Press Release: Yorkville University Launches New Doctor of Counselling and Psychotherapy Degree

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July 24, 2020

FREDERICTON, JULY 24, 2020 – Yorkville University now offers a Doctor of Counselling and Psychotherapy degree – ­the first, and only, one of its kind in Canada.

The newly launched doctoral degree program, which will be delivered entirely online, will begin accepting its first cohort of students in September 2020.

A 60-credit, course-based professional doctoral program, the Doctor of Counselling and Psychotherapy is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to help define counselling and psychotherapy as a profession distinct from other health and helping professions.

The Doctor of Counselling and Psychotherapy’s course work builds both research and leadership skills, preparing graduates to assume leadership positions in the counselling and psychotherapy profession.

To maintain a level of learning and interaction appropriate for studies at the doctoral level, each starting cohort for the Doctor of Counselling and Psychotherapy at Yorkville University will cap enrolment at 16 students.


“This practitioner-oriented degree, which will be delivered entirely online, further demonstrates Yorkville University’s commitment to accessible, rigorous and flexible programming for students who might not otherwise be able to attend university, yet are seeking professional advancement through higher education.”

–Dr. Rick Davey, President of Yorkville University

“This is the first program of its kind in Canada, and one of only a few in North America. Not only is Yorkville the leader in this area of study, we are preparing counsellors and psychotherapists to be leaders in the field. Our Doctor of Counselling and Psychotherapy students, faculty, and graduates will also be leaders in helping to shape the Canadian identity of counselling and psychotherapy.”

­– Dr. Peter Hall, Campus Provost and Vice President Academic (New Brunswick)

“With our new Doctor of Counselling Psychology program, Yorkville University’s MACP graduates have access to a program that focuses on their area of practice – counselling – and that is offered via the fully online method of delivery with which they are familiar, and that incorporates development of counselling skills into courses without the need for practicum placements or internships.” 

– Dr. John Crossley, Vice President of Academic Services

About Yorkville University

Yorkville University offers flexible, rigorous and career-focused degrees on campus and online to people of all paths in life in Canada. Founded in 2004, Yorkville University currently has more than 6,000 students across three campuses in Vancouver, Toronto and Fredericton, and equips graduates with the professional knowledge, skills and designation prerequisites that employers value.

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