The Counselling degree is designed to prepare graduates for employment in clinical counselling or church ministry settings. Students with a clinical focus are geared towards psychotherapy and the educational preparation for registration with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and certification with professional counselling associations such as the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Graduates with a Pastoral Care and Counselling Focus are trained in issues such as: family conflicts, crisis intervention, and life transitions. Tyndale students gain counselling experience through solid counselling internships.

Our program provides educational preparation for students to become certified counsellors through associations such as:

● The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)

● American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

● Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC)

● Ontario Society of Psychotherapists (OSP)

● Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)

For more information on certification requirements please visit the Seminary Counselling Website

Counselling Certification

Our program provides educational preparation for students to become certified counsellors with professional counselling associations and registered psychotherapists with CRPO.The degree prepares students for employment in secular and Christian social service agencies, private practices, chaplaincy settings, or in congregational church environments. Our faculty equips students with the academic and applied knowledge they need on how to counsel clients on issues including: interpersonal conflict, couple and family therapy, depression, abuse, at risk youth, suicidal ideation, and grief.


Counselling Internships

Students undergo hundreds of hours of training in lab work and in a counselling internship practicum. By utilizing counselling theories and techniques in the field, our graduates gain the experience and counselling skills necessary to work effectively in the community. Our program is focused on producing trained counsellors rather than producing clinical psychologists or clinical scientists.

Expert Teaching

Our professors are practicing counsellors and therapists who serve as advisors and mentors to our students. Our faculty teach courses that center on the theological and psychological understanding of human personhood, and the therapeutic process in areas including: Christian counselling, personality theories, family systems theory, marriage and family therapy, child and adolescent counselling, pastoral counselling, and crisis intervention.

The Master of Divinity is a three-year professional ministry degree that provides you with knowledge and skills to be an effective and holistic ministry leader. The MDiv blends academic study, mentored learning and practical experience in a comprehensive program that will prepare you for ordained ministry or for Christian leadership in its various forms.

MDiv students will acquire foundational preparation for ordained ministry and for Christian leadership in congregations and other settings. Students will:

  1. develop breadth of knowledge and critical understanding of the theological disciplines;
  2. acquire capacities for understanding and engaging the cultural, social, and global context of God’s mission in the world;
  3. experience personal and professional growth through a process of intellectual, spiritual and ministry formation;
  4. develop and hone skills for theologically reflective ministry practice in its various forms.


Program Requirements

Each program has a set of specific requirements for completion. Please refer to your Seminary major sheet to determine the exact criteria.

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The Master of Theological Studies is a two-year graduate degree that helps you understand the biblical, theological and historical foundations of the Christian faith. The MTS is flexible program that can be tailored to meet your learning and ministry interests, or help you prepare you for further studies. Students may select electives from across the curriculum, or use them to focus their studies in a chosen concentration.

Students completing the MTS program will acquire a broad understanding of the theological disciplines for Christian faith and practice. Students will:

  1. gain theological understanding and insight through study of the heritage of Christian scripture, history, theology and ministry;
  2. develop aptitudes for thinking critically, theologically and biblically in relation to faith, vocation and ministry; 
  3. acquire critical awareness of God’s mission in the world in its social, cultural and global contexts;
  4. demonstrate depth of understanding in a particular field (for those opting to concentrate in an area of study).

The MTS Modular is a specialized, cohort-based program that allows students to complete the degree, one evening per week, in a fixed sequence of courses delivered over three years. 

Program Requirements

Each program has a set of specific requirements for completion. Please refer to your Seminary major sheet to determine the exact criteria.

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The one-year Graduate Diploma program provides you with a foundation of biblical, theological and ministry studies for your spiritual growth and ministry development. The Graduate Diploma allows you to tailor your studies to meet your learning and ministry needs. You may choose a concentration in Christian Studies, Leadership, Global Mission and Intercultural Studies, Pastoral and Chinese Ministry Foundations, Pentecostal Studies, Spiritual Formation or Youth and Family Ministry.

The Diploma in Christian Studies may also be taken on Monday evenings in a modular, cohort-based format with a fixed sequence of nine (9) courses delivered over one and a half years. The MTS (Christian Studies) may be taken entirely online.

