The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program is designed for active practitioners, working in both traditional and non-traditional ministry contexts, who see their nurturing work as possessing an inherent spiritual and ministerial dimension. Counsellors, chaplains, health practitioners, spiritual care providers, social workers, nurses, long-term care workers, educators, clergy, and others caring for our communities and our planet can deepen their practice through the DMin program.
St Stephen’s welcomes to its programs students from any faith tradition – or no tradition. The College encourages students to articulate their vision and practice of ministry using the languages, symbols, and images of the traditions and worldviews with which they identify. Within this diversity, St. Stephen's understands that the practice of ministry includes the self-reflective awareness of the nurturing quality of service to the Human community and to the Earth.
The DMin is a low-residency program designed for the working professional and can largely be completed at a distance. Most courses are offered in convenient week-long intensive formats, while other program elements are conducted online. The DMin program combines academic research with practical, applied competencies as appropriate to the student’s professional field.
What Can Students Expect?
- A personalized curriculum that is creatively adapted to student interests and which invites student innovation.
- A curriculum that combines academic rigor with opportunities for personal reflection and integration.
- Annual intensive courses which foster personal relationship building with faculty and colleagues.
- Online learning communities which offer flexible program participation from afar.
- Inclusive perspectives open to multi-faith and multi-cultural views.
- Dynamic, experienced, and accessible faculty who are committed and supportive.
- Diverse and cutting-edge approaches to research, including arts-based methodologies.
- A diverse, engaged student community.
DMin Core Stream
The DMin Core Stream is open to any caregiving professional working in a wide array of both traditional and non-traditional ministry contexts. Recent DMin graduates have competed research in the fields of education and mindfulness, spiritual care, issues of gender and sexuality in religious communities, residential schools, pastoral counselling, and congregational ministry. Students completing the DMin will find the following outcomes:
- Deepen their current professional experience.
- Build on previously acquired academic skills.
- Integrate personal and spiritual growth.
- Enhance their ability to do independent research with the support of a team of advisors.
- Develop an advanced understanding of ministry in relation to various disciplines.
- Contribute to the understanding and practice of ministry through the completion of a DMin doctoral level project.
DMin Specialization in Supervisory Education (DMin-SE)
This specialization offers doctoral level training for supervisory education students working toward professional certification as a Certified Supervisor-Educator (i.e., Spiritual Care Educator of Psycho-Spiritual Therapist Educator) in the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care/Association cadadienne de soins spirituels (CASC/ACSS).
Students completing the DMin-SE will gain all the same program outcomes as the DMin Core Stream, as well as the following:
- Advanced understanding of the nature and purpose of spiritual care and psycho-spiritual supervision.
- In-depth knowledge of, and practical experience with, the five identified CASC/ACSS Supervisor Competencies: (i) Conceptual knowledge of clinical supervision; (ii) Aptitude in CPE/PCE program design, implementation, and management; (iii) Engagement in supervision of individual CPE/PCE students; (iv) Facilitation of CPE/PCE group seminars and related activities; and (v) Integration of personal and supervisory identity.
- Ability to integrate theological reflection, spiritual and educational assessment, and the safe and effective use of self in the supervision of spiritual care and/or psycho-spiritual therapy students.
- New knowledge pertaining to spiritual care and psycho-spiritual therapy supervision.
Length of Program
Students taking a full course load can complete the credited and non-credited requirements of the DMin program within four years (this applies to both the Core and SE Specialization streams). Most students complete the degree in five to six years. Students must complete all the requirements within seven years from the date on which they register in the program.
Graduates of the DMin program typically return to their field of ministry equipped with the knowledge, experience, and spiritual formation needed to inspire others and to deepen their practice. Graduates in the Specialization in Supervisory Education will have achieved a CASC/ACSS Certification review as a Spiritual Care Educator or Psycho-Spiritual Therapist Educator.