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The Faculty of Human Sciences at Saint Paul University offers a graduate program leading to a Graduate Diploma in Couple Counselling and Spirituality. This diploma is conferred jointly by the Senates of Saint Paul University and the University of Ottawa under the terms of the federation agreement between them.

Professionals who seek to update their credentials and skills in the area of couple therapy, by completing the Diploma, will have met the requirements, in the area of theory and therapy, of the marriage and family courses required towards certification by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT). AAMFT Clinical Membership pre-requisites include three master’s courses in MFT theory and three courses in MFT training.

This program is intended for professionals who are already experienced counselors and who would like to specialize in couple counselling. 

Admission to the graduate programs in counselling and spirituality is governed by the General Regulations of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS).

Applications are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree with honours or with a major in a related discipline such as counselling, spirituality, practical theology, health care, psychology, social work, pastoral studies or a discipline judged equivalent to these;
  • Completion of 24 credits in total in psychology and sociology;
  • Completion of 6 credits in theology or religious studies or a discipline deemed equivalent*;
  • Completion of a counselling training with clinical experience (a minimum of 120 hours of supervised direct, face-to-face, contact with clients);
  • An average of at least 70% (B) calculated in accordance with FGPS guidelines.

A maximum of three credits in equivalencies or advanced standing may be granted. To be eligible, the credits in question must not have counted towards the requirements of a previous diploma or degree. Candidates who have already successfully completed some of the compulsory credits may be allowed to replace those credits with elective credits. For details, consult section B.2.7. of the "General Regulations of the FGPS.

Transfer from Graduate Diploma to MA Degree Program

Students registered in the graduate diploma program can request to transfer to the MA in Counselling and Spirituality in accordance with regulation A. 7.1 of the "General regulations" of the FGPS.

*Students wishing to pursue their studies in counselling and spirituality at the master's level must complete an additional 6 credits in theology, religious studies or a discipline deemed equivalent (for a total of 12 credits) prior to submitting their application for admission to the master's.

Some additional documents, and in some cases specific forms, are required. For more information, please see the page Step 4: Gather the documents needed for the assessment of your application.

Graduate Diploma Requirements (18 credits)

Core Courses (12 cr.):
IPA5138 THEORIES OF FAMILY SYSTEMS AND INTERVENTION (3cr.)
IPA5144 SPIRITUALITY AND COUNSELLING (3cr.)
IPA6312 COUPLES, FAMILY DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH (3cr.)
IPA7104 THEORIES OF COUPLE COUNSELLING (3cr.)

Optional Courses (6 cr.) two from the following:
IPA5129 GROUP DYNAMICS AND COUNSELLING (3cr.)
IPA5134 PRACTICAL THEOLOGY (3cr.)
IPA5142 WORKING WITH TRAUMA AND VIOLENCE IN COUPLES AND FAMILIES (3cr.)
IPA5161 UNDERSTANDING THE TRAUMA OF SEXUAL ABUSE (3cr.)
IPA6130 COUPLES, FAMILIES AND ADDICTIONS (3cr.)
IPA7102 PHENOMENOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS IN LOVE AND MARRIAGE (3cr.)
IPA7109 SURVEY OF SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION AND TREATMENT (3cr.)
IPA7205 PRACTICUM IN COUPLE AND FAMILY COUNSELLING (6cr.)

Course Sequence
The compulsory courses will be offered every year.

Minimum Standards

The passing grade in all courses is C+. Students who fail two courses (equivalent to 6 credits) or the same course twice must withdraw from the program.

Duration of the Program

The requirements of the diploma must be fulfilled within three years of initial registration in the program.

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IPA 5129 - Group Dynamics and Counselling

This course introduces theories, principles and practices in group therapy designed to help prepare future professionals to work with people in various settings. Group processes are covered through interactive discussions, small group participation, role plays, and other observations.

IPA 5131 - Methodology of Empirical Research

This course helps the students to develop skills for the critical evaluation of empirical research in the human sciences and the application of these skills in graduate research projects and theses. Qualitative and quantitative methods of gathering and validating scientific evidence in observation, case, evaluation, correlational and experimental studies. The formation of problems, structured questions, causal and non-causal hypotheses; operational definitions; dependent, extraneous and randomized variables; the selection of samples. Research ethics will be examined.

IPA 5134 - Practical Theology

This course presents new developments in Practical Theology with its particular interdisciplinary perspectives on faith and practice. The origins and development of Practical Theology are presented as a background to its specific methods and content. Practical Theology is situated within the modern context of theology. The course introduces the pastoral practitioner and the student of theology to theological examination of the components of ministry and of contemporary expressions of faith.

IPA 5138 - Theories of Family Systems and Intervention

This course presents a history of the family systems theories with individuals, couples, and families with a major focus on advanced family systems theories and interventions.Theories covered include Structural, Strategic, Bowen, Narrative, Solution Focused and more. Attention is paid to assessment of functional and dysfunctional family systems. The student/practitioner will learn interviewing, assessment and restructuring techniques, and how to explore family rules, systems, values and boundaries

IPA 5142 - Working with Trauma and Violence in Couples and Families

The goal of this course is to provide a conceptual framework, including theory, research and interventions that will enable the students to understand and treat trauma and violence in couples and family relationships. The course will present an attachment perspective and research on trauma and outline advanced family systems therapeutic assessments and interventions for trauma survivors and their families.

IPA 5144 - Spirituality and Counselling

This course presents the human experience as the common bond linking theology, counselling and spirituality. A variety of approaches in theology and in counselling will be studied, including: The relationship between the stages of moral (human) development and the images of God, how psychology helps make the difference between an unhealthy theology, and a healthy one, that gives rise to a spirituality enriching us in our growth and development.

IPA 5146 - Professional Ethics

Students are oriented to relevant professional organizations; the need for liability insurance, codes of ethics, professional standards and certification is examined. The course reviews major contemporary issues that surround the practice of pastoral counselling (e.g., confidentiality and its limits, record keeping, informed consent, the legal concerns impacting pastoral counselling) and research. The student is introduced to the processes of ethical reasoning and ethical decision-making. The need for continued training and supervised practice leading to certification will be discussed. Considerable attention is given to the role of informed judgment and peer consultation in resolving ethical dilemmas.

IPA 5149 - Professional Issues and Ethics in Spiritual Care

This course introduces the student to professional issues and ethical concerns which shape and flow from the caring context in health care services. The student is oriented to the process of ethical and professional standards and their implementation. Using case histories and ethical dilemmas the student is guided in dealing with both general and specific professional concerns such as the use of ethical frames of reference in decision making, respect for liberty in the formation of conscience, the need for and the limits of confidentiality, the use of charting research questions in health care, and the impact of teamwork in patient care. The students will also be invited to grapple with specific moral issues such as abortion, euthanasia, life prolongation, and the use of scarce resources.

IPA 5161 - Understanding the Trauma of Sexual Abuse

The goal of this course is to present an overview of the theory, research, clinical and treatment issues related to trauma and childhood sexual abuse. This course will introduce the theories of trauma from a family systems perspective. Effects of sexual abuse in terms of developmental issues over the life span, associated symptomatology of sexual abuse and trauma, and related clinical issues and practices.

IPA 5162 - Counselling and Spirituality: Selected Topics II

Study of a particular area in counselling and Spirituality.

IPA 5163 - Counselling and Spirituality: Selected Topics III

Study of a particular area in counselling and Spirituality.

IPA 5164 - Counselling and Spirituality: Selected Topics IV

Study of a particular area in counselling and Spirituality.

IPA 6103 - Spirituality and Human Development

This course examines psychological and sociological theories of human development as they relate to the religious and spiritual dimensions of the human personality. More particularly, it looks at the impact of individual growth and development, cultural and social processes of religious experience, healthy and unhealthy religion, conversion and faith, religious attitude and maturity. Practical implications will be drawn from theory.

