Department of Psychotherapy and Spirituality (St. Stephen's College)
The Master of Psychotherapy and Spirituality (MPS) program develops professional counsellors and psychotherapists who are well grounded in the integration of psychological and spiritual knowledge as a holistic foundation for effective therapeutic practice. Students may choose to specialize in Art Therapy, an evolving professional field that engages the healing process through creativity.
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- 1Aita, Joyce Hikari
- 1Andrew Jackson Mooney
- 1Andrius Petras Gustainis
- 1Anna Victoria Garner
- 1Anne Caroll
- 1Barbara Anne Baillie
A Deeper Kind of Craving; healing food and body issues through the practice of presence is about understanding what is at the heart of overeating. Despite the attention on the obesity crisis there is little discussion of the spiritual underpinnings of overeating. This research explored the...
This research project is borne out of an invaluable art therapy practicum experience, during which I, the student therapist, encountered a client’s acute emotionality during therapy. As a result, I expanded my academic knowledge, clinical understanding, and sense of professional identity through...
In my introduction, I describe a spontaneous vision where an image of my inner child ran out from the adult me, crying into the arms of Jesus. My research focus was to discover the significance of this child image and her role in my midlife individuation process. I was interested in this because...
A medical diagnosis can change the life of a person forever. The purpose of this narrative inquiry was to explore how women in their twenties had been given a celiac disease diagnosis and their journey toward acceptance of the diagnosis. Three women were individually interviewed over a 40-65...
Art Therapy for Relief of Physical and Existential Pain in Women Diagnosed with Rheumatoid ArthritisDownload
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease with debilitating symptoms often including stiffness, joint inflammation, fatigue, and mood changes. It affects more than 20 million people worldwide. The purpose of this study was to examine whether group art therapy could help decrease...
Using a phenomenological approach, my thesis question is: What is the lived experience of the women who participate in an addictions recovery group that uses art therapy featuring metaphors related to the vine. Infusing a metaphor about the various attributes of the vine, including narrative and...
This paper charts the process of moving through the trauma of the loss of my adult child to murder. A heuristic in-depth self-inquiry methodology complements the phenomenological art therapy process I engaged in to accomplish this work. A depth of peace in brokenness emerged from dialogue with...
Catching Toxic Tears: How is the Sacred Feminine Affected in Therapists Counselling Sexual Abuse Survivors?Download
A long-term interest in the subject led me to question the effects that dealing daily with the deep wounds of sexual abuse have on the Sacred Feminine and its inner repository, or “feminine soul” in a female therapist. My life journey led me to work with survivors of sexual abuse and assault, and...
The purpose of this study was to reflect on betrayal as experienced by clergy, to discover how they deal with the stress in an effort to find something to help clergy through this kind of crisis in their ministry. As much as 25 % of ministers are forced out of, or fired from, a ministry position...
Climbing the Mountain Together: Describing the Spiritual Experience of Couples who Have a Child with CancerDownload
The purpose of this study is to provide initial evidence to describe how spirituality is involved in the experience of couples who have a child with cancer. This study used an Interpretive Description (I.D.) method which was designed to study health and illness. The outcome is a description of...