Course Descriptions (CHRTP)

ART THERAPY FUNDAMENTALS [CHRTP321]
Art therapy, a specialized field in counselling psychology, provides a natural vehicle for promoting integrative, holistic approach to psychological healing. This course introduces students to the use of the arts in therapy and to think critically about this unique synthesis.  What role do the arts play in social and cultural life?  How might this role extend to counselling and therapy? There will be a major experiential studio component where students will integrate their learning with arts-based activities and projects. Maximum enrollment: 16.
ART THERAPY: THE ARTFUL-SPIRITUAL CONNECTION [CHRTP521]
Art Psychotherapy brings the areas of creativity, spirituality and healing together. This graduate-level course brings you into the Art Therapy studio for both experiential and theoretical learning around the traditions, theoretical approaches, ethics and history of Art Therapy. Students will be introduced to the spontaneous art therapy approach and have the opportunity to explore directed clinical interventions    pertaining to varied populations.  The course is intended for self and professional development. This course will be of interest to those   studying and working in mental health, spiritual care, counseling, nursing, fine arts and education. Group and individual work, lecture format, readings and assignments integrate course materials in the area of spirituality, psychotherapy, art therapy theory and practice. No art experience required.  Maximum enrollment: 16. Materials fee $35.
ECO-THEOLOGY [CHRTP319]
How does our understanding of humanity’s place in the  universe impact the sustainability of the earth?  This course will look at diverse faith traditions and, through their theologies and creation stories, how they have understood their relationship to the earth.  We will then explore a new creation story, taking into account what science has learned about the origins of the universe.  Through this new creation story and what it teaches us about our relationship to the rest of creation comes hope for the healing for the earth. This course may be of interest to students from diverse fields including Environmental Studies, Sciences, Education, Political Science, Business, Theology, and Religious Studies.
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN THEOLOGY [CHRTP411 and CHRTP511]
Directed reading or research in a chosen area of theology.
INQUIRY, EVALUATION AND SEARCH FOR KNOWLEDGE [CHRTP771]
Generating knowledge through research is a graduate  studies expectation.  Graduate students bring to their research development not only worldview and cultural perspectives but also theological assumptions.  What are these subtle shapers? This course will draw on theological and spiritual ideas,  concepts, and values to illustrate their influence on how the researcher questions, discerns, explores, gathers knowledge, works with findings and communicates results. Students must hold a Masters degree or equivalent.
INTRODUCTION TO DRAMA THERAPY [CHRTP382]
Drama therapy is inherently a spiritual endeavour that   connects mind, body, heart and soul.  In this course you will explore the nature of this form of psychotherapy and its role in health and healing. Students make use of masks and puppets, working with theatre games, improvisation, role-play, playback theatre, and psychodrama in various therapeutic settings.
INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC THERAPY [CHRTP381]
Introduction to the discipline of music therapy.  Theory and practical applications for a variety of special clinical populations are explored.  Case studies and methods are used to demonstrate the physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual applications of music. Students will gain an experiential understanding of the use of music for self-exploration and spiritual development.
JUNGIAN PSYCHOLOGY [CHRTP523]
Psychotherapeutic process and spirituality is explored in the context of Jungian analytic thought.  This course integrates key concepts such as projection, transference, and typology in exploring the individuation process. Further exploration will be made of dreams, the numinous and the psyche-soma relationship as they relate to psychological development and the Jungian therapeutic process.
MINDFULNESS FOR TEACHERS [CHRTP330]
“Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life. To be mindful is to be truly alive, present and at one with those around you and with what you are doing.” [cite:plumvillage.org]This course will help you develop and nurture the energy of mindfulness in your own life and in turn in the lives of your students. In this course you will:

  • Increase body/mind awareness by practicing various forms of meditation
  • Develop your ability to be ‘present’ with your students
  • Explore the possibilities of contemplative play
  • Develop mindfulness exercises for students of varied age levels
  • Consider how the arts can be used for contemplation and transformation
NEW ISSUES IN THEOLOGY [CHRTP117]
This course considers developments and controversies in contemporary theology and their implications for faith and practice.  We will explore the above question and others in light of our opinions and the cultural and theological factors that shape them.
POP CULTURE AND THEOLOGY [CHRTP315]
How are deep questions of meaning in human experience expressed in pop culture? This course is for those who want to explore Theology in  relation to cultural phenomena, including ideas, attitudes, memes, and images in contemporary society. Through film, novel and graphic novel, short story and   poetry, we will consider the depth and superficiality of pop culture as it relates to various theological themes.
PSYCHOTHERAPY AND SPIRITUALITY: AN INTRODUCTION [CHRTP383]
This course explores the theory and practice of psychotherapy, pastoral counseling, and spiritual care: therapeutic work, current theory, personal  reflection, and group process. Maximum enrollment: 16.
QUESTING FAITH: THINKING ABOUT GOD [CHRTP312]
In this course we will consider major questions of faith: God and humanity, good and evil, hope and transformation.  You will be encouraged to consider your own faith journey in dialogue with your colleagues in response to various authors.The following key topics will be explored:

  • The spiritual journey in a secular world
  • Personal vocation and social conscience
  • Contemplation, prayer, mysticism
  • The ‘changing face’ of God
  • The roles of arts and science in theology
SPECIAL TOPICS: RELIGION AND MADNESS [CHRTP400]
This class will explore the intersections between religion and madness in all its forms. From the apocalyptic paranoia of Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple to the ecstatic chaos of the Toronto Blessing, we will investigate the relationships between mental illness and charismatic leadership; revolution and the sacred; and collective exuberance and innovation. We will look into the potential of this intersection both in terms of the dangers posed by such moments and charismatic leaders and the potential for innovation and the development of new religious practices, ideologies, and theologies.
SCRIPTURE AS STORY [CHRTP305]
Explores how the elements of story employed by the Gospel writers and editors shaped their understanding of the person of Jesus and his followers.
SEXUAL ETHICS IN A MULTI-FAITH CONTEXT [CHRTP316]
Explores how the elements of story employed by the Gospel writers and editors shaped their understanding of the person of Jesus and his followers.
SPECIAL TOPICS: INTRO TO WICCAN THEOLOGY [CHRTP400]
Introducing foundational ideas and practices of the New Religious Movement of Wicca. Wicca is
polytheistic, syncretic, and experiential. It draws from Western occultism, European folk magic and tradition, feminism, ecological theology, and queer theory. The course mixes lecture, discussion of readings, writing and practice.
SPIRITUAL ASSESSMENT IN THE PROMOTION OF HEALTH [INTD577]
As an element of whole person health assessment, spiritual assessment is of interest to a broad spectrum of health as well as ministry professionals. Emphasis is placed on consideration of theories and skills needed for the practice of spiritual assessment. The course provides a context for interdisciplinary reflection on understandings of the human person, health, health promotion, spirituality, spiritual needs, and spiritual care. Students are invited to explore their own spirituality and various approaches to assessing the spiritual based on a variety of definitions and understandings of spirituality. Specific models and tools for spiritual assessment will be considered, two will be looked at in depth, and students will have opportunities to bring theory as well as experience together in both group and individual exercises of spiritual assessment rooted in their ministry/health practice. Minimum enrollment: 10 students.
THEOLOGY AND THE ARTS [CHRTP311]
This course explores how the Sacred is experienced and  expressed through the visual arts, music, and dance. Students consider theological aesthetics as witness/consumer and experientially through art making as a   spiritual, contemplative, practice. Maximum enrollment: 16.