IPA 6108 - Psychopathology and Treatment

Concepts such as normality and abnormality, and the inter-relationship of perceptual, cognitive and affective dimensions are discussed. Motivational, social, behavioural and inter-personal components of human functioning and reviewed. This course presents the mental disorders, distinguishing the neurotic and psychotic disorders. The neuroses, transient reactions to stress, psychological factors in physical illnesses, personality disorders and affective disorders are treated in depth. Each class of disorders is viewed from the point of view of its etiology, diagnostic indicators, assessment, research and treatment. An explanation of the factors that foster an individual’s invulnerability to stress, trauma, and genetic predispositions is presented. The interplay of stressors, interpersonal and intrapersonal resources, life history and community is emphasized in the etiology and course of the disorders and normal functioning. Disordered functioning is seen as a person’s attempt to come to terms with the demands of living.

IPA 6115 - Personal Development Seminar

The focus of this seminar is to develop and integrate all dimensions of student’s lives. This integration is vital to successful work as a counselor. In this seminar students develop self-understanding and perceptiveness of the environment they find themselves in. The emphasis will be on the identification of problem areas in their lives and in finding creative ways of resolving them.

IPA 6120 - Theories of Individual Counselling and Psychotherapy

This course provides a brief overview of the history of counselling theory and its orientations and trends. It attends to the nature of theory building and its interconnection to practice and research. It presents, critically in depth, representative theories from the current major orientations (e.g., experiential, cognitive, psychodynamic, behavioural) with a focus on the integration of understanding, assessment and treatment in the counselling process. In the presentation of theories, attention is given to the integration of theory, research and practice. Each theory is discussed with reference to its practical application, effectiveness and limitations. The manner in which one or more of these theories has been applied to pastoral counselling practice and in the development of pastoral counselling models, and in the development of a person’s spiritual and religious life is covered. 

IPA 6130 - Couples, Families and Addictions

The goal of this course is to present an in depth examination of the specific characteristics, dynamics and best therapeutic practices in working with individual, couples and families affected by chronic addiction. It will focus on the challenges faced by professionals working with the addicted person or family and will teach ways to overcome those challenges. It will offer information regarding recovery issues and will provide students with systemic therapy interventions and resources for their work with this population.

IPA 6131 - Grief

Is intended to provide an understanding of the process of grieving and an awareness of how loss can be integrated, in order to guide service providers in their work. Through examining these issues, the student will become familiar with the psychological and spiritual dimensions of mourning, signs of distress, and factors that influence the grieving process.

IPA 6132 - Themes Related to End of Life

The psychological, social, spiritual, and religious components of themes related to end of life. This course will enrich critical thinking of the professionals working with individuals who are at the end and with those close to them.

Prerequisites: IPA6151 and IPA6131. Equivalent to the course NSG6135 Palliative/End of Life Care: An Interprofessional approach.

IPA 6133 - End of Life Pain Management

This course will be offered in a modular format and will touch on the psychological, cultural and spiritual impact of pain and suffering at the end of life.

Prerequisites: IPA6151 and IPA6131. Students having completed the course PHT6544 Mécanisme et prise en charge de la douleur en physiothérapie (1.5cr.) or ERG6550 Perspective particulière en ergothérapie: Pain and Occupational Therapy (1.5cr.) will be credited half of the modules.

IPA 6134 - Ethical Issues at the End of Life

This course aims to provide training in bioethics, focusing on problems that may arise at the end of life. The course will examine the values that underlie bioethical dilemmas.

Prerequisites: IPA6151 and IPA6131 or be registered into the Graduate Diploma in Catholic Bioethics.

