PCE Units

Units of Pastoral Counselling Education (PCE) prepare student-interns to be psycho-spiritual therapists in a variety of faith-based and secular settings, including parish ministry, counselling agencies, social service agencies, hospices, elder-care facilities and private practice. Essentially, psycho-spiritual therapy or what is sometimes referred to as pastoral psychotherapy, is a faith-based approach to professional counselling which incorporates a range of evidence-based therapeutic modalities, in conjunction with pastoral and spiritual care. It is a form of holistic psychotherapy which addresses a need for a sensitive and skilled relational approach, which is also highly respectful of the religious faith traditions and practices of clients.

Psycho-spiritual therapists undertake an intensive journey of training in the healing art, specializing in individual, couple, and family therapy, with a capacity to understand and relate theologically to clients who wish to integrate faith and spirituality into their treatment goals.


  • PCE Unit at McMaster University Divinity School with Kelvin Mutter (CSE)
  • PCE Unit at St. Joseph Healthcare Hamilton with Dr. Kris Lund (CSE) and Sharon Konyen (Provisional SE)
  • Extended PCE unit (Mannheim PCE Site – near Kitchener-Waterloo) continuing this fall with Provisional SE Gord Alton.  Click here for more info.  Dr. Thomas O’Connor (CSE) will be supervising.  
  • Intensive PCE Unit at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary with Tom O’Connor (CSE). Starts April 16-September 15. Cost is $1400.  Unit is full.  Students can contact Tom at toconnor@wlu.ca.
  • SPE Courses at St. Joseph’s Health Care London, ON Upcoming SPE units     SPE application form
The Toronto Psycho-Spiritual Therapy Training Centre (TPTTC) is an approved PCE program with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC). These units of PCE are offered from September to April and TPTTC is now accepting applications for September 2018– April 2019. This program provides students with 400 hours of CASC PCE training. The entry-to-practice competencies of the CRPO are embedded in this integrative clinical psychotherapy training program. The unit follows a training model of sustained, relational psycho-spiritual therapy in the tradition of pastoral counselling with one-to-one continuous, individual clients, working in a multifaith setting. The TPTTC provides all clients to students in this program.
The program days take place on Fridays at the Toronto School of Theology (TST) building (located on Queen’s Park Circle).  Clinical placements will be held at TPTTC – Arbour Counselling Services in Toronto.
If you would like an application package, please contact the TPTTC directly at tpttc.toronto@gmail.com or 289-628-1609.
Contact Information:
Co-Directors: Desmond Buhagar, SJ, PhD, RP, RMFT  & Cindy Elkerton, MDiv, RP
Call: (289) 628-1609.