Year One - Level 100 Courses

Spiritual Psychotherapy Program
Year One – 100 Level Courses

TAC101  Introduction to Psychotherapy

This course introduces the student to the history of the field of psychotherapy including key pioneers and their contributions to various theories, techniques, tools and interventions which inform the practice of Psychotherapy.

Chronologically exploring such luminaries as Freud and Jung, Adler, Rogers, Pers and Berne and their respective schools of thought—Psychoanalysis, Adlerian Therapy, Gesalt to Transactional Analysis and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Their frameworks reviewed against the historical backdrop of social mores, values and global events of their times.

Furthering our introduction, core practices to psychotherapy are introduced through in-class exercises in listening skills, active listening, non-verbal communication, and the importance of confidentiality, trust and the Safe and Effective Use of Self (SEUS), in creating a safe space for working with emotions in therapy. We examine emotional patterns, original pain and the formation of defenses through the phases of childhood development and family systems. Learning outcomes include:

  • Compare and Contrast various forms of therapy
  • Interpret core issues, coping mechanisms and defences
  • Justify the use of effective professional communication
  • Assess working therapeutically with key emotions
  • Evaluate Family Systems theories
  • Integrate Developmental psychology distinguishing human development across lifespan and life stages
  • Incorporate working with defences, shame, anger, fear and grief therapeutically

TAC102 Addictions and Chemical Dependency/Eating Disorders

This course introduces the student to the psychospiritual approaches to addiction. Hypothesis of and myths about causation are discussed, while learning the terms/lingo often used in the field. Categories of key substances, chemical and their street names underscore the progressive and destructive stages of addiction. Consideration is given to addiction as a crisis of the spirit.

Learning outcomes include:

  • To be able to evaluate the addictive cycle and various forms of addiction
  • Assess risk and harm reduction, 12 step programs, evaluate interventions and rehab
  • Accessing core issues behind the eating disorder, taking the focus on off the food
  • Distinguish different eating disorders/stats from NEDIC
  • Assess Relapse Probability, aftercare and various treatments statistical effectiveness

TAC103  Inner Selves and the Psyche

This course introduces the student to the concepts of sub-personalities, the inner critic and the inner child. The history of transactional analysis and its theoretical frameworks examine the process of communication. Methods for analyzing systems and organizations; and the concepts of life scripts with their origination in childhood is discussed. Transpersonal, transformational, dream methodology and archetypal psychotherapy are explored as therapeutic tools to examine the psychological inner selves of the psyche.

Additional learning outcomes include:

  • Assessing and healing the inner child
  • Adapt and modify the role of the inner critic
  • Evaluate the Stages of the transformational process
  • Incorporate working with dreams, synchronicity, symbols, archetypes and mythology in the therapeutic session

TAC104  Group and Family Psychotherapy

This course introduces the student to experiential work in the areas of individual, group and family therapy. Lectures focus on the foundations, theory and practice of psychodrama; demonstrations deepen the understanding of the experiential session and how to create and use this modality. The focus is on group interactions, dynamics and team building. Sculptures are created as physicalized representatives of the role/function each part has. 

Learning outcomes include:

  • Be able to create a Family sculpture
  • Appraise group dynamics and group roles
  • Perform group facilitation skills
  • Interpret the working stages of a group
  • Formulate group experiential workshops

TAC105  Human Sexuality and Expression

This course introduces the student to the development of human sexuality and why sexuality is important. Self-awareness on exploring comfort level, awareness of boundaries and sexual identities is discussed. Diversity of sexual expression and engagement is shared to broaden personal viewpoints. The importance of owning boundaries and ideas of what constitutes “normal” is discussed. Erik Erikson’s stages of development, life stages and development tasks are also introduced. 

Learning outcomes include:

  • Able to compare and contrast sexuality, gender differences, and sexual orientation
  • Assess personal boundaries
  • Developmental psychology—reframe human development across lifespan and life stages

TAC106  Trauma and Clinical Disorders

This course introduces the student to the fundamental theories of fear, anxiety disorders, depression. Best practice in therapy is introduced through the complex modalities of grief, suicide, incest, and sexual abuse. The appropriate use of professional boundaries and the therapist’s need to protect the client’s rights, boundaries and confidentiality are discussed to promote safe trauma therapy. The foundations for trauma therapy are defined as are the behaviours of traumatized clients outlined to create understanding of these phases.

  • Understanding and working with trauma. Interventions and approaches
  • Foundations of trauma therapy
  • Personal  and professional boundaries

TAC107 The Spiritual Side of Psychotherapy

This course introduces the student to the spiritual side of psychotherapy and straddles the path of emotional healing and The Path of the Modern Mystic. Prayer principles and research based on these principles are explored. The dark night of the soul is investigated to understand the symptoms and possible therapeutic modalities available. Gratitude and forgiveness are explored and processed as a group to allow these exercises to unfold as possible processes in therapy and how to work with these themes within the psychotherapy session.

Learning outcomes include:

  • Choose key psychospiritual issues and blocks to work with
  • Assess transformational psychotherapy—working with dark and light
  • Justify use of intuition and spiritual guidance in your work
  • Appraise working with your client’s higher purpose and soul evolution
  • Critique the path of the modern mystic, transcending ego, and spiritual maturity
  • Justify being of service

TAC108 Lifestyle Changes and Guided Imagery

This course introduces the student to the concepts and perceptions of lifestyles and how change is created and is often not planned for. The change equation and the components of change are illustrated. In order to provide support at each stage of the client. The concept of fear of failure and fear of success is discussed to facilitate personal movement within therapy. The role of guided imagery as a powerful psychotherapeutic tool is introduced, drawing on research in neurophysiology, behavioural psychology and psychiatry.

Learning outcomes include:

  • Assessing the challenges and obstacles confronting change
  • Argue the equation for change and its 4 parts
  • Reframe the guidelines for creating planned change
  • Evaluate the indication and contra-indication for visualization
  • Design a creative visualization with music 


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