IPA 6135 - INTERNAL CLINICAL PRACTICUM IN INDIVIDUAL COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY I (Part 1 of 2)

Theoretical study of individual counselling and individual psychotherapy; application of various psychotherapeutic situations, role plays, viewing of audiovisual recordings of experts in the field; effective use of self in counselling and psychotherapy; individual counselling and psychotherapy sessions with clients, including clinical supervision with psychologists or registered psychotherapists, at the Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre of Saint Paul University. Topics include active listening, paraphrasing, reflecting content and emotions, asking open and closed questions, summary, the intake interview, conceptualization of cases and writing reports and distinguishing a suicidal crisis and its appropriate responses, assessment of the client’s needs, personal and religious development, current capabilities, and circumstances of living, evaluation of the client’s emotional patterns, cognitive style, interpersonal patterns, and strategies for living along with ethical principles guiding professional practice. Graded P/F.

IPA 6136 - INTERNAL CLINICAL PRACTICUM IN INDIVIDUAL COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY I (Part 2 of 2)

Challenges relating to boundary issues, client resources, psycho-spiritual assessment, relaxation and guided imagery, anxiety, depression, loss and grief, client resistance, self-disclosure, trauma, abuse, anger, diverse and multicultural populations, ending the therapeutic relationship. Graded P/F.

Prerequisite: IPA6135.

IPA 6137 - INTERNAL CLINICAL PRACTICUM IN INDIVIDUAL COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY II

Deepening of clinical techniques and skills gained through IPA6135 and IPA6136. Graded P/F.

Prerequisite: IPA6136.

IPA 6138 - INTERNAL CLINICAL PRACTICUM IN INDIVIDUAL COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY III (Part 1 of 2)

Theoretical study of individual counselling and individual psychotherapy; application of various psychotherapeutic situations, role plays, viewing of audiovisual recordings of experts in the field; effective use of self in counselling and psychotherapy; sessions of individual counselling and psychotherapy with clients, including clinical supervision with psychologists or registered psychotherapists, at the Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre of Saint Paul University. Topics to include professional ethics and record keeping, psychological and spiritual coping strategies, psychodynamic of clients, theories of attachment, sexual abuse, transactional analysis, drugs and addictions, conditions of post-traumatic stress. Graded P/F.

Prerequisite: IPA6137.

IPA 6139 - INTERNAL CLINICAL PRACTICUM IN INDIVIDUAL COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY III (Part 2 of 2)

Mindfulness, search for meaning and transcendence, confidence, anger, shame and guilt, individuation, death and mourning, crisis intervention, diverse and multicultural populations. Graded P/F.

Prerequisite: IPA6138.

IPA 6140 - INTERNAL CLINICAL PRACTICUM IN COUPLE AND FAMILY COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY I

Theoretical study of couple and family therapy, therapy application to various situations and within role plays, and video of various expert intervention modalities, effective use of self in counselling and psychotherapy, counselling and psychotherapy sessions with clients (couples and/or families), including clinical supervision with psychologists or registered psychotherapists, at the Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre of Saint Paul University. Topics include advanced systems theory (EFT (therapy focusing on emotions); psychodynamic (imago; object relations, solution-centred); cognitive behaviour; attachment theory). Graded P/F.

IPA 6141 - INTERNAL CLINICAL PRACTICUM IN COUPLE AND FAMILY COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY II

Advanced Systemic Therapeutic Interventions: commitment and evaluation, use of self, the integration of spirituality, diverse and multicultural populations. Graded P/F.

Prerequisite: IPA6140.

IPA 6151 - Spirituality and Adaptation to Illness

Examines the phenomenology and etiology of health and illness. Emphasizes the creation of opportunities for human and spiritual growth. It examines the tensions that negatively affect certain types of terminal illness, their implications and effects on individuals, their families, and the community. It also examines the role of pastoral workers and how fears, guilt, feelings of inadequacy, and troubled interpersonal relationships can lead to hope, forgiveness, self-fulfillment, and human and spiritual growth. This course will enrich the critical thinking of professionals working with individuals who are at the end of life and with those close to them.

