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Certificate in Group Intervention and Leadership

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  • Program requirements

Courses: Evenings & Weekends

 Become a Facilitative Group Leader

  • Acquire the tools to make the best decisions & interventions as possible for the group situation at hand.
  • Foster commitment, accountability, openness and transparency in your relations with others

Your will learn to:

  • Observe group development.
  • Understand organizations and the dynamics of change.
  • How to support organizational learning.
  • Give direction and create engagement towards a goal.
  • Develop self-awareness and personal mastery.
  • Connect with others through effective interpersonal skills.

Career Perspectives

  • Organizational Development Consultant
  • Community-Based Psychosocial Counsellor
  • Human Resources Generalist
  • Adult Learning Trainer
  • Process Facilitator
  • Human Resource Development Consultant

Applications: A step-by-step guide

STEP 1: Choose a program of study
STEP 2: Learn about admission requirements
STEP 3: Submit your application
STEP 4: Gather the documents needed for the assessment of your application
STEP 5: Assessment of your application
STEP 6: Accept your offer of admission
STEP 7: Choose your courses


Undergraduate programs:



Ontario applicants

From secondary school
Have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with at least six 4U or 4M level courses, including one 4U level course in English or français.

From Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT)

  • After one year of studies
    You are eligible if you have completed one year of a college program and have obtained the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with one language course (English or français) at the college or 4U level.
  • After a two- or three-year program
    If you have completed a two- or three-year college program, you can obtain up to 30 credits of advanced standing (transfer credits).

Our transfer agreements
Saint Paul University has developed a number of transfer agreements with colleges, allowing applicants to receive up to 30 equivalency credits. Find out more by consulting the tab entitled College Credit Transfer.

Quebec applicants

From secondary school
Have a Secondary School Diploma with an average of 84%, including one course in English or français at the Secondary V level.

From Cégep
Have completed 12 courses of general studies (not including physical education and refresher courses), including English (603) or français (601). Applicants who have successfully completed 12 courses of general studies may obtain up to 15 credits of advanced standing, and those who have successfully completed more than 12 courses of general studies may obtain up to 30 credits of advanced standing.

Applicants from the Atlantic and Western provinces

Have a Secondary School Diploma, including one course in English or français at the Grade 12 level.

Applicants from other universities

Applications from other Canadian or international universities will be assessed based on the applicant’s previous secondary and post-secondary studies. University equivalency credits may be granted depending on the studies completed and the program into which the person is admitted.

International applicants

Have a diploma attesting to 12 years of education equivalent to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Persons who have completed a secondary diploma attesting to 13 years of education, such as the Baccalauréat de l’enseignement secondaire français, can receive up to 30 credits of advanced standing. 

Mature applicants

When the applicant’s academic record does not meet normal conditions for admission, it is possible to apply as a mature applicant, provided that the person has not been enrolled in full-time studies for at least two consecutive years. In order to be considered for admission, applicants must have experience that can be considered sufficient preparation for pursuing undergraduate studies.



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If you are applying for admission to an undergraduate program at more than one Ontario university, including Saint Paul University:


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IMPORTANT NOTE: Because Saint Paul University is federated with the University of Ottawa, you will find programs offered by Saint Paul University listed under the University of Ottawa.


If you are applying for an undergraduate program at Saint Paul University only, or if you are applying for a master’s or doctoral program:

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In order for us to assess your application, you must submit official transcripts for all of your previous studies (secondary, college and university). These transcripts must be sent directly from your academic institution to the following address:


Saint Paul University
Office of Admissions and Student Services
223 Main Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1S 1C4


However, to expedite the assessment process for your application, you can scan your documents and e-mail them to the Office of Admissions at and then send your official documents through the mail.



Once the Office of Admissions receives all the required documents, it will begin to assess your application. One of the following decisions will be sent to you at the email address you gave us, as well as to your postal address.

Possible decisions

  • Offer of admission
    The Office of Admissions will send you an offer of admission (unconditional).  
  • Conditional offer of admission
    The Office of Admissions will make you a conditional offer of admission, with specific conditions that you must meet by a certain deadline. You can still proceed to registration (course selection).
  • Deferred decision
    The Office of Admissions can inform you that some information is missing and therefore the University is unable to make a decision regarding your eligibility. If applicable, the Office will tell you which documents to send and by what date.
  • Refusal
    The Office of Admissions will inform you of the reasons for the refusal.



To accept an offer of admission and a scholarship offer, if applicable, you must sign the form entitled Admission acceptance form that accompanies your offer of admission and send it to Saint Paul University by email, before the deadline, to the following address or mail it to:

Saint Paul University
Office of Admissions and Student Services
223 Main Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1S 1C4



With your offer of admission, you will receive all the information you will need to choose your courses. You will also receive the contact information for our academic advisors; you can meet with them one on one or during information sessions for guidance and to help you finalize your course selection.

