2021 Conference

 

Making the Impossible Possible: Healing trauma

April 18-20 2021 On-line

2021 National Conference Goals:

  • Share expertise on trauma informed care
  • Focus on possibilities for healing
  • Motivate with leading practices in research and professional development
  • Strengthen attendees who may be experiencing new thresholds of trauma

 

CASC/ACSS Virtual Conference 2021 Keynote Speakers

 

Dr. Barbara Ganzel PhD, LMSW

 Monday April 19th Keynote: Psychological Trauma in the Context of Aging

Barbara Ganzel is a hospice-trained social worker and research neuroscientist. She has 20+ years of experience studying psychological trauma and its impact on brain, body, and behavior across the lifespan. Before taking her current position as director of the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute, she was the principal investigator and director of her own neuroimaging laboratory at Cornell. She is currently working on behavioral interventions to ease stress and psychological trauma in people at or near the end of life. This year, she has also been adapting military stress resilience models to better serve long-term care staff on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Dr. Mary Ann McColl

Tuesday April 20th Keynote: Disability as spiritual trauma. Part 1 – What do we mean?

Dr. Mary Ann McColl is a Professor in Rehabilitation Therapy and Public Health Sciences at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She is Academic Lead for the Canadian Disability Policy Alliance, and Assistant Editor of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies. She is the author of 16 books, including: Appreciative disability studies (2019; Captus Press) and Spirituality & occupational therapy (2nd ed., 2011, CAOT Publications).

CASC/ACSS Conference 2021 Schedules

All times in Eastern Standard Time (EST) 

11 am Eastern = 8 am Pacific, 9 am Mountain, 10 am Central, 12 pm Atlantic, 12:30 NFL & Lab

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excel Spreadsheet of Schedule

 

Pre-Conference Schedule

For Commission and Board members meeting before the conference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CASC/ACSS Virtual Conference 2021

Workshops

NOTE: When ready to register please select the workshops you want to attend, and make a note of their time slot and name: e.g. “MA2 The Spiritual Practice of Receiving”.  You will need this information when you go to the registration page. 

Registration will close on Saturday April 17th, 2021.

Workshop Themes

Trauma related: MA1, MA3, MA4, MA5, MB2, MB3, MB4, MB5, TA3, TA4, TA6, TB1, TB2, TB3
Psychotherapy: MB1, TA2, TA3, TB4,
Corrections/prisoners: MA1, MB2,
Dealing with diversity: MA3, MB5, MB6, TB2
Supervisor-Educators: MB3, TB5
Loss and Grief: MA1, MB4, TA6
Long Term Care: MA2, MB4
End of Life: MB4, TA1
Professional Practice: TB3, TA1, TA5
Self Care: MA2, MA5
Addictions: TA4
Ethics: TA4
Disability: TA6

Sunday, April 18 11-5:30 EST: Full-day Ethics Education Module

The aim of this module is to help CASC/ACSS Members to understand and appreciate how the CASC/ACSS Code of Ethics matters and supports them in their professional practice. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and dialogue with one another about the challenges and the significance of applying the Code in their work, as well as to discuss troubling cases and learning how to apply the Code to those cases. This module fulfills the requirement for Peer Review.

Facilitators for the EEM:

Heather Roukema-Gritter

I have been working in spiritual care in Edmonton for the past 10 years. After enjoying my work at a tertiary site in for 5 years, I switched gears to spiritual care and counselling at the Cross Cancer Institute for the past 5 years. I’m someone who says “I love my job!” as it’s interesting, challenging, meaningful and enjoyable. I am currently the Regional Ethics Chair for Alberta and a member of the National Ethics Commission for CASC.

 

Michael Pasche

Michael has been the Spiritual Care Provider for the Critical and Surgical Acute Care Units at VGH for 10 years. He is the Spiritual Care Representative for the Ethics Committee for VGH and the CASC/ACSS Ethics Representative for BC, and also a Provisional Supervisor-Educator this year.

 

 

 

Monday April 19 1:00-2:15 EST: Afternoon Workshops MA1 to MA5

MA1-Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy: Beneficial Mourning by Inmates Who have Lost a Significant Person

Incarceration is already replete with loss before someone of significance to an inmate dies. The prison environment challenges every aspect of grieving, and failing to effectively mourn pathologizes grief and results in behaviours that cause recidivism. The findings of a qualitative meta-synthesis were deliberated by three focus groups of Ontario prison chaplains. Through this study an understanding of how mourning, in the immoderate conditions of incarceration, could be better supported.

Goals of Workshop

  •  Gain a better understanding of current research surrounding mourning
  • Develop an appreciation for the Systemic barriers to mourning in jail
  • The prison politics that stifle mourning
  • The contextual factors that hinder mourning
  • Discover practiced methods occurring in some institutions that facilitate mourning
  • Hear about the innovative ideas the local chaplains explored to allow for mourning to occur.
  • Explore the question, “If these same people were not in prison, would beneficial mourning occur?”

View short video from the presenter about his workshop

Rev. Dr. Brad Shoemaker, PhD 

After leaving an 18 year career as a VP and manager of CIBC Wood Gundy, Brad was ordained with the Presbyterian Church in Canada, became a Spiritual Care Practitioner and Registered Psychotherapist and just completed 12 years as a chaplain for a 1200 bed maximum security adult male remand centre while he completed his PhD in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy.

MA2-The Spiritual Practice of Receiving

Many of us have been taught that “it is better to give than receive.” Without denying the importance of giving, this workshop will look at the importance of receiving well, in order to live a healthy life. As people in helping professions, we often do giving well but neglect receiving until we are forced. This can lead to burn out and fatigue. Learning to practice receiving can lead to healing and living healthier lives.

Goals of the Workshop

  • Discover how receiving can be a spiritual practice
  • Understand the dynamics of giving and receiving
  • Learn how practicing receiving as a spiritual discipline can lead to healing and living healthier lives
  • Reflect on how the participant can intentionally practice the spiritual discipline of receiving in their life

View short video from the presenter about her workshop

 

Elizabeth Guillaume-Koene

Rev. Elizabeth Guillaume-Koene is a Chaplain with Durham Christian Homes at two Long Term Care Homes in Bowmanville, ON where she lives with her husband, three boys and dog, Frodo. Elizabeth is a Registered Psychotherapist and is studying to become a Spiritual Director.

 

MA3-Trauma informed care for Indigenous Peoples from Two Anishinaabe Aunties’ Perspectives

This workshop will give an overview of Indigenous historical trauma (residential schools, Indian hospitals for TB patients, forced sterilization, 60’s scoop, millennium scoop, colonial violence). Attendees will understand the impacts of historical trauma and intergenerational trauma. Interactive portion will demonstrate uses of various (Anishinaabe specific) healing and wellness tools. Discussion of how and when to apply, and most importantly who should apply these helpers. Tools (helpers) include: the power of the circle, the power of smudge, the power of the drum and shaker, cedar baths, and the Anishinaabe grieving pouch and ceremony.

Goals of Workshop

  • Identify historical trauma and intergenerational trauma experienced by Indigenous Peoples in Canada
  • A demonstration of cultural and spiritual helpers will take place
  • Attendees will have an understanding of Anishinaabe healing and wellness tools, and how and when to apply them, as well as who should apply them

View short video from the co-facilitator about the workshop

 

Dionne Nolan, Indigenous Navigator, South East Regional Cancer Program

Boozhoo! Zoogipon Ikwe indizhnikaaz. Mukwa dodem. Katarokwi indoonjibaa (Greetings, my Ojibwe name is so-key-pun-we-kwey. I am bear clan. I live in Katarokwi.

