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The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates selected specialty and province-wide health care services across BC, working with the five geographic health authorities to deliver province-wide solutions that improve the health of British Columbians. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include:  Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose.



Spiritual Health Leader

Reference #64513

Temporary Full Time (Until January 2019)

BC Children’s and Women’s Hospital + Health Centre

Vancouver, BC


The Spiritual Health Leader reports to the Chief Nursing Officer or designate of the PHSA, and provides leadership and direction to the Spiritual Care Department and provides spiritual leadership and support to the organization as a whole.  The Leader is responsible for providing spiritual care either, indirectly through community resources or students, or directly to patients, their families, Hospital staff, medical staff, and volunteers in conformance with their faith and expressed desire for spiritual care.


The Leader, together with the other members of the Department, is a Spiritual Health Practitioner providing support to patients, family members, and staff members.  The Leader provides leadership to an integrated Spiritual Care Department and is responsible for scheduling to ensure appropriate coverage by the Department.   The Leader counsels staff members on request and represents the Department on relevant clinical and organizational committees as required.  The Leader develops implements and coordinates education, training and orientation programs for staff, community leaders, volunteers and students as appropriate.


Example of Duties/Accountabilities:

  • Identifies the patient’s and family’s need for spiritual care and provides spiritual care visits, spiritual care counselling, conducting rituals, sacramental ministry and services such as memorials, funerals, baptisms, blessings, or other services throughout the year as requested.
  • Identifies the staff need for spiritual care and provides spiritual care to staff, medical staff, and volunteers.  Facilitates small groups for staff support when requested.
  • Consults with the treatment teams and patient program teams and participates in regular rounds and patient conferences in order to provide input into the care plans and to interpret the patient’s and family’s spiritual needs and ensure these are met. Ensures staff awareness of agency and community spiritual care resources through brochures, memos, etc. and maintains current departmental brochures for patients and families.
  • Creates and carries out other forms of spiritual care programming according to the needs of various programs.
  • Receives and responds to referrals from medical and other staff.  Provides consultation, support and referrals regarding the religious and cultural needs of people from diverse religions and cultural traditions by gathering information regarding a family’s cultural or religious tradition and customs, consulting with staff/family about how to respect and meet diverse needs, supporting ethical reflection care-giving dilemmas which arise, and providing referrals to and in consultation with community clergy and religious leaders for denominational or faith-group specific support and follow-up as required.
  • Participates in bereavement support programs through follow-up contacts with patients and families and planning and/or involvement in bereavement programs, bereavement support initiatives, and memorial services for patients and staff.
  • Coordinates and maintains on-call system for Spiritual Care. 



A level of education, training, and experience equivalent to a Master's Degree with relevant theological/spiritual studies from a recognized institution accredited by the Association of Theological Schools.  Completion of at least two advanced units of CPE or equivalency and eligibility for certification with a recognized provider of CPE. Proficiently able to demonstrate the CASC core competencies.  Four years recent related experience as a spiritual health practitioner in an institutional setting working in a multi-faith context with families and staff of diverse religious and cultural traditions, plus two years in a healthcare leadership role, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experiences.  Valid certification with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC) or current eligibility.


Applies specialized knowledge of pastoral/spiritual care and or pastoral counseling theory and practice with individuals, families and groups in a client centered model of care at bedside as well as in more controlled environments.  Advanced ability to forge rapport and therapeutic alliance through authentic mindful presence in critical moments with persons experiencing immediate crisis or long term life altering illness/injury.  Working knowledge of bio-medical ethics and a demonstrated ability to work within the spiritual worldview of patients and families to assist them with contextual decision making.  Demonstrates spiritual and cultural competency in working with a diversity of faiths and cultures and assists clinical teams in providing care that promotes mutual understanding and cooperation between patients, their families and the health care team.  Communicates effectively with spiritual care colleagues as a supportive member of the departmental team and participates in research activities.  Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.  Ability to work effectively with community resources.  Ability to plan and organize one’s workload. Ability to create and deliver training and educational presentations.  Possesses an understanding of health care team model and engages in inter-professional dialogue through seeking and providing consultation with professionals in other disciplines.  Works within the scope of practice articulated in the Ministry of Health document- Spiritual Health - A Framework for British Columbia’s Spiritual Care Professionals and adheres to the code of ethics referenced therein.  Applies computer literacy skills with word processing for clinical and clerical purposes including quality assurance practices and charting.  Promotes a values based culture that reflects the mission and vision of the organization and provides spiritual support to staff experiencing distress.


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