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Athabasca University

University Certificate in Counselling Women

Regulations effective September 1, 2016.

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.

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.


Program Plans

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: Your Career and Athabasca University." Athabasca University has also developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating.

Visit the Women’s Studies Homepage. Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

Program Structure
Total credits in the program 30
Required credits 21
Elective credits 9
Residency requirement. A minimum of 6 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University 6
Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credits 15

General certificate regulations

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 – Feminist Practice (3)
WGST 310 Feminist Approaches to Counselling Women (3)
WGST 499 Final 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/WGST 363 The Women’s West: Women and the Settlement Frontier after 1870 (3)
HIST/WGST 365 Girls and Women in Urban Canada, 1880 to 1940 (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 and Work in Canada (3)
  And any senior (300 or 400) level
WGST course


Information effective Sept. 1, 2016 to Aug. 31, 2017.

Updated June 28 2016 by laurab

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