I have been an active member of the Katarokwi Indigenous community for over 20 years. I have worked in corrections, customs and education. For the past several years I have worked with Indigenous Peoples’ healthcare across the spectrum of birth to end of life care. I am most proud of my work with talking circles at Wabano Indigenous Health Centre where I facilitated circles that reunited families with their children.

I am a traditional knowledge carrier who is compassionate, intuitive, empathetic and non-judgemental. As a mixed blood person I feel the most important thing I can do is be a bridge that connects Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. I describe myself as an oshkabewis (a helper), and there is no higher calling in my opinion

Susan DeLisle, Indigenous B.SW

Susan DeLisle is of French and Algonquin descent and is near completion of an Indigenous Social work degree. She is also a survivor of childhood, adult, and intergenerational trauma. She will speak on the issue of trauma in the lives of Indigenous peoples including ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences), complex PTSD, intergenerational trauma, and micro-aggressions, especially in Health Care.

 

 

WORKSHOP FULL MA4-Narrative Dimensions of Individual and Collective Trauma

NOTE: Maximum Attendance 40

Presenter: Simon Lasair

 

MA5-Borrowing from the U.S. Marines: A Stress Resilience Model for Self-Care & Peer Support in Truly Troubled Times

Spiritual care providers often find themselves on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic response.  Front-line stress deserves and requires specialized training.  The Stress First Aid model is a self-care and peer support model that can help you identify and address early signs of stress reactions in yourself and others in an ongoing way.

Goals of Workshop

  • Understand and apply the stress continuum model to themselves and others.
  • Know the four major sources of stress injury.
  • Understand and apply the five core actions and the two ongoing actions of Stress First Aid.
  • Have a working knowledge of the basics of the neurobiology of stress/trauma.
Barbara Ganzel, PhD, LMSW

Barbara Ganzel is a hospice-trained social worker and research neuroscientist. She has 20+ years of experience studying psychological trauma and its impact on brain, body, and behavior across the lifespan. Before taking her current position as director of the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute, she was the principal investigator and director of her own neuroimaging laboratory at Cornell. She is currently working on behavioral interventions to ease stress and psychological trauma in people at or near the end of life. This year, she has also been adapting military stress resilience models to better serve long-term care staff on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Monday April 19 2:30-3:45 EST: Afternoon Workshops MB1 to MB6

MB1-Going Rogue: Building Your Own Future- Establishing Your Own Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy Practice

In this workshop, I will share my experiences and some valuable resources as we look at some of the most important considerations to keep in the forefront as you establish your private practice. It really is all about learning to thrive on a new, self-defined, exhilarating edge! Establishing your own practice after being part of a larger group or organization is both exciting and daunting. It is an opportunity to utilize the many psychotherapy skills learnt and honed through education and experience, and to develop an entirely different skill set focused on entrepreneurship.

Goals of Workshop

  • This workshop is targeted at those interested in establishing their own practice, gaining insight into what is involved, or those looking for some new ideas to apply to their current practice.
  • Areas to consider: Where will I find patients? Where will I have my office? Will I have an office? How will I know how much to charge? How will I manage my income? What about taxes? Insurance? What about supervision? How will I advertise/market?
Tracey Hand-Breckenridge MDiv, RP

Tracey opened her practice, Cedar Creek Counselling, seven years, and then Carley Rawes Centre, a training site for student therapists which offers reduced fees to young, financially unstable adults, two years ago. Last April, in response to the Pandemic, an associated Virtual Walk-In Clinic was breathed into reality. A business owner for almost 30 years, she has encountered, conquered and grown from all manner of interesting situations and complications.

Tracey is a Certified Psych-Spiritual Therapist and Provisional Supervisor Educator, as well as a College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario Supervisor. A trauma therapist, she predominantly works with people suffering the ravages caused by traumatic events and attachment issues. She also offers therapy to people ravaged by various types of dissociation and Dissociative Identity Disorder. Tracey is the CASC/ACSS National Chair of Psycho-Spiritual Therapists and serves on the Professional Practice Commission.

 

MB2 -Healing Possibilities: Trauma-informed Spiritual Care in Canada’s Prisons

This workshop will present information, examples and discussion on the spiritual aspects of incarceration, and the unique nature of offering spiritual care in Canada’s provincial and federal prisons. Moderated by Chaplain Orev Katz haKohenet (Jewish Chaplain at 3 federal prisons in Southern Ontario, post incarceration and staff counsellor at Prisoner’s HIV/AIDS Support and Action Network, Toronto/Tkaronto), our wonderful panel will discuss how they bring a trauma-informed lens to working with incarcerated people from both multi-faith and tradition-specific frameworks.

Goals of the workshop

  • Meet a number of correctional chaplains, working in provincial and federal contexts – Learn more about the various forms of correctional chaplaincy, including: multi-faith, tradition-specific, Elders, mental health and LGBTQ2S specific
  • Learn about the unique context of prison-based spiritual care
  • Understand trauma as it relates to incarceration
  • Explore concepts of Restorative and Transformative Justice
  • Deepen their understanding of Canada’s criminal justice system, as it affects incarcerated people through systemic racism, colonization, poverty, gender and sexuality

Panel: 

Orev Reena Katz haKohenet

Moderator: Chaplain Orev Reena Katz haKohenet, MPS practices spiritual care with people involved in the criminal justice system. For 4 years, Orev served as Jewish, Mental Health and Site-Based Chaplain 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 serves CASC/ACSS and its membership as the Chair of the Correctional Chaplaincy Community of Practice. Orev was ordained as a Hebrew Priestess through the Kohenet Institute in 2017, and is a graduate of the Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy Certificate Program at Emmanuel College in Toronto/Tkaronto. Orev is grateful for the opportunity to build relationship with people experiencing or healing from incarceration, and learns resilience, resistance, celebration, survival and wisdom from them every day.

Merina Mohr

As an Animist Minister, Artist, and Advocate: Merina assists individuals and groups in finding a place where the heart sings and healing can thrive. Life is ceremony let’s find your rhythm.

 

 

Habeeb Alli

Habeeb Alli is a Tradition-Specific, Muslim Chaplain in the Federal prisons, and Development Manager for Table of Mercy and Founder of the One Love Gala Awards.

 

 

Taylor Winfield Haboucha

Taylor Winfield Haboucha is a spiritual care provider with experiences in correctional, healthcare, and tele-chaplaincy settings. She was a chaplaincy intern at Ottawa Carleton Detention Center, and is a PhD candidate in sociology at Princeton. Taylor founded the tele-chaplaincy project RUACH Emotional and Spiritual Support, which has served over 450 clients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

Rev. Dr. Brad Shoemaker,

After leaving an 18 year career as a VP and manager of CIBC Wood Gundy, Brad was ordained with the Presbyterian Church in Canada, became a Spiritual Care Practitioner and Registered Psychotherapist and just completed 12 years as a chaplain for a 1200 bed maximum security adult male remand centre while he completed his PhD in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy.

 

Zya Brown

Zya Brown, Advocate, Program Developer, Script Writer and Theatre Director is also the Founder and Director of the Think 2wice Organization. Founded in 2006, Think 2wice is a non profit organization that provides initiatives to communities impacted by gun violence and incarceration. In 2009, Zya Brown and Think 2wice known as ‘Zya and the Theatre Group’ started providing supports to inmates in Millhaven Max ( J-Unit) Institution. Since then Think 2wice has provided various initiatives in 8 Federal Institutions.

MB3 -Trauma-Informed Approaches to SPE Supervision

 In this workshop, the two supervisor-educators will explore how evidence-based research supports the importance of integrating trauma principles into SPE education programs and the specific strategies that empower and encourage students to take ownership of their learning and find their own unique voice as psycho-spiritual practitioners. The workshop will specifically look at application within the SPE learning model – didactics, process groups, safe and effective use of self and supervision.

