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Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy (Graduate Diploma)


The diploma in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy* will build on your previous education and experience to teach you a unique form of therapy that utilizes spiritual and psychological understandings of healing and growth. Whether you want to become a therapist, or expand your knowledge of research and best practices in spiritual care and psychotherapy, this diploma will help you meet your professional and career goals.

The diploma is intended for practicing professionals who are looking for further educational opportunities. The diploma without additional graduate level education will not qualify a student to apply for professional certification or become a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Students who are interested in entering the field of Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy should make application directly to the Master of Arts (MA) in Theology: Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy.

Program Details

This diploma can be completed as a full- or part-time student in a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years.

The diploma consists of six half-credit counselling courses that can be taken from the current Waterloo Lutheran Seminary course offerings or from other faculties at Laurier (with permission from the instructor). All courses within the diploma are elective courses, allowing the greatest degree of flexibility for course selection to meet your needs.

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Program Highlights

  • Earn a post-graduate diploma from Waterloo Lutheran Seminary conferred by Wilfrid Laurier University.
  • Courses may be counted toward the competencies required by the College of Psychotherapists of Ontario or other professional certification criteria.
  • All courses within the diploma are elective courses to meet your professional needs and research interests.


  • Take six counselling courses from the current Waterloo Lutheran Seminary course offerings, including courses in spiritual care, family and couples therapy, addictions, and child and adolescent psychotherapy.


  • An undergraduate degree in the social sciences (e.g. psychology, sociology, anthropology).
  • A minimum B average over the last two years of full-time undergraduate study.
  • Applications are reviewed by the graduate program committee, which considers all prior university grades, a statement of research interests and letters of reference.
  • Relevant volunteer or professional experience in the area of human services is recommended.

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