1 4. PROGRAM REGULATIONS AND COURSES 4.1 Program regulations Admission A) Requirements for admission Candidates for the PhD degree will be accepted under the general regulations of FGPS. Applicants must have completed a Master s degree in a related discipline such as counselling, spirituality, practical theology, health care, psychology, social work, pastoral studies or a discipline judged equivalent to these, with an overall B+ average. In order to be successful in the PhD program, applicants must have sufficient knowledge of research methods and counselling, spirituality and religion. They must have completed at least one course in each of the following: research methods, professional ethics, psychopathology and treatment, counselling, spirituality and religion. Applicants who do not have a master s degree in counselling and spirituality and/or who are deficient in research methods may be asked to take qualifying courses prior to admission such as IPA 6120 (Theories of Individual Counselling), IPA 6108 (Psychopathology and Treatment), IPA 5106 (Professional Issues and Ethics in Counselling), IPA 5131 (Methodology of Empirical Research) for a maximum of four courses. They must have also completed at least three undergraduate courses in the area of spirituality and religion and one graduate course such as IPA 5134 (Spirituality and Counselling), or IPA 5144 (Theology and Counselling). Candidates must have completed 120 hours of supervised direct, face-toface, contact with clients. Candidates must clearly demonstrate research potential. Research competence can be demonstrated either through the completion of a master s thesis or through activities completed as part of a non-thesis program. Non-thesis students will have to present a dossier that demonstrates their research skills. The dossier might include a major research paper, research reports, publications in peer-reviewed journals, program development and evaluation reports, abstracts, presentations, etc. The dossier must include a written description in the form of a basic outline of their proposed research project. The proposed thesis supervisor will evaluate the dossier and submit the dossier and a letter of evaluation to the admissions committee which will make the final decision about the student s suitability for the program. Candidates must pass an admission interview with the selection committee. The criteria evaluated at this interview will include the relevance of the candidate s proposed research topic to counselling and spirituality, the viability of the topic based on the candidate s written description of the research project, the candidate s previous achievements, the capacity of the candidate to succeed in doctoral-level studies, personal
2 aptitude and interpersonal skills, and the availability of appropriate core faculty to direct their research. B) The admission process Admission will be for full-time students only. Students enrol full-time for at least the first six consecutive terms of the program. Applicants will provide three letters of reference, at least one clinical reference (previous supervisor) and one from a professor, addressing their potential for doctoral studies as indicated by their research and interpersonal abilities, and leadership potential. Applicants will identify potential thesis supervisors before formally applying to the program. They must choose two potential supervisors from the program s list of available supervisors and rank them in order of preference. The supervisor or co-supervisor must be a member of the Faculty of Human Sciences (or be a professor approved by the FHS) and a member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Applicants will submit an up-to-date curriculum vitae, relevant publications, clinical practica and supervision, and evaluations from supervisors and/or employers in the area of counselling. Applicants will submit a plan of study, 2-3 pages in length, indicating the reasons for PhD study, career goals, research focus, and a potential thesis topic, including a basic outline of the research topic, to be discussed at the admission interview. Candidates will be interviewed by the selection committee composed of two core faculty members. The committee will then examine each application for admission into the program, taking into consideration the entire dossier (including academic transcripts, curriculum vitae, and publications and evaluations from previous supervisors, and the results of the admission interview) of each applicant Language requirements Applicants must be highly proficient in one of the two official languages of the University (French or English), and have a passive knowledge (ability to read university level texts and understand oral presentations) of the other. Courses will normally be offered in French or English in alternating years. Students will be able to write assignments, exams, and theses in either French or English Degree requirements A) Courses Six (6) compulsory courses (18 credits), and 1500 hours of clinical practicum are required for all students.