Compulsory Courses (9 credits)

  • IGL 1103 Introduction to Group Dynamics
  • IGL 2136 Group Intervention Lab 1
  • IGL 2138 Group Intervention Lab 2

Optional Courses (21 credits)

15 credits from:

  • IGL 2109 Group Interventions and their Links with Psychology
  • IGL 2118 Personal Dynamics
  • IGL 2121 Group Leadership
  • IGL 2126 Group Intervention and Active Listening
  • IGL 2134 Community-Based Leadership
  • IGL 2137 Planning and Leading Group Intervention Projects
  • IGL 2141 Adult Learning, Development and Leadership

6 credits from:

  • IGL3104 Guided Readings
  • IGL3112 The Spiritual Dimensions of Leadership and Group Facilitation
  • IGL3119 Change Management in Organizations
  • IGL3129 Organizations and Leadership
  • IGL3140 Practicum 1: Initiation to Group Intervention in Organizations

Some courses have specific prerequisites.

IGL 1103 - Introduction to Group Dynamics

This course initiates participants to the group phenomenon and to different fundamental concepts, such as group typology, elements of group dynamics, as well as conditions and factors that are part of interpersonal and group communication. Participants learn to be aware of the quality of their participation and to develop their capacity to observe and to interact.

This course replaces HUM1103.

IGL 2109 - Group Interventions and their Links with Psychology

Presentation of various approaches in psychology. Theories of personality (psycho-analysis, behaviourism, etc.) and their links with group intervention and leadership. Particular attention is paid to the humanist model.

This course was previously ANI2109.

IGL 2118 - Personal Dynamics

This course promotes the development of personal and interpersonal skills that will be useful in the efficient guiding of groups. In this course will be developed one or the other of the humanist models: gestalt, transactional analysis, bio-energy, etc.

This course was previously ANI2118.

IGL 2121 - Group Leadership

This course defines various concepts: leadership, authority, membership, power, influence. It identifies the various types of leadership within a group. Through situational exercises, the course proposes various models to analyze and adjust one's leadership style to the context and to the desired outcomes.

This course was previously ANI2121.

IGL 2126 - Group Intervention and Active Listening

Focus on the active listening model as applied to group intervention and leadership. Listening skills for interpersonal and group situations such as empathy, congruence, paraphrasing, reflecting, feedback, questioning, process.

This course was previously ANI2126.

IGL 2134 - Community-Based Leadership

This course is an introduction to critical analysis and reflection on the social and community bases of our society. The student is made familiar with the various approaches and methodologies that have been developed. An introduction to collective intervention methodology (awareness-raising, empowerment, concerted actions, advocacy, etc.) will be presented. The course will provide an opportunity to make contact with community organizations.

This course was previously ANI2134.

IGL 2136 - Group Intervention Lab 1

Exploration and practice of basic group participatory processes and techniques. In-class filming of facilitation practices. Participation, facilitation and observation skills are developed as well the ability to observe, and to provide and receive insightful feedback. 

Prerequisite or concomitant: IGL1103. This course was previously ANI2136.

IGL 2137 - Planning and Leading Group Intervention Projects

Step-by-step learning of group project planning and realization: situational analysis, mission review, determination of priorities, goal-writing, resource evaluation, action plan, realization, monitoring and evaluation. Decision-making techniques are experimented with.

Prerequisite or concomitant: IGL2136. This course was previously ANI2137.

IGL 2138 - Group Intervention Lab 2

Reflection on group intervention and leadership practices and outcomes. Reflection on personal values and their potential impact on groups. Exploration and practice of advanced group participatory processes and techniques.

Prerequisite: IGL2136. This course was previously ANI2138.

IGL 2141 - Adult Learning, Development and Leadership

Introduction to the basic principles of adult education such as the specific aspects of adult learning, its developmental phases, recognition of its specific needs. These concepts are applied in group intervention and leadership situations with various clients. Case studies and role plays integrate theory into practice.

This course was previously ANI2141.

IGL 3104 - Guided Readings

Supervised personal project. Starting from personal or professional needs, the student will be able to research in-depth a theme allowing him or her to work on certain issues or to develop particular interests in the field of group interventions. These readings are done in close collaboration with a faculty member. The student registering in this course commits to active research in the chosen field.

This course was previously ANI3104.

IGL 3112 - The Spiritual Dimensions of Leadership and Group Facilitation

Deepening of one's conception of spirituality and presentation of various guiding methods adapted to personal development groups: self-training, support group meetings, life experience analysis and planned action. Community cooperation and psychosocial basics are addressed.

This course was previously ANI3112.

IGL 3119 - Change Management in Organizations

This training allows the student to learn how to identify and understand group dynamics and its evolution, and to study the impact of change on the group, including lack of motivation, conflicts and lack of cohesion. Applications to various clienteles may be explored.

Prerequisites: IGL1103 and IGL 2136. This course was previously ANI3119.

IGL 3129 - Organizations and Leadership

Strategic planning methods that guide business and non-profit organizations in charting a future direction are presented. Students learn to facilitate big picture strategy development and to plan a successful strategic planning retreat. Topics include facilitation of mission, vision and values statements, situation analysis including competitive assessment, and the alignment of project planning with high level planning.

Prerequisite: IGL2138. This course was previously ANI3129.

IGL 3140 - Practicum 1: Initiation to Group Intervention in Organizations

This practical training allows the student to observe how actual facilitation of groups is done, by pairing with a mentor who has a background in the field. Group and individual meetings give the opportunity to discuss and evaluate the knowledge, the know-how and the interpersonal presence involved in this practice.

Prerequisite: IGL 2136. This course was previously ANI3140.

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