Counselling Skills/Social
Human Services Diploma

PROGRAM TYPEHealth Services

Counselling Program in Addictions, Mental Health, Victims of Abuse, At-Risk Youth, and More. Earn Your Diploma in 14 months!


A Rewarding Career in Counselling and Social Human Services

Are you a compassionate, empathetic, non–judgmental individual? If your passion is helping people become the best version of themselves, you could be well-suited to a career as a trained counsellor. Our counselling diploma program prepare you to work as a  trained counsellor or support staff in addictions, mental health, victims of abuse, at-risk youth and more. When you graduate, you’ll meet the educational requirements to begin the process of becoming a certified counsellor.

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Counselling and Social Human Services Modules

  • Addictions Counselling:
    Develop an open-minded approach to the field of addiction theory and practice. When you complete this module, you’ll understand addictions and the various methods of counselling and treatment for addicted clients. By the end, you’ll have the skills required to work in the addictions field.
  • Human/Social Services:
    Prevention and rehabilitation is everyone’s responsibility. In this module, you’ll learn to work with the many people and agencies involved in human and social services. This includes government leaders, school personnel, neighborhood groups, the police, clergy, medical professionals, and more.
  • Trauma and Abuse:
    As a counsellor, your clients will expect you to be prepared for a wide range of complexity of problems. In this module, you will learn how to address problems presented by your clients in difficult situations with compassion.

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Modular Training

Maritime Business College uses a modular system of training for its counselling courses. In modular programs, theoretical and practical issues are closely integrated, and learning outcomes are clearly defined.


Practical Hands-on Training

At Maritime Business College, we employ a variety of techniques for our counselling courses 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.


Graduate in 14 months

Take our counselling courses 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!

Graduates Salary

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*Employment Rate based on contactable MBC graduates from the last four years employed in a related field.
NOC Code: 4212 – **Wage data is for employees in all ranges of experience in the field, rounded down to the nearest dollar, and based on Nova Scotia data. Local (or regional) income may vary.

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