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  • To conduct research projects that tap into the areas of positive psychology, psychotherapy, mental health, spirituality and well-being,
  • To engage in the exchange of knowledge with other researchers, students, government policy makers, and community agencies, 
  • To build research networks, nationally and internationally,
  • To support new professors in the development of their research career,
  • To support members in their application for external funding of research projects,
  • To disseminate research findings through the production of publications and the organization of research conferences,
  • To develop links with other institutions and research groups so as to foster the research domain of psychotherapy and spirituality,
  • To support the development of academic research within the existing programs of the School, such as MA and Ph.D. theses,
  • To train graduate students in research skills, project development, research dissemination and the application of research findings to real-life situations,
  • To foster a passion for research at the undergraduate level by providing opportunities for students to engage in volunteer work on research projects,
  • To foster interdisciplinary collaboration (such as counselling, spirituality, psychology, neuroscience, anthropology, philosophy and/or pastoral theology),
  • To support the effort of research dissemination through the Journal of Counselling and Spirituality/Counseling et spiritualité (e.g., supporting the recruitment of potential reviewers for articles and book reviews),
  • To offer the potential for post-doctoral work at Saint Paul University, and
  • To invite visiting scholars to participate in research and teaching at Saint Paul University.