3 IPA 8101 Spirituality and Counselling IPA 8102 Counselling in Multi-faith and Cross-cultural Settings (3cr) IPA 8103 Issues in Special Populations (3 cr.) IPA 8104 Existential Issues in Counselling (3 cr.) IPA 8105 Research Methods/Design Problems in Counselling and Spirituality (3 cr.) IPA 8106 Doctoral Seminar (3 cr.) IPA 8201 Internal Clinical Practicum IPA 8202 External Clinical Practicum B) Comprehensive exam IPA 9998 Comprehensive Exam (S/NS) The comprehensive examination allows students to demonstrate the depth and breadth of knowledge gained from course work, and their ability to integrate concepts, principles and theories, and apply these to counselling and spirituality. In addition, the comprehensive exam provides students with the opportunity to defend their written work orally Comprehensive exam procedures The comprehensive exam will demonstrate the student's mastery of the content of the courses as well as their ability to integrate and apply that information to counselling and spirituality. The procedures for the comprehensive exam are as follows: At the beginning of the second session, students enroll in IPA 9998 (Comprehensive Examination). The comprehensive examination will cover: a) core (basic) mastery of counselling and spirituality; b) in-depth undestanding of a chosen field of study, which is not the same field as the student s thesis topic. The thesis supervisor is responsible for forming the comprehensive examination committee that consists of two faculty members plus the supervisor. At least one of the two comprehensive examination committee members must be a member of the Faculty of Human Sciences. Registration in the Comprehensive Examination is compulsory for each session until it is passed. A candidate who fails this examination may be permitted to repeat the examination once. The student prepares a major paper using APA format for manuscript preparation (40 pages) on a topic, which is not from the same field as the student s thesis topic. The student must complete the paper by the end of the final session of their course work (session 4). Failure to meet this deadline
4 results in failure of this portion of the exam. A candidate who fails this portion of the exam may be permitted to repeat the exam once. The oral defence of the comprehensive exam is scheduled once the written component is deemed satisfactory. The oral defence has two parts. The two parts need not be taken at the same sitting. The thesis supervisor will chair both parts of the oral defence. One part consists of a 15-minute presentation by the student summarizing the content of the student s major paper. The student will then answer questions about the paper s content. The other part consists of an oral examination on the three fields of the program (IPA 8101/8501; IPA 8102/8502; IPA 8103/8503). The evaluation of the written and oral exam will be on a Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory basis. C) Thesis The thesis will be based on original research carried out while in the program and will build on the expertise and substantive interests of the student, under the direction of the thesis supervisor. The thesis will involve the generation of new knowledge in Counselling and Spirituality. The thesis will demonstrate the student s detailed understanding of the chosen field of study and the ability to apply appropriate methods to address the research question(s). The thesis can be either a monograph or a series of articles prepared for publication in scholarly journals. (See the FGPS guide: Preparing a Thesis or a Research Paper: A Guide for Graduate Students and Supervisors. See also Appendix D Thesis Regulations and Guidelines.) Thesis evaluation procedures The FGPS regulations for the evaluation of theses are described in Appendix D Thesis advisory committee Based on potential thesis topics proposed in the initial application to the program, the FHS will form a thesis advisory committee during the first session in the program. By the end of the first session, the student in consultation with the thesis supervisor must register the thesis topic with the FGPS. The thesis advisory committee will be composed of the supervisor (the process for selecting a supervisor is presented under B) and two additional faculty members who are interested and available to offer support and direction to the student during all phases of the thesis, including the final evaluation prior to the defence. At least two members of the committee must be from the Faculty of Human Sciences Defence of thesis proposal
5 By the end of the fifth session, the student will present the thesis proposal for approval to the thesis proposal examining committee. This committee is composed of the supervisor, the members of the thesis advisory committee and 1-2 other examiners. All members of the thesis proposal examining committee must be members of the FGPS. The purpose of the proposal defense meeting is to give the student an opportunity to present the research proposal, including the methods and procedures, and to seek approval from the examining committee members. The thesis proposal must have been defended and accepted and then have received ethics approval before core data collection occurs. 