Doctor of Philosophy in Counselling Psychology (PhD)

Quick Facts

Degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Subject
Education
Mode of delivery
On campus
Registration options
Full-time
Specialization
Counselling Psychology
Program Components
Dissertation
Faculty
Faculty of Education
 

Overview

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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Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

90
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22
22
22

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

6.5
6.0
6.0
6.0
6.0

Criminal Record Check

This program contains a practicum component for which a criminal record check is required.

GRE required?

Required by all applicants

Career Outcomes

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 Education
University of British Columbia (7)
Adler University (3)
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (2)
Trinity Western University (2)
Douglas College (2)
Simon Fraser University (2)
Smith College
Langara College
University of Chile
Royal Roads University
Sample Employers Outside Higher Education
A.T. Malcolm and Associates (2)
Surrey Memorial Hospital
Simon Cunningham School
Caribbean Mental Health Consultants
Richmond Counseling
Doctors of BC
Orion Health Rehabilitation Centres
Creative Transitions
Campbell and Fairweather Psychology Group
Grace Fertility
Sample Job Titles Outside Higher Education
Psychologist (14)
Registered Psychologist (3)
Senior Clinical Practice Manager
Clinical Psychologist
Counselling Pscyhology
Psychologist/ Performance Consultant
Psychotherapist
Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant/Clinical Counsellor
Counselor
Practice Initiative Lead
PhD Career Outcome Survey
You may view the full report on career outcomes of UBC PhD graduates on outcomes.grad.ubc.ca.
Disclaimer
These 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.
Career Options

Students will be prepared for careers as researchers, practitioners, and educators in a wide variety of settings including academic, clinical, community, business, private practice, and research. Our graduates hold positions such as staff psychologist, research manager, professor, director, department head, clinical counsellor, vocational rehabilitation consultant, team leader, behavioural consultant, group facilitator, and psychoanalyst.

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$102.00$165.00
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,600.60$2,811.98
Tuition per year$4,801.80$8,435.94
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$923.38 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
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.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

 20162015201420132012
Applications1522102528
Offers67757
New registrations65557
Total enrolment3533374140

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 81.82% based on 22 students admitted between 2004 - 2007. Based on 28 graduations between 2013 - 2016 the minimum time to completion is 2.99 years and the maximum time is 7.67 years with an average of 5.41 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 12 July 2017]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 29 September 2017].

Research Supervisors

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 (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 (Emotional disclosure, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Interpersonal relationships, Military veterans, Psychotherapy/Counseling process & outcome, Career decision making, Quantitative research methods)
  • Daniluk, Judith (infertility and reproductive technologies; women’s sexuality and reproductive health and decision-making; voluntary and involuntary childlessness; delayed and later childbearing; psychosocial consequences of infertility, Women)
  • Haverkamp, Beth (Counselling Process Research, Ethics and Professional Issues, Research Design)
  • Ishiyama, Fumio 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. 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)
  • Dr. Lucy Sarah McCullough
    "Dr. McCullough explored the psycho-social experience of mandated addiction treatment across different referral contexts. She developed a theory of engagement outlining how mandated clients actively choose, prepare for, and evaluate treatment. Her work highlights personal histories and quality supports and will have implications on treatment protocols." (November 2016)
  • Dr. Dianne Kathleen Westwood
    "Dr. Westwood explored the processes involved when clients and therapists worked with clients' positive emotional experiences in psychotherapy sessions. Her research highlighted how paying attention to positive affect in therapy has important impacts on therapy members, as well as the therapeutic relationship itself." (November 2016)
  • Dr. Mair Cayley
    "Dr. Cayley's research explored narratives of people who identify as non-binary, highlighting errors of the female-male gender system. Included were stories of violence, resistance, intersectionality and systemic oppression. This project represents trans voices and offers inclusive language, which widens the space of belonging for people of all genders." (November 2016)
 

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September 2018 Intake

Application Open Date
19 September 2017
Canadian Applicant Deadline
01 December 2017
International Applicant Deadline
01 December 2017

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