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The Ottawa Hospital Spiritual Care Services department proudly offers a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program.  This program is widely recognized throughout North America and Great Britain as essential training for persons seeking to become professional Spiritual Care Providers/Chaplains. The program is accredited by the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC) and university credit is awarded through St Paul University.

The heart of the educational process employed in the program is highly experiential in nature, having a strong emphasis on emotional intelligence and the practice of self-reflection. Encounters with patients, staff, and fellow students become occasions for learning the art of entering into dialogues of profound meaning and or empathic support. This is accomplished through students learning how to work within the worldview of the patient, assisting the patient to express and interpret their experience of their illness in accordance with the patient’s own spiritual values and beliefs. A teaching room equipped with a two-way mirror and video recording equipment is directly adjacent to the supervisor’s office facilitating superb access for supervision.

Student interns spend half of their time with patients and the other half in didactic sessions and supervised group interaction with their peers. For each unit of CPE students must complete 400 hours in total, comprised of 200 hours of clinical service with a cooperating Healthcare team and 200 hours of experiential group and didactic sessions. Normally a total of 3 units may be taken in any given calendar year. For an explanation of basic and advanced levels as well as the number of units required for certification, applicants are referred to the CASC website at www.spiritualcare.ca

All students must pass a personal interview indicating their readiness for self-exploration and interpersonal dialogue at the level required for learning the art and science of Spiritual Care in a multi-faith setting. All students need to provide relevant academic documentation as well as a personal autobiography. A recent criminal records search (inclusive of a vulnerable sector) must be supplied prior to commencement following a successful screening interview.

for further information contact:

Nicolas El-Kada L.Th., M.A., B.A.
Registered Psychotherapist
CASC Certified Supervisor-Educator
Professional Practice Coordinator
Adjunct Professor
Spiritual Care Services
The Ottawa Hospital
nelkada@toh.ca
Tel: (613) 798-5555 ext: 19027
Vivian Stang, M.A.
Registered Psychotherapist
CASC Certified Supervisor-Educator
Clinical Chaplain
Spiritual Care Services
The Ottawa Hospital
vstang@toh.ca
Tel: (613) 798-5555 ext: 75455