Counselling Foundations

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN RELIGION | MAJOR IN counselling foundations


Program Overview

Rooted in a firm foundation of Bible and Theology (42 semester hours), the BA in Religion with a Major in Counselling Foundations is designed to equip the student with basic counselling skills for lay counselling and pastoral counselling situations (51 semester hours). This program is also intended to provide students with the foundations and prerequisites for future studies in counselling at a graduate level. General Studies comprise 30 semester hours.


Meet The Program Director

Dr. Melody Deeley
Director of the Counselling Foundations Major

Phone: (604) 851-7225 or 1-800-976-8388

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Director: Mel Deeley

Education: B.Th., Summit Pacific College, M.A., Providence Theological Seminary, D. Min. Providence Theological Seminary,

Bio: Mel has been leading the Counselling Foundations program since 2009. She graduated with her Doctor of Ministry degree from Providence Theological Seminary in 2015. Mel is passionate about helping people through counselling and desires to see her students integrate their faith with counselling philosophy and practice. Mel also serves as the Registrar at SPC.

Experience: Providence Counselling Staff for 2 years, Registered Clinical Counsellor, Professional Counsellor since 1994, Associate Professor

Counselling Foundations Courses 

  • Marriage and Family Counselling

  • Statistics & Social Science

  • Abnormal Psychology

  • Counselling Internship

  • Brain & Behaviour

  • Introduction to Psychology

  • Foundations of Counselling I

  • Foundations of Counselling II

  • Developmental Psychology

  • Personality Theories


Upon completion of this 4 year program the student shall be able to:

  • integrate faith with counselling philosophy and practice;

  • demonstrate an understanding of Scripture as it relates to the issues that arise while working in the counselling profession;

  • demonstrate knowledge of the current models of psychotherapies and Christian counselling;

  • demonstrate a deeper understanding of people, the various experiences they face and the issues that tend to disrupt human life;

  • demonstrate an appreciation of the diversity of human kind;

  • observe the value and potential that Christ has placed within each person;

  • demonstrate Spirit-led discernment and skill in pastoral counseling; and,

  • enter a Master's degree program in counselling.