All successfully-completed coursework can be transferred to the MDiv and MTS programs.

Whether you're interested in vocational ministry and leadership or personal study and enrichment, Tyndale offers a wide range of degree options that will meet your needs and goals.

Graduate Diploma** MTS
Master of Theological Studies**
Master of Divinity***
Master of Theology
Doctor of Ministry
A program geared toward adult learners interested in being equipped for ministry in their chosen profession A degree that will develop students' theological understanding for general educational purposes A degree designed primarily for those considering vocational, church-based ministry An advanced academic degree that provides an opportunity toexplore biblical, theological or historical studies in preparation for a PhD or ThD program An advanced professional degree designed for church leaders whose ministry will be integrated into their study and research Description
9 18 27 6 courses + thesis 6 intensive modules + a major project


1 year 2 years 3 years 1 year 3 years Duration*
Want to enhance your biblical and theological understandings in a setting that will engage your intellect and deepen your faith Are seeking a foundational graduate degree that can be utilized in a wide range of professional and ministerial contexts Wish to prepare for ordained ministry or for general pastoral and religious leadership responsibilities in congregations and other settings Have completed an MDiv or MTS and wish to enhance your ministerial and missional practice with additional scholarship, or prepare for further study at the doctoral level Have completed an MDiv or equivalent and are engaged in substantive ministry further developing your skills and capacities for effective leadership Pursue if...
* Program durations are based on a traditional, full-time course load of nine courses per year.
** Also offered in a modular format designed to meet the needs of students with full-time demands such as family, church or career.
*** Tyndale also offers an In-Ministry MDiv degree program for people who are engaged in part-time or full-time in vocational Christian ministry.
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Dr. Paul D. Scuse

Title & Contact Info

Associate Professor of Counselling

 Email: pscuse [at]
 Phone: 416.226.6620 ext. 6785

Academic Credentials

BSc, University of Toronto, 1975
MDiv, Wycliffe College (University of Toronto), 1979
ThM, Wilfred Laurier University/Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, 1993
DMin, Wilfred Laurier University/Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, 1998

Areas of Specialization

Marriage and Family Therapy, Pastoral Practice and Education, Pastoral Counselling, Sexual Therapy and Counselling


Dr. Scuse began teaching at Tyndale in 2001 and was appointed Assistant Professor of Counselling in 2003. He gives overall direction to the Counselling major. Dr. Scuse’s other teaching experience includes Wycliffe College and guest lecturing in family systems theory for the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC). Dr. Scuse has been an ordained minister in the Anglican Church of Canada since 1979. Since that time, he has served in full-time pastoral ministry in congregations in Oshawa, Toronto and Stouffville. He developed advanced expertise in pastoral counselling and marriage and family therapy through studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, together with experience at the Interfaith Pastoral Counselling Centre in Kitchener, ON. Since 1993, he has combined parish ministry with a private counseling practice. Dr. Scuse is a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and a Registered Member of the Board of Examiners in Sexual Therapy and Counselling in Ontario (BESTCO). He is also a Pastoral Counselling Specialist with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC).

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Dr. Helen Noh

Title & Contact Info

Assistant Professor of Counselling Psychology

 Email: hnoh [at]
 Phone: 416.226.6620 ext. 2118

Academic Credentials

PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary (School of Psychology), 2003
MA, Fuller Theological Seminary, 2003
MS, Fuller Theological Seminary (School of Psychology), 2001
BSc (Hons), University of Toronto, 1996

Areas of Specialization

Marital and family therapy


Dr. Noh’s area of specialization in both clinical practice and research is in the area of marriage and family therapy. She completed her internship at Glen Roberts Child Study Center and Verdugo Mental Health in Southern California. Dr. Noh worked with children, adults and families dealing with mental health issues, including depressive and anxiety disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as well as family system issues, such as marriage and parenting. Her areas of research interest include applied psychology and counselling with an emphasis on the integration of psychology, theology and spirituality.

