Human Services Counselor

 Oulton College Human Services Counselor Diploma Program prepares you for a career that gives you the opportunity to provide support and counseling to families and individuals in need. In an interactive classroom setting and through practical experience, you will gather the skills needed to work effectively with adults, families, individuals with exceptionalities and individuals living with mental health issues.

You will receive individual attention from our industry-tested instructors in order to learn the skills and knowledge that will combine with your passion to pave the way for an amazingly fulfilling career.

Our Human Services Counselor Program provide hands-on practical experience and training in:

  • Communications: basic counseling skills and techniques necessary to communicate appropriately with staff, clients, families and other human services care providers.
  • Interpersonal Relationships: principles and practices to develop collaborative and positive relationships.
  • Psychology: knowledge on such topics as motivation, personality, abnormal behavior, emotion, development, social processes and psychotherapy.
  • Behavior Management: applied behavioral techniques used to modify behavior.
  • Advocacy, Conflict Resolution and Group Facilitation.
  • Community Development and Social Policy.
  • Certification in ASIST: Suicide Intervention.
  • Certification in CPI: Non-Violent Crisis Intervention.

This comprehensive 15-month program is combined with two Practicums, one which is 8-weeks in length and the other which is 12-weeks in length. These Practicum placements will connect you to prospective employers and allow you to practice and refine the skills you have learned. This is a valuable experience you can put on your resume.

If you are a caring, compassionate person that wants to have an impact in the lives of others and are interested in helping out in your community, then our Human Services Counselor Program may be just the program for you. This program has an articulation agreement with Crandall University if you wish you continue in that path.

Term (Year 1): September - July
Term (Year 2): August - November

Practicum: 8 weeks (Year 1) and 12 weeks (Year 2)

Articulation: This program has an articulation agreement with Crandall University.

Career Choices

Graduates from our Human Services Counselor program will be prepared for employment in the human service, mental health and community living fields. You will learn to build purposeful relationships that promote increased levels on health and wellbeing in individuals, families and groups within the community.

  • Residential Care Worker
  • Adult or Family Support Worker
  • Street Intervention Worker
  • Gerontology Worker
  • Victim Support Worker
  • Crisis Intervention Counselor
  • Community Outreach Worker
  • Non-Profit Worker
  • Transition House Counselor
  • Advocate
  • Life Skills Instructor
  • Career/Employment Counselor

You Will Learn

  • Counseling Advocacy Skills
  • Social Role Valorization
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Group Facilitation/Program Planning
  • Knowledge of Community Development
  • Social Policy
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills
  • Non-violent Crisis Intervention
  • Hepatitis C and STBBI Intervention and Prevention
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Skills Training
  • Ally Training (LGBTQ Awareness & Sensitivity)

Course Descriptions

Foundation of Human Services

Students will explore the foundation of generalist human service work practice. Through an interactive class students will discuss the profession’s historical roots, examine essential components of sound practice, and problem solving processes and review best practices. Students will explore interdisciplinary approaches and discuss ethical dilemmas.

Interpersonal Relationship

This course will introduce students to the principles and practices of the human relationship. Students will have opportunity to integrate theory and skills development as they begin to recognize the process of human interaction. Giving and receiving feedback, needs, assertiveness, self-esteem, and conflict resolution are emphasized as important influences on interpersonal communication skills. Students will learn to develop collaborative and positive relationships. Focus will be placed on self-exploration and experiential learning.

Lifespan Development

This course will explore lifespan development (birth to death). Students will develop an understanding of social, emotional, physical, moral, and cognitive growth exploring widely accepted theories. Students will apply these theories to an observational learning experience.

Self Care

Students will have the opportunity to explore and examine areas of personal stress and their maintaining variables. Traditional and holistic methods of self-care will be examined in this applied course.

Crime, Punishment, and Reintegration

This course gives students a foundation of knowledge of the Canadian legal system necessary for them to properly advocate and support their future clients. Students will learn special considerations in human rights, consent and capacity, mental illness, restorative justice, and youth criminal justice. Students will also explore various provincial acts that apply to the field, observe court proceedings, and hear from several guest speakers.

