Educational Events and Resources

Throughout the year, CASC/ACSS Members participate in and promote events and resources related to our profession and work in the communities we serve.

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CASC offers a supervisory training module entitled:

“Becoming an Effective CASC Supervisor-Educator”

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This module is part of the requirements for those pursuing  certification as a Supervisor -Educator.  For more information consult the Education manual Chapter 2, Section IV, especially sections 8.3 and 9.6.  Click here to view the manual


Day of Learning & Sharing

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 10 am to 4 pm
Emmanuel College, 75 Queen’s Park Cres. East, Toronto

Part of the event will be recorded. Please contact us at if you are interested in the recording.

The Role of Multi-Faith Chaplaincy in the Rehabilitation of
Inmates and their Re-integration in the Community

Panel Discussion (10:15 am to 11:15 am)
Chair: Roshi Taigen Henderson, Abbot, Toronto Zen Centre,
Buddhist Chaplain, Beaver Creek Correctional Facility
Panelists: Capt (Padre) John E. Funelas, Canadian Armed Forces,
Former Full-time Chaplain at Warkworth Institution
Ms. Paula Osmok, Regional Director, John Howard Society of Ontario

Providing Trauma-Informed Care to Inmates and Ex-inmates

Workshop (11:30 am to 1:00 pm)
Facilitators: Ms. Linda Hochstetler, Social Worker & Psychotherapist, MSW, RSW
Roshi Taigen Henderson, Buddhist Prison Chaplain

Spiritual Care in Prison:
What is needed, what works and what doesn’t?

Roundtable (2:00 pm to 3:30 pm)
Chair: Orev Reena Katz haKohenet, Multi-Faith Mental Health Chaplain for
Bath & Millhaven Regional Treatment Centres, Jewish Chaplain
for Beaver Creek, Collins Bay and Joyceville Institutions

**Invited guests speaking at the roundtable will include
staff & volunteer prison chaplains and ex-inmates**

Tickets: $30 (includes lunch and refreshments)

For inquiry or ticket purchase:
Email or Call 416-910-4858

Presented by:
The U of T Buddhist Contemplative Care Society




Sponsored by:
Emmanuel College Student Society

About our speakers:

Paula Osmok is the Executive Director of John Howard Society of Ontario, a position she has held since 2002. In 2003, the Centre for Research, Policy and Program Development was established at JHSO and the growing team of professional research, policy and evaluation staff engage in leading edge research and policy, making significant contributions to social and criminal justice literature and program development in Ontario.

Prior to that, she held the position of Executive Director for the John Howard Society of (then) Victoria Haliburton Simcoe & Muskoka, a local John Howard office in central Ontario. In that role, she developed and implemented a range of community-based services and housing, including programming for both provincial and federal prisoners.

She was elected for four successive terms as a public school board trustee in her local community serving as Chair of the Board and of many major committees.

She has presented as numerous conferences and training sessions on a range of criminal and social justice issues as well as operational and governance issues in the charitable sector.

Paula holds a MSc. in Criminal Justice Studies from the University of Leicester in the UK where she conducted research and produced her dissertation on The DNA Identification Act: Privacy Implications for Canadians.

Padre (Captain) John Funelas has been a priest in the Christian tradition for 22 years and has travelled to almost 40 countries, mostly in the exercise of his ministry. In 2011, he joined the chaplaincy team of the Correctional Service Canada as a full-time chaplain at Warkworth Institution in Ontario. His educational background is in philosophy, pastoral theology, anthropology, and national security. He enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces as a chaplain in 2016. He is currently the Faith Community Coordinator (Protestant) and a Unit Chaplain at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton.

Roshi Taigen Henderson is the Abbot of Toronto Zen Centre under the Direction of Roshi Sunyana Graef, the Abbot of the Vermont Zen Centre and a Dharma Heir of Roshi Kapleau. He was ordained by her as a priest in 2004 and sanctioned as Roshi Graef’s first Dharma Heir in June of 2005. He was installed as the abbot of the Toronto Zen Centre at that time.

Roshi Taigen’s interest in prison work began in 2004 by writing to Calvin Malone an American inmate and author of “Prison Wire Dharma”. Later this developed into volunteer prison work in provincial prisons with “Freeing the Human Spirit” in or around 2008 and was later hired by the first “contractor” for chaplaincy, Kairos Pneuma. When Bridges of Canada won the contract he was hired as a Buddhist Chaplain in Warkworth and Beavercreek Institutions.

