Director, Graduate Program in Counselling Psychology
Trinity Western University
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What is MCCT?
It is based on integrating cognitive-behavioural
therapy and other counselling practices with the basic tenets
of logotherapy. It is holistic and oriented towards personal growth.
Goals of MCCT
Counselling is essentially is
journey of exploration and discovery with the counsellor as a
- To discover new meanings of past, present
- To discover new purposes of life.
- To discover new understandings of self.
- To discover new ways of living and relating.
- To discover new meaningful roles in society.
Areas to be Explored
- Cognitive distortions.
- Behavioural handicaps.
- Affective regulations.
- Relationship difficulties.
- Coping difficulties and potentials.
- Confusions about self-identity.
- Confusions about meanings and values.
- Confusions about future directions.
- The four major needs of being significant,
belonging, growing, and making sense.
- The four major life tasks of growing up,
career, marriage and parenting.
- The four major life challenges of failure,
illness, ageing and dying.
- The four major internal barriers to fulfilment:
misguided ambitions, egocentricity, character defects and spiritual
"Change Strategies" and Intervention Techniques
Clarifying the present
Things are never what they appear to be, and
there is always the possibility of hidden meanings as well as
yet-to-be-discovered new meanings. That is why MCCT focuses on
clarifying and exploring the world of meanings.
- Clarifying present cognitions and exploring
more adaptive ones — including perceptions, assumptions, attitudes,
beliefs and mental habits, etc.
- Clarifying present feelings — identifying
and exploring the sources of negative and positive feelings.
- Clarifying the meaning of existential anxieties,
such as boredom, loneliness and fear of death.
- Clarifying the meaning of happiness, love
- Clarifying patterns of reactions and relating
and exploring more adaptive ones.
- Clarifying the meanings and exploring different
perspectives of the presenting problems.
- Clarifying and exploring the systems —
both family and cultural — in which the presenting problems
- Clarifying the context and exploring deeper
meanings of presenting problems.
- Clarifying the options and consequences
related to different choices.
- Clarifying the principles involved in finding
the best possible solution.
- Clarifying and exploring values, personal
projects and life goals.
- Clarifying and exploring personal needs
through reflections and self-examination.
Reviewing the past
The past holds the key to achieving new understandings
and personal growth. That is why guided life review plays a prominent
part in MCCT.
- Reviewing successes and failures in meeting
- Reviewing successes and failures in coping
with challenges and barriers.
- Reviewing past mistakes in order to make
amends and seek reconciliation.
- Reviewing past successes in order to be
grateful to the blessings.
- Reviewing critical incidents of helpful
and hindering events in major life tasks in order to identify
weaknesses and strengths in each of these areas.
- Reviewing the past in order to have a deeper
understanding of one’s identify and destiny.
- Reviewing the past in order to understand
the present and plan for the future.
- Reviewing the past in order to identify
the leitmotif and the driving force of one’s life.
- Reviewing narratives of the past in order
to revise the story line and the conclusion.
Exploring the future
MCCT is also future-oriented. It affirms the
possibilities of living a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
It also affirms the possibilities of making this world a better
place for self and others.
- Exploring and developing new internal and
- Exploring one’s resources and risks in
order to embark on new adventures.
- Exploring opportunities for serving others
and building communities.
- Exploring opportunities for making useful
contributions to society.
- Exploring opportunities of leaving a positive
- Exploring the new frontiers of one’s world
in order to identify new possibilities.
- Exploring new trends and forces of change
in order to identify new directions.
- Exploring the moral universe in order to
discover the importance of integrity, authenticity and courage.
- Exploring the spiritual realm in order
to discover a higher meaning and purpose for living and dying.
Who is Qualified to do MCCT?
Not every counsellor can do MCCT. One needs
to acquire competencies in the following areas:
- Major schools of counselling and psychotherapy,
such as logotherapy, existential therapy, cognitive-behavioural
therapy, Adlerian psychology, systems theories, and multi-cultural
- Major speciality areas, such as career
counselling, adolescent counselling, crisis counselling, marriage
and family counselling, addiction counselling, group counselling
and grief counselling.
- Knowledge of trends, undercurrents and
legal, ethical issues of contemporary society.
- Development of personal qualities of understanding,
empathy, integrity and authenticity.
- Mastery of principles and practices of
MCCT through course work and supervised practicum.
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