What Career Outcomes Are Achieved by Graduates of the College?

Many graduates of the Vancouver College of Counsellor Training have found rewarding careers in counselling and related fields, involving government contracts and positions, religious and secular organizations, community service agencies, corporations, and private counselling practice.

Although career success cannot be guaranteed for any applicant or student, we are pleased to provide the following long and short descriptions of career outcomes to inform prospective students who may be considering professional training at Vancouver College of Counsellor Training.

Judith W., RTC, RPCc
VCCT Diploma of Professional Counselling

I earned my Applied Counselling Certificate at the University of Manitoba and I thank my teachers there for their excellent instruction and kind assistance. I earned my Diploma in Professional Counselling at the Vancouver College of Counsellor Training. I graduated from VCCT in August of 2014. I am indebted to my excellent teachers and the helpful staff at VCCT for providing me with the education and assistance that I need to succeed in my new career. I highly recommend the Vancouver College of Counsellor Training to those considering future studies in the field of counselling.

Diane A., RPC, CH, HT
VCCT Diploma of Professional Counselling

Diane is operating a successful private practice in Vancouver. She also offers workshops on Journaling, Art Therapy, and runs a Caregiver support group.

Joseph E., RPC
VCCT Diploma of Professional Counselling

Joseph received his first job offer four days before he even began at VCCT. Since then he has become the head counsellor at the firm where he works and has received several pay increases. He also has a private practice that continues to grow. Next year he will be writing a weekly advice column for a local newspaper and has been asked to be a counsellor/interviewer for a documentary movie. "Every course that I took at the school has helped me to achieve my dreams."

Nancy F., RPCc
VCCT Diploma of Professional Counselling

Nancy has her own private practice Healing on the Wings of Hope Counselling specializing in chronic illness, depression, anxiety, loss, and grief.

Anthony D., RPCc
VCCT Diploma of Professional Counselling

Anthony works as an Addictions Counsellor at a non-profit organization and has a private practice specializing in depression, anxiety, addictions, trauma, using a psychodynamic approach.

Yvette L., RPC
VCCT Diploma of Professional Counselling

Yvette has her own private practice Inner Flow Counselling/Wellness where she employs a body centered approach. As a yoga teacher and reiki practitioner Yvette integrates holistic ways of healing and specializes in trauma, stress, anxiety and depression.

Sarah L., RTC, MTC, RCS
VCCT Diploma of Professional Counselling

Sarah has a private practice in Burnaby. She works with individuals and couples, specializing in trauma, abuse, relationship building, and life transitions. Since 1995, she has also worked in hospice and palliative care as a grief and bereavement counsellor, trainer, and workshop facilitator. She is a partner at Creative Climate Counselling Group where she specializes in Compassion Fatigue, Critical Incident Stress Management, and Pet Bereavement.

Chelsea M.
VCCT Diploma of Professional Counselling

Chelsea works as an Employment Counsellor and has her own private practice Qualia Counseling Services, specializing in mental health and addictions. Immediately after graduating, she was employed as a Mental Health Worker at a Non-Profit Society in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

Debbie L.
VCCT Diploma of Professional Counselling

Debbie has a full-time position at Protect our Children Society in Surrey working as a counsellor and performing administrative duties.

Student Testimonials

"Helped me with my personal development growth, problem solving and people skills. Without my training I would not be able to do what I'm doing today."

"I believe my training has enabled me to have better relationships with others and a greater understanding of problem solving."

My training enabled me to develop the confidence to start my own practice and provided the certification and training I needed."

"Enabled me to develop the specific skills I need to deal with issues such as grief, sexual abuse, drug abuse and marriage counselling."

"I am a high school teacher and taking these courses has improved relationships in all aspects of my life. In addition it has increased my people skills, patience and understanding."

"The training increased my understanding of people in general. It is tremendous along with the people skills that I have learned."

"The counselling skills I learned and the current theories were helpful to me, especially those in sexual abuse and family violence."

"My training contributed to my clinical knowledge and augmented my existing management skills."

"My training permitted me to obtain a promotion at work by giving me the empathy and listening skills and also credibility toward my boss and with my clients (this student began as an assistant counsellor and became a counsellor after her training).:

"Not only did my training establish a solid professional foundation, it has had a positive influence on my personal life, fostering growth and insights and improved my ability to communicate."

"Helped me get the job in the first place. The skills and approach in understanding clients and problem solving have been used. Specific VCCT courses that have been most helpful are the Counsellor Training Course, Grief, Chronic Illness, and Multicultural issues."

From A Career Outcome Survey

"I have developed my own company whose goals and philosophy is to use a fun and interactive method to teach children ages 3.5 - 8 the basics of writing and reading."

"I am currently a case manager with Health, Safety and Compensation Commission. In addition I work as a counsellor in a private clinic with a psychologist. I deal with issues such as anxiety, depression, suicidal tendencies, marriage and couple problems."

"I'm currently working on the development of my own private practice and I'm also contracted to do work in the fields of drug and alcohol and marriage counselling."

"I am currently working in a clinic that provides an employee assistance program and run my own private practice for local, national and international organizations and companies."

"I'm presently working in the field of counselling children."

"I currently work in an Aboriginal Safe House and work in the areas of childcare, strategic planning, goal setting and life skills."

"I currently work as a crisis counsellor for sexual assault crisis center."

"I have my own private practice and work as a vocational rehabilitation counsellor."

"I currently work for two agencies -- Abby Therapeutic and MCC Supportive Care Services."

"I currently work as a child advocate for children who witnessed abuse and also I am the Coordinator of the Victim Assistance Program."

"I currently run my own successful private practice. I have contracts to provide support services to government agency clients in new training programs after long-term welfare or unemployment. I also have regular contracts with employers and clients to insure both parties are satisfied with their performance and address stress issues in a preventive way. This is an annual contract with a current caseload of 70 clients and 60 employers. I also provide workshops for business and networks with government and First Nations and receive a lot of positive feedback on my work. I'm presently developing a two-day women's retreat which will provide workshops, confidential and other services."

"For the past three years I have been a career and employment counsellor in a resource center for HRDC."

"I am currently employed with the B. R. First Nations as a social development worker."

"I currently run my own private practice and work with people with issues such a substance abuse and dysfunctional families. Generally I deal with adults and young adult children of dysfunctional families and also work with issues such as abandonment and incest."

"I'm presently providing services for native bands in the areas of adult and youth, substance abuse, sexual abuse, and family violence. I receive referrals from teachers, social service agencies, Chiefs of Native Bands and Council Band Members."

"I work as a counsellor for individuals with issues related to cultural adjustment at the International Center (in Japan). I work with individuals, couples and families with problems such as cultural adjustment, depression, anxiety, and career transitions."




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