Chaplain – Hamilton



– Regular Full-Time – Posting #12583
Department: Spiritual Care
Hours of Work: Monday to Friday, days

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton is a multi-site, values-based, academic health science centre affiliated with McMaster University and Mohawk College. We are committed to making a difference in people’s lives and the future of our community through integrated health services and internationally recognized clinical and research programs. We are dedicated to providing compassionate, sensitive care to our patients and their families and to achieving excellence in health care through our ongoing commitment to education and research. Join our team of dedicated professionals who share in the vision of tomorrow and truly believe “it is an honour to serve our community


To integrate spiritual and religious aspects of care into the delivery of services to patients, families, staff and volunteers by highly qualified and certified Spiritual Care and Counseling professionals. The Spiritual Care Team engages the care and treatment of the whole person (spiritual, physical, psychological, mental and social).


  • Masters of Divinity or equivalent graduate studies in a theological field
  • Certified Specialist with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC) which includes 4 units (1600 hours) of Supervised Pastoral Education plus a minimum of 1000 hours of work experience.
  • Member of College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
  • CPI – Crisis Prevention Training (or successful completion as part of clinical orientation) is required
  • Additional training and experience in regard to therapeutic interventions, especially in mental health, is preferred, including:

– Counselling skills and experience with dysfunctional family systems
– Demonstrated ability to develop therapeutic rapport with a wide range of clients
– Understanding and ability to contribute to collaborative patient care planning, implementation and evaluation of individualized plans of care
– Knowledge of theories and concepts of behavioural science
– Ability to assess risk and safety factors in a therapeutic environment and implement appropriate plan to address these
-Willingness and ability to continue to enhance professional competence and knowledge


  • Conduct spiritual and/or religious needs assessment
  • Provide spiritual and/or religious care and counselling, based on assessment, to inpatient and outpatient populations and their attending family members, friends and significant others
  • Record spiritual care interventions in patient health care record/ Dovetale/Epic
  • Explore the spiritual significance and meaning experienced in times of sickness
  • Examine the implications of the patient’s life, family and community as a result of the medical experience
  • Provide bereavement support
  • Coordinate and provide services of celebration, commemoration or memorial respecting recipients’ spiritual and faith-based beliefs and practices
  • Facilitate and provide spiritual and faith based activities
  • Provide liaison services with community faith, and spiritual tradition representatives as appropriate and according to patients’/clients’ identified faith groups
  • Educate and support staff and volunteers who will engage in spiritual care visitation in healthcare facilities and faith/spiritual-based organizations in the community.
  • Advocate for the spiritual and religious dimensions of care as an integral member of the interdisciplinary health care team.
  • Support staff as they provide care to patients and families, including crisis intervention, debriefing traumatic interventions, bereavement support, memorial services and other rituals.
  • Provides guidance and support, as appropriate, to the Spiritual Care Residents

To apply for this career opportunity please apply online to Req #12583 via the St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton Careers website at or email

All positions will comply and work in conjunction with the Mission, Vision and Core Values of St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. We foster a culture of patient and staff safety.

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