Kosu Boudreau and Kelly Collins are SPE supervisor-educators with St. Joseph’s Healthcare System (SJHS) in the Southwest Ontario region. SJHS offers a year-long residency program as well as stand-alone intensive and extended SPE units. SJHS has introduced a curriculum that integrates the foundational tenets of trauma-informed practice: safety, choice, collaboration, trust and empowerment.

Goals of Workshop

  • Be introduced to research on trauma-informed practices in education
  • Integrate a trauma-informed lens into supervision and education in the SPE program
  • Self-reflect on the spiritual importance of SPE education from a trauma-informed perspective
  • Learn specific trauma informed applications in the SPE planning and curriculum
  • Explore ways to assess and evaluate the impact of a trauma-informed curriculum

View short video from the presenters about their workshop

Kosu Boudreau, RP, MDiv, MSW

Kosu is a certified Spiritual Care Supervisor-Educator with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC/ACSS). She is also a registered psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and has a private practice specializing in complex trauma and addictions. Kosu has a Master of Divinity and Master of Pastoral Studies from University of Toronto as well as a Master of Social Work from Laurier University. She has more than 18 years experience working in acute care, trauma, palliative care, mental health and addictions. Kosu was ordained as a chaplain by the Upaya Zen Centre in 2012.

 

Kelly Collins, RP, MDiv, (McMaster), MA (Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy) (Martin Luther University College)

Kelly Collins will soon complete an Advanced Certificate in Couple and Family Therapy Studies (University of Guelph) and is currently enrolled in a PhD program at Martin Luther University College where she plans to research trauma-informed supervision in SPE. She completed her residency year at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton in 2012 and after 5 years working in hospice, returned to St. Joe’s as a Certified Spiritual Care Supervisor-Educator. Interest in trauma-informed supervision was sparked from experiences teaching CPE over the last few years and she is excited to be working with Kosu Boudreau to bring more and more elements of trauma-informed supervision into her supervisory practice.

MB4 -Remnants: healing and hope within trauma-related suffering at end-of-life

Drawing upon her experiences working with veterans at end-of-life, Jessie will discuss the current understanding of how earlier traumas can reemerge at end-of-life in those with age- and/or illness-related cognitive decline. Through case studies, Jessie will engage participants in exploration of different therapeutic approaches for trauma-related suffering in those nearing end-of-life, those actively dying, and their loved ones.

Goals of Workshop

  • Understand how trauma can re-emerge at end-of-life in those who have age- and/or illness-related cognitive decline
  • Awareness of trauma-informed spiritual care interventions for trauma-related suffering appropriate to death trajectory
  • Broadened understanding of healing and hope in the context trauma-related suffering at end-of-life
Jessie Stephenson

Jessie works at the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Centre as a Spiritual Health Practitioner. Her areas of clinical focus are Trauma and End of Life care. Jessie’s approach is person-centred, existential, and narrative based. She supports the psychosocial-spiritual needs of individuals and families at end of life.

 

MB5 -Trauma Healing using Body, Mind, Spirit Practices

This workshop will include body, mind, spirit practices that help practitioners assist their clients in dealing with latent trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, as well as self-care techniques to prevent vicarious trauma. These practices can be used to facilitate trauma healing in those from various backgrounds which includes those with a trauma history, refugees, and those from diverse cultures. These evidence-based practices are being used world-wide and are wholistic and spiritual in nature.

Goals of Workshop

  • Participants will learn and experience body, mind, spirit practices that help treat and manage symptoms related to trauma.
  • Participants will have a Trauma Emergency Tool Kit to take away with them
  • Participants will have access to a number of resources for continued learning in this methodology

View short video from the presenters about their workshop

Rev. Joan Silcox-Smith,(she/her) BA, MDiv, CASC Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner

Having been a Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner for longer than Joan wants to admit, she currently Manages Spiritual Care for the 11 hospitals in Grey and Bruce counties as well as the residential hospice and palliative home care team. Her specialties include perinatal bereavement, bereavement rituals, and mind, body, spirit practices which she’ll be sharing at this conference. She lives in Sauble Beach with her spouse and co-presenter and enjoys long walks on the beach all year round, kayaking in the summer and snow shoeing in the winter, or just reading books and making hand-made greeting cards. To learn and see more about the Trauma Healing and Transformation program that underscores Joan and John’s workshop, go to www.capacitar.org for resources and video links.

Rev. Dr. John G. Smith, BA, MDiv, DMin

John is a retired clergy person (he/him), from Sauble Beach, Ontario. In his 35 year career, he served in congregations as well as in human resources for the national denomination. He first became acquainted with Capacitar healing and trauma practices in 2003, at a training event in Milwaukee. Since then he has held events for clergy and congregations in the United Church in Ontario, BC, and Alberta. His work with Trauma Response Teams for victims of sexual abuse was a natural fit for some of these practices. John works occasionally now in congregant settings, and is a member of the Southwest LHIN Palliative Home Care Team in Grey-Bruce counties in western Ontario. He is married to Joan Silcox-Smith, co-presenter. They have two adult children and three growing grandchildren.

MB6 – Spirit of Reconciliation

Truth speaking has always been a significant component of Indigenous learning and healing. A traditional sharing circle has always been a safe space for an honest and authentic expression of emotion, intellect, body, and spirit. It has, and continues to be, a space that when entered into with a desire to learn about your own spirit, has fostered advanced and profound learning and reconciliation with yourself and others. It is a space to honour truth, respect, love, honesty, humility, courage, and wisdom where these sacred teachings are under-girded by an Indigenous generosity of spirit. It is a place for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to meet, listen deeply to one another, in order to seek truth and reconciliation together. The Spirit of Reconciliation is an experience of truth and reconciliation combining two-eyed seeing and wampum principles to enable CASC/ACSS members to begin to dance smoothly in both the Indigenous and Western spaces of psycho-spiritual care.

Goals of Workshop

  1. Begin to embrace a holistic understanding of different ways of knowing and being on Turtle Island.
  2. Learn from the reconciliation journeys of others.
  3. Explore the SPE Competency of Self-Awareness through an Indigenous approach while exploring what reconciliation means for Indigenous and non-Indigenous CASC/ACSS members and their practices.
Nîmâwin, ᓂᒪᐃᐧᐣ Food for the Journey  (The CASC/ACSS Truth and Reconciliation Working Group)
Marnie Roper,        
 
 
 
       
Rev. Mr. (Deacon) Michael Thibert (Two Suns)

Michael is a Spiritual Cultural Care Provider with Indigenous Health and has been involved within the field of Spiritual Care since 1991 part time and full time since 2005. Michael’s spirit name is Two Suns and a member of the Wolf Clan. He is married to his high school sweet heart for the past 32 years, has four grown children and currently 4 grandchildren.
Michael works for Indigenous Health, within the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA), as a Spiritual Cultural Care provider, providing a cultural appropriate presence for the Indigenous people of Manitoba. Michael is a life learner who:

  • Holds a Bachelor of Theology (Master of Divinity Equivalence) and Indigenous Spiritual and Pastoral Teachings Diploma from the University of Winnipeg.
  • A member of the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care (CASC/ACSS)
  • Current Chair of CASC/ACSS MB and member of Nimawin (Food for the Journey) providing guidance to CASC/ACSS on the teachings of the TRC, MMIWG, and UNDRIP
  • Continues to journey the Spiritual path of the Medicine Wheel and Seven Sacred (also known as the Grandfathers) teachings
  • Michael is also an ordained minister within the Roman Catholic Church (Archdiocese of Winnipeg) as a Permanent Deacon.
    Michael continues to walk the path between both his cultures, as a Metis man, embracing the seven sacred teachings to bring societal attention for our community to embrace the ‘All our Relations’ theology, allowing us to live in respect for each other and all life around us.
 Lisa Marie Van de Water Harvey Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Some of my ancestors arrived from Holland as settlers to the Land of the Rockaway Indians of Paumanok (Long Island, NY) — the Land of Tribute. My sons were born on Treaty 6 and Treaty 7 territory near what originally was known by the Cree name Elk River (Red Deer, AB). However Scottish settler fur traders (perhaps even more of my settler kin) confused the elk with the red deer of their homeland. In 1996 with our newer-to-the-land settler footprints my partner and I relocated our young family to Chief Drygeese territory – the home of the Yellowknives Dene and North Slave Metis. As an individual who moved a lot as a child — when I arrived to Yellowknife it was the first time I remember ever declaring ‘I am home’. I now see this as a gift from The Creator.