IPA 6152 - Theology and Spiritual Care

This course provides students with a critical theological understanding and means of developing the practice of pastoral ministry in the health care services. It presents an anthropological study of the human experience of health, illness, healing, suffering and dying, and a theological reflection on these in the light of the different Christian traditions. It presents the resources for care: principles of human development, principles of human helping; reflections on pastoral care practice; paradigms for care; skills for interpersonal caring; reflections on rituals used in caring; and insights into personalized religion and spirituality.

IPA 6156 - Research Seminar

Students are responsible for choosing a theme and obtaining approval from the research seminar’s director. The chosen theme must correspond to the students’ research interest, the thesis director’s areas of expertise or another professor who will collaboratively play the advisory role overseeing the development of the research project.

Prerequisite: IPA6155 RESEARCH SEMINAR PREPARATION.

IPA 6160 - Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Practicum I

This beginner practicum provides a learning situation whereby students develop personal and professional qualifications for ministry as a chaplain / spiritual care clinician. Students are systematically initiated to the functions and concerns of pastoral care services. Students are trained in the basic skills as they bear on the spiritual, emotional and religious needs of the patients, family and staff. This practicum consists of group activities, placement, written exercises and personal development seminar.

IPA 6161 - Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Practicum II

This practicum continues the experience gained in #1. Students learn more of the functions and concerns of spiritual care services; to the organization of a spiritual care department; to the practices and procedures for the implementation of spiritual care. The following methods encompass this experiential learning: supervised practice of ministry, lectures, seminars and didactics, personal development seminar, verbatim/ virtual visit reporting, individual supervision, and reflection reports.

IPA 6181 - Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Extended Practicum I

This beginner extended unit practicum provides a learning situation in a hospital, health care institution, prison, or parish whereby students develop personal and professional qualifications for ministry as a chaplain / spiritual care clinician. Students are systematically initiated to the functions and concerns of pastoral care services; to the organization of a spiritual care department; to the practices and procedures for the implementation of spiritual care. Students are trained in the basic communication and assessment skills as they bear on the spiritual, emotional and religious needs of the patients, family and staff.

IPA 6182 - Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Extented Practicum II

This extended practicum continues the learning whereby students develop personal and professional qualifications for ministry as a chaplain / spiritual care clinician. Students deepen the functions and concerns of pastoral care services. Students are trained in the advanced communication and assessment skills as they bear on the spiritual, emotional and religious needs of the patients, family and staff.

IPA 6183 - Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Extented Practicum III

This advanced extended practicum solidifies the experience gained whereby students develop personal and professional qualifications for ministry as a chaplain / spiritual care clinician. Students learn more of the functions and concerns of spiritual care services. Students are trained in the greater communication and assessment skills as they bear on the spiritual, emotional and religious needs of the patients, family and staff.

IPA 6184 - Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Extented Practicum IV

This advanced extended practicum solidifies the experience gained whereby students develop personal and professional qualifications for ministry as a chaplain / spiritual care clinician. Students learn more of the functions and concerns of spiritual care services. Students are trained in the greater communication and assessment skills as they bear on the spiritual, emotional and religious needs of the patients, family and staff.

IPA 6260 - Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Summer Practicum

This practicum provides a learning situation in a hospital whereby students develop personal and professional qualifications for ministry as an intern chaplain / spiritual care clinician. Students are systematically initiated to the functions and concerns of spiritual care services and acquire a knowledge base of the practices and procedures for the implementation of spiritual care. Students are trained in communication and assessment skills in order to meet the spiritual, emotional and religious needs of patients, families and staff.

IPA 6301 - THEOLOGICAL QUESTIONS IN FAMILY LIFE

This course treats the interrelation of contemporary family life and Christian faith. It examines the questions raised for theology and pastoral care by new values and lifestyles in the family. It offers a critical assessment of the forces responsible for these changes. In light of this analysis, it presents new possibilities for pastoral care. Among the questions treated are: faith and the sacrament of marriage; conjugal love and procreation; pastoral care of the divorced and separated; role relations in the family; family spirituality.