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Dr. Susan Ellfeldt

Title & Contact Info

Assistant Professor of Counselling

 Email: sellfeldt [at]
 Phone: 416.226.6620 ext. 6787

Academic Credentials

BA, California State University, 1984
MS, California State University, 1986
DMin, Palmer Seminary, 2010

Areas of Specialization

Individual, couple and family therapy


Dr. Susan Ellfeldt has been an Assistant Professor in the counselling program at Tyndale Seminary since 2003, both teaching in the program and assisting Paul Scuse with directing the program. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist with over 30 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families, and she has worked in Christian and secular agency settings and in private practice in both California and Ontario. She is a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario.

As an experienced supervisor, workshop leader and seminar instructor, she has worked with a number of churches and Christian organizations over the years providing staff training and development. In addition to her work at Tyndale, she works part-time with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as a Staff Development Specialist and maintains a small private practice in Etobicoke.

Popular Courses

  • Couples Therapy
  • Pre-Internship Skills Lab I and II
  • Family Systems Theory

Favourite Place on Campus

My office is warmly decorated and inviting to students who drop by. I enjoy interacting with our students and getting to know them and their aspirations beyond Tyndale.

Favourite Place in Toronto

My favorite place in Toronto is actually not in Toronto, but a farm in Ancaster where I stable my horse. I have always loved trail riding, and the farm is adjacent to the Dundas Valley with lovely walking and equestrian trails.

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Dr. Vincent H. K. Poon

Title & Contact Info

Professor Emeritus, Counselling

 Email: vpoon [at]
 Phone: 416.226.6620 ext. 6786

Academic Credentials

BSc, University of Manitoba, 1968
MD, University of Manitoba, 1972
MTS, Tyndale Seminary, 1982
DMin, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1988
PsyD, Newport University, 1991

Areas of Specialization

Marriage and family therapy, Whole Person and Family Centered Care, Family Medicine, Psychotherapy and Psychology, Pastoral Counselling, Family Ministry


Dr. Poon joined the Tyndale counselling ministries faculty in 1991. He has a wealth of experience in the disciplines of family medicine, theology, counselling, psychology, pastoral counselling and marriage and family therapy. He is an approved supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, a Fellow and Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Psychotherapists and a faculty member of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. He has published widely and has presented many papers both in Canada and internationally. He ascribes to a truly whole-person and family-centered approach in the well being of individuals and families by looking at the bio-psycho-social-cultural-spiritual aspects of persons. Dr. Poon was a key member of the team that founded the Chinese Ministry Program at Tyndale in 1988. His teaching involvement at Tyndale includes counselling, pastoral counselling, family ministry and pastoral and Chinese ministry. He has served as the Chair of the Advisory Council at Tyndale. He directs the Mentoring and Pastoral Support Network of the Hudson Taylor Centre. Dr. Poon is an ordained counselling minister with the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec.

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Prof. Kern Stanberry

Title & Contact Info

Adjunct Professor of Counselling

 Email: kstanberry [at]
 Phone: 416.226.6620 ext. 2106

Academic Credentials

M.Div., Tyndale University College and Seminary, 2006
Diploma in Couple and Family Therapy Studies, University of Guelph, 2011
RMFT, Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 2009
Clinical Fellow, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 2009
Approved Supervisor, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 2014
RP, College of Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario, 2015

Areas of Specialization

Marriage and Family Therapy


Kern Stanberry has served as the coordinator of the M.Div. Counselling Major Internship program at Tyndale Seminary since 2012 and is also an instructor for the Pre-Internship Counselling Skills Lab course. He has served in managerial, clinical supervisory, and therapist capacities in a number of government funded agencies in the Greater Toronto Area. In 2011 he led the design, development and implementation of an innovative counselling program at Addiction Services for York Region. As the director of Newhope Family Services Inc., he partners with faith-based and community organizations to provide counselling services to individuals, couples and families.

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

The program seeks to provide candidates with a collegial, academic and professional milieu in which you will advance your understanding of the nature, purposes, and practice of ministry; enhance your leadership and formational competencies in discernment, theological reflection, and in-ministry research; gain opportunities for personal and spiritual growth. Learn More | View Requirements

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