At the starting gate of the pandemic my term as Trauma Counsellor with the Tlicho Nation concluded. A teaching I carry closely comes from their Chief Bruneau’s vision of Strong Like Two People (two cultures). Now in full time private practice, I am enjoying therpauetic and spiritual care work with Indigenous and Non Indigenous clients some of whom are first responders. I also enjoyed learning to ride a motorcycle summer 2020!

I carry the desire for active reconciliation and healing within our Territory, our Nation and The Land, and consider it a privilege to share the path with my Nimawin group members and our larger CASC/ACSS community.

Oceanna Hall, B.Sc., M.Div., M.Ed., CASC Certified Specialist, RCH.

Oceanna is a Certified Specialist with the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care (CASC) currently serving as the Spiritual Health Practitioner at Saanich Peninsula Hospital. Oceanna comes from a diverse career path. After spending twenty years as a Corporate Controller for a variety of large international corporations, Oceanna decided to pursue training in Spiritual Health & Counseling using Narrative/Story as one way of dealing with the existential & spiritual pain that often follows a chronic or terminal diagnosis’. After completing a Master’s Degree in Story Arts and a Master’s Degree in Divinity, in 2000, Oceanna began her formal training to become certified in Spiritual Health and Counseling. Before coming to Island Health, Oceanna served as the Coordinator of Spiritual Care & Counseling, Chair of the Ethics Committee at the Cross Cancer Institute, Before the Cross Cancer, Oceanna provided existential & spiritual health support in the NICU, ICU, Neuro & ER at the Royal Alexandra and the University of Alberta/Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta. In her spare time, Oceanna’s alter-ego a blue-haired sassy clown named “Sugar Magnolia” was busy either presenting Laughter Yoga and Health workshops or bringing laughter to both children and adults within the Edmonton community as a therapeutic hospital clown.

 

 

Dr. Campbell Page

Dr. Campbell Page is a Red River Métis, of Saulteaux/Ojibwé, Mushkegowuk Cree, Scottish, Irish, English, and Norwegian descent and is the Indigenous Relations Director for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada situated in Oshawa, Ontario, the traditional territory of the Anishinabewaki, Huron-Wendat, and Haudenosaunee Peoples, on the lands of the Williams Treaties and home of the Mississauga of Scugog Island First Nation. His mandate is to nurture truth and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and his work sees him healing relationships and facilitating reconciliation efforts, programming, and education across Canada. After completing his doctoral studies, Campbell pursued interests in mental health, interfaith connection, and cross-cultural relations, becoming a Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care and a registered psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. His belief in education as a key to actualizing truth and reconciliation has led him to serve as an adjunct professor at Burman University, creating and instructing Teaching for Truth and Reconciliation and History of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada. Furthermore, Campbell is assisting the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care to incorporate the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action through membership and involvement in Nîmâwin. More than twenty years of experience in spiritual leadership and care have cemented Campbell’s belief that we are all kin; how one of us lives affects us all. Love, respect, courage, truth, honesty, humility, wisdom, and a deep connection to our core values will help us live lives that invite healing of the past and present, creating unlimited possibilities for the future.

Paul Vanderham, Edmonton, Alberta, Treaty 6 Territory

Paul is descended from European settlers who came to Turtle Island from Holland, Ireland, and France. The first to arrive came from France as part of the “Great Recruitment,” which was organized by de Maisonneuve, the founder and governor of Montreal, as a means of strengthening the fledgling colony. He and his wife became farmers and raised six children before being killed by Iroquois warriors, who were fighting to stop colonial incursion into their traditional territory and trading routes. Paul’s Irish and Dutch ancestors came much later, with the Irish arriving in the early 19th century and the Dutch (Paul’s father) not setting foot on Canadian soil until just after WWWII.

Paul’s awareness that the success of the colonial project entailed grave injustice and suffering for the Indigenous peoples of Canada did not begin in earnest until he was in his late forties, when he established friendships with members of the Squamish First Nation who, like him, were members of a Roman Catholic parish in North Vancouver.

Thanks to these friends, Paul developed deep appreciation for Indigenous culture and community, appreciation that has grown over the years through his involvement in Edmonton’s Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples, his study of the Cree language and culture, and his chaplaincy work alongside Indigenous Elders and oskâpêwis who offer their healing presence and wisdom in Edmonton’s hospitals and prisons.

Paul considers it one of the great blessings of his life that he, along with his wife Mary Anne, has able to participate in the historic work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, first by attending a regional gathering at maskwacis, then by witnessing a national event in Edmonton, and finally by celebrating the closing ceremonies in Ottawa. He recognizes the work of the TRC–made possible above all by the courage of residential school survivors–as both a shining example of restorative justice and a profound exercise in spiritual care.

Paul is grateful to the CASC/ACSS Board for the opportunity to serve as a member of Nîmâwin, a diverse community of Indigenous persons and (as Nîmâwin members like to say) sisters and brothers from the four directions who have come to share the land in these northern reaches of Turtle Island. In solidarity with them, Paul looks forward to the day when that sharing, as envisioned by the spirit and intent of the historic Treaties, will be characterized by respectful relationship, substantive equality, and mutual prosperity.

Paul is currently living in Edmonton, where he is serving as a relief chaplain for Covenant Health, working seasonally for a local farmer, and doing strategic planning work for the Alternatives to Violence Project. He and his wife Mary Anne have a blended family of nine adult children and four grandchildren.

Tuesday April 20 12:45-2:00 EST : Afternoon Workshops TA1 to TA6

TA1 -Report of Research project – Validating Palliative and Bereavement Care Core Competencies

Presenters will share results of a multi-site research project undertaken to update core competencies for spiritual care professionals working in palliative and bereavement care in Canada. They will highlight the project’s genesis in CASC/ACSS’s Professional Practice Commission, the methods and results of this two-phased project. Presenters aim to incorporate feedback from conference participants for the next step of knowledge translation.

Goals of Workshop

  • Learn about the palliative and bereavement care competencies that Spiritual Care Professionals in Canada have reached consensus on
  • Learn about the Research Ethics Board approved project that incorporated patients/clients input into these competencies
  • Give interactive feedback to presenters on developing curriculum for these competencies” 

View short video from a presenter about the workshop

 

Heather Koots M.Div, Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner (CASC/ACSS)

Reverend Heather Koots, has worked as a Chaplain in both Mental Health /Addictions and Long Term Care. Currently she is completing her working journey where it all began, as a United Church Minister serving two Communities of Faith in Stony Plain and Mewassin. Born and raised in Vancouver B.C. Heather spent many years studying classical violin however her call to Ministry and then Spiritual Care relegated music to a passionate hobby. In her spare time, Heather rides her horse, trains dogs, spends as much time as possible with her young grandsons, and is a rabid Toronto Raptors fan.

