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Wilfrid Laurier University Waterloo Lutheran Seminary
April 24, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Diploma in Multifaith Spiritual Care and Counselling

"After deciding to enter the field of health care as a second career, I became acquainted with WLS, initially as a part time student. It wasn’t long before I recognized the tremendous value of integrating spiritual care and counselling courses in to my professional career. It is easy to become passionate about learning when experienced faculty are able to engage a diverse group of students, thereby fostering a rich learning experience that invites the spirit."
-- Wendy Woodhouse, Diploma graduate 2012

About the Program

This program is designed for persons who desire focused learning in the area of spirituality as it relates to counselling in diverse settings. Persons who would be interested in this diploma would include those who provide spiritual care and counselling in a variety of situations (such as schools, prisons, health care settings, churches and other not-for-profit organizations) as well as individuals preparing for or working in health care, social services and community development. This diploma would also be of interest to persons exploring the relation of their own spirituality and well being.

The diploma focuses on examining issues of spirituality in a variety of settings with special attention to the importance of context, pluralism and multifaith issues

Why Choose This Program?

• Honours degree not required for admission
• To augment a career in ministry, counselling, psychotherapy, chaplaincy or health care

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree with normally a minimum B average is required for admission.

Computer literacy is expected of all WLS students.

Transfer Credit and Advanced Standing

Applicants with a significant amount of practical experience, or those who have obtained graduate-level credit at other academic institutions may be eligible for credit or advanced standing towards their program.

To be considered, students may file a petition:

Program Requirements

The Graduate Calendar contains the most up-to-date program requirements, as approved by the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary Senate. The most up-to-date version can be found on the left-hand side of the Grad Studies homepage.

View the 2013-2014 Diploma in Multifaith Spiritual Care and Counselling for program requirements.

Student Resources

The WLS suggests that all students make an appointment with their Faculty Advisor to ensure they are on the path to graduation. Please bring a copy of your course summary (available on your LORIS account).

The Faculty Advisor for the Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy stream is Dr. Kristine Lund.

Application Instructions

Application Instructions can be found here: