Master of Psychotherapy and Spirituality

Master of Psychotherapy and Spirituality Program (MPS)

The MPS degree integrates psychology, spirituality, and personal reflection in a supportive learning environment.  The program is broadly inclusive of all spiritual perspectives and traditions, and supports those who are seeking theorectical knowledge and practicum experiences that will prepare them for psychotherapy and spirituality counselling, art therapy, and/or pastoral counselling credentials. MPS graduates have credentialed with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA), BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC), the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA), and the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC/ACSS), among others.  View the MPS Degree Brochure.

 


General Psychotherapy and Spirituality Studies
All Students complete a core curriculum in psychotherapy and counselling skills development, with some students choosing one of our degree’s two specializations.  View MPS Program Description.


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).


MPS (Pastoral Counselling Specialization)
In addition to the training provided in the MPS program, the pastoral counselling specialization provides further grounding in theology and engages counselling as pastoral ministry. This specialization is an approved training program for Pastoral Counselling Education with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC/ACSS). The PC Specialization is under review and applications are not currently being accepted.

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

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate Degree from an institution of higher education approved by a Canadian provincial authority, or the demonstrated educational equivalent, in the area of psychology, pastoral theology, fine arts, counseling, social work, or the humanities and human sciences. Grade average minimum must be 72%/B/3.0 during last 60 credits of course weight
  • The academic ability to engage in graduate education; academic background in counselling and/or some experience in a helping role are desirable
  • Those wishing to pursue the art therapy specialization will need background experience in the fine arts, studio art, and the artistic creative process. Those wishing to pursue the pastoral counselling specialization will need background experience in developmental psychology and adult faith development
  • Evidence of commitment and ability to integrate spiritually-informed training into professional practice
  • Upon successful admission to the Program, students will be required to produce a Security Clearance Check

Practicum Placements and Career Possibilities Include

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