CASC/ACSS Conference 2019


Workshop Schedule

Monday, April 29: 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:

Darcy Gillis

Darcy Gillis, M.A. M.Div. SCP works as an Advance Care Planning Facilitator with the INSPIRED COPD Outreach Program in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She sits as the Atlantic Chair on the CASC/ACSS National Ethics Commission and also works on an Ethics Education Committee with the Nova Scotia Health Authority.


John Zamiska

John is a Spiritual Care Practitioner at Sunnybrook Heath Sciences Centre in Toronto.  He helps support patients, families, and staff in the Palliative Care unit and a General Medicine Unit.

Before starting in Spiritual Care, John was working through a PhD program in Engineering before making the switch to study theology. John enjoys road trips, visiting Georgian Bay where he grew up and hiking in the Killarney hills. John is now the OCN Regional Ethics chair.


Tuesday, April 30: Morning

Annulé Pour Cause de Maladie TA1-Les soins spirituels; pour une logique spirituelle relationnelle

À partir d’exemple clinique nous voulons présenter un modèle d’intervention en soins spirituels basé sur la relation d’aide spirituelle qui utilise essentiellement la logique spirituelle. Comment l’intervention en soins spirituels peut-elle ouvrir un espace de relations ?

Mélany Bisson

Intervenante en soins spirituels du CIUSSS du Centre sud de l’Île de Montréal, Mélany Bisson est Docteure en théologie de l’Université de Montréal et de l’Université de Bordeaux III en France et compte 10 ans d’expérience clinique. Elle est aussi Professeure associée à l’Université de Montréal et Présidente de la l’Association des intervenants et intervenantes en soins spirituels du Québec depuis 2016.

TA2-The Healing Effects of Nature… The Evidence & Experience

The interactive workshop will draw on evidence from around the world. The presenter will use his extensive grief loss and life transition counseling experience to connect these stories to the research. Participants will have an opportunity to share their own healing experiences in nature. This new knowledge and awareness will help participants heal others and themselves. Shinrin yoku, Attention Restoration and Three Day Effect will be your compassion tools.

Rick C Benson

Rick C. Benson B.A. B.Ed. M.A. is a Licensed Counselling Therapist in Saint John, NB. His eclectic formation includes, mindfulness, the spiritual exercises, meditation, music and nature activities Rick has worked across Canada in health care, education, chaplaincy and student services. Rick’s book, MY CHAOS Searching for My New Normal is evidence-based and narrative source of compassionate wisdom for anyone dealing with grief, loss and life transitions. The Healing Effects of Nature chapter is especially well received.

TA3-Building Capacity for Spiritual Health in an Urban Palliative Home Care Program

When their needs can be adequately met, patients want to receive palliative care at home. In this workshop, we will explore opportunities and challenges to providing spiritual care to patients receiving palliative home care services. A new Spiritual Health Program is currently being implemented in Calgary according to a provincial vision for spiritual health endorsed by Alberta Health Services executive leadership. The development of this collaborative multidisciplinary approach to spiritual health will be discussed.

Jaeun Joanne Macen

Jaeun Joanne Macen works with Alberta Health Services as a Spiritual Health Consultant for Calgary Urban Palliative Home Care. She holds a doctorate in biochemistry and worked as a research scientist before undertaking extensive formal study and practice of Buddhist philosophy and meditation while living in Asia for over 10 years. Jaeun practices compassion-focused, holistic and contemplative spiritual care. She has a keen interest in professional practice and supporting interdisciplinary best practices for patient and family-centred spiritual health and wellness.

TA4-Supervised Pastoral Education: Was it useful?

St. Joseph’s Health Care London successfully piloted an evaluative project to learn about the lasting impact of Supervised Pastoral Education (SPE) for students. This project was undertaken to support continued development of SPE courses, ensuring not only CASC/CRPO standards are met, but students learning needs are also met. Trends in the development of the SPE program over time are also assessed. This workshop will present the results of this project and reflect on application of the findings.

Alida van Dijk

Alida van Dijk, PhD, RP is an Associate psychotherapist with Patricia Berendsen & Associates Trauma Healing Centre of London and is starting a counselling clinic in East London with a vision to provide a place for people to receive high end trauma services at low cost. She is a Certified Psycho-Spiritual Therapist and Certified Supervisor-Educator (PCE) with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care and a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.


