Spiritual Care Counsellor/Practitioner – Abbotsford, BC

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Spiritual Care Counsellor/Practitioner 
Dave Lede House (DLH) – Abbotsford, BC 
Regular Part-Time 0.6 FTE (45 hours bi-weekly) 

For over two decades, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice has made a significant difference in the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses and the families who love them. Be part of a talented and innovative team that takes pride in supporting and providing the highest quality pediatric palliative care. 

Spiritual Care at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice (CPCH) involves recognizing the importance of “meaning making” every day. The Spiritual Care Counsellor / Practitioner works to equip others on the team to understand and grow in their own personal philosophy of spiritual care through both educational and inspirational initiatives. As the interdisciplinary team is strengthened through the personal growth of individual staff members, the care offered to children and families will be enriched. 

Reporting to the Counselling Coordinator, and working closely with the Counselling and inter-disciplinary team, the Spiritual Care Counsellor / Practitioner provides leadership in fostering spiritual care throughout all aspects of the palliative care program at CPCH. They are accountable for developing and delivering spiritual care programs and initiatives; providing direct spiritual care to children and their families; providing consultation and education to staff and volunteers in the principles and practice of spiritual care and supporting staff to recognize and integrate spiritual care in their practice. They are required to be with people in their most vulnerable time and help identify what is meaningful here and now. They are responsible for providing spiritual care both directly and indirectly to children, families, staff and volunteers in conformance with their faith and expressed desire for spiritual care. 

This role is also responsible for taking an active role in CPCH’s counselling and bereavement programs including participating in and/or organizing end of life (EOL) rituals, memorials, funerals, bereavement support groups and events such as Remembering Our Children. 


Related Master’s degree (e.g. theology or clinical related field) from a recognized institution with formal clinical counseling education and experience. Advanced units of CPE or equivalency and eligibility for certification with a recognized provider of CPE (e.g. Canadian Association for Spiritual Care – CASC) is preferred. Four years of practitioner experience, including 1-2 years of recent counselling and assessment experience in palliative care, including grief and bereavement support, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 


• Solid understanding of the difference between spiritual care and religion. 
• High level of understanding of the nature of spiritual care and counselling services in a health care setting; preferably in palliative care. 
• Demonstrated spiritual maturity and integrity coupled with a high degree of sensitivity, compassion, gentleness, caring, vulnerability, humility and approachability. 
• Demonstrated ability to acknowledge and respect different expressions of spirituality without imposing personal religious or other beliefs 
• Demonstrated ability to be with people in their most vulnerable time and help identify what is meaningful here and now. 
• Demonstrated ability to lead, inspire, and relate to individuals and groups during their bereavement process. 
• Ability to facilitate and lead creative ritual in response to diverse patient and family needs with sensitivity openness, flexibility and respect within the context of diverse religions and expressions of spirituality. 
• Superior listening, verbal and written communication skills such that messages are understood in terms of both the essence and subtleties of the communication and the intended audience 
• Demonstrated ability to define a vision and facilitate, guide and mentor individuals/groups towards the vision, while maintaining cohesiveness, motivation and commitment. 
• Superior conflict resolution skills and crisis intervention techniques. 
• Knowledge of family, group and individual therapy. 
• Knowledge of mental health counselling principles, methods, procedures and practices. 
• Knowledge of psychodynamics of children and adolescents and their treatment strategies. 
• Demonstrated ability to understand, encourage and influence group and inter-group processes. 
• Demonstrated ability to establish rapport and support children, youth and families in order to explore issues that are beyond the initially presented concerns. 
• Demonstrated ability to plan, prioritize and organize workload. 
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team. 
• Ability to maintain confidentiality in a work setting. 
• Ability to establish and maintain appropriate professional and personal boundaries. 

Note: Flexibility is necessary, as this position requires weekend on-call coverage, on a rotating schedule, and flexibility to work some evenings and/or weekends for groups or events. Travel within and outside the Lower Mainland may also be required. 

**Due to the unique nature of our organization, please visit www.canuckplace.org for more information on who we are and what we do. For more detailed information on the position and how to apply, visit our Careers page.  Click here to view.  This posting closes on November 8, 2017.

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