Students are invited to choose one track, Thesis or Non-Thesis, upon entering the program.

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  • Recommended option for those planning to pursue doctoral studies in counselling or clinical psychology, counsellor education or related fields.
  • Encourages research that is creative and significantly contributes to the field of counselling psychology.
  • For scientific research and critical evaluation of psychological literature.
  • For development of an analytical mind and rigorous scientific thinking, which can be applied to clinical practice.
  • To refine research skills and advance knowledge in a specific field of personal interest.
  • For professionals in practice to deepen their experience in a specific area such as program evaluation.

Click here to view samples of MA Counselling Psychology Student Theses


  • Dr. Marvin McDonald: Multicultural identity development; Trauma and secondary trauma; Spirituality and health; Families and close relationships
  • Dr. Richard Bradshaw: Trauma; efficacy/effectiveness of Observed & Experiential Integration (OEI)
  • Dr. Janelle Kwee: Multicultural and gender issues in psychology, group psychotherapy, community psychology and prevention, relational theories, trauma, and the interplay between spiritual formation, psychological development, and psychotherapy, children in play therapy
  • Dr. Alex Kwee: Human sexuality, substance abuse, process (or behavioural) addictions such as sex and gambling
  • Dr. Derrick Klaassen: Existential and spiritual issues in psychology and psychotherapy; Existential Analysis (Logotherapy); grief and bereavement
  • Dr. Mihaela Launeanu: Process based validity in psychological assessment; test construction and the measurement of psychological constructs; functional and therapeutic assessment; existential issues in forensic psychology (e.g., moral disengagement and dissociation, spiritual trauma, moral suffering, forgiveness; developmental trajectories of risk and desistance); process of change in psychotherapy; translational research methodologies; spirituality in healthcare; existential-phenomenological clinical supervision model; nostalgia and identities in transition (immigration and cross-cultural adjustment.)