Culminating Activity

Students are required to complete a culminating activity in the Master of Counselling program.  CAAP 6699 Project:

  • may be theoretical or applied
  • should be relevant to the practice of counselling or counselling psychology
  • shall demonstrate a depth of knowledge and understanding of the discipline, as well as the student's area of specialization

The project is intended as a means for students to integrate their conceptual learning with applied practice in a contextually meaningful fashion.  The structure of the project will be flexible in order to accomodate various creative endeavours and it may be work-based.

Some possible examples for final projects include:

  • theoretical analysis or critique
  • synthesis and extention of scholarly literature
  • curriculum development
  • model development: assessment, intervention, consultation, etc.
  • case analyses of individuals, groups or systems
  • needs assessment, program development or program evaluation


Approval of the Project Supervisory Committee and Proposal form (doc)

Recommendation of the Award of the Degree (doc)

Permission to Host, Photocopy and Lend Culminating Activity (pdf)

Guidelines and Reference:

What is a Project? (pdf)

Steps to Writing a Successful Proposal (pdf)

Guidelines for Completing a Project (pdf) Outlines the procedures for completing a project and the responsibilities of students and committee members

Checklist for Submission of Culminating Activity Documents for APA 6th Edition (pdf) Formatting requirements noted in this document should be carefully followed


Sample Project Signature Page (doc)

Sample Title Page (doc)

To view sample projects from the University of Lethbridge Institutional Repository see the Library's DSpace page. Students should be aware that a wide variety of topics are represented.  Students should consult with their supervisors to find the most appropriate projects to peruse relative to their own area of research.


Other Culminating Activity Options:

Students may opt to complete a Professional Portfolio as their culminating activity. Students selecting this option will create a multi-layered record of professional growth and development using a variety of media.  This is facilitated through a series of weekly activities to collect, examine, and archive evidence of program experiences.  In doing so, students will demonstrate the competencies required to graduate as a master level counsellor, and will prepare for their professional futures. Peer collaboration and feedback will be utilized in the process that will occur in a paced format using the usual timelines (13 weeks) of a semester. 

Students are not registered in a course, nor do they pay course fees.  Students may only participate in the final semester of their program, normally at the same time as they complete CAAP 6619 Specialized Counselling Practicum.  As the practicum has additional time demands, in conjunction with the effort required for the Portfolio, students should plan to reduce outside commitments for this semester accordingly.

The Professional Portfolio is only offered in select semesters.  Please contact us at to confirm availability.

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