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Diploma of Applied Psychology and Counselling

Learn the skills to become a Professional Counsellor or Practice Psychotherapy

Applied Psychology and Counselling Student

The Diploma in Applied Psychology and Counselling is an accelerated, online program that can be completed in just one year. This customized Diploma allows you to choose from two areas of specialization -- professional counselling, or the practice of psychotherapy.

What is the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy?


Psychotherapists and counsellors are skilled in the major theories and techniques used to treat clients’ emotional distress. Both qualify for designation as mental health providers through various professional associations. The differences between the two disciplines are based on severity of clients’ symptoms; length and depth of treatment; and level of the practitioner’s training and clinical experience. A counsellor typically treats mental health issues that are less severe and shorter in duration than those that require psychotherapeutic interventions.

What will you learn in the Diploma program?

KCPC takes a laser-like approach to training…zeroing in on applied theories and specific skills so graduates are prepared to hit the ground running.

The specialization in Professional Counselling, leads to entry-level employment in mental health agencies and private practice.

The specialization in the Practice of Psychotherapy prepares entry-to-mid level mental health professionals for careers in community agencies, or private practice.

How is the program structured?

The Diploma in Applied Psychology and Counselling includes 16 core courses (980 hours of study) that can be completed in one year.

Distance Education:
Students study from the comfort and convenience of home; texts and study materials are delivered right to your door.

Hands-on skill practice:
Interactive assignments focus on skill development; over 200 demonstration videos, case studies, and online participation. Practice sessions with volunteer 'clients' simulate real counselling situations, putting you in the role of the counsellor or therapist. The skills you learn are readily transferable to employment settings.

Study on campus  
On-campus study groups are optional for students wanting additional skill practice to supplement the Distance Learning experience.

Independent learning
The application of therapeutic techniques requires the ability to analyze and process complex information as it emerges in real life therapy situations. KCPC’s curriculum is specifically designed to strengthen critical thinking abilities related to the practice of counselling and psychotherapy.

Academic Preparation:
The curriculum covers major theories and techniques drawn from psychology, social work, and counselling. This broad information-base builds competency required for clinical practice, and is relevant for students who choose to continue their education in the University system.

Personal Awareness:
Self-awareness and effective use of the self in the therapeutic setting are essential characteristics of effective counsellors and psychotherapists. Although not meant to be a substitute for professional counselling, each course provides students the opportunity to gain valuable personal insights.

What about employment?

Although KCPC cannot guarantee job placements, graduates are prepared for employment with public agencies or private practice; and have the skills to treat a variety of mental health concerns:

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