Education that explores Spiritual Health in a changing world.
Providence Care, a major center for health education and research, is south eastern Ontario’s leading provider of specialized mental health care, physical medicine and rehabilitation, specialized geriatric services, complex continuing care, palliative care and long-term care. Established in Kingston, Ontario by the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul in 1861, Providence Care continues the legacy of being the heart and hands of compassion for those in need. Providence Care is an accredited Education Centre with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care.
Special features of Providence Care’s Supervised Pastoral Education (SPE) courses include:
- Fundamental clinical skills and knowledge for ministry and clinical practice, including safe and effective use of self
- Exploration of how diverse beliefs and worldviews affect spiritual health of persons and families experiencing chronic health challenges ·
- Opportunities to develop and sustain therapeutic relationships over longer periods of time
- Development of professional and personal identity in light of Canada’s pluralism and the expanding differentiation between religious involvement and spiritual experiences
- Facility-to-community continuum of care focus that matches emerging trends in Canadian health care
- Participation as members of interprofessional teams while ministering to persons and their loved ones
- Learning about emerging new approaches to Advance Care Planning
- Relationship-based Spiritual Health Assessment with persons and families
- Attention to research based and theoretically informed spiritual health clinical practices that demonstrate integration of theory and safe and effective use of self in one’s clinical practice
- Participation in SPE courses through OTN videoconference for persons employed in the field of spiritual care in remote regions of Ontario
- Academic credit for the course through St. Stephen’s College, Edmonton, AB. (400 hours – 6 credits; equivalent to two semester-length courses)
As a faith-based organization, Providence Care provides a complex and welcoming environment for students to explore and engage in diverse value-based education. Learning is designed to be transferable to various contexts: parish ministry, health care facilities, community settings, private counseling practice, corrections and integration into clinical practice by healthcare providers. Courses prepare participants for certification by the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care and registration with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
Courses being offered:
Basic SPE Course (11 weeks)
Monday to Friday full days
May 14 – July 27, 2018
Advanced SPE Course (27 weeks)
Two days per week
September 9, 2018 – March 26, 2019
Rev. Dr. Neil Elford is a CASC certified Spiritual Care Educator and Psycho-spiritual Therapist Educator as well as being a registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. He holds Doctor of Ministry, Master of Divinity and Bachelor of Arts degrees and is ordained by the United Church of Canada. He is the Director for Spiritual Health, Mission and Ethics at Providence Care and Hotel Dieu Hospital. His specific strengths in supervision lie in the integration of personal and professional identity. He has a strong background in personality theory, having done his doctoral studies on the integration of spirituality in the professional identity development of CPE students. Students experience Neil as approachable, authentic, direct and patient.
Spiritual Health Staff
There are 5 Spiritual Health Practitioners in clinical practice in Providence Care. Students will be working and learning alongside these clinicians in the clinical programs of Providence Care.
Rev. Dr. Neil Elford, Director for Spiritual Health, Mission & Ethics
Providence Care & Hotel Dieu
752 King Street West, Kingston, Ontario K7L 4X3
613-544-4900, Ext. 53383