B.R.E. Counselling Studies

Double Major: Bible/Theology and Counselling Studies
Co-ordinator: Aaron Smith


This program is designed to prepare students for further studies in psychotherapy, pastoral counselling, or other related pursuits at graduate school, seminary, or other education and training programs.  Additionally this program is designed to train students in people-helping skills as a basis for employment and ministry in a variety of clinical and church-related (i.e. pastoral ministry or lay ministry) counseling and Christian ministry settings. 

Note:  this program alone is not designed to provide certification as a Registered Psychotherapist in the Province of Ontario as such certification requires the successful completion of a post-undergraduate training program.  In addition to learning fundamental counselling theory and skills, students will also develop a strong foundation in biblical and theological reflection on ministry in a wide variety of contexts. 



In addition to meeting the objectvies identified for the common first year MountainTop Certificate Program, this program enables students to begin to:

  1. Use people-helping skills in positions within community-based or social service agencies, Christian organizations, or within the local and global Church
  2. Demonstrate effective assessment, planning, and intervention skills with a variety of populations
  3. Display cultural sensitivity, multi-cultural awareness, and an appreciation for and understanding of diversity
  4. Demonstrate basic psychothereapeutic/counselling skills in individual, couple, family, and group settings.
  5. Apply theoretical models of individuals and relationship counselling to real-life situations.
  6. Develop a faith-based and integrated understanding of human and societal needs that is founded in an understanding of the concepts of grace and personal and social justice

Career Path

Students graduating from this program find work in a variety of front-line settings within Christian and secular agencies or become more involved in ministry in their local church. Graduates may also go on to further education in a variety of colleges, universities, and seminaries. These include social science programs and social work programs at the undergraduate level and counselling programs at the master’s level in seminary. Transfer credits to other schools are awarded at the discretion of the receiving institution.

Learn how the BRE Counselling Skills degree could be used.


  •  Admission to and continuance in this program is at the discretion of the program co-ordinator and the college admissions committee. Supporting documents, including a completed program questionnaire and additional references, are required.


Required Courses
Division Course Requirements Hours
Bible & Theology      Old Testament Survey 3
New Testament Survey 3
Bible Foundations 3
Bible Study Skills 3
Old Testament Elective 200 level 3
New Testament Elective 200 level 3
Old or New Testament Elective 300 level 3
Introduction to Theology 3
Integration of Faith & Counselling 3
Theology Elective 300 level 3
General Studies         Ideas and Civilizations 3
Psychology 3
Introduction to Communication 3
Family Dynamics 3
Group Dynamics 3
Developmental Psychology 3
Psychopathology 3
Theories of Counselling 3
Professional Practice:  Ethics, Assessment, and Referral
Research Methodologies
Professional Studies       Personal Discipleship 3
Missional Discipleship 3
Interpersonal & Helping Skills 3
Introduction to Leadership 3
Applied Counselling Skills 3
Relationship Counselling 3
Therapeutic Use of Self 3
Human Diversity 3
Philosophy of Ministry 3
Professional Studies Elective 200 or 300 Level 3
Field Education   Field Education and Ministry Preparation 1
Field Education  1
Field Education in Counselling Studies (x2) 2
Internship 2
  TOTAL 96

The program consists of 30 hours Bible & Theology, 30 hours General Studies, 30 hours Professional Studies, 4 Field Education credits and 2 Internship credits.

B.R.E. Programs:

OSL Default Rate:  2014, 0.0%

Program Completion Rate:  2016, 85.0%