After Graduation, a job. Will you be ready?
Your professional success has been our goal all along.
By the time you graduate from the Diploma program, you’ll have the skills needed to assist clients with the following mental health concerns:
- depression and anxiety related disorders
- addictions: prevention, recovery and follow-up treatment
- youth, family and couples counselling
- suicide and emergency intervention
- developmental milestones
- loss and grief
- ethical decision making
- Aboriginal issues
- career planning
- community development and barriers due to cultural diversity
- abuse and domestic violence
- group counselling and workshop facilitation
Graduates are ready to pursue entry-level counselling positions in settings such as:
- mental health agencies
- community services
- employment agencies
- consulting with corporations, and small business
- government and EAP contracts
- online and telephone counselors
- private practice.
KCPC stands behind our graduates….
Beginning with the admissions interview, continuing throughout the program, and beyond graduation we go the extra mile to prepare you for employment. Although we cannot guarantee job placements, here’s what we can guarantee…
- For the first year after earning your Diploma in Applied Psychology and Counselling, KCPC will continue as your training partner, helping you maintain the level of competence employers expect from graduates of the Kelowna College of Professional Counselling.
If during your job search or while starting a new position, you feel there are gaps in your skills or knowledge related to subjects covered in the Diploma program, we’ll work with you to fill that gap by providing free refresher courses.
- Professional Designation. The comprehensive training provided in the Diploma program is designed to prepare you to pursue the Registered Professional Counsellor designation (RPC), conferred by the Canadian Professional Counselling Association (CPCA). The RPC behind your name will help you make the most of your career opportunities. Link to designation page.
- KCPC graduates = preferred applicants. Our goal is for employers to recognize you as a ‘preferred applicant’-- someone who is ready to become a competent member of their staff. Give us the names of agencies you’re applying to, and we’ll send them a letter of recommendation that includes our promise to stand behind your training.
- Tips on Marketing Job Skills. Each course includes suggestions on how to incorporate specific skills learned in the course into your job search. These innovative ideas help you develop your resume, prepare for interviews, and network with other professionals.
- Career Planning Workshops held throughout the year provide practical advice on:
- interview skills
- how to build a private practice
- developing your resume and brochure
- job opportunities.
To listen in on our most recent career symposium, and to find links to Canadian government resources, click here.
- Assistance from your student advisor- Your student advisor is a KCPC graduate, AND a Registered Professional Counsellor. She is ready to answer your questions, discuss career opportunities and offer guidance throughout your training program.
- Going on to University? For those of you planning to further your counselling education in a University program, here’s some exciting news! A selection of KCPC courses have been accepted by UBC as pre-requisite transfer credits for their Masters Degree counselling programs. Learn more here..