Peter Barnes D.Min., CCC, SEP

The Rev. Peter Barnes, is a graduate of Memorial University, Trinity College, and Acadia University, completing a Doctor of Ministry in Group Spiritual Direction. He is a Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner (SCP), a Certified Psycho-spiritual Therapist (PST), a Certified Supervisor-Educator (CSE) in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) by the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC/ACSS); a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA); and a Certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner with the Somatic Experiencing Institute.
He’s facilitated CPE with Queen’s College, St. John’s, and with St. Paul University, Ottawa. He’s been the Coordinator of Bereavement Services, Eastern Health, Associate Professor in Spiritual Care, St. Paul University, Coordinator of Pastoral Education, The Ottawa Hospital, Manager of Pastoral Care, Waterford Hospital, and has worked as a clergy in Western Newfoundland. He’s a member of the Board of Directors of L’Arche Avalon, St. John’s. He’s a published author, presented numerous workshops, and he’s received several awards.
He enjoys visiting family and friends, hiking, cycling, snow-shoeing, writing and reading poetry, theatre, and retreat-time at his retreat at Anamcara NF, Cupids, NL. He’s starting a Private Practice in Counselling and Spiritual Guidance in St. John’s, NL.

Christine Enfield M.Div., Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner (CASC/ACSS)

Christine has been a program chaplain on the Tertiary Palliative Care Unit at the Grey Nuns Hospital for 8 years. The TPCU is a specialized unit providing expertise in pain control and symptom management and psychosocial spiritual support for palliative patients and their families. Christine’s interest is growing in the art and science of assessing and treating spiritual pain and considers being present with people on their journey an honour and privilege. She is a native Edmontonian and enjoys food culture, music, good conversation, and a good story.

 

Vivian Stang

Vivian Stang works at the Ottawa Hospital as a Spiritual Care Practitioner. As a Certified Supervisor-Educator she offers CPE units in person and by distance education. Vivian is a Clinical Investigator at The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and grateful recipient of two CASC/ACSS Foundation grants for this project. She enjoys swimming and painting.

 

TA2 -Demystifying Happiness: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as a model of Spiritual Care 

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a new evidenced-based approach that suggests a different way of dealing with the challenge of suffering and the desire for pleasure. It offers the Spiritual Health Practitioner a research-based model of care as a foundation for practice.

Goals of Workshop

  • explore the trap of happiness,
  • to show how Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, through its instruction to “be present”, “open up”, and “do what matters”, can liberate us from the happiness trap;
  • To demonstrate how the Spiritual Health Practitioner can utilize ACT as a therapeutic model when working with individuals and groups

The goals of this workshop are to explore the trap of happiness, and to show how Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, through its instruction to “be present”, “open up”, and “do what matters”, can liberate us from the happiness trap and enable us to live rich, meaningful, fulfilling lives.

Gillian McLean, MTS, BN

Gillian McLean MTS., BN., certified SCP CASC/ACSS, RP., works as a Spiritual Health Practitioner on the Adult Mental Health units at Providence Care Hospital in Kingston, Ontario, serving the inpatient community and supporting individuals in the community. Gillian has authored a number of peer-reviewed, scholarly articles, and a book Facing Death: Conversations with Cancer Patients. She enjoys spending time in nature, getting her hands dirty in the garden, walking, moments of quiet, making slow food, yoga, escaping into a good book, knitting, and being with friends and family. Gillian and her husband, Alastair, have three adult children, two cats and 6 bicycles.

TA3 -Trauma-Informed Care at the Community Counselling Centre of London

The Community Counselling Centre of London (CCCL) was launched on September 3, 2019 with a two-fold vision—to provide affordable counselling services to people who need it in Argyle neighbourhood and the City of London and to provide quality training and clinical placement hours under direct supervision to psychotherapy interns. This workshop will present how the CCCL has risen to the challenge of providing trauma-informed care to clients in the realities of a COVID-19 world.

Goals of Workshop

  • Hear how the Community Counselling Centre of London (CCCL) utilizes the unique gifts of interns (from Ontario and Nova Scotia) to serve the diverse socio-economic context and complex trauma needs of clients.
  • Hear how Somatic Experiencing and Narrative Therapy relates to trauma healing
  • Learn how the CCCL was able to pivot seamlessly to virtual provision of care by video or phone due to COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Hear how we can provide trauma healing even though everything switched to online/virtual care.
  • Learn about the different partnerships and programs the CCCL has developed over the year—TLC for LTC* (Tender Loving Care for Long Term Care*), Ark Counselling, a partnership with Ark Aid Street Mission, a ministry to the homeless in London, ON, and YOU (Youth Opportunities Unlimited) Careers Program”

View short video from the presenters about their workshop

Alida Catharine van Dijk, PhD, RP, Certified Psycho-Spiritual Therapist, Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner and Certified Supervisor-Educator (PCE & CPE) Canadian Association for Spiritual Care/Association canadienne de soins spirituels.

Alida is the Executive Director of the Community Counselling Centre of London. Alida practices spiritually-integrated psychotherapy, using strength-based narrative therapy and solution-focused brief therapy interventions. Alida believes that we are holistic people whose body, mind and spirit are integrated. Alida helps people to connect with their strengths and welcomes spirituality as a part of counselling. Alida has experience providing loss and bereavement support, exploring lack of meaning and purpose in life, addressing moral injury and other effects of trauma-related experiences, particularly with veterans. Among her epic adventures in life, Alida completed two cross-country Sea to Sea bicycle rides during the summers 2005 (Vancouver to Halifax) and 2008 (Seattle, WA to Jersey City, NJ). Email: alida@communitycounsellinglondon.com

Heather Antoni, BRE, MA Theology (candidate) holds a Bachelor of Religious Education degree in Counselling and Intercultural Studies (Hons.) from Emmanuel Bible College

Heather is completing her Master of Arts degree in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy from Martin Luther University College and working toward becoming a Registered Psychotherapist, focusing on spiritually-integrated therapy. She has a heart for supporting those whose lives are affected directly and/or indirectly by mental illness and addiction.

 

Lisa Dolson, M.Div, MPS, RP (Qualifying) 

Lisa completed her Master of Pastoral Studies with a focus on spiritual care and psychotherapy at Knox College (Toronto School of Theology). Her experience includes working with individuals, couples, and families privately and in the hospital and long-term care settings. She supports clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, personality disorders, caregiver stress and fatigue, trauma, and inter-personal relationship difficulties.

 

TA4  -The Ethical Case for Harm Reduction and Trauma Informed Care.

This workshop will explore the ethical issues and challenges of implementing harm reduction and trauma informed care practices. Participants will have a chance to share their ethical challenges in caring for patients with addictions and a history of trauma and will receive useful tips in how to address their own moral distress in caring for patients who suffer from addictions and a history of trauma.

Goals of Workshop

  • Learn the basics of harm reduction and trauma informed care
  • Appreciate the ethical challenges of providing care for patients with addictions
  • Understand the ethical grounds for harm reduction and trauma informed care
  • Gain greater confidence in providing care for patients with addictions and a history of trauma
  • Learn about how Kingston Health Sciences Centre has responded to the opioid crisis
David Campbell, PhD. Ethicist

David Campbell is the Ethicist at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) and the Ethics Lead for Southeastern Ontario. He also co-chairs the KHSC Addictions Task Force and provides education and support to hospital staff on the principles of harm reduction and trauma informed care.

 

 

TA5 -Reflecting on the Benefits of Virtual Psycho-Spiritual Support and Strategies for Implementation

Join our group of panelists from Hamilton Health Science and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, to reflect on the benefits of providing virtual spiritual care. Through the use of storytelling, the panelists will reflect with you on some of the unexpected benefits of providing virtual support to patients, families and staff. Throughout the presentation, we invite participants to share their own experience, reflections, concerns and questions around virtual spiritual support. By the end of the discussion you will be eager to reflect with the panelists on strategies for building your own competence in virtual care.