Heather Vanderstelt

Rev. Heather Vanderstelt, MDiv, RP works at St. Joseph’s Health Care London, specializing in Ambulatory Care. She has a passion for engaging in research that supports the profession of Spiritual Care. She is a Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner and Provisional Supervisor-Educator with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care and a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

TA5-De-mystifying Accreditation

Accreditation! Why is it important? In a world of professionals, Accreditation keeps us credible along with other disciplines. It gives us a reason to review, update and feature the good work we are doing, as well as identifying areas for further growth. It informs institutions and the public that we are intentional about quality assurance. Daunting? We hear you! Let us walk you through the process from getting organized to reviewing data, from writing the report to the site visit.

Audrey Mierau Bechtel

Audrey Mierau Bechtel, B.Ed, M.Div., Certified SCP (CASC), and presently CASC/ACSS Chair of Accreditation, retired in 2016 as Associate Chaplain, Sherbrooke Community Centre, an Eden philosophy facility in Saskatoon, after a 30+ year career in educational, congregational and long term care settings. She has a special interest in spiritual care and the elderly, in particular journeying with persons living with dementia. She is inspired by music, enjoys playing the piano, spending time in the outdoors, and exploring new places near and far. She and her husband Ken live in Saskatoon, SK.

Michael Chow

Michael Chow, M.Div, M.A., SCP and CSE (CASC), Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario, retired in 2015 as Director, Spiritual Care, St. Joseph’s Health System (Hamilton) after over 30 years of professional spiritual and religious care in healthcare, educational and congregational settings. He was adjunct faculty at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, and has led workshops and participated in research and publications in Spirituality and Spiritual Care. Fine art photography is now his passion and he finds his artistic expression a life giving occupation through which he connects within, with others, and with the sacred. He lives in Kitchener Ontario with his wife, Bonnie.


Tuesday, April 30: Afternoon

TP1-Sailing to Freedom: A Mosaic of Death and Dying Meta-Stories

Author John Savage teaches that people often communicate emotionally difficult subject matter through the use of meta-story. Client-centred care requires providers to reflect awareness of cultural diversity and client individuality. Applying these principles to Savage’s theory, we must learn to recognize a mosaic of meta-stories that diverse patient populations use at end of life. This interactive workshop will invite the participants to enter into this discussion from both a practical and theoretical framework.

Sula Kosacky

Sula Anne Kosacky is an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada and works as the Coordinator of Spiritual Health Therapy at William Osler Health System. She was born and raised in the United States and spent her formative years with her blended Cherokee-Irish family on the Cherokee Nation Qualla Boundary Reservation in North Carolina. Her Master of Divinity is from the University of Toronto – Emmanuel College with particular focus on ancient languages and preaching in which she employs not only her therapeutic training but also her quirky sense of humour.

Foster Simmons

Foster Simmons was born in Antigua and has served throughout the Caribbean as an ordained minister in the Moravian Church. Prior to his answering his Call to ministry, Foster was a professional cricket player and avid fisherman. He still enjoys the outdoors, and is the only member of the team who has ever caught a shark. He currently serves a diaspora Caribbean congregation in Toronto as well as being a Clinical Resident in Spiritual Health Therapy at William Osler Health System. Foster’s approach is very pastoral in order to meet clients on their own terms in a loving, caring and compassionate manner.

Kathleen Cairnie-Sorensen

Kathleen Cairnie-Sorensen holds a Master of Divinity from the University of Toronto – Emmanuel College, as well as having done significant work in Social Justice Theory and Activism. She is a polyglot who has lived on 3 continents and writes and speaks on such varied topics as LGBTQ+ Issues, End of Life Care, Non-traditional Mothering, and Mindfulness. Kathleen is our team’s “street creds” leader. She has worked in real-life ministry with youth and adults on the streets, in shelters, rehab and other situations. She also served as a chaplain during the Occupy Toronto movement providing support and safety for participants and city officials. She is currently a Clinical Resident in Spiritual Health Therapy at William Osler Health System.

