Education that explores Spiritual Health in a changing world.
Providence Care is a major center for health, education and research in southeastern Ontario and is an accredited Education Centre with the Canadian Association for Spiritual 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. Services are provided in a hospital, a long-term care home and by community teams for persons needing complex medical care, restorative rehabilitative care, respite care, seniors rehabilitative care, palliative care, mental health services and long-term care.
Supervised Pastoral Education (SPE) fulfills the requirements for Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) or Pastoral Counseling Education (PCE) through a blending of the curriculum and requirements. Separate courses are specifically designed for Basic level students and for students at Advanced 1 and 2 levels.
Features of Providence Care’s Supervised Pastoral Education (SPE) courses include:
- Student-centered learning focused on your professional calling and career path
- Clinical skills and knowledge for ministry and clinical practice, especially with persons living with chronic health challenges
- Fundamental theoretical foundations to inform your clinical practice and self-knowledge
- Learning about the significant influence of a person’s beliefs and worldviews on her/his spiritual health
- 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
- No on-call or after hours duties are required
- A team of certified Spiritual Health Practitioners from whom you can learn
- Participation as members of inter-professional teams
- Small group learning with maximum of 4 students, which enables what students describe as “adventure in self-learning” as well as close supervisions of your clinical practice.
- Participation in courses through OTN videoconference for persons employed in the field of spiritual care in remote regions of Ontario
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 13 to July 26, 2019
Advanced SPE Course (27 weeks)
Two days per week
September 10, 2019 to March 24, 2020
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 Hospital
752 King Street West, Kingston, Ontario K7L 4X3
613-544-4900, Ext. 53383