Spiritual Care Provider- Toronto



Spiritual Care Provider

Part time, 0.6 FTE
POSTING DATE: April 12, 2021

About Wanasah

Wanasah is a new mental health agency created to address the urgent mental health and  addictions needs of Black youth and their families through the provision of effective Blackcentric mental health services in the community. Wanasah recognizes the need for inclusive, trauma-informed care with meaningful incorporation of spirituality and community voice in its programming. We work within an anti-racist, anti-Black and anti-oppression framework that incorporates principles of intersectionality. Wanasah is based in Regent Park, Toronto. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a new organization that is passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of Black youth in Toronto. The successful individual will work with a small, dedicated team to develop, evaluate and adapt an innovative model of care. More information about Wanasah can be found at our website: www.wanasah.ca

Position Summary

Wanasah is seeking a Spiritual Care Provider to work with Black youth aged 12-25 with mental health and addictions concerns and their families in Regent Park. These youth may be experiencing serious diagnosed/undiagnosed mental illness, problematic substance use, violence, grief/loss, involvement with the criminal justice system and/or a mental health crisis. The main role of the Spiritual Care Provider is the provision of spiritual care for clients and the team to enhance care through a variety of activities including assessment, care planning, interventions, groups and individual sessions. The secondary role is to develop and implement staff wellness and wellbeing through individual and group activities. In the first year, the role will focus on grief and trauma support care and services for women and girls in Regent Park impacted by gun/gang violence. The Spiritual Care Provider will report directly to the Executive Director and work closely with other members of the Wanasah team, namely Community Support Worker, Case Managers, and Mental Health Counsellor, as well as partner agencies in the community. A key focus will be on building trust and engagement with clients and their families. The Spiritual
Care Provider will utilize a Black-centric, person and family centered, spiritually affirming, trauma informed approach. Initially, most services will be provided virtually.

Responsibilities Include:

● Enhance therapeutic interventions by incorporating spiritual health approaches in client and family engagement, assessment and therapy
● Provide individual and group counselling, specifically in the area of grief and bereavement with a focus on women and girls impacted by gun/gang violence www.wanasah.ca
● Work collaboratively with staff, including the Community Support worker, and clients, to develop and implement workshops and groups on trauma, grief and bereavement for community residents, agency staff and internal staff
● Act as a resource for staff to meaningfully incorporate culturally specific spiritual health to strengthen and honour resilience, dignity, and identity of Black youth and their families
● Ensure the implementation of models of best practice and evidence-based practice
● Work with the Executive Director to develop and implement a staff wellness program
● Participate in quality-of-care activities to initiate positive changes in programs and care
● Maintain accurate and up-to-date client records and documentation
● Participate as a full member of Wanasah’s team
● Comply with Wanasah’s policies and procedures
● Develop and maintain positive relationships with family/chosen family, community agencies/partners and other resources in the community
● Follow all safety protocols and maintain confidentiality
● Perform other duties as assigned


● Master’s degree in Divinity or Pastoral studies or related field/equivalence
● Certified as a Spiritual Care Practitioner through the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care (CASC/ACSS) or in the process, an asset.
● Registered with a regulatory college highly preferred
● At least 3 years experience providing spiritual care including in the area of grief and bereavement
● Demonstrated experience supporting individuals with mental health and addictions issues, from a recovery, harm reduction, trauma informed and client centered approach
● Proven ability to apply best practices in psycho-spiritual therapeutic approaches
● Able to respectfully engage all belief systems and world views
● Knowledge of issues impacting youth with mental health and addictions concerns, and familiarity with local resources and supports
● Knowledge of pertinent legislation, such as the Child and Family Services Act, the Mental Health Act and the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
● Experience with staff wellness activities and strategies to foster collaboration, supportive work environment and support individual staff resiliency and wellbeing.
● Self-directed and independent, but also proven experience working effectively as a team member, including in collaboration with other community partners
● Thorough understanding and commitment of anti-Black racism/ anti-racist/ antioppression theory and practice
● Proven commitment to ongoing-learning
● Strong organizational and time management skills
● Lived experience of anti-Black racism or extensive understanding of, and commitment to, resisting anti-Black racism 

Information about the position:

  • Staff will initially work mainly from home due to pandemic restrictions.
  • Some urban home visiting/community visits required.
  • Staff are expected to work in a variety of environments.
  • The standard work week is Monday to Friday, some evening or weekend day is anticipated.
  • A medical/dental benefits package is included.

Remuneration will be dependent on qualifications and experience

Please submit a cover letter and resume by Friday April 23, 2021 to info@wanasah.ca

Interviews will take place on April 27, 28 and 29, 2021.

We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity. Requests for accommodation should be made when contacted. While we thank all individuals for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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