IPA 6312 - Couples, Family Development and Growth

Introduction to the psychology of individuals, couple and family development and growth and provided knowledge of personality development over the life span. This course will review attachment over the life span, the stages of development from childhood to adulthood, and corresponding changes in family roles, as well as advanced therapeutic interventions.

IPA 7102 - Phenomenology of Human Relationships in Love and Marriage

This course examines the representation, practices, and issues of love and relationships. These issues will be examined through various systems theories, and then brought into everyday applied practice for counselors. The course will present aspects of love in committed relationships, review the literature and psychology theory on these aspects, and work with doing applied therapy on these aspects.

IPA 7103 - THEOLOGICAL QUESTIONS IN MARITAL COUNSELLING

This course examines the process of pastoral counselling with special reference to marital counseling. It looks at the value orientation of the marital counsellor, the place of religious values and resources in the counselling process, and the religious and moral development of the couple. The Christian dimension of certain ethical issues in marital counselling such as human sexuality, parenthood and divorce are explored as well as religious growth as it relates to the life cycle of the couple.

IPA 7104 - Theories of Couple Counselling

The goal of this course is to provide an overview of the history and nature of theories of couple counselling. This course will introduce the central theories and concepts guiding couple therapy, including attachment, family systems, Emotionally Focused, experiential, and humanistic and the recent research related to couple therapy. There will be a particular focus on the skills, assessment and practice associated with Emotionally Focused therapy. Couple relationships both on the conscious and unconscious levels of functioning are examined and conceptualized.

IPA 7105 - Assessment Procedures in Counselling and Spirituality

This course approaches assessment from a non-testing perspective and by the use of clinical material. The major emphasis is given to the use of theoretical concepts to assess the internal and external factors that contribute to personal and interpersonal functioning or dysfunctioning. The clinical material for this assessment is derived from structured and unstructured interviews. The means and ways to assess individual’s strength and resources to cope with life demands are discussed. The use of applications that are linked to major current theoretical orientations (e.g., experiential, cognitive, psychodynamic, behavioural) are introduced. When to make referrals for assessment to another professional will be introduced. The ethics, limitations and purpose of assessments are integrated into the course.

IPA 7108 - Integrative Seminar

This seminar is intended to be a place and time for students to integrate their diverse learning experiences: theoretical courses, practicum, research and the personal impact of their encounters with clients and their participation on a team. The material which will be provided by students themselves, emerges from their theoretical learning and practical experiences. The goal is to form and inform students= pastoral attitudes, approach and strategies from a multidisciplinary perspective, including that of Christian faith and tradition.

IPA 7109 - Survey of Sexual Dysfunction and Treatment

The purpose of this course is to present the history and development of dysfunctions in the field of human sexuality and to survey various treatments for couples. This course will examine the human development of sexual expressions in their male and female dysfunctions; the biological and psychological determinants; sexual dysfunction and marital interaction and sexual assessment and applied treatment within individual; and couple therapy.

IPA 7162 - Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Practicum III

Students learn advanced skills in ministry to the sick, their families, as well as other specific settings in keeping with the students learning goals. They perfect and consolidate basic attitudes. Students are responsible for more complex ministry situations such as palliative care and mental health. They are taught to foster team work in a caring community as part of a spiritual care team.

IPA 7163 - Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Practicum IV

Students learn advanced skills in spiritual care to the sick, their families, as well as other specific settings in keeping with the students learning goals. Students also are required to make presentations in class or to other professionals on a topic of their expertise. They are taught to foster team work in a caring community as part of a spiritual care team. The following methods encompass this experiential learning: supervised practice of ministry, lectures, seminars and didactics, integration seminar, verbatim/ virtual visit reporting, individual supervision, and reflection reports.

IPA 8101 - Spirituality and Counselling

Study of qualitative and hermeneutical methods as these are used in the social sciences and in theological study of spirituality. Comparative study of one or more Christian spiritual traditions and one or more spiritual traditions within other religions and secular culture to increase understanding and practice of spirituality. The course is designed to highlight the role of spirituality in the emotional well-being and adjustment of individuals. This course will treat the question of personal and spiritual growth. The importance of spiritual practices and the overall relationship of spirituality to the counselling process will also be considered.

