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Counselling Training | Counselling Skills/Social Human Services Diploma

Counselling Training to work with addictions, mental health, victims of abuse, at-risk youth and more. Be job ready in 14 months! 

Industry Approved Counselling Training

At Maritime Business College, we employ a variety of techniques to ensure that students thrive in a stimulating environment. In addition to traditional classroom instruction, our Instructors employ field trips, guest speakers, industry videos, team projects, online interaction, case studies, role playing, and mock simulations. Counselling training courses in the program include:

  • Addictions Counselling
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Counselling Skills Level I
  • Counselling Skills Level II
  • Trauma and Abuse
  • Counselling Special Population
  • Individual Counselling Practicum
  • Counselling Approaches and Theory
  • Counselling Ethics
  • Human/Social Services
  • Medical and Emergency Practices
  • Administration/Communications
  • Introduction to Computers
  • Practicum

Start in Spring or Fall

Attend counselling training for 12 consecutive months, and then complete 2 months of on-the-job training. During this period, students have a winter break, spring break, summer break, and are off on statutory holidays. Take our Counselling Skills/Social Human Services Program, and receive your Diploma in just 14 months!

Attend classes from Monday to Thursday, and have Fridays off for a job or recreation. Four day weeks limit your travel and therefore minimize your travelling costs.

Meet The Instructor


James Ingram is an internationally certified alcohol and drug counsellor (ICADC), a certified addiction and gambling counsellor, and a registered professional counsellor. He also has a certificate in adult education, crisis and trauma response and a diploma in counselling skills with a degree in sociology.

James is also the Director for the Atlantic Provinces for the Canadian Professional Counselling Association. He is also a member of the Disciplinary committee as well which overlooks all registered counsellors in Canada. He also sat on the National Board of Directors with the Canadian Addiction Counselling Certification Federation for just over a year.

James is a master trainer in ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and is certified as a NVCI (Non-Violent Crisis Intervention) trainer.  He is also an active trainer with Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute where he lectures other professionals on how to deal with difficult people and how to de-escalate potentially violent situations.

James started his career working with Big Brothers/Sisters while attending university. Once he completed his degree and diploma he began working with Metro Turning Point. In 2006 the shelter held up to 65 men over the age of 18 who suffered from homelessness. Within only one month at MTP, James was able to secure a job with the Salvation Army Anchorage Program as the Addiction Counsellor Supervisor. Here, James would provide one-on-one counselling, group facilitation, family counselling and would work with Corrections Canada, Department of Community Services and other government agencies to better support his clientele of 19 adult men. James stayed on with MTP for over a year and over two years with the Salvation Army.

From here James became employed with Maritime Business College and is coming up to his 10th year of service. During this time he also worked at Phoenix Youth Shelter for over two years as a youth care worker. James would work with youths between the ages of 16-24 who suffered from homelessness, mental health, abuse and addictions. After leaving PYS James went on to work with the Nova Scotia Home for Coloured Children (currently called Akoma) for just about a year. Here, James was a youth care counsellor who would work with youths who had been removed from their families due to unacceptable behaviour from their parents.

Once leaving NSHFCC, James would work with the IWK Mental Health and Addictions programs for over seven years. As a youth care worker, these programs included CHOICES, ACT, 4-SOUTH and COMPLEX CASE. Within these programs, James worked with teenagers who suffered from a variety of mental illnesses, addictions and in some cases abuse, suicide or homicidal behaviours.

James currently dedicates his time to educating surrounding areas about suicide awareness which is run through his private business . . . Ingram Counselling.

Are you ready?

To learn more about counselling training and to explore if this is the right career path for you, fill out the form to receive additional information. A helpful Maritime Business College Admissions Representative will assist you with everything from course questions to financial aid and help you discover your perfect career path.

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