Spiritual Care Practitioner – Toronto





Spiritual Care Practitioner – St. Joseph’s Health Centre Toronto

Salary Range: $36.61-$44.16 per hour
Shift/ Hours of Work: Monday – Friday (7:30 am – 3:30 pm and 9:00 am – 5:00 pm in rotation)

The Spiritual Care Department, as part of Mission Integration, keeps alive the Mission, Vision and Values of its founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto and the Catholic Health Sponsors of Ontario. The Spiritual Care Department is seeking an experienced
Spiritual Care Practitioner to fill a full-time permanent position. Reporting to the Manager, Spiritual Care, this position will be based out of the St. Joseph’s Health Centre site. The successful candidate will join a dedicated Spiritual Care team in providing high quality psycho-social-spiritual, religious and cultural care to patients and their families as a fully participating member of the health care team.

This position will require availability to work Weekday Shifts (7:30 am – 3:30 pm
and 9:00 am – 5:00 pm in rotation with colleagues in the Spiritual Care Dept.).


  • Providing and promoting high quality spiritual, religious and cultural care that is consistent with the Mission and Values of Unity Health Toronto for patients, their families and staff.
  • Assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating the spiritual care needs of patients and their families; and clearly communicating the spiritual needs and plans to interprofessional team members through concise documentation.
  • Providing care that is respectful of religious, spiritual and cultural diversity by supporting ethical discussion and difficult decision making by patients, their families and staff. 
  • Actively engaging patients, their families and staff in developing an understanding of the relationship between spiritual, religious, physical, emotional, psychological and mental well-being.
  • Providing appropriate opportunities for prayer, sacraments, and other spiritual, religious or cultural rituals.
  • Being available and accessible to patients, their families, and staff within the continuum of care, especially those experiencing spiritual and emotional distress.
  • Demonstrating best practices in end-of-life care, grief and bereavement support.
  • Enabling effective team collaboration and functioning as a full participant on a variety of clinical teams.
  • Facilitating a variety of staff support strategies nurturing collaboration & supportive community.
  • Collaborating with community clergy and spiritual care partners (where appropriate) and making referrals and helpful connections with the patient’s/family’s community support.


  • Successful completion of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE);
  • Specialist Certification (or Certification in process) preferred.
  • Employees must maintain membership in the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC/ACSS) or an equivalent Canadian or American Association as a condition of employment.
  • Masters Degree in Divinity, Pastoral Studies, Theology, or equivalent.
  • Ability to relate theology and behavioral science to the practice of spiritual care.
  • Demonstrated spiritual maturity and integrity coupled with a high degree of sensitivity, compassion, gentleness, caring, humility and approachability.
  • Knowledge of various models of spiritual care and their appropriate use in a variety of practice contexts.
  • Demonstrated ability to be with people in their most vulnerable time exploring meaning and identifying values.
  • Demonstrated conflict resolution skills and crisis intervention techniques.
  • Must be able to work collaboratively as a member of both the spiritual care team and inter-professional teams; and capable of working independently.
  • Previous clinical experience in a fast-paced acute care hospital required (with a broad range of experience in areas such as Emergency, ICU, Palliative Care, Mental Health, GIM, Family Birthing Centre, etc.)
  • Previous clinical experience working with patients/families experiencing trauma, illness, and disadvantage.
  • Excellent communication (verbal/written English), interpersonal, organizational and problem-solving skills are essential. Demonstrated proficiency working with computer applications in a Windows environment (Word, Electronic mail, electronic documentation).
  • Demonstrated commitment to the Mission and Values of Unity Health Toronto.

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