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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- SPE Courses at St. Joseph’s Health Care London, ON Upcoming SPE units SPE application form
If you would like an application package, please contact the TPTTC directly at email@example.com or 289-628-1609.
Co-Directors: Desmond Buhagar, SJ, PhD, RP, RMFT & Cindy Elkerton, MDiv, RP