Spiritual Care and Support Practitioner – Brantford




Position Description

Date: September 1, 2021
Position: Spiritual Care and Support Practitioner
Reports to: Vice President, St. Joseph’s Lifecare Centre Brantford
Approved by: President, St. Joseph’s Lifecare Centre Brantford and St. Joseph’s Health Care Centre Guelph
Position Type:  Full Time

Position Summary:

As a member of the St. Joseph’s Lifecare Centre Spiritual Care team, the Spiritual Care and Support Practitioner (SCSP) provides psychosocial and spiritual care support for Stedman Community Hospice patients and families. The SCSP also supports the learning and well-being of St. Joseph’s Lifecare Centre Brantford staff and volunteers. The SCSP is an active member of the St. Joseph’s Health System Spiritual Care Community of Practice.

Position focus:

The SCSP provides Stedman Community Hospice patients and families with psychological, social and practical services to help meet individual and or family needs prior to death, during the dying process and following the death.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Performs all duties in accordance with the St. Joseph’s Lifecare Centre Brantford Mission, Vision, and Values and Policies and Procedures.
  • Develops, implements and evaluates goals and objectives of the St. Joseph’s Lifecare spiritual care program.
  • Creates opportunities to support patients and families with spiritual issues such as existential questions about meaning and purpose, belief crisis, legacy work and cultural needs that pertain to dying and death.
  • Provides practical assistance and information that pertains to future planning. Assists patients and families with critical decision-making needs/dilemmas and crisis.
  • Completes appropriate spiritual assessments for all new residents and Day Program patients and maintains decision supportive documentation.
  • Responds to assessed needs and refers to other disciplines for consult as appropriate.
  • Arranges, facilitates, and participates in family meetings/conferences as needed to enhance the spiritual care of patients and families.
  • Participates in residential hospice rounds and daily assessments of the spiritual needs of the patient and their families.
  • Provides daily support for all staff through meetings that include reflections, shared events, meditation, and debriefings that are aimed toward strengthening and supporting the work and care of the hospice team.
  • Maintains and develops effective supportive care liaisons between the hospice Outreach and Residential hospice team, Long term care teams, and local community care providers and agencies.
  • Acts as a liaison between the patient and their Clergy/Faith/Spiritual Leaders as a means of facilitating the patient’s participation in religious and spiritual opportunities.
  • Communicates with and supports community Clergy/Faith/Spiritual Leaders in the organization of Memorial services and/or assists families in service arrangements.
  • Provides bereavement support for family members and friends through one on one/group sessions or referral to services and resources in the community.
  • Responsible for coordinating the development, implementation and evaluation of the supportive care program. This includes training of staff and volunteers.
  • Participates in internal and external committees/working groups as appropriate and as required. i.e.  Ethics committee, Equity, diversity, and inclusion, Quality
  • Provides education within the hospice and as requested in the community to enhance the awareness of spiritual and cultural issues in the provision of end of life care.
  • Maintains proper documentation of all interactions and interventions with patients and their families/care providers.
  • Available after hours for spiritual care needs when requested.
  • Participates in ongoing professional and personal growth and development, educational workshops, courses, in services, seminars and retreats.
  • Maintains active membership in the St. Joseph’s Health System Spiritual Care Community of Practice.


Preferred Qualifications/Education:

  • Master of Divinity
  • Completion of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) or Pastoral Counselling Education (PCE) through the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC), or equivalent training and experience
  • Current membership in the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care (CASC)
  • Psychotherapy certification
  • Social Work or Social Service Worker certification (preferred)
  • Experience working in a Hospice/Palliative Care setting (preferred)
  • Experience in providing grief and bereavement support

St. Joseph’s Lifecare Centre appreciates all responses. However, only candidates under consideration will be contacted.
St. Joseph’s Lifecare Centre Brantford is an equal opportunity employer and strives for equity, inclusiveness, and diversity in all programs, facilities, and people. St. Joseph’s Lifecare Centre Brantford is committed to creating a barrier-free, accessible organization, utilizing a collaborative approach in supporting persons with disabilities during recruitment, assessment, selection, hiring, and the ongoing employment life cycle. Upon individual request, the Health Centre will endeavor to remove any barrier to the employment lifecycle to accommodate those employees with disabilities. Should any employee require accommodation through the employment lifecycle, please contact Human Resources.

Closing Date:  September 17, 2021

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