Jean Charles Denis

Jean Charles Denis is originally from Haiti and has lived in both the U.S. and Canada. As a Francophone and a certified Yoga Instructor and Reiki Practitioner he brings a unique perspective. His easy going and joyful manner are particularly useful in dealing with those suffering from Mental Health issues. He is a Certified Death Doula who has extensive experience working with death and dying in the HIV/AIDS community. Jean Charles has completed the requirements for his Master of Divinity at University of Toronto – Trinity College as well as being a Clinical Resident in Spiritual Health Therapy.

David Ramkhelawan

David Ramkhelawan is a conservative Christian who from comes originally from Trinidad and has a diverse religious heritage. He is working towards a Master of Pastoral Studies Degree, specializing in Spiritual Care, at Knox College – University of Toronto. David is a drummer and has been active in church-related musical groups. He is conversant in scripture and theology as well as music and literature, enabling him to relate to people and situations from either a religious or secular cultural vantage point. He is a Clinical Resident at William Osler Health System.

Together the team epitomizes diversity. We are multiracial, queer and straight, male and female, Canadian and immigrant, multilingual, disabled and abled, and from a variety of backgrounds. We hope to engage our CASC/ACSS colleagues from the strength and experience of diversity and to share both what we bring, and what we have learned about hearing narratives.

TP2-Lessons from Saskatchewan: What Can We Learn From a Province-Wide Elimination of Spiritual Care Funds?

Two years ago, Saskatchewan eliminated all funds to spiritual care in all public healthcare facilities. Simon Lasair was at the forefront of the subsequent advocacy work. He continues to be involved in advocacy through strategic consultations and peer-reviewed publications. In this session he will discuss some factors that led to the Saskatchewan Government’s cut, reveal a philosophical, political, and practical response, and introduce a potential advocacy strategy for spiritual care practitioners nationally and internationally.

Simon Lasair

Simon Lasair is Director of Spiritual Care and Mission Effectiveness at Samaritan Place, a Catholic long-term care home in Saskatoon. He holds a PhD from the University of Manchester, UK, in addition to being a CASC Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner. He has several peer reviewed articles on spiritual care, the most relevant of which for this session is “Spiritual Care as a Secular Profession: Politics, Theory, and Practice” Journal for the Study of Spirituality 8(1): 5-18.

TP3-When the Story Lies Too Deep for Words

The spiritual care practitioner has an obvious and important role in compassionate listening to the story of a unique human soul. However, the experience of trauma, crisis, or loss, is often difficult to articulate or lies too deep for words. It is necessary, then, to help such individuals find another language for expression when words will not suffice. As we will learn in this workshop, expressive arts – in its many forms – offer a way for both children and adults to “tell their stories” in powerful ways.

In 1999, Nick, and Janet founded the Expressive Arts Bereavement Support Program for Children & Teens (and their Families) at Pilgrims Hospice in Edmonton, a program which is still flourishing today.

Janet A. Greidanus

Janet Greidanus has worked as a nurse, a hospital chaplain and a counsellor for students at The King’s University in Edmonton. She has a BSc (Nursing) from University of Alberta and graduate degrees from St. Stephen’s College, Edmonton. Her MTS thesis, A Call for Stories: Storying and its Implications for Pastoral Care, and her DMin dissertation, A Narrative Inquiry into the Experiences of Bereaved Children, are indicative of her passion for narrative matters. Janet now works as a Memoriam and freelance writer.

Nick Zwaagstra

Nick Zwaagstra is the director of Chebucto Art Therapy & Counselling Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has a Masters in Counselling degree from Athabasca University, is a Registered Art Therapist (RCAT) in Canada, a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) and a Registered Counselling Therapist (RCT) in Nova Scotia. He offers clinical Art Therapy services, Art Therapy Training and Supervision. He has successfully facilitated numerous workshops and presentations in Canada and internationally.

TP4-Attending to the Spiritual Health needs of ACT clients: a pilot project

This workshop will present and examine findings from a pilot project, in which The Community High Intensity Treatment Team (CHITT) recruited a Spiritual Health Practitioner (SHP) to serve as full-time member of the team, from September 2016 to March 2017. The intent of this project was to explore: how the client’s spiritual health needs are addressed through the clinical practice of a Spiritual Health Practitioner (SHP); the nature of the SHP’s clinical and educative consultations with the team, the type of referrals made, and the impact of an SHP upon team functioning.

