Spiritual Health Practitioner
St. Michael’s Centre, Burnaby BC
This is a Part-Time position with the following set work days:
Wednesdays: 7.5 hours of work
Thursdays: 5.5 hours of work
Fridays: 7.5 hours of work
$42,281.00 including benefits
Summary of Role Responsibilities:
In accordance with the Mission, Vision, and Values of St. Michael’s Centre, and reporting to the Senior Operations Leader, the Spiritual Health Practitioner promotes a safe environment for patients, residents, families, visitors, and staff and works in collaboration with the interdisciplinary teams as assigned.
The Spiritual Health Practitioner’s role is to provide comprehensive spiritual care and emotional support to patients/residents/families in a manner that is appropriate to belief systems and cultural diversity.
1. Contributes to the achievement of St. Michael’s Centre and Hospice’s philosophy, goals, objectives, policies, and standards.
2. Provides spiritual, emotional, and counseling support at times of anxiety, loss, death, and spiritual and medical crises, to inspire strength, courage, and hope to patients, residents, and their families.
3. Promotes the on-going spiritual well-being of patients/residents through supportive listening and counseling; prayer; and group support such as Memorial Services, spirituality groups, Sacred Text Study, and Hymn Sing.
4. Attends and participates in program-based care team meetings, patient/resident care rounds, patient/resident care conferences, and ethical decision-making conferences.
5. Makes referrals to other disciplines, when appropriate, based on the concerns of patients/residents around medical care, nutrition, mobility, and social issues.
6. Documents in patient/resident charts spiritual assessments, significant interventions and referrals to ensure caregivers are informed of pastoral care given in response to spiritual/religious needs.
7. Establishes and maintains liaisons with clergy, faith-specific volunteer visitors, and affiliated denominations to support their programs of visiting, worship, and communion services via phone calls, visits, and/or by attending spiritual programs at houses of worship.
8. Maintains and distributes the emergency clergy list for Complex Care and Hospice and contacts religious, spiritual, or cultural representatives for patients and residents, when requested.
9. Maintains a monthly schedule of spiritual, pastoral, and religious services.
10. Plans and participates in facility-wide celebrations, such as Worship Services and Memorial Services for individuals or groups, including organizing, coordinating, and leading worship and devotional periods as well as executing special services for occasions such as Easter, Christmas, and Remembrance Day.
11. Serves on, and submits reports to, St. Michael’s Centre’s Spiritual & Ethical Resources Committee, which meets quarterly.
12. Encourages staff awareness of, and respect for, different expressions of spirituality through in-services and one-one-one conversations. Encourages staff to be aware of the strength that a patient/resident can experience through their beliefs and practices of faith.
13. Acts as a community liaison, including participation (with health authority leaders) in the coordination and supervision of spiritual health volunteers and visitors from various spiritual, religious, and cultural groups. The Practitioner participates in orientation and facilitation of staff, community faith representatives, and volunteers.
14. Performs other related duties as required.
A relevant Master’s Degree (Theology, Pastoral Studies, Spirituality) from an accredited theological institution and at least one advanced unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) or an equivalent combination of education, and /or experience. Endorsement by a recognized faith tradition/group and membership with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC), is preferred.
Skills and Abilities:
• Excellent interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills;
• Demonstrated ability to acknowledge and respect different expressions of spirituality without imposing personal religious beliefs;
• Demonstrated ability to approach spiritual health issues in a person-centered manner with insight, discernment, and flexibility;
• Demonstrated ability to work in accordance with St. Michael’s Centre’s Mission, Vision, and Values;
• Demonstrated ability to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team;
• Ability to work flexible hours;
• Ability to organize and prioritize work and activities;
• Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
This role description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed and is not necessarily an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and skills required.
If interested, please print out and complete an application form, then submit with your resume via mail or fax to 604-434-6469.
To apply for this position please fill out application form and then submit with your resume via mail or fax to 604-434-6469.
If you have any questions regarding this posting, please e-mail
Senior Operations Leader:
Phone Local: 115
Direct Line: 604-412-2153
St. Michael’s Centre Extended Care and Hospice Facility
Address: 7451 Sussex Avenue, Burnaby, BC V5J 5C2
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