Caregiving & Counselling

Caregiving & Counselling

Program Overview

Prepare for a rewarding career that is relational and rooted in helping others.


At their core, caregiving and counselling are relational encounters. Caregivers and counsellors join with people in need and participate in God’s ongoing redemptive work. It is with this perspective on helping that Columbia has developed a program for those who feel called to help others.

Columbia’s Caregiving & Counselling program equips students with knowledge and skill foundational to helping others. The program draws from core areas within the field of psychology and helps students integrate this knowledge within a Christian view of persons. Instruction in developmental, personality, counselling, biological, and abnormal psychology is embedded within a core set of theological and biblical courses.

Knowledge based classroom learning is complemented by experiential learning opportunities. By engaging in service and internship experiences students apply knowledge, develop skills, and express values foundational to helping professions.


Watch Sierra's Story

Called to Care

What's your calling? Do you have a good listening ear? Do you often find your friends opening up to you because they feel you are a safe and empathetic person? Meet Sierra, Cody, Elise and Reg, four Caregiving & Counselling students who share their experience with the program and why they feel they are Called to Care.


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David M Alum

Meet David

BA Caregiving & Counselling 2001
Assistant Director, Doing Family Right

"What I appreciated most about the Counselling and Caregiving program at CBC was the incredible professors. They were sincere and intentional and always had their doors open – even after graduation. It has been invaluable to know that there is support and guidance available well beyond the walls of the classroom. In retrospect I can honestly say that the teaching in combination with the relationships allowed for a personalized application of the material that I deeply appreciated."

Steve E Alum

Meet Steve

BA Caregiving & Counselling 2011
Manager/Counsellor for Addictions Programs

"The Caregiving and Counselling program at Columbia provided foundational psychology courses, an environment to explore new concepts to further challenge the field of counselling, as well as staff that walked alongside in support. It started the process of exploring the power of relationships, which is crucial for growth professionally as well as personally."

Diploma in Caregiving & Counselling

The two year diploma program in Caregiving & Counselling provides students with the basic knowledge and skills related to helping others. It incorporates instruction in psychology and grounds students in Bible and theology courses. Students value the program for its emphasis on faith formation and its introduction to the field of people helping. Students use this training as a foundation for pursuing additional education in fields such as nursing, social work, and psychology.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Caregiving & Counselling

A degree in Caregiving & Counselling at Columbia incorporates a unique mix of biblical studies, theology, and psychology to offer insight into the human condition that is neither spiritualized nor secularized. The program incorporates the best of these disciplines and offers students a solid foundation for integrating their faith with current psychological research.

The BA program equips students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for helping others. Students develop an integrated approach to helping people, one that is built upon a biblical worldview and informed by the social sciences. Students also have opportunities to apply their skills and knowledge in practical ways.

A degree in Caregiving and Counselling provides a solid foundation for a variety of occupations focused on helping and caring for individuals and is not focused on a particular client group, need, or setting. This program prepares students for additional education in the helping profession, in particular Masters level work in Counselling and Counselling Psychology. An increasing number of graduates from the program have gone on to achieve Masters Degrees and to become professional counsellors.

Caregiving & Counselling Minors

Each degree student at Columbia has the option to select a minor in a variety of fields. Typically, minors are chosen in a student's third year of study and will inform they type of internship placement they choose. Learn more about available minors.


Biblical Studies
Social Enterprise & Business
Church Ministry
Intercultural Studies
Ministry to Children
Outdoor Rec Leadership
Practical Ministry
Worship Arts
Youth Work


Students enrolled in the Caregiving & Counselling degree program will complete an internship. Internships involve experiential learning and are intended to foster skill development. They complement the program’s course work and constitute a critical component of the Caregiving and Counselling degree.

Internships provide students with the opportunity to personalize their learning according to their specific interests and offer a flexible way for them to forward their career objectives. Caregiving & Counselling internships encompass diverse learning experiences involving a range of helping roles, including Community Support Worker, Peer Counsellor, Youth Sponsor, Intake Worker, Mentor, Mediator and others.

For more information about Columbia's internship program, including application forms and placement options, visit Service Learning.