Gillian McLean

Gillian McLean MTS., certified SCP CASC, RP, BN., works as a Spiritual Health Practitioner on the Adult Mental Health units at Providence Care Hospital in Kingston, Ontario, serving inpatient clients and providing transitional support to individuals in the community. Gillian has authored a number of peer-reviewed, scholarly articles, and a book Facing Death: Conversations with Cancer Patients, Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh. Gillian and her husband, Alastair, have three adult children and two cats.

TP5-Distilling the CASC Competencies: Preparing for a Common Curriculum

Like a river current influenced by gravity and the rush of water downhill, a variety of factors have put pressure on CASC/ACSS to rework the competencies. In this workshop participants will consider the changes that led to the revised competencies and development of a common curriculum and engage with the ESC and PPC presenters on the next steps towards a common curriculum and the opportunities that lie in this redevelopment.

Brent Watts

Rev. Brent Watts, M Div. CT Brent is a certified Spiritual Care Practitioner (CASC) and has worked as a Spiritual Health Practitioner at the University of Alberta Hospital for 10 years, and with the Northern Alberta Renal Program since 2009. He has completed a Certification in Thanatology with the Association for Death Education and Counselling (ADEC). Brent is also a Provisional-Supervisor-Educator. Other interests include refereeing basketball, playing Scrabble, and getting outdoors.

Angela Schmidt

Angela Schmidt is the Director of Experiential and Innovative Learning at Knox College at the University of Toronto. She is a former Manager of Spiritual Care at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie and Owen Sound. Angela is a Certified Spiritual Care Supervisor-Educator with CASC/ACSS and a Registered Psychotherapist with CRPO. Her DMin from Waterloo Lutheran Seminary investigated collaboration between healthcare and community for the provision of spiritual care.


Wednesday, May 1: Morning

WA1-Findings from the (Spiritual) Self-Assessment Tool Study [(S)SATS]

A “Spiritual Self Assessment Tool”, developed out of two previous studies, was applied to a Medical Unit of the Niagara Health System, a second Unit functioning as the Control without the Tool. The workshop will look at the literature that undergirded the development of the assessment tool, have people experience the tool (and the interprofessional ‘directions’ and ‘resources’ that come with it), present the design of the study, look at the data, and consider the interpretation / results.

Bob Bond

Bob Bond is a Psycho-Spiritual Therapist (and RP) working as Coordinator of Spiritual Care at Niagara Health. Several community anti-poverty initiatives have sprung from this work as well. Bob is an Assistant Professor (Adjunct) at McMaster’s School of Medicine. He is actively engaged at MacNeill Baptist Church, Hamilton (one of several Associate Ministers in Chaplaincy there). Bob is married to Lynn; they have three adult children, each with partners; and there’s a first grandbaby girl born last Hallowe’en. Bob has been engaged in professional advocacy work in Ontario since before the first whispers of a CRPO.

WA2-Dementia: Understanding Brain Change

All behavior is an expression of unmet need. Using dementia expert Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care™, Angela unpacks brain change and its impact on communication, providing insight into many of the behaviours we encounter when a loved one is living with dementia. Using the GEMS™ assessment tool, participants will discover how to adapt current spiritual care practices in meaningful ways for the person living with dementia. Dementia: Awareness. Knowledge. Understanding. Empathy.

Angela King

Since October 2018, Angela has been the Spiritual Health Practitioner Team Lead for Central Zone, Alberta at Red Deer Regional Health Centre. A Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner for five years, Angela previously worked as a frontline chaplain for the Good Samaritan Society/Good Samaritan Canada in both rural and urban Long-Term Care facilities. Prior to her theological training at Wycliffe College/U of T, Toronto, Angela was self-employed as a music teacher and accompanist for 20 years.

WA3-Research:  Currents of Hope in Palliative Spiritual Care

We are all in palliative care, our own and that of others, because every human life has terminal outcome. This workshop engages innovation in currents of hope for evolving excellence in palliative care. From research publications we learn to better advocate for spiritual care and learn research processes. In reviewing a palliative care competency document developed by inter-association collaboration, including CASC/ACSS, we imagine further research partnerships. We discuss how research literacy nurtures our professional practices.