IPA 8102 - Counselling in Multi-Faith and Cross-Cultural Settings

This course examines counselling in a culturally pluralistic spiritual and religious context. It examines the possibility of mutuality and dialogue using a comparative religions approach from social science and theological perspectives. The theory and practice proposed focuses on the differing spiritual and secular humanist journeys of the counsellor and the client, and the possibility of meeting in difference. Topics covered include: the impact of enculturation, intercultural identity, inter-religious dialogue, intercultural competence on both parties; the ways in which intercultural competence and intercultural growth contribute to spiritual growth. The course enables counsellors and their clients to assess the extent to which spiritual values, beliefs and practices are an asset or a liability for clients in reaching their counselling goals.

IPA 8103 - Issues in Special Populations

This course treats issues related to the needs and social status of certain special populations. Accumulated data on group characteristics and challenges facing some special populations, such as those who are aged or those who are homeless, are critically reviewed. Membership in some social groups may involve loss of social privileges, as well as diminished access to mental and health care resources. Students explore issues related to the unique spiritual and mental health needs of these groups, their social circumstances, and the implications for service provision. Growing problems concerning assessment, intervention, and the increased barriers to services are examined from the point of view of community approaches to research and intervention. The role of counsellors working with persons with unique needs, individually or at the community level, will be addressed.

IPA 8104 - Existential Issues in Counselling

This course explores meaning-of-life issues often presented by clients in a variety of contexts, including, but not limited to, the quest for increased well-being, existential crises, life transitions, loss and death, end-of-life, and trauma. Qualitative methods of data collection and analysis are critically reviewed to gain insight into the meaning participants give to their lived experience, the meaning they place on events, processes, perceptions and into the ways in which they connect these meanings to the social world around them. A variety of religious, spiritual and secular humanist sources of and responses to existential issues are treated.

IPA 8105 - Research Methods and Design Problems in Counselling and Spirituality

The focus of this course is the critical analysis and discussion of the challenges that counsellors face in choosing and applying qualitative and quantitative methods to spirituality. In-depth study of design pitfalls that arise from the complexity and unpredictability of working with human subjects given the multi-cultural complexity of pluralistic societies. Potential topics include sampling issues, measurement issues, and special analytic techniques.

IPA 8106 - Doctoral Seminar

Guest lecturers will select readings and lead seminars related to relevant research topics such as proposal writing, conceptual frameworks, ethics, methods and procedures, and statistical analysis. Students must write an annotated bibliography and prepare a plan for their comprehensive exam. In addition, they must write a paper and do an oral presentation designed to facilitate their work around the thesis proposal. Evaluation by the seminar coordinator.

IPA 8201 - Internal Clinical Practicum

The internal clinical practicum takes place in the Saint Paul University Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre. The goal of the practicum is to put into practice the theoretical knowledge of Counselling and spirituality. The professor coordinating the doctoral program will specify the goals, objectives and syllabus of practicum along with the clinical supervisors. Minimum number of supervised direct clinical contact hours: 300. Graded P/F.

IPA 8202 - External Clinical Practicum

Clinical practice in an external location that must be approved by the program director. Minimum number of supervised direct clinical contact hours: 400. Graded P/F.

IPA 9997 - Thesis Proposal

Presentation of the thesis proposal to an examining committee composed of the supervisor, the members of the advisory committee and one or two other professors.

IPA 9998 - Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive examination, which has a written and an oral component, allows students to demonstrate the depth and breadth of knowledge gained from course work, and their ability to integrate concepts, principles and theories, and apply these to Counselling and spirituality. In addition, the comprehensive exam provides students with the opportunity to defend their written work orally. The evaluation of the written and oral exam is on a Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory basis.

IPA 9999 - THÈSE DE DOCTORAT

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