Fundamental Skills in Interviewing

This course emphasizes the necessary skills to begin any helping relationship. Basic helping skills will be examined and practiced – active listening, reflecting, leading, challenging, paraphrasing, summarizing, etc. – through lectures, class discussions and role play demonstrations.

Introduction and Advanced Crisis Intervention

These courses will provide students with theoretical knowledge and practical skills for managing crisis situations. Based on the premise that “Crisis is Opportunity”, Introduction to Crisis Intervention teaches students introductory intervention methods and safe practices through activities, self-reflection, and script writing. Certifications include Non-Violent Crisis Intervention and Suicide Intervention. In Advanced Crisis Intervention, Students develop a deeper understanding of crisis intervention and focus primarily on learning more advanced techniques required to implement the stages of Life Space Crisis Intervention.

The Family-System, Issues, and Helping

This course will examine the family system; its communication patterns, rules, and life cycle. Students will have the opportunity to review historical and current practices through a literature review and instructor led lectures. Students will also be introduced to the process of assessment, engagement, empowerment and discharge as it relates to working with at-risk families. Students will gain skills for working with families, as well as facilitating skill development in families. Students will examine their own family system as well as gain the skills required to work effectively with traditional and non-traditional family structures.

Abnormal Psychology

Students will study the procedure and DSM-V criteria associated with being diagnosed with mental health illnesses. Areas to be explored include, but are not limited to, Bipolar Disorder, Mood Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Schizophrenia. Students will learn the symptoms and behaviours associated with the above mental illnesses, through case studies, videos, and a variety of instructor led demonstrations. Students will explore and research prevention and treatments including psychotherapy, group therapy, psychoeducational therapy, and psychopharmacological treatments.

Behaviour Management

This course introduces the student to a wide variety of applied behavioral techniques used to modify behavior. The course will assist the student in observing behavior in an objective and analytical manner. Classical and operant conditioning theories and procedures will be emphasized in a practical manner and implemented through case studies.

Group Dynamics and Therapeutic Activity Planning

This course provides opportunities for the student to utilize the skills and techniques of the group process in social and work situations. The focus is on group behavior in therapeutic settings and the use of various techniques, methods and approaches within the group process with children, youth and their families. Students will apply this theoretical knowledge to a group therapeutic activity planning project.

Abuse

This course will educate students on the different forms of abuse inflicted against children, adults, elders and vulnerable persons. Students will gain an in-depth knowledge of many types of abuse, such as: neglect and psychological, physical, sexual, and economic abuse. Students will learn how to identify signs of abuse and what to do if they suspect abuse. Risk factors and prevention will also be covered in respect to victims and perpetrators.

Residential

This course is designed to increase students’ knowledge and skills in the area of residential placements of adults, seniors and vulnerable persons. It will focus on competency based program design and implementation as best practice qualities are explored and discussed. Topics will include, but are not limited to, the role of collaborative problem solving, structure, consistency, individualized programming, staff team work, and quality care. Students will apply the concepts learned in class to a variety of case study examples.

Communications

Through an interactive classroom environment the student will gain the basic skills and techniques necessary to communicate appropriately with staff, clients, families and other human services care providers. Focus will also be given to the importance of proper documentation and reporting. Students will learn how to create client portfolios, individualized case plans, incident reports, daily logs, and other documentation commonly used within the human services field. Students will also be given the skills to prepare and lead a mock case management meeting.

Program Development

This hands-on course uses theoretical knowledge developed in earlier courses to develop and facilitate both recreational and therapeutic program planning based on individuals’ goals. Students also learn how to develop a thorough task analysis in order to assist clients in reaching their goals. Students will learn all aspects of program planning and develop superior skills in group and individual facilitation.

Substance Abuse, Mental Health, and Treatment

This course will provide students with information regarding substance use and abuse. Special emphasis will be placed on assisting students to develop an understanding of such topics as risk factors and protective factors for drug use/abuse, models of assisting (stages of change model, harm reduction model, abstinence model, motivational interviewing, etc.), the links between mental health issues and drug use/abuse and the core functions of a substance abuse counselor.