Marvin Shank

Marvin Shank (B.A., M.Div., RP in College of Registered Psychotherapists Ontario, Certified Supervisor-Educator in CASC?ACSS, ordained in Mennonite Church). Marvin retired after 30 years of work within St. Joseph’s Health Care London doing spiritual care and education, primarily in mental health care. Having had various roles within CASC/ACSS regionally and nationally, he presently serves PPC, promoting research literacy. He and his wife, Pauline, have two adult children and four grandchildren who inspire hope.

CANCELLED Due to Illness  WA4-Hope – The Central Clinical Catalyst in Subjective Factors Affecting Patient Outcomes

None of us wants to foster false hope in patients but true hope is essential to good patient care. What then is true hope? Join us in exploring the catalytic role of true hope in facilitating both healing and acceptance of a poor prognosis. Learn how subjective aspects of patient experience came to be part of an inter-professional assessment form being piloted at Vancouver General Hospital and how to encourage similar projects at other centres.

Doug Longstaffe

Doug is the Profession Leader and CPE supervisor for Spiritual Care & Multi-Faith Services for Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. His work experience includes appointments in Acute Care, Mental Health, Corrections, and Private Practice Counseling. Doug has spent many years advocating at various levels of governance for greater recognition of the importance of Spiritual Care. He is passionate about the humanization of institutions as well as integrative mind/body approaches to health care.

WA5-Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): Finding Hope In the Face of Trauma and Attachment Issues

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful protocol used to treat all types of trauma and attachment issues by targeting memories that have been improperly stored in our neural system. This workshop will provide an overview of how maladaptively encoded traumatic and disturbing life experiences, along with their accompanying negative cognitions can be reprocessed, resulting in previously unachievable healing, hope, growth and positive change.

Tracey Hand-Breckenridge

Tracey practices in Ontario, where she is a Registered Psychotherapist, CASC Certified Psycho-Spiritual Therapist and Provisional Supervisor Educator, and EMDR therapist, Level Two Clinician Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy and Neurofeedback Trainer. She operates two private practices, Cedar Creek Counselling, which focuses on trauma, attachment issues and couples therapy, and Carley Rawes Centre, which offers reduced fee care to financially insecure young adults with depression and anxiety.


Wednesday, May 1: Afternoon

WP1-La planification préalable des soins : une opportunité d’affermir son espoir

La planification préalable des soins (PPS) est bien plus qu’un document concernant les souhaits qu’une personne peut avoir en lien avec les soins désirés en fin de vie. La PPS est essentielle afin d’aider à établir qui communiquera pour vous si vous n’êtes pas capable de le faire pour vous-mêmes (mandataire). Les participants à l’atelier seront habiletés à savoir identifier et communiquer leurs volontés, ce qui a de l’importance pour eux, leurs valeurs et leurs quêtes spirituelles. Venez découvrir comment la PPS peut apporter espoir, clarté, assurer des résultats (autant que l’on peut). La PPS devient alors un cadeau pour son mandataire.

Denis Belliveau

Coordonnateur régional des soins spirituels au Réseau de santé Vitalité depuis 2012 (Onze hôpitaux à travers le Nouveau-Brunswick), Denis agit à titre de mentor, consultant et animateur offrant sessions et divers programmes éducatifs en lien avec l’accompagnement spirituel en milieu de santé. Denis est détenteur d’un baccalauréat de théologie du Collège universitaire dominicain (Ottawa (1990) et d’un diplôme d’études spécialisées en catéchèse et pastorale de la Faculté de théologie, Université catholique de Louvain (Belgique 2008).

Denise Wilson-Sonderegger

Intervenante en soins spirituels à l’hôpital de Moncton au Nouveau-Brunswick depuis 2016, Denise accompagne le personnes se trouvant aux unités de neurochirurgie, soins intensifs, trauma, médecine familiale et réhabilitation. En 2017 et 2018, elle a effectué des stages en Suisse au Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Lausanne aux soins palliatifs et neurochirurgie.
En 2018, elle obtient sa Maîtrise en Théologie de l’Université Laval à Québec. Elle détient aussi un Certificat d’études pastorales et un Baccalauréat ès arts de l’Université de Moncton.

WP2-We are in Soul. A depth psychological perspective on soul, based on the work of Wolfgang Giergerich.

