilding safety Restoring Control Memories and Mourning – Reconstructing the Story, Transforming Traumatic Memory

Finding self again.

Re-emerging back into the world.

The uniqueness of each person’s recovery process.


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