Goals of Care

  • Hear stories of chaplains using virtual care (both in Canada and in the United States)
  • Reflect on the benefits of virtual care
  • Explore how technology can be used to reach out and support staff (ex. daily meditations, reflections, poetry…)
  • Learn about and brainstorm as a group some key strategies for building competence in virtual care when moving between in person support and virtual care

View short video from the presenters about their workshop

Danielle Slump, RP. MA- Tho

Danielle holds a Masters of Theological Studies in Counselling from Wilfrid Laurier, a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts. Danielle is a Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner through CASC/ACSS and is a Registered Psychotherapist. She has been working at Hamilton Health Sciences for three years having previously worked at The University Health Network as a Spiritual Care Practitioner and the department Practice Lead. Danielle currently is the Regional Admitting Chair for the CASC/ACSS SWONT region and this past year, completed her first provisional supervisory unit.
Danielle is currently on maternity leave enjoying her son who was born just before Christmas and her five year old daughter. Before going on leave, Danielle was splitting her time as the Psycho-Spiritual Practitioner at Mc Master Children’s Hospital and as one of the Medical Assistance in Dying Coordinators at HHS. In both of these roles, Danielle regularly used technology to provide patient and staff support.

 

Claire Gosselin, Certified Supervisor-Educator, AAMFT, M. Div

Claire Gosselin holds a Masters of Divinity from McMaster University, and a Bachelor in Economics from Guelph University. She is a Certified Supervisor-Educator with the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care, a registered Psychotherapist, and a Certified Marriage and Family Therapist with the Canadian Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Currently Claire is working as a Spiritual Care Practitioner at the Hamilton General Hospital with an emphasis on trauma care.
The past year has challenged our creativity. Claire has increasingly relied on technology to augment her provision of emotional, spiritual, and resiliency support to patients, families, and staff.

Clio C. Pavlantos, BCC, MDiv, M.A. (Dance)

Clio Pavlantos, serves as the Chaplain to the Lauder Breast Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and was the first outpatient Chaplain at Memorial. She serves all the breast patients in the Memorial system, making phone calls and holding zoom consults with patients throughout the New York metro area, New Jersey, and beyond. She maintained her chaplaincy through out lockdown, sending out daily meditations to the Breast Service staff throughout April, May and June of 2020. Ms. Pavlantos received her MDiv from St. Vladimir’s Russian Orthodox Theological Seminary and served as a Resident Chaplain at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Manhattan during superstorm Sandy. Ms. Pavlantos also holds a Masters in Dance from The Ohio State University and is a Certified Movement Analyst. She taught at Gettysburg and Wilson colleges, New York University, and the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, serving as Dean for the Certificate Faculty.

Daina Coulborne, SCP, MA-Tho

Daina is currently finishing her Masters of Theological Studies from Regis College, University of Toronto and holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Lakehead University. She currently is seeking certification as a Spiritual Care Practitioner through the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care (CASC/ACSS) and expects to appear before a review committee early March. Daina is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and is presently working at Hamilton Health Sciences (Juravinski Hospital) as a Psycho-Spiritual Practitioner. She enjoys spending time with her husband Richard and their mini golden-doodle Steve. Daina has used technology to connect many patients and families virtually so they feel supported when unable to visit

TA6 -Disability as spiritual trauma. Part 2 – What can we do?

This workshop is an adjunct to the keynote presentation entitled, “Disability as spiritual trauma. Part 1 – What do we mean?” The workshop offers an interactive opportunity to explore practical aspects of offering spiritual care to people with a variety of different disabilities. The workshop will cover: guidelines for talking in inclusive and respectful ways about disability, and approaches to exploring and engaging with disabled people to understand spirituality and to assist in healing trauma.

Goals of Workshop

  • Improve their comfort talking about disability
  • Recognize spiritual issues associated with disability
  • Explore options for engaging with people with disabilities on spiritual issues

 

Mary Ann H. McColl, PhD, MTS, MHSc, BSc(Hons)

Dr. Mary Ann McColl is a Professor in Rehabilitation Therapy and Public Health Sciences at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She is Academic Lead for the Canadian Disability Policy Alliance, and Assistant Editor of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies. She is the author of 16 books, including: Appreciative disability studies (2019; Captus Press) and Spirituality & occupational therapy (2nd ed., 2011, CAOT Publications).

 

 

Tuesday April 20 2:15-3:30 EST: Afternoon Workshops TB1 to TB5

TB1 -Stories and Poems: Transforming Trauma, Metaphors for New Life

This workshop will introduce the possibility of processing clinical stories through writing, reading, and sharing poetry. These, and other embodied practices help spiritual caregivers settle the nervous system, to cope with and heal from vicarious experiences of horror and other trauma. It will illustrate that grief work is a spiritual pathway for healing and post traumatic growth.

Goals of Workshop

  • Participants will come to appreciate the value of creativity and imagination in traumatic times
  • Participants will be introduced to traumatic grief being a path way for spiritual growth;
Peter Barnes D.Min., CCC, SEP

The Rev. Peter Barnes, is a graduate of Memorial University, Trinity College, and Acadia University, completing a Doctor of Ministry in Group Spiritual Direction. He is a Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner (SCP), a Certified Psycho-spiritual Therapist (PST), a Certified Supervisor-Educator (CSE) in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) by the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC/ACSS); a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA); and a Certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner with the Somatic Experiencing Institute.
He’s facilitated CPE with Queen’s College, St. John’s, and with St. Paul University, Ottawa. He’s been the Coordinator of Bereavement Services, Eastern Health, Associate Professor in Spiritual Care, St. Paul University, Coordinator of Pastoral Education, The Ottawa Hospital, Manager of Pastoral Care, Waterford Hospital, and has worked as a clergy in Western Newfoundland. He’s a member of the Board of Directors of L’Arche Avalon, St. John’s. He’s a published author, presented numerous workshops, and he’s received several awards.
He enjoys visiting family and friends, hiking, cycling, snow-shoeing, writing and reading poetry, theatre, and retreat-time at his retreat at Anamcara NF, Cupids, NL. He’s starting a Private Practice in Counselling and Spiritual Guidance in St. John’s, NL.

WORKSHOP FULL TB2 -Healing through song and stories: An African Indigenous response to trauma

NOTE: Maximum Attendance 25

  • Florence Juma, MA-Ed, PhD, M Div
  • Faith J. Juma,  MEd, OCT

 

TB3 -Revising our Certification Process and Scope of Practice -Updates from the Professional Practice Commission

The Professional Practice Commission (PPC) of CASC/ACSS has been working on two of our Association’s Strategic Priorities this year: the revision of our Scope of Practice and our Certification processes. This interactive workshop will present a summary of this work including: identified needs; steps taken; current status of this work and next steps.

Goals of Workshop

  • Learn about the work that the Professional Practice Commission (PPC) has done this year, specifically around the revision of the CASC/ACSS Scope of Practice and the Revised Certification process, including the processes involved in this work, current situation as of the Conference, and next steps the PPC will be taking.
Philip Murray, Chair of Professional Practice Commission

Philip Murray is a Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner and works at Providence Health Care in Vancouver, BC as a Spiritual Health Practitioner at St. Vincent’s: Brock Fahrni Long Term Care Home and the Crosstown Clinic on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. He currently serves CASC/ACSS as the Chair of the Professional Practice Commission and is on the Board of Directors.

