Spiritual Care Provider – Peterborough



Peterborough Regional Health Centre is a growing regional health centre of excellence. The Spiritual Care Provider participates as an integrated member of the multidisciplinary healthcare team, responding to the diverse spiritual and religious needs of our patients, families, staff and volunteers within the hospital. The Spiritual Care Provider engages and advocates for the care and treatment of the whole person (spiritual, physical, psychological, mental and social) during their hospital experience.


  • Contributes as a collaborative member of the Spiritual Care and interprofessional teams and as an independent professional throughout the hospital
  • Advocates for the spiritual and religious dimensions of care as an integral member of the interdisciplinary health team
  • Promotes the significance of spiritual care as a key to facilitating spiritual health within the hospital
  • Initiates, encourages, advocates to improve the spiritual awareness and health of patients, families, staff and volunteers who are indicating spiritual distress, end of life care or other significant transitions, decisions and events
  • Assesses the spiritual, religious and cultural care needs of patients, implements appropriate intervention plan, charts and refers to other professionals as indicated
  • Provides compassionate, person-centred and family-focused care with a well-integrated understanding of theology and behavioural science
  • Provides support to staff as they provide care to patients and families, including during crises, loss, challenging situations
  • Leads and co-ordinates services, rituals and prayer and other related activities to meet the needs of patients, family members, multidisciplinary staff and volunteers
  • Facilitates the ministry of community clergy and multi-faith representatives within the hospital and relationships with community groups, volunteers, and faith leaders
  • Performs duties in a manner that demonstrates the employee’s commitment to developing a culture of patient and staff safety through accountability, reliability, trust and team work with ethical practices and behaviour
  • Takes initiative, is self-directed and resourceful with the use of time, during a shift, responding to spiritual needs of patients and families, through referral or rounding and  follow-up visits as needed
  • Co-ordinates after hours on-call spiritual care coverage and continues to recruit and arrange training for community on-call spiritual care providers
  • Contributes to the development of a Spiritual Care Volunteer team
  • Deals effectively and co-operatively with all levels of staff, patients and the public
  • Maintains current, professional knowledge and maintains clinical excellence by demonstrating commitment to continued professional education and self-development
  • Provides spiritual care consistent with and models PRHC’s mission, vision and values


  • Undergraduate degree
  • Master’s degrees with focus in Theological/Religious/Psychospiritual Therapy Studies
  • 4 units – Basic and Advanced units of supervised Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) training from the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC), Certified as Specialist with CASC preferred, or its USA equivalent, or willing to pursue certification within one year
  • Registered Psychotherapist (RP) designation with the College of Registered Psychotherapists (CRPO) preferred
  • Multi-faith certification
  • Minimum of 2 years experience as a Spiritual Care Provider/chaplain in a health care setting
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse population of patients, families, health care staff
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills, strong clinical documentation skills, critical thinking, time management skills, and demonstrated leadership ability
  • Practices and promotes resilience, individually and interpersonally
  • Demonstrates spiritual and personal development
  • Good work and attendance record required
  • Computer skills with Microsoft Office and Outlook
  • Leadership skills that demonstrate the ability to present research based educational topics
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a good attendance record and meet the performance standards of the Health Centre

Peterborough Regional Health Centre is committed to providing accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (‘AODA’). Should any applicant require accommodation through the recruitment and selection process, please inform Human Resources in your applicant form.

While the Health Centre appreciates your expression of interest in this position(s), only those applicants selected for an interview will be notified. Please note, in the case of unionized positions, the Health Centre will consider internal applicants first, in accordance with the particular Collective Agreement.

Deadline for applications: July 25, 2019

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