Diploma in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy

This program is for students who want to build on previous education in psychotherapy, specialize in a particular area of psychotherapy or who require a few more graduate level courses in counselling to meet the competencies required by the College of Psychotherapists of Ontario or other professional certification criteria.

Additional Information
Admission Requirements

The applicant will have completed an undergraduate degree in the Social Sciences or a related area with a minimum of a B average in their final 10 courses. Relevant volunteer or professional experience in the area of human services is recommended. Transfer credit from other universities is not accepted.

Students who graduate from the Luther MA in Theology or MDiv degrees and have extra counselling course credits beyond those required for their degree may be eligible to transfer unused earned credits toward the diploma in accordance with the University regulations. Any transferred credit(s) will be documented on the offer of admission.

Program Requirements

The Diploma can be completed as a full or part-time student. The Diploma can be completed in a minimum of one year and maximum of two years. The Diploma consists of six half-credit counselling courses that can be taken from the current Martin Luther University College course offerings or other faculties at Laurier (with permission of the instructor and Luther).

All courses within the diploma are elective courses allowing the greatest degree of flexibility for course selection to meet the various needs of students in the diploma program. Courses can be selected to meet the particular student's needs to fulfill certification requirements focused on areas of personal interest or ongoing professional development.

Note: TH664L - Pre-Practicum and TH664M* - Practicum (Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy) cannot be taken by diploma students.

The individual program of study is subject to approval by the Diploma Coordinator. After acceptance into the program, students should make an advising appointment with the Diploma Coordinator to create their program of study.

Advanced standing or transfer credits toward another degree based upon courses taken in the Graduate Diploma are subject to the university regulations.