The Graduate Certificate in Spiritually-Informed Psychotherapy (GCSIP) is an introductory program which may be taken either as a stand-alone certificate or as a bridge into a degree program at St. Stephen's College (such as the Master of Psychotherapy and Spirituality program). The GCSIP provides a flexible, yet structured, course of study for the adult learner who wishes to explore spiritual knowledge, and to those who want to include spiritual awareness and perspectives in their therapeutic understanding and skill development. This program is open to people from all faith traditions.
The GCSIP maybe used as a ladder into the Master of Psychotherapy and Spirituality (core or art therapy streams), the Post-Master's Art Therapy Certificate, or the Master of Theological Studies at St. Stephen's College. For more information on this laddering process, please consult with the Department Chair(s) of the desired program. Students wishing to continue on to another graduate program after completing a graduate certificate must apply and meet admission requirements of that program; completion of a graduate certificate does not guarantee admission into a master’s degree or other graduate program.
Incoming students can expect to take their first course in early June of their starting year.
Length of Program
Students taking a full course load can complete the GCSIP in one year. Students must complete all requirements within four years from the date on which they register in the program.
**Note: Graduate Certificates are conferred by St. Stephen's College, not by the University of Alberta. For more information, see our About Graduate Studies at SSC and Institutional Charter pages.
**Note: The GCSIP does not prepare students for professional certification.