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This program is widely recognized throughout North America and Great Britain as essential training for persons seeking to become professional Spiritual Care Practitioners/Chaplains. The program is accredited by the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC) and university credit is awarded through Martin Luther 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 interns become occasions for learning the art of entering into the dialogue of profound meaning and or empathic support. This is accomplished through interns learning how to work within the world view 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.

Interns spend half of their time with patients and the other half in didactic sessions and supervised group interaction with their peers. For each course/practicum of CPE, interns must complete 400 hours in total, comprised of 200 hours of clinical service with a cooperating health care team and 200 hours of experiential group and didactic sessions. A CPE course/practicum can be intensive: around 35 hours per week for 3 months or extended: around 18 hours per week for 6 months. For more in information about the CPE education program and CASC certification process feel free to visit the CASC website.

Coming CPE and deadlines for application:

CPE Unit Schedule Days and time Dates Deadline to apply
Extensive Unit- 2021 18 hours per week Jan 4-July 16, 2021 Sept 1, 2020
Intensive Fall Unit-2021 Mon to Fri full days  Sept 6-Dec 10, 2021 May 1, 2021
Intensive Winter Unit- 2022 Mon to Fri full days  Jan 10-April 15, 2022 Sept 1, 2021 

All interns 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. For pre-requisites please click on the link before you apply: CPE Instructions and pre-requisites

If you meet all the requirement please download this form CPE Application.

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Contact Us

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
Tel: (613) 798-5555 ext: 19027

Vivian Stang, M.A.
Registered Psychotherapist
CASC Certified Supervisor-Educator
Clinical Chaplain
Spiritual Care Services
The Ottawa Hospital
Tel: (613) 798-5555 ext: 75455

Last updated on: July 13th, 2020