Responding to COVID-19

 
CASC/ASCC has established a network of support, resources and information in an effort to aid the communities we serve.

CASC/ACSS Certified Members Outreach

To help navigate through COVID-19, we have established an outreach program to facilitate the opportunity for support from our CASC/ACSS Certified Members. Our goal is to help inquiring organizations across the country source Spiritual Care Practitioners and Psycho-Spiritual Therapists who are available to assist in response to the increased need for positive impact on overall health and well-being. Following is a list of CASC/ACSS Certified professionals who are available for virtual consultations and, in some instances, on-site visits. Arrangements regarding service requests/provisions are the responsibility of the individual/parties engaged; CASC/ACSS is only assisting with facilitating the connections.

For more information on how to make resources available to your organization, please contact President@spiritualcare.ca

 

Name

Email

CASC/ACSS Certification

Availability

Location

Jennifer Adams; Email Jennifer Adams Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner Virtual Surrey, BC
Tony Bidgood Email Tony Bidgood Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner Virtual;
On-site / in person
St. John’s, NL
Iain Buchanan Email Iain Buchanan Certified Psycho-Spiritual Therapist Virtual Peterborough, ON
Martine Caillier Email Martine Caillier Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner On-site / in person Montreal, QC
Grace Chiu Email Grace Chiu Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner Virtual Toronto, ON
Jane Christensen Email Jane Christensen Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner Virtual Edmonton, AB
Nancy Cowtun Email Nancy Cowtun Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner Virtual Airdrie, AB
Anita Csapo Email Anita Csapo Certified Psycho-Spiritual Therapist Virtual Toronto, ON
Kamelia Deleva-Dimitrova Email Kamelia Deleva-Dimitrova Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner Virtual;
On-site / in person
Montreal, QC
Patricia (Pam) Driedger Email Patricia (Pam) Driedger Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner Virtual Saint John, NB
Judith Froese Doell Email Judith Froese Doell Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner Virtual;
On-site / in person
Brandon, MB
Deborah Grose-Checkel Email Deborah Grose-Checkel Certified Psycho-Spiritual Therapist Virtual;
On-site / in person
Red Deer, AB
Tracey Hand-Breckenridge Email Tracey Hand-Breckenridge Certified Psycho-Spiritual Therapist Virtual Orangeville, ON
Seung Hee Kang Email Seung Hee Kang Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner Virtual;
On-site / in person
Vancouver, BC
Donald Clinton Hill Email Donald Clinton Hill Certified Psycho-Spiritual Therapist Virtual;
On-site / in person
Milton, ON
Diane Holmlund Email Diane Holmlund Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner Virtual Toronto, ON
Stephen Hudecki Email Stephen Hudecki Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner; Certified Psycho-Spiritual Therapist Virtual Hamilton, ON
Orev Reena Katz Email Orev Reena Katz Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner Virtual Toronto, ON
Ashakali Kermalli Email Ashakali Kermalli Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner Virtual Markham/Richmondhill/GTA, ON
Heather Koots Email Heather Koots Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner Virtual;
On-site / in person
Edmonton and Stony Plain, AB
Simon Lasair Email Simon Lasair Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner Virtual;
On-site / in person
Saskatoon, SK
Erin LeBrun Email Erin LeBrun Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner Virtual Saint-Lazare, QC
Kristine Lund Email Kristine Lund Certified Psycho-Spiritual Therapist Virtual Waterloo, ON
Nancy MacMillan Email Nancy MacMillan Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner;
Certified Psycho-Spiritual Therapist
Virtual Kingston, ON
Marion Magnusson Email Marion Magnusson Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner Virtual;
On-site / in person
Selkirk, MB
Ciaran Mc Kenna Email Ciaran Mc Kenna Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner Virtual;
On-site / in person
London, ON
Ann Muhia Email Ann Muhia Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner Virtual;
On-site / in person
Quinte West, Hastings, PEC, Belleville, Brighton, ON
Jane Pekar Email Jane Pekar Certified Psycho-Spiritual Therapist Virtual Brampton, ON
Michael Politano-Bowles Email Michael Politano-Bowles Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner Virtual;
On-site / in person
Courtenay, BC
Loreen Rawlyk Luby Email Loreen Rawlyk Luby Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner Virtual;
On-site / in person
Saskatoon, SK
Marvin Shank Email Marvin Shank Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner Virtual London, ON
Anne Simmonds Email Anne Simmonds Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner Virtual;
On-site / in person
Toronto, ON
Alida van Dijk Email Alida van Dijk Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner;
Certified Psycho-Spiritual Therapist
Virtual;
On-site / in person
London, ON
Ajith Varghese Email Ajith Varghese Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner;
Certified Psycho-Spiritual Therapist
Virtual;
On-site / in person
Toronto, ON
Rebecca Woolf Email Rebecca Woolf Certified Psycho-Spiritual Therapist Virtual Burlington, ON
Janet Young Email Janet Young Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner Virtual Kitchener, ON
         
