Doctor of Philosophy in Counselling Psychology (PhD)
The Counselling Psychology Program, in line with the mission of the research-intensive University of British Columbia, creates, advances and critically examines knowledge in counselling psychology, especially with respect to its validity, applicability, limits, and interface with other disciplines. In developing and applying pertinent and innovative research methodologies, the Counselling Psychology Program relies upon and builds qualitative and quantitative evidence to determine effective counselling interventions in educational, community, health, and occupational settings.
Our Doctoral Program is accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association and follows the scientist-practitioner model for the education of counselling psychologists: students receive a substantial education as both researchers and professional psychologists. Designed for those with relevant experience who want to gain doctoral level competence, this program enhances research, counselling theory, and counselling skills.
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Date: Wednesday, 21 November 2018
Time: 10:00 to 11:00
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Date: Friday, 23 November 2018
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Deadline to submit online application. No changes can be made to the application after submission.Transcript Deadline
Deadline to upload scans of official transcripts through the applicant portal in support of a submitted application. Information for accessing the applicant portal will be provided after submitting an online application for admission.Referee Deadline
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September 2019 Intake
Application Open Date19 September 2018
All full-time students who begin a UBC-Vancouver PhD program in September 2018 or later will be provided with a funding package of at least $18,000 for each of the first four years of their PhD. The funding package may consist of any combination of internal or external awards, teaching-related work, research assistantships, and graduate academic assistantships. Please note that many graduate programs provide funding packages that are substantially greater than $18,000 per year. Please check with your prospective graduate program for specific details of the funding provided to its PhD students.
52 students graduated between 2005 and 2013. Of these, career information was obtained for 50 alumni (based on research conducted between Feb-May 2016):
RI (Research-Intensive) Faculty: typically tenure-track faculty positions (equivalent of the North American Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor positions) in PhD-granting institutions
TI (Teaching-Intensive) Faculty: typically full-time faculty positions in colleges or in institutions not granting PhDs, and teaching faculty at PhD-granting institutions
Term Faculty: faculty in term appointments (e.g. sessional lecturers, visiting assistant professors, etc.)
Sample Employers in Higher EducationUniversity of British Columbia (7)
Adler University (3)
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (2)
Trinity Western University (2)
Douglas College (2)
Simon Fraser University (2)
University of Chile
Royal Roads University
Sample Employers Outside Higher EducationA.T. Malcolm and Associates (2)
Surrey Memorial Hospital
Simon Cunningham School
Caribbean Mental Health Consultants
Doctors of BC
Orion Health Rehabilitation Centres
Campbell and Fairweather Psychology Group
Sample Job Titles Outside Higher EducationPsychologist (14)
Registered Psychologist (3)
Senior Clinical Practice Manager
Psychologist/ Performance Consultant
Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant/Clinical Counsellor
Practice Initiative Lead
PhD Career Outcome SurveyYou may view the full report on career outcomes of UBC PhD graduates on outcomes.grad.ubc.ca.
DisclaimerThese data represent historical employment information and do not guarantee future employment prospects for graduates of this program. They are for informational purposes only. Data were collected through either alumni surveys or internet research.
Tuition / Program Costs
|Fees||Canadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / Diplomat||International|
|Installments per year||3||3|
|Tuition per installment||$1,632.61||$2,868.22|
|Tuition per year||$4,897.83||$8,604.66|
|Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible)||$3,200.00 (-)|
|Other Fees and Costs|
|Student Fees (yearly)||$930.14 (approx.)|
|Costs of living (yearly)||starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)|
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.
Completion Rates & Times
Upcoming Doctoral Exams
Wednesday, 5 December 2018 - 12:30pm - Room 2012, PCOH Ponderosa Commons, 6445 University Blvd
This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.
Amundson, Norman (Creativity, imagination and metaphors)
Bedi, Robinder (Educational Counselling, Substance use counselling, Counselling/psychotherapy in India, Counselling/mental health with Indo-Canadians, Counselling psychology disciplinary and professional issues)
Borgen, William (Career Counselling, Career/life transitions, Developmental approaches to counselling, Group counselling)
Buchanan, Marla (Counsellor Stress, Narrative Inquiry, School Counselling, Traumatic Stress)
Cox, Daniel (Motivations and Emotions, Anxiety, Depression, Mental Health and Society, Stress, Suicide)
Daniluk, Judith (Interpersonal Communication, Women' sexuality and reproductive health, developmental transitions, clinical supervision)
Haverkamp, Beth (Counselling Process Research, Ethics and Professional Issues, Research Design)
Ishiyama, Ishu (Multicultural/Cross-cultural Counselling and Psychotherapy, Multicultural Counselling Competency Development, Anti-discrimination and Prejudice Reduction, Japanese Morita Therapy and Asian Perspectives on Helping and Healing, Social-Cultural Competency Training, Self-Validation Issues in Personal and Cross-cultural Transition and Adjustment, Social Anxiety and Interpersonal Skills Training, Spiritual Issues in Counselling, Help-Seeking and Help-Avoiding, Use of Metaphors in Counselling and Supervision, Clinical Racism Issues in counselling Training and Practice)
Schultz, Izabela (psychological and neuropsychological aspects of disability, Brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder, Chronic pain, Conceptual models of disability and return to work, Early identification of risk for disability and intervention with at risk workers, Psychological and neuropsychological assessment in personal injury and workers)
Young, Richard (parent-adolescent interaction (conversations); career development, particularly as a function of family influence, Vocational Psychology)
Recent Doctoral Citations
- Dr. Enza Maria Patrizia Tavormina
"Dr. Tavormina completed her research in Counselling Psychology. Her research comprised a qualitative micro-analysis of the process of attunement, disruption and repair in the therapist/client dyad. Her study filled in a significant gap in the literature, informed existing theory on affect regulation, attachment, and the change process in therapy." (November 2017)
- Dr. Kirsten Elsa Maier
"Dr. Maier studied the experience of therapists when providing counselling about the human journey of spiritual development. The results show how spiritual counselling looks for an enlivening thread in life and fits with counselling theory. Her research contributes to knowledge for psychologists about working competently with spirituality in clinical practice." (November 2017)
- Dr. Maria Timm
"Dr. Timm studied building online rapport with suicidal clients. She found that counsellors with rapport interacted in a genuine, often informal manner. In chats without rapport, clients perceived the chats as scripted, robotic, and circular. The results suggest that traditional counselling techniques may require revision in an online environment." (November 2017)
- Dr. Kirby Leigh Huminuik
"Dr. Huminuik investigated the mental health implications of Canada's refugee policy. Given that many refugees have survived torture and persecution, she concludes that a systemic trauma-informed approach could increase protection for claimants. Her findings contribute to the field of psychology and will inform professionals who serve refugees." (May 2017)
- Dr. Lauri Marie Mills
"Dr. Mills explored the cultivation of mindfulness with university students who struggle with mental health issues. She found specific practices, mindfulness groups, and support of others to be important factors for students. This research gives deeper understanding of how counseling centers might help students use mindfulness as a part of treatment." (November 2016)