Human Services in the Community

This course develops a strong understanding of exceptionalities and disabilities and ways in which students can support their clients in integrating positively into the community by adopting the philosophies of Social Role Valorization. Students will also gain practical experience identifying appropriate support services and intervention strategies available within the community through guest speakers, community visits, volunteer experiences and research. Students also develop an understanding of the relationships between families, community agencies and support service professionals by learning about current Canadian policies and programs.

Corrections

This course will introduce students to a correctional facility.  This includes emphasis on security, protection and prevention from an institutional standpoint.  Introductions to core values surrounding corrections, with an emphasis on rehabilitation and reintegration.  Basic introduction to tools used by correctional staff will also be discussed.  Students will be given a formal tour of a correctional environment and experience firsthand how various searches are conducted.  

Independent Directed Seminar

Students will participate in an individual project which is designed for the purpose of an in-depth study of a preapproved topic within the field. Students will be provided a framework for the work required with specific deliverables due throughout the course. Students will be required to submit a written report and as well, will be required to create a workshop related to the field of study. Instructors will support students by providing an appropriate audience for the presentations.

*Content is subject to change by administration as required to meet program and profession standards.

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 Diploma, Adult Diploma or GED
  • Meeting with an Admissions Advisor
  • 19 years of age prior to commencement of Practicum 
  • Acceptance by the Admissions Committee
  • Completion of the Pre-Enrollment Package

Unless they have completed a minimum of three years of study at a school where English is the language of instruction, international students whose first language is not English must submit proof of English language proficiency:

  • CAEL – 70
  • IELTS – 7.0
  • TOEFL – 550 paper based, 270 computer based
  • MELAB - 90

Education Pathways

Oulton College is proud to partner with Crandall University to provide students with a base education (a college education that can be credited towards the completion of a degree!)

Your diploma from Oulton College will allow you to transfer 27 credit hours toward the Adult Degree Completion Program– Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management.

Human Services Counselor

 Oulton College Human Services Counselor Diploma Program prepares you for a career that gives you the opportunity to provide support and counseling to families and individuals in need. In an interactive classroom setting and through practical experience, you will gather the skills needed to work effectively with adults, families, individuals with exceptionalities and individuals living with mental health issues.

You will receive individual attention from our industry-tested instructors in order to learn the skills and knowledge that will combine with your passion to pave the way for an amazingly fulfilling career.

Our Human Services Counselor Program provide hands-on practical experience and training in:

  • Communications: basic counseling skills and techniques necessary to communicate appropriately with staff, clients, families and other human services care providers.
  • Interpersonal Relationships: principles and practices to develop collaborative and positive relationships.
  • Psychology: knowledge on such topics as motivation, personality, abnormal behavior, emotion, development, social processes and psychotherapy.
  • Behavior Management: applied behavioral techniques used to modify behavior.
  • Advocacy, Conflict Resolution and Group Facilitation.
  • Community Development and Social Policy.
  • Certification in ASIST: Suicide Intervention.
  • Certification in CPI: Non-Violent Crisis Intervention.

This comprehensive 15-month program is combined with two Practicums, one which is 8-weeks in length and the other which is 12-weeks in length. These Practicum placements will connect you to prospective employers and allow you to practice and refine the skills you have learned. This is a valuable experience you can put on your resume.

If you are a caring, compassionate person that wants to have an impact in the lives of others and are interested in helping out in your community, then our Human Services Counselor Program may be just the program for you. This program has an articulation agreement with Crandall University if you wish you continue in that path.

Term (Year 1): September - July
Term (Year 2): August - November

Practicum: 8 weeks (Year 1) and 12 weeks (Year 2)

Articulation: This program has an articulation agreement with Crandall University.

Career Choices

Career Choices

Graduates from our Human Services Counselor program will be prepared for employment in the human service, mental health and community living fields. You will learn to build purposeful relationships that promote increased levels on health and wellbeing in individuals, families and groups within the community.