4.2 Course descriptions IPA 8101 Spirituality and Counselling (3 cr) Study of qualitative and hermeneutical methods as these are used in the social sciences and in theological study of spirituality. Comparative study of one or more Christian spiritual traditions and one or more spiritual traditions within other religions and secular culture to highlight their understanding and practice of spirituality. The course is designed to highlight the role of spirituality in the emotional well-being and adjustment of individuals. This course will treat the question of personal and spiritual growth. The importance of spiritual practices and overall relationship of spirituality to the counselling process will also be considered. IPA 8501 Spiritualité et counseling (3 cr) Analyse des méthodes utilisées en sciences sociales et dans l étude théologique de la spiritualité. Étude comparée d une ou de plusieurs traditions spirituelles au sein des religions chrétiennes ou autres confessions religieuses, ainsi que de la culture laïque, afin de mettre l accent sur leur compréhension et leur pratique de la spiritualité. Les implications de cette étude au niveau du counseling. IPA 8102 Counselling in Multi-faith and Cross-cultural Settings (3cr) This course examines counselling in a culturally pluralistic spiritual and religious context. It examines the possibility of mutuality and dialogue using a comparative religions approach from social science and theological perspectives. The theory and practice proposed focuses on the differing spiritual and secular humanist journeys of the counsellor and the client, and the possibility of meeting in difference. The course examines the impact of enculturation, intercultural identity, inter-religious dialogue, intercultural competence on both parties. The course enables counsellors and their clients to assess the extent to which spiritual values, beliefs and practices are an asset
6 or a liability for clients in reaching their counselling goals. The course examines the ways in which intercultural competence and intercultural growth contribute to spiritual growth. IPA 8502 Le counseling dans un contexte multiculturel et multireligieux (3 cr) Ce cours étudie le counseling dans un contexte spirituel et religieux multiculturel. Il étudie la possibilité de la réciprocité et du dialogue utilisant une approche comparée des religions à partir des perspectives des sciences sociales et de la théologie. La théorie et la pratique proposées mettent l accent sur la différence de cheminement du conseiller et du client aux niveaux spirituel et humaniste laïc, et la possibilité de se rencontrer dans la différence. Le cours examine l impact de l enculturation, de l identité interculturelle, du dialogue interreligieux, et de la compétence interculturelle des deux parties en cause. Le cours permet aux conseillers d évaluer dans quelle mesure les valeurs spirituelles, les croyances et les pratiques sont un avantage ou un atout pour les clients dans l atteinte de leurs objectifs en counseling. Le cours se penche sur les manières par lesquelles la compétence et la croissance interculturelles contribuent à la croissance spirituelle. IPA 8103 Issues in Special Populations (3 cr) This course treats issues related to the needs and social status of certain special populations. Accumulated data on group characteristics and challenges facing some special populations, such as those who are aged or those who are homeless, are critically reviewed. Membership in some social groups may involve loss of social privileges, as well as diminished access to mental and health care resources. Students explore issues related to the unique spiritual and mental health needs of these groups, their social circumstances, and the implications for service provision. Growing problems concerning assessment, intervention, and the increased barriers to services are examined from the point of view of community approaches to research and intervention. The role of counsellors working with persons with unique needs, individually or at the community level, will are addressed. IPA 8503 Questions concernant des populations spécifiques (3 cr) Ce cours traite des problèmes reliés aux besoins et au statut social de certaines populations spécifiques. Des données recueillies sur des groupes caractéristiques et les défis auxquels font face certaines populations spécifiques, tels les personnes âgées ou les sans-abri, seront analysées. L appartenance à certains groupes sociaux peut impliquer la perte de privilèges sociaux, de même qu un accès diminué aux ressources des soins de santé physique et mentale. Les étudiants exploreront les problèmes reliés aux besoins spirituels et de santé mentale spécifiques de ces groupes, leurs conditions sociales, et les implications concernant l obtention de services. Les
7 étudiants feront l étude de l accroissement des problèmes en rapport avec l évaluation, l intervention, et les barrières croissantes aux services du point de vue des approches communautaires en matière de recherche et d intervention. On se penchera sur le rôle de conseillers travaillant, individuellement ou au niveau communautaire, auprès de personnes présentant des besoins spécifiques. IPA 8104 Existential Issues in Counselling (3 cr) This course explores meaning-of-life issues often presented by clients in a variety of contexts, including, but not limited to, the quest for increased wellbeing, existential crises, life transitions, loss and death, end-of-life, and trauma. Qualitative methods of data collection and analysis are critically reviewed to gain insight into the meaning participants give to their lived experience, the meaning they place on events, processes, perceptions and into the ways in which they connect these meanings to the social world around them. A variety of religious, spiritual and secular humanist sources of and responses to existential issues are treated. IPA 8504 Les enjeux existentiels en counselling (3 cr) Ce cours explore les enjeux reliés au sens à la vie dans des situations où sont susceptibles de se retrouver les clients, tels que crises existentielles, transitions de vie, perte et mort, fin de la vie et trauma. Le vide ontologique et les réponses spirituelles aux crise existetielles sont examinés sous une variété de points de vue théorique, ainsi que leur impact sur le counselling. Les sources religieuses, spirituelles et humanistes de l anxiété existentielle sont abordées dans ce cours. IPA 8105 Research Methods and Design Problems in Counselling and Spirituality (3cr) The focus of this course is the critical analysis and discussion of the challenges that counsellors face in choosing and applying qualitative and quantitative methods to spirituality. In-depth study of design pitfalls that arise from the complexity and unpredictability of working with human subjects given the multi-cultural complexity of pluralistic societies. Potential topics include sampling issues, measurement issues, and special analytic techniques.
