The Spiritual Care Department, as part of Mission Integration, keeps alive the Mission, Vision and Values of its founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto and the Catholic Health Sponsors of Ontario. Reporting to the Manager, Spiritual Care, Unity Health Toronto is currently seeking to fill a full time Spiritual Care Practitioner position. This position will be based out of the Providence Healthcare site. The successful candidate will join a dedicated Spiritual Care team in providing 24/7 high quality psycho-social-spiritual, religious and cultural care to residents/patients and their families as a fully participating member of the health care team.
Providence Healthcare is a leader in providing rehabilitation, palliative care, long-term care and community programs in Toronto.
Working at Unity Health Toronto means more than having a job; it means being part of a community where each and every member of our team is recognized and appreciated. Please visit our website for more information and to apply for this position:
Spiritual Care Practitioner
1 FT Position – Providence Healthcare
This position will require working Day Shifts (Sunday – Thursday). Availability to do after-hours On-Call may be required.
Duties & Responsibilities:
- Providing and promoting high quality spiritual, religious and cultural care that is consistent with the Mission and Values of Unity Health Toronto for residents, patients, their families, and hospital staff.
- Assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating the spiritual care needs of residents, patients and their families; and clearly communicating the spiritual needs and plans to inter-professional team members through concise documentation.
- Providing care that is respectful of religious, spiritual and cultural diversity by supporting ethical discussion and difficult decision making by residents, patients, their families and staff.
- Actively engaging residents, patients, their families and staff in developing an understanding of the relationship between spiritual, religious, physical, emotional, psychological and mental well-being.
- Providing opportunities that nurture and foster the spiritual and devotional life of residents, including that of retired Roman Catholic Priests and Religious.
- Providing appropriate opportunities for prayer, sacraments, and other rituals; providing support for residents to enable attendance at the daily Mass.
- Assisting and providing leadership for Memorial Services.
- Being available and accessible to residents, patients, their families, and staff within the continuum of care, especially those experiencing spiritual and emotional distress.
- Demonstrating best practices in end-of-life care, grief and bereavement support.
- Enabling effective team collaboration and functioning as a full participant on a variety of clinical teams.
- Facilitating a variety of staff support strategies nurturing collaboration & supportive community.
- Collaborating with community clergy and spiritual care partners (where appropriate) and making referrals and helpful connections with the patient’s/family’s community support.
- Successful completion of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE);
- Current Membership and Specialist Certification (or Certification in process) with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC), or American partner organizations (NACC, APC).
- Masters Degree in Divinity, Pastoral Studies, Theology, or equivalent.
- Demonstrated appreciation of the Roman Catholic faith (approximately 80% of residents in the Houses of Providence Long-term Care identify as Roman Catholic)
- Ability to relate theology and behavioral science to the practice of spiritual care.
- Demonstrated spiritual maturity and integrity coupled with a high degree of sensitivity, compassion, gentleness, caring, humility and approachability.
- Demonstrated knowledge of providing spiritual care in a variety of practice contexts – particularly in the areas of long-term care, palliative care and rehabilitation.
- Demonstrated ability to be with people in their most vulnerable time exploring meaning and identifying values.
- Demonstrated conflict resolution skills and crisis intervention techniques.
- Must be able to work collaboratively as a member of both the spiritual care team and inter-professional teams; and capable of working independently.
- Excellent communication (verbal/written English), interpersonal, organizational and problem-solving skills are essential.
- Demonstrated proficiency working with computer applications in a Windows environment (Word, Electronic mail, electronic documentation).
- Demonstrated commitment to the Mission and Values of Unity Health Toronto.
- Must have an excellent attendance record.