Spiritual Health Practitioner- Calgary

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Starting June 2018



Alberta Children's hospitalAlberta Children’s Hospital (ACH) is Southern Alberta’s major treatment, teaching and research facility for children with complex medical conditions. ACH is a tertiary care teaching and research hospital affiliated with the University of Calgary and is an integral part of Alberta Health Services (AHS), which includes several other hospitals and health centers in Calgary.



Your Opportunity:

The Alberta Children’s Hospital is more than just a “hospital.” It is a unique Pediatric environment that includes Trauma and critical care, inpatient, outpatient, and Pediatric Palliative Care and Hospice services. The Alberta Children’s Hospital services families and patients from Alberta, Eastern BC and Western Saskatchewan. Working with families and staff you will support a dynamic interfaith community that embodies AHS’s family/patient first approach. The Chaplain – Spiritual Health Practitioner (SHP) responds with compassion and inclusiveness to the spiritual health needs identified by families, patients and staff through a tailored approach to assessment and care. Reflecting a holistic, compassionate methodology to care, the Spiritual Health Practitioner advances an evidence based spiritual health care approach within the Alberta Children’s Hospital community. The SHP works with an interdisciplinary team to provide holistic and compassionate support to the families. The Alberta Children’s Hospital is a very special place where all staff are committed to making a difference in the lives of the children and families we serve. The SHP contributes to caring for the Soul of the Alberta Children’s Hospital and as such is integral to the wellbeing of leadership, our teams and our patients and families. All Non-Union Exempt positions are being reviewed for possible inclusion in the AUPE General Support Services bargaining unit. If this position is impacted, the incumbent will be notified accordingly.


Aligned with the AHS mandate of a patient/family centered approach to care, the Spiritual Health Practitioner (SHP) is accountable for providing leadership in the profession for the Alberta Children’s Hospital (ACH), consultation, expertise, and direct service delivery in all matters related to spiritual health care in the context of health and care delivered at the ACH. The SHP responds to spiritual health needs identified by families, patients and staff through a process of spiritual assessment and care. Reflecting a holistic, compassionate approach to care, the SHP advances an evidenced based spiritual health care approach within ACH inclusive of patients/families, staff, physicians, and volunteers which is integrated into inter professional collaborative team practice. Spiritual Care Professional Practice is to be delivered in alignment with and advancement of AHS provincial professional practice standards, frameworks, and guidelines. Given the variety of spiritual, religious, cultural and philosophical beliefs that co-exist within the ACH the SHP encourages respect for individual patient/family beliefs within the health care team.  As a health care professional, the SHP is skilled in providing existential, spiritual, and religious patient care across beliefs, cultural perspectives, and practices. The SHP contributes to caring for the soul of the ACH, facilitating integration of a holistic approach to supporting the wellbeing of patient, families and staff. On call work for the ACH and FMC site over evening and weekends on a shared rotation is required.

  • Classification: Chaplain
  • Union: Exempt
  • Department: (ACH) PASTORAL CARE
  • Primary Location: Alberta Children’s Hospital
  • Negotiable Location: Within Calgary Zone
  • Employee Class: Regular Full Time
  • FTE: 1.00
  • Posting End Date: 30-APR-2018 (EXTENDED)
  • Date Available: 11-JUN-2018
  • Hours per Shift: 7.75
  • Length of Shift in weeks: 2
  • Shifts per cycle: 10
  • Shift Pattern: Days, On Call
  • Days Off: Saturday/Sunday
  • Minimum Salary: $28.20
  • Maximum Salary: $48.45
  • Vehicle Requirement: N/A

Required Qualifications:

Masters in Theology and/or Spirituality/Religion or a clinically related field with confirmation of educational equivalency obtained from the Academic Assessment Committee of the national professional association, Canadian Association for Spiritual Care/Association candadienne de soins spirituels, (CASC/ACSS). 2nd Advanced Level, Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) with commitment toward certification as a spiritual care practitioner, (CASC) within three years. Current Membership or Associate Membership of CASC/ACSS. Minimum 2 – 5 years of relevant clinical experience within the last 7 years in an acute care tertiary setting. Knowledge of and skills to address the need of families encountering crisis, disability, loss, bereavement and end of life care. Engages in self-reflective practice, and assesses the impact of one’s own spirituality, beliefs, values, assumptions, and power dynamics in relationship with families/staff. Critical thinking and application of principles of evidence based practice. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to collaborate respectfully and work effectively with various spiritual, religious, cultural groups and all levels of staff.
Additional Required Qualifications:

Continues to develop and maintain personal and professional growth, awareness and self-understanding. Ability to work in a professional manner and promote a holistic perspective to care. Requires an understanding of systems thinking. Demonstrated skills in reflective and collaborative practice, active listening, negotiation, advocacy, and conflict resolution. Demonstrated knowledge of community resources and ability to establish external partnerships. Proactive in developing and implementing effective strategies to resolve issues and problems, creating safe space, and building bridges. Ability to respect the privacy of others and maintain confidentiality.
Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in pediatric health care setting preferred. Skill in integrating music and therapeutic arts in spiritual care an asset. Understanding of and ability to contribute effectively to Ethical discussions when required. Working computer knowledge and skill.


For more information contact:

Philip Behman, D.Min.

Senior Practice Consultant, Spiritual Health Student Supervisor Educator

Health Professions Strategies and Practice

Alberta Health Services

Assistant Professor, Dept.of Pediatrics, Cummings School of Medicine

403 955-7868


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