At their core, caregivering and counselling are relational encounters. Caregivers and counsellors join with people in need and participate in God’s ongoing redemptive work. It is with this perspective on helping that Columbia has developed a program for those who feel called to help others.Columbia’s Caregiving & Counselling program equips students with knowledge and skill foundational to helping others. The program draws from core areas within the field of psychology and helps students integrate this knowledge within a Christian view of persons. Instruction in developmental, personality, counselling, biological, and abnormal psychology is embedded within a core set of theological and biblical courses.Knowledge based classroom learning is complemented by experiential learning opportunities. By engaging in service and internship experiences students apply knowledge, develop skills, and express values foundational to helping professions. Graduates from Caregiving & Counselling bring this foundation to a wide range of vocational pursuits that encompass faith based and community based organizations. Broad based coursework and choice in experiential learning represent key values of the program and open a variety of paths for students in the Caregiving & Counselling program. Increasingly, students take their degree in Caregiving & Counselling, build upon its foundation, and follow their calling by pursuing graduate training in counselling. The program supports these student goals with a curriculum that satisfies the entrance requirements of specific graduate programs located across Canada and within the US.
Students and Alumni from the Caregiving & Counselling program share their experience and the benefit of studying psychology at a Christian institution.
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