Linda Hochstetler been studying and practicing a variety of meditation practices (mindfulness, Zen, and Vajrayana Buddhism) for more than 30 years. She is a meditation teacher in the lineage of Namgyal Rinpoche, and considers Senseis Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat her primary gurus. She is a Co-Founder of the Awaken in Toronto Sangha, and is their Senior Teacher. She has completed many silent meditation retreats, including a 2-month silent retreat in 2009. She is also a clinical social worker who specializes in dealing with illness, death, & dying issues. She has a trauma-informed practice and offers EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) psychotherapy and other body-based practices to deal with traumas of all kinds. She has a private practice in the Roncesvalles village and sees individuals, couples, and families on a wide range of issues.

Chaplain Orev Reena Katz haKohenet practices spiritual care with people who are incarcerated in the federal prisons of Southern Ontario, the traditional territory of the Anishnabek, Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat, Mohawk, Odawa and Mississauga of New Credit in Williams, Treaty 57 and 13 territories.

Orev is the Jewish Chaplain at Collins Bay, Joyceville and Beaver Creek Institutions, where she provides progressive, social justice-based Jewish education, and one-on-one counselling to people incarcerated in minimum, medium and max security prisons. Orev is also one of two specialized Spiritual Care Providers at the Regional Treatment Centres of Millhaven and Bath Institutions. Chaplain Orev’s work as a Multi-Faith Mental Health Chaplain in these clinical settings involves journeying with maximum security inmates, diagnosed with a range of mental health, addiction and aging issues. Like all incarcerated people, Orev’s RTC clients struggle with grief, addiction, suicidality, and inter-generational trauma.

Chaplain Orev trained in forensics at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Stillwater Institution, a maximum security men’s prison in Minnesota. She is the Chair of the Correctional Chaplaincy Community of Practice with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care, and coordinates the Art to Power Resiliency Initiative at the Prisoner AIDS/HIV Support and Action Network, where she works with formerly incarcerated people living with HIV and HepC. Chaplain Orev is honoured to serve these diverse and courageous incarcerated communities.

Event organizer: U of T Buddhist Contemplative Care Society
Event sponsors: Buddhist Education Foundation of Canada and Emmanuel College Student Society.

Part of the event will be recorded. Please contact us at if you are interested in the recording.



The Last Days & The Last Hours: Caring for the Dying and Their Families

Friday May 10, 2019  Click here for more info.  CASC’s own Dr. Jim Huth is presenting the concluding keynote:  “Care as Sacred Attention in the Last Hours and Days”. 




Aging and Spirituality: Finding Courage and Resilience

Registration is now open.


Date: June 13 and 14, 2019, at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo.

You are invited to a time of learning, reflection, and self-care.
Come for one day, two days, or make it a retreat and stay overnight at Grebel.
We will be led by a collaborative, experienced group of spiritual companions of various faith traditions who work in long-term care, hospice, and the community.
The context of the gathering will allow time for contemplation, relaxation, and community connections.

The schedule, workshop descriptions and profiles of the leaders can all be found here.

Join us as we consider and experience together the role of spirituality in finding courage and resilience in our work, in our homes, and within ourselves.

Cost: $155 for both days (includes lunches), overnight cost extra
Or $85 for just one day (includes lunch)

Click here for more information and registration instructions, or click here to register by May 30, 2019 (avoid disappointment – register early!)

View or download the event flyer (PDF) and feel free to print and post it if you like.

Check out our Facebook link, and ‘share’ with others!

I’ll look forward to seeing you there.



Jane Kuepfer, RP, MDiv, PhD
Schlegel Specialist in Spirituality & Aging
Conrad Grebel University College
519-885-0220 x24232

Dignity Therapy Training Workshop

October 2- 4, 2019
Winnipeg, Canada

This intensive 2 ½ day workshop led by Dr. Harvey Chochinov is a dynamic blend of lectures, small-group discussions, demonstrations of Dignity Therapy (live and videotaped), and plenty of hands-on opportunities for participants to practice carrying out this novel intervention. Previous workshops have sold out, so register early to avoid disappointment. Discounted early-bird registration fees are available until June 16, 2019. Register at:


A Practical Guide for Consenus-Based Decision Making

Jim Madden is offering his resource “A Practical Guide for Consensus-based decision making” for the use of all CASC/ACSS Members. Click here to download.

Our thanks to Jim for sharing his work with CASC/ACSS Members. Jim has worked as a community organizer, a sociologist, in the public health system as a program evaluator and program manager, and in various roles in the mental health system. Jim is currently System Coordinator for the London-Middlesex Children and Youth Mental Health System (as part of the provincial Moving on Mental Health initiative.) For his “third act of life,” Jim finished a Master of Arts degree in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary (Wilfrid Laurier University) in 2015, and is also a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) in private practice.

Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) Library

The Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) has a large library of webinar resources for purchase.  They now require users to create a user name and password to purchase webinars and recordings at their site. Visit the EDAC site.

Below is a sample of some of their informative webinars.

