Clinical Fellowship in Spiritual & Religious Care- Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre- Toronto





Clinical Fellowship in Spiritual & Religious Care

(June 1, 2018 – May 31, 2019)
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is one of Canada’s most exciting hospitals, an academic centre of excellence offering a full range of high quality services with a values based, compassionate person-centered approach to care. The ideal candidate is passionate about the importance of: innovative professional practice, interprofessional teamwork, best practices, quality improvement, continuing education/professional development, academic scholarship, the student experience and demonstrates a commitment to the communities we serve. Applications are now being received for a Spiritual Care Clinical Fellowship position.  This is a Learning opportunity in preparation for Specialist Certification. 

Date posted:  March 19, 2018

Deadline for applications is Thursday, March 29, 2018.

Applicant Requirements & Skills/Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of 2 advanced units of CPE.
  • Endorsement by one’s faith community.
  • Commitment to seeking specialist certification in the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC/ACSS).
  • Masters Degree in Spiritual Care or Theology
  • Experience facilitating Groups in a Mental Health Care setting
  • Ability to manage conflict and emotional distress
  • Collaborate with other inter-professional team members, volunteers, family leaders and community partners to provide support to patients and families in person or group settings using a range of methods and materials.
  • Exercise initiative and good judgment with ability to multi-task.
  • Compassionate, Person-centered and Family focused care philosophy required
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse population of patients, families and health care staff.
  • Must be proficient in writing, reading and speaking English; Multi-lingual abilities are an asset

The position offers:

  • A challenging and diverse clinical setting that includes Acute/Trauma Care, Critical Care, and Mental Health. (Specific clinical foci, as well as some hospital-wide on-call coverage).
  • A lively multi-faith and inter-professional work environment.
  • Excellent opportunities for inter-professional learning.
  • Specialist consultation support.
  • Opportunity to gain clinical hours for CASC Specialist Certification and CRPO (College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario) Registration
  • Participating in a high functioning and committed Spiritual & Religious Care Team.
  • Reports through the Director of Inter-professional Education with mentorship and direct supervision provided by the Professional and Education Leader for Spiritual and Religious Care

Expectations & Summary of Duties:

  • Self-motivated; active member of the Spiritual & Religious Care team
  • Assess and provide spiritual care and emotional support for patients, families and staff at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre ensuring diverse spiritual and/or faith traditions are respected, and ensuring patients/families have access to spiritual/religious and cultural rituals and services as appropriate or requested.
  • Participate in inter-professional team meetings incorporating the patient/family spiritual needs into the overall care plan.
  • Assume an active role in the Spiritual Care Team and assigned units while demonstrating a commitment to compassionate, relationship-centered care within an inter-professional context.
  • Advance current professional expertise and specialized knowledge in spiritual care.
  • Committed to presenting at Spiritual Care Grand Rounds as well as at least one Conference presentation
  • Assist with the co-ordination of Spiritual Care Week activities
  • Assist in the co-ordination of special bereavement functions such as Memorial Services.

To apply, please send the following:

  • A CV describing your work and education/research experience.
  • An outline of your professional goals.
  • A copy of your second Advanced CPE Evaluation.
  • Contact information for two references.
  • A brief description of your philosophy of spiritual care.


For more information and to apply, contact:

Rev. Bill Ford

Professional and Education Leader

Spiritual & Religious Care

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Room H234

2075 Bayview Avenue

Toronto Ontario M4N 3M5


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