Department of Psychotherapy and Spirituality


For a good read follow this link to a CCPA Counselling Connect Blog titled
“The Unintended Benefits of a Counselling Degree – Part 1”

Watch Nicole Imgrund, MAPPC Alumnae and Associate Faculty speak on the
regulations in the counselling profession – CTV Interview

Master of Psychotherapy and Spirituality Program (MPS)

We offer professional degrees and certificates in counselling, psychotherapy, and art therapy within a holistic health framework integrated with spirituality. Our students are invited into their own process of creative exploration, healing and transformational learning. The quality of presence that is nurtured here prepares future clinicians, researchers and community leaders to better serve those in need. Students are trained and develop clinical and professional competencies through course and studio work, independent studies, practicum placements, clinical supervision, personal therapy and thesis requirements.
Graduates become professional, certified and registered members of many professional counselling, psychotherapy and art therapy associations (including CCPA and CATA) and are prepared to qualify for the emerging newly established regulatory colleges including the CRPO (College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario).
Please visit our page “St Stephen’s in the Community” to see the vast array of professional connections to which St Stephen’s has partnered with to ensure that our students have the best training available.

General Psychotherapy and Spirituality Studies
All Students complete a core curriculum in psychotherapy and counselling skills development, with some students choosing the art therapy specialization.

MPS Curriculum Outline

Admission Requirements
Application (Application Deadline February 1)

MPS (Art Therapy Specialization)
Art therapy is an evolving professional field that engages the healing process through creativity. This specialization augments spiritually oriented counselling training with focused attention on developing a strong professional identity as an art therapist.  This training program is accredited by the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA).

Curriculum Outline - MPS-Art Therapy Specialization

Admission Requirements
Application (Application Deadline February 1)

Post-Master’s Art Therapy Certificate

We Offer

  • A diverse curriculum that combines academic rigour with opportunities for personal reflection and integration
  • Small class sizes
  • Inclusive, respectful multi-faith and multi-cultural perspectives
  • Various course formats: week-long intensives, online, individual mentoring
  • Dynamic, experienced and accessible faculty teaching in their areas of experience and committed to your learning
  • Flexibility to develop and focus on your own areas of interest
  • Open to cutting-edge approaches to research; supportive of arts-based and other new and diverse approaches to research
  • A diverse, engaged student community
  • An opportunity to discover new depths of mind and spirit
  • Practicum placements and supervision

Practicum Placements and Career Possibilities Include

  • Mental Health Agencies
  • Schools
  • Institutions
  • Career Counselling
  • Private Practice
  • Hospitals
  • Social Service Agencies
  • …and many more!