  • Residential Care Worker
  • Adult or Family Support Worker
  • Street Intervention Worker
  • Gerontology Worker
  • Victim Support Worker
  • Crisis Intervention Counselor
  • Community Outreach Worker
  • Non-Profit Worker
  • Transition House Counselor
  • Advocate
  • Life Skills Instructor
  • Career/Employment Counselor

You Will Learn

You Will Learn

  • Counseling Advocacy Skills
  • Social Role Valorization
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Group Facilitation/Program Planning
  • Knowledge of Community Development
  • Social Policy
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills
  • Non-violent Crisis Intervention
  • Hepatitis C and STBBI Intervention and Prevention
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Skills Training
  • Ally Training (LGBTQ Awareness & Sensitivity)

Course Description

Course Descriptions

Foundation of Human Services

Students will explore the foundation of generalist human service work practice. Through an interactive class students will discuss the profession’s historical roots, examine essential components of sound practice, and problem solving processes and review best practices. Students will explore interdisciplinary approaches and discuss ethical dilemmas.

Interpersonal Relationship

This course will introduce students to the principles and practices of the human relationship. Students will have opportunity to integrate theory and skills development as they begin to recognize the process of human interaction. Giving and receiving feedback, needs, assertiveness, self-esteem, and conflict resolution are emphasized as important influences on interpersonal communication skills. Students will learn to develop collaborative and positive relationships. Focus will be placed on self-exploration and experiential learning.

Lifespan Development

This course will explore lifespan development (birth to death). Students will develop an understanding of social, emotional, physical, moral, and cognitive growth exploring widely accepted theories. Students will apply these theories to an observational learning experience.

Self Care

Students will have the opportunity to explore and examine areas of personal stress and their maintaining variables. Traditional and holistic methods of self-care will be examined in this applied course.

Crime, Punishment, and Reintegration

This course gives students a foundation of knowledge of the Canadian legal system necessary for them to properly advocate and support their future clients. Students will learn special considerations in human rights, consent and capacity, mental illness, restorative justice, and youth criminal justice. Students will also explore various provincial acts that apply to the field, observe court proceedings, and hear from several guest speakers.

Fundamental Skills in Interviewing

This course emphasizes the necessary skills to begin any helping relationship. Basic helping skills will be examined and practiced – active listening, reflecting, leading, challenging, paraphrasing, summarizing, etc. – through lectures, class discussions and role play demonstrations.

Introduction and Advanced Crisis Intervention

These courses will provide students with theoretical knowledge and practical skills for managing crisis situations. Based on the premise that “Crisis is Opportunity”, Introduction to Crisis Intervention teaches students introductory intervention methods and safe practices through activities, self-reflection, and script writing. Certifications include Non-Violent Crisis Intervention and Suicide Intervention. In Advanced Crisis Intervention, Students develop a deeper understanding of crisis intervention and focus primarily on learning more advanced techniques required to implement the stages of Life Space Crisis Intervention.

The Family-System, Issues, and Helping

This course will examine the family system; its communication patterns, rules, and life cycle. Students will have the opportunity to review historical and current practices through a literature review and instructor led lectures. Students will also be introduced to the process of assessment, engagement, empowerment and discharge as it relates to working with at-risk families. Students will gain skills for working with families, as well as facilitating skill development in families. Students will examine their own family system as well as gain the skills required to work effectively with traditional and non-traditional family structures.

Abnormal Psychology

Students will study the procedure and DSM-V criteria associated with being diagnosed with mental health illnesses. Areas to be explored include, but are not limited to, Bipolar Disorder, Mood Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Schizophrenia. Students will learn the symptoms and behaviours associated with the above mental illnesses, through case studies, videos, and a variety of instructor led demonstrations. Students will explore and research prevention and treatments including psychotherapy, group therapy, psychoeducational therapy, and psychopharmacological treatments.

Behaviour Management

This course introduces the student to a wide variety of applied behavioral techniques used to modify behavior. The course will assist the student in observing behavior in an objective and analytical manner. Classical and operant conditioning theories and procedures will be emphasized in a practical manner and implemented through case studies.

