University Certificate in Counselling Women

At a glance

  • Credential: university certificate
  • Credits: 30
  • Next start: monthly

Athabasca University’s online University Certificate in Counselling Women is specifically designed for those who work directly with women in crisis intervention. The program applies feminist theory to the practice of counselling women in these settings.

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About University Certificate in Counselling Women

The University Certificate in Counselling Women is a comprehensive program aimed at equipping professionals and volunteers with the skills to understand and address the unique challenges faced by women. Through this program, you'll gain valuable insights into the cultural, social, and feminist perspectives that inform the human experience, learning how to identify client needs, refer them to appropriate services, and critically analyze various issues from a feminist viewpoint. Whether you're a nurse, social worker, teacher, or in another helping profession, this certificate will enhance your problem-solving and counselling abilities, making you better equipped to support diverse human experiences and tackle issues such as sexism, racism, and ageism.

Admission requirements

There are no formal admission requirements for this program. All you need is to be 16 or older. You can enrol anytime and start right away, regardless of your previous education.

Program details


This program explores feminist insights that support the diversity of human experience, identity, and ways of life. In this program you will learn to:

  • identify client needs
  • refer clients appropriately
  • critically analyze social and counselling issues from a feminist perspective
  • understand the shifting social, political, economic and cultural contexts in which counselling takes place

You will also develop your awareness of the cultural and social bases of human prejudice and discrimination, including:

  • sexism
  • racism
  • ethnocentrism
  • ageism
  • classism

Why take the University Certificate in Counselling Women?

The University Certificate in Counselling Women enhances counselling and problem-solving skills for both professionals and volunteers:

  • crisis workers
  • social workers
  • family life educators
  • adult educators
  • nurses
  • teachers
  • vocational counsellors

Completion times

Finish this program in as little as 1 year of full-time study, or work at your own pace and take as long as you need. There is no time limit for completion. The program may be completed faster if transfer credit is applied toward your certificate.

How to apply

You can apply to AU online, anytime. Once you’ve completed the online application form and paid the one-time general application fee (and transfer credit evaluation fee, if applicable), you’re officially an AU student and can start registering in courses.

How to enrol in an undergraduate program

Transfer and advanced credit

If you have previous post-secondary education or significant life and work experience that relates to this program, you may be eligible for transfer credit or Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). This could mean fewer courses to get your AU certificate.

If you transfer credit, you must complete a minimum of 6 credits at AU.

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