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8 months - 770 Hrs.  Start Any Time. Completely Online (scroll down for detailed course outlines)

Counselling Skills Program Fee: $7600.00 Interest-free Payment plans are available. Books are approximately $900.00.

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. 

Potential students can challenge any of our courses, based on prior learning and if successful, would receive credit and the corresponding fee would be Pro-rated.

Government Financial assistance is available for eligible students who are Canadian citizens or landed immigrants, through the Canadian and provincial government student loan programs. Apply to Student Aid BC, or go to the Student Aid website for your Province or territory.

This program has been approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training. For all courses taken individually, these programs do not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training. As such, PTIB did not review those individual courses.

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 or This 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  (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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