Research Grants Awarded


  1. Jeffery Brown. Experience of Healthcare Team Members who Provide Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) at one Ontario Hospital.


  1. Vivian Stang. Validating Palliative and Bereavement Care Competencies for Spiritual Care Professionals in Canada Phase 2  Phase 2 of the project was just being launched before COVID-19 restrictions caused the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) to pause most research projects. We are waiting for the OHRI to resume research which will allow us to access the statistician and research assistant who will help us unroll the modified Delphi survey. This survey will allow spiritual care professionals with at least five years experience working in palliative and bereavement care to reach consensus on the draft list of competencies.


  1. Vivian Stang. Validating Palliative and Bereavement Care Competencies for Spiritual Care Professionals in Canada Phase 1   Phase 1 of the project is complete. 11 patients and family members were interviewed asking what they thought were important competencies for spiritual care professionals specializing in palliative and bereavement care to have. The interviews were transcribed and analyzed and compared to the draft list of competencies that we had derived from the literature. This feedback from patients and family members identified a competency that was not included in the literature. In addition their feedback compelled us to edit the language in some other competencies to reflect more empathetic and heartfelt wording.  


  1. Ann MacDonald. Virtual Pilgrimage as a Pathway to Spiritual Transformation
  2. Bob Bond.  (Spiritual) Self Assessment Tool Study.  Published in the Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling: Bond R, Brown NS. Testing of a (Spiritual) Self-Assessment Tool ((S)SAT) in a Community Hospital Setting. JPCC. 2020;74(4):229-233. doi:10.1177/1542305020949443


  1. Elizabeth Fisher, Jan Kraus, Kerry Kuluski, Peter Allatt. Church Services in a Complex Continuing Care Hospital: Why Bother? is available in the latest issue of the JPCC. Click to view abstract.
  2. Nigel Bone. St. Joseph’s Hospital, Hamilton. SPIRIT Project
  3. Rebekah Hackbusch,  Bruyere/University of Ottawa. Implementing a Spiritual Suffering Screening tool to Improve Referrals of Patients in Complex Continuing Care Unites to Chaplaincy Services


  1. Lorraine Smith-MacDonald. Understanding the well-being and spiritual needs of veterans post-combat.
  2. Nazila Isgandarova. Islamic Spiritual Care: Foundations and Practices (Book)
  3. Helen Butlin. Embodied Wisdom in the lived experiences of women diagnosed with stages 2-4 ovarian cancer explored through the soul-medicine support group process.


  1. Robert Hunt. Princess Margaret – Pilot Project to assess the effectiveness of course-based didactic for basic CPE training in comparison to regular.
  2. Philip Behman. Alberta Children’s Hospital – Use of Projected Light Labyrinths as a Tool for Self Regulation and Stress Reduction in Youth.


  1. Anke Flor. Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre – Screening for Spiritual Distress in Routine Clinical Practice: Development of a Screening Approach
    Spiritual care is well recognized as an important component of holistic care. However, there is little consensus on best practice to identify patients suffering spiritual distress. The goal of the study project is to identify a simple question or questions that can be used by front line heath care providers (HCPs), which will accurately identify patients suffering from spiritual distress. The study utilizes a qualitative descriptive approach. We are in the second year. So far a qualified interviewer has met individually with 16 patients with life-limiting illnesses to explore their perspectives on spiritual distress and ways of identifying it. Subsequently, the interviewer has met with 20 HCPs regarding their experience identifying spiritual distress. The interviews have been transcribed and are currently inputted to NVIVO. We are beginning analysis.
  2. Tracy Trothen. Winning the Race? Religion, Hope, and the ReShaping of the Athletic Enhancement Debate. Sport and Religion Series. Macon, US: Mercer University Press. Published October/November 2015.


  1. Brian Walton. An Exploration of the Spiritual Needs of In-Patients in Acute Care Setting
  2. Helen Chan. Translating Professional Competencies into Clinical Pedagogy
  3. Margaret McCallum. Enhancement of spiritual health care in the Parkland Regional Health Authority


  1. Kanae Kinoshita. Does an Experiential, Reflective Program in Spirituality Impact Hospital Staff’s Well- Being?
  2. Lucinda Landau. Study into The Use of Ritual at the Time of a Pregnancy Loss
  3. David Maginley. Integration of Energetic Healing Modalities Among CASC Members: Challenges, Opportunities and Implications
  4. David B.T. Maginley, Marnie Roper. The Use of Complimentary and Alternative Medicine by Members of CASC/ACSS


  1. Margaret Clark, Douglas Wilson. Living Human Memories. “Listening to the CASC/ACSS Story”


  1. Ellen Faubert. How might Psychiatrists and Chaplains Collaborate in Delivering Spiritual Mental Health Care? – A Canadian Perspective
  2. Elaine MacInnis. Improving Quality of End-of Life Care: Understanding the Experience of Suffering – Perspectives of the Terminally Ill and their Family


No applications.


  1. Gary Myatt. Contemporary Resources for Supervisors
  2. Glen Breen. Research Providing Spiritual Care to Pre-Adolescent Children
  3. Thomas St. James O’Connor. Spiritual Care Givers Guide – Publication of Book


Gary Myatt/Dan Cooper. Dacum Project


Iryna Soluk-Figol. Spiritual Care Patient Satisfaction Survey