Group Dynamics and Therapeutic Activity Planning

This course provides opportunities for the student to utilize the skills and techniques of the group process in social and work situations. The focus is on group behavior in therapeutic settings and the use of various techniques, methods and approaches within the group process with children, youth and their families. Students will apply this theoretical knowledge to a group therapeutic activity planning project.

Abuse

This course will educate students on the different forms of abuse inflicted against children, adults, elders and vulnerable persons. Students will gain an in-depth knowledge of many types of abuse, such as: neglect and psychological, physical, sexual, and economic abuse. Students will learn how to identify signs of abuse and what to do if they suspect abuse. Risk factors and prevention will also be covered in respect to victims and perpetrators.

Residential

This course is designed to increase students’ knowledge and skills in the area of residential placements of adults, seniors and vulnerable persons. It will focus on competency based program design and implementation as best practice qualities are explored and discussed. Topics will include, but are not limited to, the role of collaborative problem solving, structure, consistency, individualized programming, staff team work, and quality care. Students will apply the concepts learned in class to a variety of case study examples.

Communications

Through an interactive classroom environment the student will gain the basic skills and techniques necessary to communicate appropriately with staff, clients, families and other human services care providers. Focus will also be given to the importance of proper documentation and reporting. Students will learn how to create client portfolios, individualized case plans, incident reports, daily logs, and other documentation commonly used within the human services field. Students will also be given the skills to prepare and lead a mock case management meeting.

Program Development

This hands-on course uses theoretical knowledge developed in earlier courses to develop and facilitate both recreational and therapeutic program planning based on individuals’ goals. Students also learn how to develop a thorough task analysis in order to assist clients in reaching their goals. Students will learn all aspects of program planning and develop superior skills in group and individual facilitation.

Substance Abuse, Mental Health, and Treatment

This course will provide students with information regarding substance use and abuse. Special emphasis will be placed on assisting students to develop an understanding of such topics as risk factors and protective factors for drug use/abuse, models of assisting (stages of change model, harm reduction model, abstinence model, motivational interviewing, etc.), the links between mental health issues and drug use/abuse and the core functions of a substance abuse counselor.

Human Services in the Community

This course develops a strong understanding of exceptionalities and disabilities and ways in which students can support their clients in integrating positively into the community by adopting the philosophies of Social Role Valorization. Students will also gain practical experience identifying appropriate support services and intervention strategies available within the community through guest speakers, community visits, volunteer experiences and research. Students also develop an understanding of the relationships between families, community agencies and support service professionals by learning about current Canadian policies and programs.

Corrections

This course will introduce students to a correctional facility.  This includes emphasis on security, protection and prevention from an institutional standpoint.  Introductions to core values surrounding corrections, with an emphasis on rehabilitation and reintegration.  Basic introduction to tools used by correctional staff will also be discussed.  Students will be given a formal tour of a correctional environment and experience firsthand how various searches are conducted.  

Independent Directed Seminar

Students will participate in an individual project which is designed for the purpose of an in-depth study of a preapproved topic within the field. Students will be provided a framework for the work required with specific deliverables due throughout the course. Students will be required to submit a written report and as well, will be required to create a workshop related to the field of study. Instructors will support students by providing an appropriate audience for the presentations.

*Content is subject to change by administration as required to meet program and profession standards.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 Diploma, Adult Diploma or GED
  • Meeting with an Admissions Advisor
  • 19 years of age prior to commencement of Practicum 
  • Acceptance by the Admissions Committee
  • Completion of the Pre-Enrollment Package

Unless they have completed a minimum of three years of study at a school where English is the language of instruction, international students whose first language is not English must submit proof of English language proficiency:

  • CAEL – 70
  • IELTS – 7.0
  • TOEFL – 550 paper based, 270 computer based
  • MELAB - 90

Education Pathways

Education Pathways

Oulton College is proud to partner with Crandall University to provide students with a base education (a college education that can be credited towards the completion of a degree!)

Your diploma from Oulton College will allow you to transfer 27 credit hours toward the Adult Degree Completion Program– Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management.

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