Regulations effective September 1, 2020.
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 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.
Visit the Women's and Gender Studies Homepage.
Our online program plans can assist you in selecting the courses needed to fulfill your program requirements.
Counselling Services offers an assessment website, Mapping Your Future. Athabasca University has also developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating.
Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.
|Total credits in the program||30|
|Residency requirement. A minimum of 6 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University||6|
|Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credits||15|
Required Courses (21 credits)
|HSRV/WGST 421||Advocacy from the Margins||(3)|
|PSYC 345||The Psychology of Women||(3)|
|PSYC 347||Introduction to Feminist Counselling||(3)|
|WGST 266||Thinking From Women’s Lives: An Introduction to Women’s Studies||(3)|
|WGST 302||Communication Skills and Counselling Practice||(3)|
|WGST 310||Feminist Approaches to Counselling Women||(3)|
|WGST 499||Final Project||(3)|
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||Indigenous Literature in Canada||(3)|
|ENGL 351||Comparative Canadian Literature I||(3)|
|INST 358||Aboriginal Women in Canada||(3)|
|LBST/SOCI/WGST 332||Women and Unions||(3)|
|POLI 350||Women in Canadian Politics||(3)|
|SOCI/WGST 345||Women, Gender and Work in Canada||(3)|
|And any senior (300 or 400) level
Information effective Sept. 1, 2020 to Aug. 31, 2021.
Updated June 25 2021 by laurab