Spiritual Care Professional
Job Type Full time
Department Spiritual Care
Employee Group Non-union
Hours (Subject to change) 37.5 Hours per week; due to nature of position additional or varied hours may be required
In 2015, Bridgepoint Active Healthcare, Circle of Care, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute and Mount Sinai Hospital, came together to form Sinai Health System – and leverage our collective expertise and create a system that better responds to the changing needs of our patients, families and clients. Sinai Health has a bold vision and strategy for the future: To create Canada’s leading health system pushing the boundaries to realize the best health and care for complex patients.
A key enabler of this vision is Sinai Health’s People Plan – which provides an explicit commitment to our people about our commitment to creating a workplace culture and environment that is safe, caring, equitable, compassionate and accountable in order to ultimately provide optimal care to patients and their family caregivers.
To support us on our journey, Sinai Health System is looking for a Spiritual Care Professional to support our Spiritual Care department at our Bridgepoint Active Healthcare and Mount Sinai Hospital campuses.
The Spiritual Care Professional, functions as a member of the health care team providing spiritual and religious support. Spiritual Care Professionals focus on the spiritual, religious and emotional needs of patients, families and staff. Spiritual and religious care is provided in a manner that is multifaith, respecting of cultural, traditional and religious diversities, complimenting and linking with community faith partners.
- The Spiritual Care Professional accepts responsibility and accountability for maintaining professional certification, for continuing education and for active participation in the vision, direction and activities of the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC/ACSS)
- Accountable to the Manager of Spiritual Care.
- Maintains active membership in CASC/ACSS.
- Functions in a collaborative matter with all members of the health care team.
- Advances knowledge, expertise and care through research, teaching and learning.
- Implements and maintains “best practice” standards and guidelines
- Responsible for ongoing personal and professional development
- Commitment to Sinai Health System and CASC/ACSS Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.
- Knowledge of the administrative policies and procedures of the Hospital and with any other professional body that influences the delivery of spiritual & religious care within the healthcare setting
- Documentation of the spiritual care provided, including referrals received, assessments, plans of care, desired outcomes and referrals to other professionals.
- Maintains appropriate records, including the use of a workload measurement system
- Assists in establishing the overall direction of Spiritual Care at Sinai Health System.
Direct Patient / Community Care (100%)
- Provides spiritual care to patients, families, staff and volunteers.
- Initiates regular Spiritual Care visits with patients and responses to requests or referrals made by patients, family or staff and leaders of faith communities.
- Assesses spiritual, emotional and religious needs of patients visited.
- When requested and when appropriate, assists patients and families in the process of making challenging moral and ethical decisions based on faith and spiritual beliefs.
- Facilitates the grief and bereavement process
- Assists with care after death, when appropriate, i.e., viewing of body, prayer, and provides pertinent information in order for families to make informed choices.
- Ensures that patients have the opportunity to contact the faith community of their choice and facilitates the contacts when appropriate or where requested.
- Collaborates in the planning and celebrating of sacred rituals with the Spiritual Care team and/or community faith partners.
- At minimum Master of Divinity or an equivalent degree from an accredited educational institution
- Preference given to candidates with Specialist Certification with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC.ACSS) and/or candidate for certification (completion of two basic and two advanced units within CASC/ACSS program)
- Member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) or in the process of registering with the college
- Minimum of one (1) year of relevant experience
- Clinical experience required
- Experience as a Spiritual Care Professional in a health care setting
- Demonstrated ability to work as a fully participating member of the health care team
- Knowledge of various models of spiritual care and their appropriateness to different practice contexts
- Effective communication skills and demonstrated sensitivity to the use of authority
- Excellent counseling/clinical skills and compliance with confidentiality requirements
- Exercise initiative and good judgment with ability to multi-task
- Demonstrated ability to supervise volunteers and mentor students
- Demonstrated ability to network with the larger community and faith community.
- Demonstrated satisfactory work performance and attendance history
- Awareness of the process of spiritual development and the provision of care appropriate to patient’s developmental states throughout the care process
- Understanding and commitment to the provision of spiritual care in its many expressions.
- Ability to relate theology and behavioural sciences to spiritual care work
- Communication/Influence – Interacts credibly with individuals and teams demonstrating effective persuasive skills and builds/maintains relationships through effective consulting, negotiating and facilitating skills
- Planning and Organization – Establishes efficient, realistic strategies and action steps to achieve objectives and manages processes for effective, efficient service delivery
- Problem Solving/Decision Making – Demonstrates the ability to quickly understand complex issues and considers broad range of relevant information and ideas to identify alternatives
- Team Work – Actively participates in cross functional teams to achieve results and supports team members in getting the information, training and necessary resources
Salary: To be determined
Open Date: December 6, 2019
Posting Deadline: January 10, 2020
All applications must be submitted by no later than 4:30 p.m. of the posting deadline date.
Sinai Health is committed to fostering a culture and environment that is safe, caring, equitable, compassionate and accountable in order to provide optimal care to patients and their family caregivers. As such, all employees will follow safe work practices and comply with the roles and responsibilities that are outlined with respect to health and safety policies, procedures and training. In accordance with Sinai Health policy and legislated health and safety requirements, employment is conditional upon the verification of credentials, completion of a health review, and demonstrating proof of immunity and vaccination status of vaccine-preventable diseases.
Sinai Health is a scent sensitive environment and all members of the community are expected to refrain from wearing or using scented products while visiting or working at any Sinai Health site. We also support a barrier-free workplace supported by Sinai Health’s accessibility plan, accommodation and disability management policies and procedures. Should you require accommodation at any point during the recruitment process, including accessible job postings, please call the Accommodation Phone Line at 416-586-4800 ext. 7050 or email HiringProcessAccommodation.firstname.lastname@example.org