 

 

Ron Falk, Chair of Certification Committee

Ron Falk is a Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner currently working at Eden Mental Health Centre, Winkler, Manitoba. Ron has worked at various acute care health centres across Canada over the past 25 years. Ron has had numerous roles on the Education Standards Commission and currently hold the role of Chair of Certification, Professional Practice Commission.

 

Matthew Heyn, Chair of Revisions Standards Committee for PPC 

Rev. Matthew Heyn works at the Richmond Hospital (Vancouver, BC) as a Spiritual Care Practitioner and Certified Supervisor of CPE. He is also the Chair for Revisions of Standards within the PPC (Professional Practice Commission) and is a member of the C-DaWG (Core Development Working Group) committee innovating a core curriculum for CPE in CASC/ACSS.

TB4 –How Selfobject Transferences Heal Narcissistic Personality Disorders. 

The workshop aims to demonstrate how, within a feminist framework, Heinz Kohut—founder of self psychology—was able to heal patients suffering from trauma-based narcissistic personality disorders via mirror and idealizing transferences. By combining Kohutian analysis with joining and contemporary Rogerian spiritually-integrated patient-centered care, the workshop will demonstrate how there is hope for patients with narcissistic personality disorders, and those whom they impact.

Goals of Workshop

  • Understand the conditions under which narcissistic personality disorders are treatable.
  • Learn how Kohutian analysis, in combination with contemporary joining skills and Carl Rogers’ spiritually-integrated person-centered care, can contribute toward healing within the context of a ‘well-run’ analysis in which the analyst demonstrates ‘feminine sensitivity’ toward the patient.

View short video from the presenters about their workshop

Luba Rascheff, M Div.

Luba Rascheff has a Master of Divinity from Harvard University and is presently enrolled in the Master of Pastoral Studies (MPS) Program at Emmanuel College, of Victoria University, in the University of Toronto. She was recently admitted into the Toronto School of Theology’s Certificate in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy—an addition to the MPS.

As a part-time chaplain at Belmont House, a seniors’ home in Toronto, and student at Emmanuel College, Luba is a Member of the Christian Chaplains Network and an Associate Member of the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care.

Luba is the author of two Amazon Kindle eBooks, 101 Gold Nuggets of Advice and 101 Gold Nuggets of Advice 2, and Advisor to the Board for Memory Lane Home Living Inc., a not-for-profit, cooperative home for women who struggle with memory loss and can no longer live on their own.

Also, Luba is an award-winning photographer on ViewBug, a Contributor / Blogger on Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global, and the Founder / President of Luba Rascheff Consultancy which aims to help people Take it to the Next Level.

Nazila Isgandarova, PhD., RSW, RP

Nazila Isgandarova has a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, a Doctor of Ministry degree in pastoral counselling, marriage and family studies from Wilfred Laurier University, and a Master of Social Work from the University of Windsor. She is a Registered Psychotherapist at the College for Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and Registered Social Worker at the Ontario Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She is also a certified American Board of Forensic Professionals for the CMCC AMA Guides to Impairment Rating. She also attended the training in Catastrophic Impairment at Canadian Academy of Psychologists in Disability Assessment. Also, Nazila has been trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, EMDR, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and clinical hypnosis.

Nazila is the recipient of the prestigious Forum for Theological Exploration research award for her study on domestic violence against Muslim women, Canadian Association for Spiritual Care Senior Research Award and Society for Pastoral Counselling Research Award. Currently, Nazila is a faculty member at Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto teaching mental health and psychopathology and psychotherapy courses. Her book, titled Muslim Women, Domestic Violence, and Psychotherapy: Theological and Clinical Issues, was published by Routledge in 2018 and Islamic Spiritual Care by Pandora Press in 2019. Her article in the Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling was entitled: “Effectiveness of Islamic Spiritual Care: Foundations and Practices of Muslim Spiritual Care Givers” 

TB5 -The Integration of Spiritual and Religious Resources in Supervision

Becoming a spiritual care provider or psycho-spiritual therapist requires developing competencies regarding the integration of spiritual or religious resources into clinical practice. An important element of this learning occurs in the supervision process. This workshop will support supervisors to reflect on their practice of supervision and in particular how they are (or are not) integrating spiritual/religious resources into supervision. Current research in this area will be shared as well supervisors will have opportunities to discuss their practice, resources and challenges in this area with workshop participants.

Goals of Workshop

  • Learn about the current literature regarding integrating spiritual/religious resources into the supervisory process.
  • Identify challenges to integrating spiritual/religious resources into supervision.
  • Share and hear from other supervisors how about how they are integrating spiritual/religious resources in supervision.
Kristine Lund

Kristine Lund is a psycho-spiritual therapist and supervisor-educator with CASC/ACSS and a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists in the province of Ontario. She currently is a Professor of Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy at Martin Luther University College and the Clinical Director of the Delton Glebe Counselling Centre in Waterloo, ON. Kristine has long been interested in the teaching and learning process. Her PhD research focused on the pastoral counselling student’s experience of learning to be present with their clients. She currently is interested in how counselling students learn to respond to client’s religious/spiritual questions or struggles and how this learning is supported and facilitated in supervision. In her free time she likes to walk/hike with her Portuguese water dog, Annie, knit, play her violin and sing.

Conference Organizers

Co-Chairs

James Graham

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Brenda Hagget

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Registration

Tim De Jonge

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Treasurer

Jeff Vidt

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Workshops

Vivian Stang

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Fun Run Walk Roll

Don Misener

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Conference Specialist

John Vanella

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Memorial Service

Don Misner

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Fund Raising and Sponsorships

Robert Mundle

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For other inquiries or questions, please contact the Co-Chairs.

 

 

 

Advertising & Marketing

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Conference Website

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Registration CASC/ACSS Virtual Conference 2021

265 people have already registered

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Dates: Sunday April 18 to Tuesday April 20, 2021

Registration will close Saturday, April 17th, 2021

For any Francophone or Group Registrations

Inscriptions pour toute personne francophone ou pour des groupes

Pour les francophones, veuillez contacter Nancy au njohnson@spiritualcare.ca et elle vous donnera plus d’informations quant à l’inscription et au tarif réduit.

Pour les groupes, veuillez contacter Rochelle au rblackwood@spiritualcare.ca.

 

Each full day of the conference is worth 4.25 hours of Continuing Education. 

 

NOTE: Before Registering…

Please check on the descriptions for the Conference Workshops, making a note of what workshops you would like to attend.  Write down their time slot number and name; e.g. “MA2 The Spiritual Practice of receiving”.  You can review the Conference Schedule to see when the workshops are offered. You can also go to the Workshop and Conference schedule pages by clicking on the drop-down boxes on the sidebar.

NOTE: If you wish to attend the Ethics Education Module (EEM) on Sunday without the conference, proceed to the registration link on the bottom of this page, and select the registration type, “Sunday Ethics Education Module Only (No Conference)“. Once you choose this type of registration, you do not have to click on the Ethics Workshop option on the next page. That is only for those attending both the conference and the ethics workshop. If you are attending the Ethics workshop AND the conference, select your desired conference registration type, and then choose the EEM at the bottom of the page where you select your workshops.  

When ready to book your registration type and workshop selections, please click on the Registration link at the bottom of this page.  Please Note: If you are a Member, and you cannot click on the Member registration options, check which email address you are using to register. The system will only recognize the email associated with your CASC/ACSS account. If you still have issues please contact us. 

This year, we are improving our registration and enhancing security by using a new platform, Wild Apricot, custom designed for non-profits such as CACS/ACSS. 

IMPORTANT: When you first arrive on the Wild Apricot page CASC/ACSS Members will be given an option to log in or register without logging in.  If you choose to log in you will be prompted to provide a password which you do not yet have. You can create a new password by clicking on “Forgot Password” and following the steps provided. Once you have created your password please log into the site and click on “Register”. 

