Spiritual Psychotherapy Program
100 Level Courses
TAC101 Introduction to Psychotherapy
This course introduces the student to the history of the field of psychotherapy including some key pioneers and their contributions to various theories, techniques, tools and interventions which inform the practice of Psychotherapy. Chronologically exploring such luminaries as Freud, Jung, Adler, Rogers, Perls and Berne and their respective schools of thought — Psychoanalysis, Adlerian, Gestalt, to Transactional Analysis and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Their frameworks are additionally explored for the spiritual ideas and practices they contributed, and all are reviewed against the historical backdrop of social mores, values and global events of their times.
Furthering our introduction, core practices to psychotherapy are introduced, the theories of Rogers client centeredness, in-class exercises in listening skills, empathic and active listening and non-verbal communication. The ethics of confidentiality, building trust and the safe and effective use of Self (SEUS) in creating a safe space for working with emotions in therapy. Exercises exploring emotional patterns, original pain, Gendlin’s Focusing techniques, the formation of defenses through Ericson’s phases of childhood development and Satir’s family systems work to expand the students’ self- awareness and skill sets as a psychotherapist. Interspersed throughout are examinations as to how the human spirit grows and learns through childhood wounding.
- History of Psychotherapy
- Focusing and Listening Skills
- Core Issues, Listening Skills and Non-Verbal Communication
- Emotional Patterns and Original Pain / Emotions and Therapy
- Childhood Development and Defenses / Family Systems
TAC102 Addictions and Chemical Dependency/Eating Disorders
This course introduces the student to psychospiritual approaches to addiction. G. Mate’s hypothesis of and myths about causation are examined. Categories of prescription and recreational drugs, key substances, chemicals and their street names drive home the progressive and destructive stages of addictions, both ingestive and process. Movement toward Harm Reduction (CAMH), Bill W. and 12 step programs, interventions and rehab are examined. Emphasis on relapse prevention, aftercare and the statistical effectiveness of various treatments.
C. Grof’s and B. Brown’s concepts of addiction as a crisis of the spirit is introduced for discussion. Self-reflection for students to explore their personal use and their own judgements and biases towards addictions.
NEDIC – Symptomology of eating disorders are examined with underlying core issues. Taking the focus off the food. The therapists limitations due to training and experience are addressed.
- Addictions and Chemical Dependency
- Eating Disorders
TAC103 Inner Selves and the Psyche
This course introduces the student to Assagioli’s concepts of sub‐personalities, including Stone’s the inner critic and Whitfield’s inner child. Berne’s and Harris’s theory of Transactional Analysis provide a framework to examine the process of communication and methods for analyzing systems and organizations. The concepts of life scripts with their origination in childhood are discussed. Transpersonal, transformational, dream methodology and archetypal psychotherapy are explored as therapeutic tools to explore the psychological inner selves of the psyche.
- Voice Dialoging with Sub-Personalities and the Inner Critic
- Transactional Analysis & Inner Child Work
- Transpersonal, Transformational and Archetypal Psychotherapy
- Dream Analysis, Symbolism and Personal Myths
TAC104 Group and Family Psychotherapy
This course introduces the student to experiential work of Jacob Moreno in the areas of individual, group, and family therapy. Lectures focus on the foundations, theory, and practice of psychodrama; demonstrations deepen the students’ understanding of the experiential session and learn how to create and use this modality. The focus is on group interactions, dynamics, and team building. Satir based sculptures are created as physicalized representatives of the role/function each part has.
- Group Experiential Workshop
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. Sexual energy and spiritual energy integration. The importance of owning boundaries and the projection of “normal” is discussed. The therapeutic implications of gender binary issues are also examined. Particular attention is paid to understanding what constitutes sexual abuse within the therapeutic relationship.
- Human Sexuality and Expression
TAC106 Trauma and Clinical Disorders
This course introduces the student to the fundamental theories of fear, panic attacks, anxiety disorders, depression and various treatment approaches including the use of cognitive behavioural therapy. Best practice in therapy is introduced through the complex human experiences of grief (Kubler-Ross), suicide (Redfield), incest, and sexual abuse (Maybury). Best spiritual practices are interwoven to augment the therapeutic process as appropriate for client. 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 (Rothschild) are defined as are the behaviours of traumatized clients.
- Fear, Anxiety Disorders/Depression
- Suicide, Grief/Boundaries
- Incest and Sexual Abuse
- Understanding Trauma
TAC107 The Spiritual Side of Psychotherapy
This course introduces the student to spirituality within the context of psychotherapy integrating emotional healing with Humanities search for greater awareness in our suffering. Theories from Existentialism, Buddhism to the Transpersonal inform this spiritually inclusive course. Prayer principles (Dossey) and research based on these principles are explored. The dark night of the soul (S. Grof) is investigated to understand the symptoms and possible therapeutic modalities available(Myss). Gratitude and forgiveness research (U. of Berkley) are explored with group processing of classroom exercises and possible ways to integrate Spiritual themes, appropriately, within the psychotherapy session(Sims).
- Spiritual Side of Psychotherapy
TAC108 Lifestyle Changes and Guided Imagery
This course introduces the student to the concepts and perceptions of lifestyles (W.H.O.) (APA) and how change is created and is often not planned for. The change equation (D. Gleicher) and the components of change are illustrated, to provide support at each stage for the client. In-depth look at the spiritual practise of mindfulness and how self-awareness facilitates change in our lives. The concepts of fear of failure and fear of success are discussed to facilitate personal movement within therapy. The role of guided imagery as a powerful psychotherapeutic tool, drawing on research in neurophysiology, behavioural psychology and psychiatry.
- Lifestyle Changes and Guided Imagery