8 IPA 8505 Méthodes et modèles de recherches en counselling et spritualité (3 cr) Ce cours comporte les principaux objectifs suivants: analyser et discuter de façon critique les défis que rencontre le conseiller quand il choisit et applique des méthodes qualitatives et quantitatives des questions de recherche reliées à la spiritualité. Fera également partie de ce cours, une étude approfondie des difficultés reliées à l élaboration de modèles de recherche où les chercheurs travaillent avec des sujets humains dans une société pluraliste et multiculturelle. Les thèmes possibles incluent l échantillonnage, la mesure, les techniques d analyse. IPA 8106 Doctoral Seminar (3 cr) The doctoral seminar helps prepare students for their doctoral thesis. Students will develop their thesis proposals and present drafts in oral and written format for critique. Guest lecturers will select readings and lead seminars related to relevant research topics such as proposal writing, conceptual frameworks, ethics, methods and procedures, and statistical analysis. IPA 8506 Séminaire de doctorat (3 cr) Cet séminaire visent à encadrer l étudiant et l aider à avancer dans son projet de thèse. Celui-ci sera invité à soumettre oralement et par écrit son projet de thèse pour évaluation. Des professeurs invités proposeront un choix de lecture et dirigeront des ateliers portant sur la présentation de propositions de recherche, le cadre conceptuel de la recherche, l éthique, les méthodes et procédures, l analyse statistique, etc. Au terme du quatrième trimestre de son programme, l étudiant dépose son projet de thèse pour évaluation au comité de thèse. IPA 8201 Internal Clinical Practicum (S/NS) The clinical practice takes place in the Saint Paul University Counselling Centre. As is the case in the master s program, the practicum will be highly individualized and will involve the participation of supervisors. The goal of the practicum is to put into practice the theoretical knowledge of counseling and spirituality. Supervisors will specify the goals, objectives and syllabus of practicum. The Supervisor Supervisors will use observation, debriefing, peer review, written and oral feedback, and direct intervention and observation, to instruct and evaluate students. Besides giving regular feedback to the students, supervisors will establish the criteria for evaluation and will give oral and written evaluations on a regular basis. Supervisors will be responsible for the quality of students counselling skills and attitudes, and will oversee the personal and professional development of students when they are actively engaged in counselling practice. All supervisors are clinical or counselling
9 psychologists holding a PhD and are registered with the College. The evaluation of counselling skills, attitudes towards spirituality and professional/ethical behaviour will be made by the clinical supervisors using structured clinical evaluation tools in both the internal and external clinical practica. IPA 8601 Practicum clinique interne (S/NS) La pratique du counselling se déroule au Centre de counselling de l Université Saint-Paul. IPA 8202 External Clinical Practicum (S/NS) Students can take part in the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centres (APPIC) competition. In addition, students may choose to do their external clinical training at a site already used by students enrolled in the master s program, see Appendix E. Students complete a minimum of 1,500 supervised hours in their internal and external clinical practica combined. The minimum number of internal clinical practicum hours is 250 hours IPA 8602 Practicum clinique externe (S/NS) Les étudiants complètent un minimum de 1500 h de practicum supervisé dans leur stage clinique interne et externe combiné. Le nombre minimum d heures pour le stage clinique interne est 250. IPA 9998 Comprehensive Exam (S/NS)/Examen général de doctorat (S/NS) IPA 9999 Doctoral thesis/thèse de doctorat For the doctoral thesis description, see C Thesis
10 4.3 Course Sequence Session 1 FALL - Spirituality and Counselling (3 cr) - Existential Issues in Counselling (3 cr) - Research Methods and Design Problems in Counselling and Spirituality (3 cr) Session 3 SPRING Session 2 WINTER - Multi-faith and Cross-cultural Counselling (3 cr) - Issues in Special Populations (3 cr) - Internal Clinical Practicum Session 4 FALL Session 5 WINTER - Doctoral Seminar (3 cr) - External Clinical Practicum - Comprehensive Examination - External Clinical Practicum - Thesis proposal defense - External Clinical Practicum Session 6 SPRING Thesis External Clinical Practicum Session 9 SPRING Thesis External Clinical Practicum Submit thesis Thesis Defence Session 12 SPRING Session 7 FALL Thesis External Clinical Practicum Session 10 FALL Thesis External Clinical Practicum Session 8 WINTER Thesis External Clinical Practicum Session 11 WINTER Thesis External Clinical Practicum
11 Doctoral Program: Counselling and Spirituality Name: Date of Application: Please provide your written description (not to exceed 700 words) in the form of a basic outline of their proposed doctoral research. Where relevant, include theoretical background, research questions, and references related to your proposed work. You may append supplementary material, such as a sample of your writing or published work.
12 Name: Date: Please list all your choices for a thesis advisor 1 st choice nd choice Form to be returned to Program Director Manal Guirguis-Younger, Ph.D. Associate Professor/ Professeure agrégée Faculty of Human Sciences Faculté des sciences humaines Saint Paul University / Université Saint-Paul 223 Main Street Ottawa ON Canada K1S 1C4 (613) , Ext./poste 2390 Fax/télécopieur : (613)