Spiritual Psychotherapy Program
200 Level Courses
TAC200 The Cognitive Therapies
This course introduces the student to the work of Ellis and Beck and to cognitive and behavioural therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Linehan’s Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).
The impact of our thoughts and core beliefs on emotions and behaviour are taught through experiential exercises. Both highly researched, the modalities provide evidence-based approaches to working with depression, anxiety disorders, substance use disorders and personality disorders, and DBT specifically with Borderline Personality Disorder(BPD) with suicidality. DBT draws on the Zen Buddhist tradition of mindfulness and the idea of Higher Self called Wise Mind. How to structure session work, exercises and goal planning are achieved through redefining the therapeutic relationship and the roles the client and the therapist take on in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies.
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
TAC201 Group Relationships Psychotherapy
This course introduces the student to the curative elements and characteristics of group psychotherapy. Types of groups and the considerations necessary in the group process are explored. The art of support including reinforcement and challenge are outlined for each stage in the group dynamic. Major relationship dynamics are also introduced in this course, using the imago exercises from Harville Hendrix with the stages of relationships. The roles, responsibilities and tasks of the group and couples’ therapist are reviewed to provide safe and effective psychotherapy sessions. The Spiritual importance of relationships as a vehicle of our growth is explored.
- Group Psychotherapy
- Relationship Dynamics and Psychotherapy Skills
TAC202 Inquiry and Somatic Psychotherapy
This course explores client-centered inquiry and provides demonstrations of best practices for inquiry based therapy. Body psychotherapy, the chakra psychotherapeutic process, and intuitive somatic inquiry theory are introduced. Experiential work and assignments combined with observed participation assess the students’ competency and assurance of client centered, safe and effective use of self with each modality.
- The Art of Inquiry
- Body Orientation Psychotherapy
- Chakra Psychotherapy and Assessment
- Intuitive Somatic Inquiry and Integration
TAC203 Diverse and Multicultural Populations
This course introduces the student to the use of life stages and Erik Erikson’s stages of development as an entry point for therapy. Contextual and systemic influences that impair human functioning, regardless of life stage and the seven (7) stages to integrate a transition are explored. The recognition and differences between diversity and multiculturalism are delved into and the framework of culture-infused counselling competencies and the strategies to develop them is demonstrated and applied to case study clients.
- Life Stages and Ritual
TAC204 Group and Family Psychotherapy
This course continues looking at the areas of group and family therapy begun in TAC104 and is centered around the foundations, theory and practice of Psychodrama, developed by Austrian-American psychiatrist, Jacob. L. Moreno (1889-1974), and includes family sculpting and role playing. Benefits of experiential psychotherapy and its contra-indications are explored. Both standard and creative approaches for design and implementation facilitate integration into the therapeutic process. Attention is given to examining the self-care of the therapist, their strengths when in a caring role and how they allow themselves to be nurtured.
- Experiential Psychotherapy: Individual and Family Sculpting
- Group Experiential Workshop
TAC205 Professional Development
This course introduces the student to the importance of proper intake, information gathering and risk assessment tools on suicide, violence, and self-harm and cognitive elements. An introduction to the DSMV/ICD/PDM and psycho-diagnosis is reviewed. How and when to refer clients, including communication with the professional obligations of collaboration with outside professionals are also studied. Professional ethics are discussed with the necessity of integrity and the importance of full disclosure with proper self‐reflection being stressed. Students are made aware of safe and effective use of self within the therapeutic process. Students are introduced to CRPO’s Professional Practice Standards guidebook and a full review of CRPO’s Jurisprudence Manual is undertaken. Quantitative, qualitative and applied research study techniques are used to inform practice and provide current professional research to the psychotherapy practice.
- Intake Assessment
- Professional Skills (SUES)
- Research in the Field of Psychotherapy
- Diagnostic Tools/Ethics
This course introduces the student to individual case supervision and the understanding of record keeping. Students are individually supervised for best practice and application of knowledge applied to their clients. Within the course, there are theoretical seminars offered on core conditions for therapy and how to facilitate the therapeutic process, as well as how to conduct effective closure and how self-care is necessary for responsible therapy. The awareness model for conflict resolution is demonstrated for reflection. There are also 30 hours of clinical supervision, whereby students meet in groups of no more than 8 participants to discuss SEUS and client issues. Discussion is led by questions and problems arising in individual case scenarios and expertise is offered by peers and evaluated by faculty.
View detailed information about course TAC-206.
- Case Studies Theoretical Lectures and Learning activities – 18 hours
- Business Skills – 12 hours
- Group Supervision – 30 hours
- Individual Supervision – 15 hours
- Direct Client Contact – 125 hours
TAC207 On-Line Psychopharmacology
This course introduces the student to psychotropic medications and the major clinical features and target symptoms for common psychiatric disorders. Awareness is centered on the differences and similarities among medications for each disorder and the side effects of medications. Empowerment in communication with physicians and psychiatrists regarding medications is also achieved.