         
Resources for COVID-19

  • Darlene Pranke, Chaplain and Supervisor-Educator at Misericordia Hospital in Edmonton has recorded this reflective video to help others cope with COVID-19.  “Turning Inward Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • Doug Longstaffe, Professional Lead for Spiritual Care and Multifaith Services, Vancouver General Hospital has shared his collection of prayers and reflections in a time of COVID that were published regularly in VGH’s Communication Bulletin beginning March 31, to June 26, 2020.
  • Doug Longstaffe, Professional Lead for Spiritual Care and Multifaith Services, Vancouver General Hospital is interviewed by CBC Radio.  Click here to listen.
  • Beth Burton from Vancouver sent in a link to Providence Health Care’s Virtual Memorial Service.  It is a wonderful example of how to reach out to assist persons in grief during the era of social distancing. Click here to view
  • Marc Doucet, former President of CACS/ACSS and Manager of Spiritual Care at UHN in Toronto was interviewed by CBC News Network on the work of Spiritual Care Practitioners in a time of COVID-19.  Click here to view. 
  • A Brief Message of Gratitude. Thank you for all you do as chaplains and spiritual care providers. From Chaplaincy Innovation Lab (CIL).

 

  • Christopher De Bono, Vice President of Mission, People and Ethics for Providence Health Care (PHC) in Vancouver and a certified CASC/ACSS Member, has written this description of a novel ritual for a novel virus. Click here to view
  • Iryna Soluk Figol, Manager of the Spiritual Care Department at Sinai Health Systems has created guidelines for Spiritual Care Practitioners dealing with COVID-19 patients. 
  • The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) has a COVID-19 Resource page. The writings on “Spiritual Care in the Midst of a Pandemic” and Sarah Knoll Sweeney’s “Reflective Practice” are particularly helpful.
  • The Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) has a resource page on COVID-19 as well as a Facebook page. Among the many good links was an article from Israel focused on Chaplains and COVID-19. Also, a link to a new German website Covid-spiritualcare.com has a new  article, “The Corona Pandemic as a challenge to Spiritual Care.”
  • The National Association for Catholic Chaplains (NACC) has a COVID-19 Resource page and offers Zoom meetings on Listening and Resource sharing for COVID-19 in general and in Long-Term Care contexts.
  • Chaplaincy Innovation Labs (CIL) has a resource page on COVID-19 and a Facebook page for chaplains.
  • The Harvard Divinity School has an excellent page of links and resources for spiritual care in a time of COVID-19.
  • Alana Levandoki, is a young chant and song writer in the Christian Tradition from Rural Manitoba whose pod casts and music offer deep wisdom to discern how to cope in these times. Click here to visit her website and hear her music.
  • “Bioethics in the Time of Coronavirus” by renowned Ethicist Daniel Sulmasy. Watch on Youtube. (31 minutes)
  • The Canadian Council of Churches’s Faith and Life Sciences Reference Group has issued a statement on COVID-19.  CASC/ACSS’s own Tracey Trothen from Kingston is one of the signatories.  View statement here.
  • University Health Network (UHN) in Toronto has a story on responding to COVID-19 that features the role of spiritual care professionals. View here
  • The New Yorker has an informative article on “The Plight of a Hospital Chaplain During the Corona Virus Pandemic.

COVID-19 Education for Spiritual Care Professionals
  • The Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) is offering free webinars for CASC/ACSS Members until June 30, 2020.  Click here to view. Among the titles are:
    • The Effects of Trauma Exposure on Chaplains
    • Care for the Caregiver: Reducing the Effects of  Vicarious Trauma
    • Beyond the Traumatic Experience
    • The Value of Existential pain: An Opportunity to Focus on What is Really Important
  • Chaplaincy Innovation Labs (CIL) is offering a series of educational events to help Spiritual Care professionals respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recordings are to be available on the CIL website shortly after the broadcast date. Following are outlines for three webinars.
    • Transforming Chaplaincy is co-sponsoring a webinar on healthcare ethics: “Pandemic ethics: what healthcare chaplains need to know to support patients, families, and the medical team.” Monday, March 30 at 3pm Eastern.
    • The third weekly town hall-style webinar, “Caring for the Caregiver.” Tuesday, March 31 at 12pm Eastern.
    • Distance Funerals, Complicated Grief: Gathering to grieve during COVID19. Thursday, April 2 at 1:30pm Eastern.
  • The University of Alberta has a series of videos (from recorded Webinars) and slideshows from the John Dossetor Health Ethics Public Lecture Series on COVID-19 themes including: “Pandemic Ethics and Allocating Scarce Resources”, and “COVID-19 and Pandemic Ethics.”
  • The Hospice and Palliative Spiritual Care Research Network has a webinar on Palliative Spiritual Care and COVID-19.  The webinar covered such topics as ‘Evidence as Our Guide,’ Patient Care, Staff Support, and Administration. Watch on Youtube.

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