2017 Recorded Webinars

  • July: Light on the Dark Side of the Street
  • June: Loss in the Lives of LGBTQ+ People
  • May: Practical Strategies for Helping Grieving Clients Cope
  • April: Continued Bond/Attachment Theories for Perinatal Loss Intervention
  • March: “Well, Ain’t This a Fine Howdy-do!” Helping Care-givers
  • February: Living with Life-Threatening Illness
  • January: Responding To Community Crisis

2016 Recorded Webinars

  • December: Meaning-Centered Grief Therapy…
  • November: Changing the Face of Bereavement…
  • October: Revisiting Loss and Restoration
  • September: Attachment Informed Grief Therapy…
  • August: Secrets in Grief Counseling and End-of-Life Care
  • July: Keeping Up in Grief: A Vital Component in Self Care
  • June: Loss Upon Loss: Caregivers, Dying Persons and the End of Life
  • May: The Top 10 Mistakes Made in Treating the Bereaved
  • April: Helping Children Grieve
  • March: Using Therapeutic Groups in Working With the Bereaved
  • February: Treating Grief As a Mental Disorder
  • January: Sustaining Capacity of Compassion…

2016 Conference Recordings

  • Addressing the Needs of Families – Planning a Family Grief Camp
  • Ambiguous Loss, Nonfinite Loss, and Disenfranchised Grief: Connections and Implications for Clinicians
  • An Attachment Informed Approach to Grief and Grief Therapy
  • The Impact of our Fear of and Fascination with Death on our Children
  • Coloring Your Grief
  • Research that Matters: Social Media and Bereavement
  • Trust-Building Among African-Americans in End of Life Care
  • The Two-Track Model of Bereavement: A Contemporary Look at Theory, Research and Practice
  • Deconstructing the Case for Complicated Grief
  • Our Work, Our Selves
  • Mindfulness & Grief: Coping Skills for Life After Loss
  • How to Start and Facilitate a Bereavement Support Group
  • Compassion for Ourselves: Rejuvenate Mind, Body, and Spirit
  • Is Evidence-Based Practice Appropriate for Grief Counseling

2015 Recorded Webinars

  • December: Early Attachment Experience
  • November: Lunch with a Luminary: J. William Worden
  • October: Using Digital and Social Media in Your Work
  • August: Grief and Cognition…
  • July: Being There: Virtual Presence at the End of Life
  • June: Will You Be My ‘Friend’?…
  • March: The ABCs of Bringing Bereavement Camps To Your Community
  • January: Understanding Sibling Loss: What Every Counselor Needs…

2014 Recorded Webinars

  • December: Spirituality Unplugged: Assessing and Empowering Clients’…
  • July: Suicide Risk Assessment When Bereavement…
  • April: Secrets at the End of Life
  • January: Caring for Self While Caring for Others: Managing Stress…

2014 Recorded Conference Sessions

  • Let’s Stop “Staging” Dying and Bereaved Persons
  • Parental Experiences and Decisions Regarding Fetal Anomalies
  • Helping Bereaved Clients Identify, Develop and Utilize Resources
  • Beyond Gender: Understanding the Ways Men and Women Grieve
  • Motherless Daughters: A Twenty-Year Retrospective
  • Finding Resilience: Thinking Small in the Big Badness
  • The Role of Medication in Grief Therapy: Two Case Studies
  • Working with Grieving Teenagers

2015 Recorded Conference Sessions

  • A Mother’s Tears: From Grief to Activism
  • An Analysis of Research on Childhood and Adolescent Grief
  • Best Practices in Suicide Bereavement: A New National Report
  • Child-griever to First Lady: The Griefs of Lady Bird Johnson
  • Cultural Grief Factors and Access to Care: A Model of Community Support
  • Death, Dying and Bereavement: Multicultural Competence in Psychotherapy
  • Grief & Developmental Disabilities
  • How New Insights About the Brain Are Helping Us Understand Bereavement
  • Meaning-Centered Grief Therapy: Theory, Practice and Promise
  • Mindfulness and Grief: Techniques For Post-traumatic Growth
  • Old Meets New, East Meets West: The Fusion of Grief Experience and Ritualization Among Chinese
  • Teaching about Life and Living in Death and Dying Courses
  • The Boy Who Saved Thousands of Lives
  • The Internal Worlds of Grieving Families
  • We Don’t Know Death: 7 Assumptions We Make About Dying

Live Webinars

ADEC webinars are pre-approved for credit earned towards the CT or recertification.

  • Earn 1.5 continuing education credits for completing most webinars.
  • Member price: $35  • Nonmember price: $50
  • Add the recording to your purchase for an additional $20. Your registration fee includes one connection to the webinar, one set of materials and one evaluation for continuing education credits.
  • An unlimited number of people can listen in on the webinar with you and purchase additional continuing education credits for $25 each.

ADEC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6726. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. ADEC is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. Submitted by Eileen Dahl.


Jack Hirose


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