If you choose to register without logging in, simply fill in the forms. The options provided will be tailored to your status with CASC/ACSS. Non CACS/ACSS Members can choose the Non-Member options. 

Once you have registered, you can print off a copy of your workshop selections at any time by clicking on the “Already Registered” button on the Apricot registration page accessible via the link on the bottom of this page.

Don’t have time to attend the full conference? One day conference rates are available!

PRICING

  • $50.00: Pre-conference Ethics Education Module (Full day workshop on Sunday April 18, 2021)

CACS/ACSS Members Rates 

  • $239.00: Full Conference  Includes: Monday and Tuesday Keynote presentations, four afternoon workshops and Sunday night President’s reception 
  • $140.00: One-Day Pass (Monday) Includes:  Keynote speaker, and two afternoon workshops
  • $140.00: One-Day Pass (Tuesday) Includes: Keynote speaker, and two afternoon workshops

Discounted CASC/ACSS Members Rate (Member Emeritus* / SPE Student**) 

  • $149.00: Discounted Full Conference Includes: Monday and Tuesday Two Keynote presentations, four afternoon workshops and Sunday night President’s reception 
  • $100.00 One-Day Pass (Monday) Includes: Keynote speaker and two afternoon workshops
  • $100.00 One-Day Pass (Tuesday) Includes: Keynote speaker and two afternoon workshops

*Member Emeritus is a CASC/ACSS Membership category defined as a Member who has completely ceased to earn remuneration full-time, part-time or contract and ceased to use their Certification as a Spiritual Care Practitioner, Psycho-Spiritual Therapist or Supervisor-Educator.

**SPE Student is any student who is currently enrolled in a Supervised Pastoral Education unit (either CPE or PCE).

Non-Members Rates

  • $299.00: Full Conference Includes: Monday and Tuesday Two Keynote presentations, four afternoon workshops and Monday evening President’s reception
  • $169.00: One-Day Pass (Monday) Includes: Keynote speaker; Two afternoon workshops
  • $169.00: One-Day Pass (Tuesday) Includes: Keynote speaker; Two afternoon workshops

Cancellation Policy 

Please note: There will be a $50 administrative fee for cancellations.

  • Full Refund up to and including March 22, 2021.
  • 50% refund after March 22, 2021.
  • No refunds after April 5, 2021.
  • All rates are in Canadian dollars and includes all taxes.

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Questions About Registration or the Conference?

Please contact the registrar Email Tim De Jonge, or webmaster@spiritualcare.ca. We will respond to your inquiry as soon as we can, usually within 1-2 business days.

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CASC/ACSS Virtual Conference 2021

Support our Sponsors

 

We thank our wonderful sponsors for supporting the conference. Due to their generosity, we are getting close to our goal of $35,000.

 

Major Sponsors: $5000.00

 
Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul in Kingston.

 

 

 

Archdiocese of Kingston

 

 

 

 

Sisters of Martha of Antigonish

 

 

 

Bergeron & Clifford Injury Lawyers

 

 

 

Plenary Speaker Sponsor:  $3000.00

 

Refreshment Break Sponsor: $2000.00

 

James Reid Funeral Home : $2000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Workshop Sponsor: $1,500.00

 

Conference Supporter: $1,000.00

 

Catholic Health Association of Ontario : $1000

 

Martin Luther University College : $1000

 

 

 

Friend of Conference: $500.00

 

Individual Supporter: $25 and up

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Robert Mundle – Chair of Sponsorship Email Robert Mundle  |  phone number
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CASC/ACSS Conference 2021

Sponsorship Opportunities

You are invited to be a sponsor of the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care / Association canadienne de soins spirituels 2021 Annual Conference Making the Impossible Possible: Healing Trauma, to be held on line, April 18-20, 2021. We offer the following levels of sponsorships. All sponsors will be recognized in the conference program, their logos displayed during conference events, and on the conference page of the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care website. All funds are quoted in Canadian dollars. Please contact us to discuss other potential sponsorships and benefits not listed below.

Major Conference Sponsor: $5,000

Benefits

  • Announce your sponsorship
  • Display your logo,
  • Recognize your sponsorship in Conference materials
  • 4 complementary conference registrations
  • Option to present short promotional video during the conference

Sponsor a Plenary Speaker: $3,000

Benefits

  • Announce your sponsorship
  • Display your logo,
  • Recognize your sponsorship in Conference materials
  • 2 complementary conference registrations
  • Option to introduce speaker

Refreshment Break Sponsor:$2,000

Benefits

  • Announce your sponsorship
  • Display your logo at the refreshment breaks(s),
  • Recognize your sponsorship in Conference materials
  • 1 complementary conference registration

Sponsor a Workshop:$1,500

Benefits

  • Announce your sponsorship
  • Display your logo,
  • Recognize your sponsorship in Conference materials
  • 1 complementary conference registrations
  • Option to introduce presenter(s) 

Conference Supporter: $1,000

Benefits

  • Announce your sponsorship
  • Display your logo,
  • Recognize your sponsorship in Conference materials
  • 1 complementary conference registration

Friend of the Conference: $500

Benefits

  • Display your logo
  • Recognize your sponsorship in Conference materials

Individual Supporter: $25 and up

Benefits

  • Recognize your sponsorship in Conference materials

 

Pledge Form

 

Upon receipt of your completed pledge form, we will prepare an invoice for your commitment and remit to you for payment. Payment methods available include cheque, money order, Visa, or MasterCard. To submit forms, contact: Jeffrey Vidt, bjeffreyvidt@gmail.com. Mail to: Canadian Association for Spiritual Care, National Office,12-16715 Yonge St, Suite 315, Newmarket, ON L3X 1X4
Within Canada: 289-837-2272 (289-837-CASC); North America: 1-866-442-2773.

We thank our wonderful sponsors for supporting the conference. Due to their generosity, we are approaching our goal of $35,000.  Every donation is valued and appreciated.

During the week of April 18-20, 2021, nearly 1000 Members of the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care / Association canadienne de soins spirituels (CASC/ACSS) from across Canada will have an opportunity to join virtually for their Annual National conference. Community health care people are other interested parties are welcome to attend online sessions.

CASC/ACSS is a national, interfaith organization, committed to the professional education, certification and support of people offering spiritual care in hospitals, elder care centres, corrections, inner city care facilities and psycho-spiritual therapy centres.

Spiritual Care Practitioners are part of the interdisciplinary team in hospitals and offer as part of our role: A safe, confidential “holding space” where their active listening skills and presence brings wholistic care to those who suffer life altering trauma, losses of all kinds due to accident, injury or disease and end of life issues and education.

Spiritual Care Providers offer:

  • Facilitation of grief support for patients and their families.
  • Ritualizations and memorial services as requested from patients, families and staff.
  • Debriefings and support for staff after traumatizing experiences.

Spiritual Care Practitioners are able to dialogue with others who have ‘purpose and meaning’ questions due to sudden life altering events. They can facilitate reconciliation when requested, facilitate conflict management and make connections to community resources for ongoing assistance if requested.

We offer research in best practices for such areas as Dementia Care, ICU Care, and Palliative Care.

We are asking for your support for our important work in the local and national community by becoming a CASC/ACSS conference sponsor. Our keynote speakers, workshop leaders and delegates will focus on the theme: Down By The River: Currents of Hope and Change.

Your sponsorship will facilitate our efforts to make a difference in our respective communities and in our country.

If you are unable to be a sponsor at this time, we gratefully receive gifts and donations of support with thanks.

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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Robert Mundle – Chair of Sponsorship Email Robert Mundle  |  Want phone number here?
Jeff Vidt -Conference Treasurer Email Jeff Vidt  |  Phone Number here?