The Post Graduate Counsellor Residency Training Program provides people with degrees in psychology, social work or marriage and family therapy, a focused 12 month experience to develop your counselling skills and become confident practitioners, ready for employment in a variety of practice settings. Residents are assigned to a supervisor who will work with them over the course of the 12 month experience. Residents will receive one hour of individual supervision and two hours of group supervision each week. Residents are invited to participate in all training and workshops at Calgary Counselling Centre during their residency.

Professional Registration In Alberta

Calgary Counselling Centre’s Post Graduate Residency Training Program offers opportunities for Provisional Psychologists and Social Workers to complete the requirements for Registration with their Respective Colleges:

College of Alberta Psychologists

We offer a one-year Post Graduate Residency program for Provisional Registered Psychologists to complete the clinical hours and supervision required to become registered as a psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists. As part of Calgary Counselling Centre’s Post Graduate Counsellor Residency Training Program we prepare individuals for employment as they prepare for their registration as psychologists.

Alberta College of Social Workers

We offer a one-year Post Graduate Residency program for Provisional Registered Social Workers to complete the clinical hours and supervision required to become registered as a social worker the Alberta College of Social Workers. As part of Calgary Counselling Centre’s Post Graduate Counsellor Residency Training Program we prepare individuals for employment as they prepare for their registration as psychologists.

Funding

The Post-Graduate Counsellor Residency Training Program is a certified educational institution with Employment and Social Development Canada.  

As a certified educational institution, students may claim a tuition tax credit and if applicable withdraw funds from an RESP account to support their cost of tuition. Calgary Counselling Centre residents in the post graduate Counsellor Residency Training Program are typically not taxed unless they have additional income from other sources.

Residents are not eligible for student loans and cannot defer interest or repayments on federal or provincial student loans. Residents are ineligible for federal loans and grants. There may still be provincial loans or grants available as other options for students. If residents on low income require financial assistance, there are options for loan repayment assistance or adjusting payment terms etc. Residents need to explore their individual options.  

The Alberta Government’s Student Aid website includes the contact information for the provincial (MyLoan) and federal (NSLSC) student loan departments. Each province is mandated to approve federal loans therefore the student aid website is a great resource.

Program Requirements

Residents are full-time students in a certified training program. Residents receive a total bursary of $30,000. The cost of tuition/course work is $12,000. Tuition is deducted from semi-monthly bursary payments.

The Residency has the following requirements in the 12-month program:

  • 816 face-to-face counselling hours

  • 144 group counselling hours

  • Weekly training seminars on Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. – to 12 p.m. or from 1 to 4 p.m.

  • Group Training

  • One shift per month in the call centre

  • One on-call shift per month

Residents are expected to be onsite 35 hours per week excluding breaks.

Residency positions become available throughout the year.

The Post-Graduate Counsellor Residency Training Program at Calgary Counselling Centre is recognized by Alberta Advanced Education and Technology as a Private Educational Institution and is a certified educational institution with Canada Employment and Social Development.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for the Post Graduate Counsellor Residency Training Program, applicants must meet the following minimum admission requirements:

  • A Master’s degree from a recognized university with a major in counselling psychology, clinical psychology, educational psychology or social work . Preference is given to candidates who have already had their credentials approved by either the College of Alberta Psychologists or the Alberta College of Social Workers.

  • Two reference letters by professional or academic sources. The letters comment on the motivation and ability of the applicant to complete advanced training in counselling practice

  • A resume or curriculum vitae.

  • An application letter, stating interest, qualifications and experience relevant to counselling. Applicants may also comment on how this program will help them meet their career goals.

  • Unofficial transcript from most recent Master’s Degree.

  • Police Check and Child Intervention Check. We will help you with both of these.

Application Process

Contact our Student Services Administrator to request the application package. Once we’ve received the application and all supporting documents, we’ll set up an interview with a supervisor. The applicant will be contacted after the interview. All admission decisions are final. For more information contact our Student Services Administrator.