Undergraduate Programs
University Certificate in Counselling Women
Regulations effective September 1, 2007

The University Certificate in Counselling Women applies contemporary feminist theory to the practice of counselling. The program develops basic counselling skills with a particular emphasis on acquiring crisis intervention skills.

The program is ideal for professionals and volunteers—crisis workers, social workers, family life educators, adult educators, nurses, teachers, and vocational counsellors—who will acquire the skills to help women solve specific and everyday problems. The University has also developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating.

Students holding a Diploma in Social Work should choose electives in consultation with an Athabasca University advisor to ensure the electives meet the requirements of the UCCW, BPA Human Services and B. Health Administration.  

The elective courses can consist of Athabasca University courses and approved courses from other institutions. The certificate can be transferred to other programs at Athabasca University and other universities if the courses fit the requirements at the receiving institution. Students who are planning to complete the certificate in one year (based on a full-time Student Finance study plan) should first discuss their plan with the Program Coordinator.

Athabasca University advisors have developed a Program Plan.
Visit the Women's Studies Homepage. Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.


  Total credits in the program 30
  Required credits 21
  Elective credits 9
  Through Athabasca University (residency requirement) 6
  Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credits 15
  General certificate regulations  
  Required Courses (21 credits)
PSYC 343 Issues and Strategies in Counselling Women (6)
WMST 266 Thinking From Women's Lives: An Introduction to
Women's Studies
WMST 302 Communication Skills: Feminist Practice (3)
WMST 310 Feminist Approaches to Counselling Women (3)
WMST 321 Advocacy from the Margins (3)
WMST 499 Applied Project (3)



Electives (select 9 credits from the following)

Alternative courses not listed below may be acceptable with permission of the program coordinator.

ANTH 375 The Anthropology of Gender (3)
CRJS 352 Victims of Crimes (3)
ENGL 255 Introductory Composition (3)
ENGL 307 Women in Literature (3)
ENGL 308 Native Literature in Canada (3)
ENGL 351 Comparative Canadian Literature I (3)
HIST 363 The Women's West: Women and the Settlement Frontier after 1870 (3)
HIST 365 Girls and Women in Urban Canada, 1880 to 1940 (3)
INST 358 Aboriginal Women in Canadian Contemporary Society (3)
LBST 331 Women, Workers, And Farmers: Histories of North American Popular Resistance (3)
LBST 332 Women and Unions (3)
POLI 350 Women in Canadian Politics (3)
SOCI 345 Women and Work in Canada (3)
  Any senior (300 or 400) level
WMST course(s)

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