This interactive learning session on soul is intended to help participants to consider the soul from a depth psychological perspective by providing material with a view to stimulate discussion on soul and its place in the world of a spiritual care practitioner. Giegerich sees the soul as the reality in which we are embodied, as distinct from a soul being given to each of us, as individuals. Participants will understand more about soul through the prolific works of Wolfgang Giegerich.

Jane Smith-Eivemark

Jane serves as the Professional Practice Leader for the Spiritual and Supportive Care Department within Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga. Her primary clinical assignment is in the Moir Centre for Continuing Complex Care. Jane has a D.Min and is a sessional lecturer within The Toronto School of Theology at Emmanuel College within the University of Toronto and with Martin Luther University, Waterloo. Jane is a Jungian Analyst and a Registered Psychotherapist who conducts her private practice in Hamilton.

WP3-Fostering Wellness: A Data-Driven Exploration of Ministry-Specific Sources of Satisfaction and Stress

The Wellness Project @ Wycliffe is a quantitative research project created to investigate the interplay between life-giving and life-eroding aspects of ministry life. This workshop will introduce the basic premises of the research project: that protection from butrnout involves fostering a sustainable relationship between stress and satisfaction, and that providing participants with personal feedback regarding their Core Satisfiers and Core Stressors can be an empowering tool for self-reflection, assessment, and discernment, alongside our initial findings from over 300 participants.

Wanda Malcolm

Dr. Wanda Malcolm divides her time between working as a registered psychologist in private practice and as a professor at Wycliffe College in Toronto. She heads up the Wellness Project @ Wycliffe, an ongoing program of research investigating the ups and downs of ministry life. Wanda and her colleagues have an upcoming article in The Journal of Psychology and Theology titled “Measuring Ministry Related Stress and Satisfaction”, in which they describe the development of questionnaires used in the Wellness Project to measure the satisfiers and stressors of ministry life.

Elizabeth Fisher

Beth Anne Fisher is a PhD student at Emmanuel College, Toronto School of Theology. Her research interests lie in the integration of spiritual formation and psycho-social flourishing, particularly for faith leaders. She is the Research Project Manager of the Wellness Project @ Wycliffe and holds an MDiv from Wycliffe College.


WP4-Integrating spiritual care using the community capacity building model in a rural setting

This workshop presents a community capacity building model for spiritual and religious care that was created in response to the unique opportunities and challenges facing rural Central Alberta. Participants are encouraged to reflect on ways in which spiritual care may be integrated through collaborating with health care and community resources already in place, while maintaining the integrity of the role and recognizing the expertise of the professional spiritual care practitioner.

Gregor Cantz

Gregor is a certified spiritual care practitioner with Alberta Health Services for the East Central Zone living in Wainwright. His experience of a well-established spiritual care department at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, combined with the challenges of being a pastoral volunteer at a mental health hospital in Quebec prepared him to integrate spiritual care in rural Alberta. He has a M.Div and has been the invited speaker to churches and hospitals presenting on improving spiritual care.

Angela King

Since October 2018, Angela has been the Spiritual Health Practitioner Team Lead for Central Zone, Alberta at Red Deer Regional Health Centre. A Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner for five years, Angela previously worked as a frontline chaplain for the Good Samaritan Society/Good Samaritan Canada in both rural and urban Long-Term Care facilities. Prior to her theological training at Wycliffe College/U of T, Toronto, Angela was self-employed as a music teacher and accompanist for 20 years.


CANCELLED Due to Illness

WP5-Self-Coaching with Logosynthesis©: Change yourself through the Magic of Words

Are you looking for a new tool in your toolbox to work with clients and yourself that is elegant, spiritual and immediately useful? You may enjoy learning about a new method of guided change called Logosynthesis© through a combination of theory and group experience. It is effective in coaching, counselling and psychotherapy, and can also be used as a self-help tool.

Keirsten Wells

The Revered Canon Keirsten Wells is a Certified Spiritual Care Specialist, Provisional Teaching Supervisor of SPE, and a Priest in the Anglican Church of Canada. Employed as a Clinical Chaplain for twenty years, she currently works at the Queen Elizabeth Health Sciences Centre in Halifax Nova Scotia as a generalist in the acute care setting. Keirsten is a certified practitioner of Logosynthesis, a spiritual energy psychology based coaching technique.