Counselling Skills Diploma


8 months - 770 Hrs.  Start Any Time. Online

Counselling Skills Program Fee: $4800.00 Interest-free Payment plans are available. Books are approximately $390.00.

Please note: All of our fees will be increasing by 15% as of September 1st. 2021. Even with the increase, our fees are comparatively lower than other similar Designated schools.

Orca Institute is pleased to announce a collaboration with Opening to Grace Training. OTG graduates receive training recognition, with course exemptions and a reduced Counselling program fee. 

Government Financial assistance is available for eligible students who are Canadian citizens or landed immigrants, through the Canadian and provincial government student loan programs.

Our Counselling Skills Diploma Program was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training. 


ACTA (Association of Counselling Therapists of Alberta) has stated that CCTA (College of Counselling Therapists of Alberta) will be proclaimed possibly as early as this summer. This has implications if you are living in other provinces as well. Orca Institute has provided a path to applying for membership in ACTA. To learn more about the upcoming changes watch this video and go to ACTA's website.


As an Associate School with ACCT, Orca Institute is offering this program to meet ACCT's RTC (Registered Therapeutic Counsellor) membership requirements.

We recommend that our graduate students become members of ACCT.

Please note: Our Counselling Skills Diploma Program is separate from our Counselling Hypnotherapy Diploma Program. A student is not required to take these courses to get their Diploma as a Counselling Hypnotherapist (Cand.) or their Basic Hypnotherapy Certificate. 

Please call Sheldon Bilsker, HT, RCC  at 604-808-3703 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 ACCT Membership Benefits
  • Offers members low-cost liability insurance
  • Client's Private extended medical insurance plan coverage (depending on plan and company)
  • Be well-positioned for possible Counsellor Regulation in BC and other non-regulated provinces.
  • Qualifies members to advertise in Psychology Today and Counselling BC.


Counselling Skills I
  • Basic Counselling Skills I (30hrs.)
  • Clinical Assessment (20hrs.)
  • Note Taking - Record Keeping (30 Hrs.)


Counselling Skills II
  • Abnormal Psychology (30hrs.)
  • Ethics in Counselling (30hrs.)
  • Family Therapy (30 Hrs.)


Counselling Skills III
  • DSM-V (30hrs.)
  • Group Therapy (30hrs.)
  • Trauma/Recovery (30hrs.)
Counselling Skills IV
  • Theory and Practical Group Therapy (30hrs.)
  • Person-Centred Therapy (30hrs.)
  • Foundational Ideas (30hrs.)
Counselling Skills V
  • Cultural Nature of Human Development (30hrs.)
  • Gestalt Therapy (30hrs.)
  • Narrative Therapy (30hrs.)
Counselling Skills VI
  • Multi-Cultural Counselling Pt. 1 (45hrs.)
  • Multi-Cultural Counselling Pt. 2 (45hrs.)


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