Poem from Ciaran mc kenna, April 17th, © CASC National Conference, Hamilton
Dr. Kenneth Pargament, PhD
is professor of clinical psychology at Bowling Green State University. He has published over 200 articles on religion and mental health, and authored The Psychology of Religion and Coping: Theory, Research, Practice and Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy: Understanding and Addressing the Sacred. Dr. Pargament is editor-in-chief of the recently published two-volume APA Handbook of Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality. He was awarded the 2012 National Samaritan Award in recognition of his work in the area of religion and mental health. He was a keynote speaker at WLS/SPCR in May 2013.
Rabbi Dr. Terry R. Bard D.D.
– Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School,
is a teacher, clinical psychologist, ethicist, researcher, and rabbi. Dr. Bard has been a member of Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry Medical since 1976. He has served as a Sr. Fellow of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Society at Harvard Medical School and as initial creator and Director of a newly conceived Translational Medicine Clerkship in the combined Health Sciences and Technology (HST) collaborative between Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Bard has taught in the Harvard Medical School patient-doctor III program for over two decades and has provided mentorship and counsel to medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty for many years. He is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Pastoral Care Publications, Inc., publisher of books, monographs, and the longest extant professional pastoral care journal since 1946. He is co-founder, co-director and Vice President of the American Bioethics Culture Institute, the American Unit of the International Network of the UNESCO Chair [Haifa] in Bioethics, Inc., a budding institute that incorporates psychological insights into the ethics of decision-making under conditions of uncertainty. In addition to his private counseling and psychotherapy practice, Dr. Bard is principal of Biotechnology Ethics Service: Research & Responsibility (BESRR) Consulting. Bard retired from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (2008) where he had directed the Department of Pastoral Care and Education from 1984 while continuing a similar directorship at Massachusetts Mental Health Center until 1996. After 30 years in the pulpit, Dr. Bard was named Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Shalom, Chelmsford, MA in 1996. He created the first clinical ethics program at Beth Israel Hospital and has helped to create over 30 ethics programs at hospitals and other settings in the United States and abroad. Dr. Bard initiated and directed the Research Subject Safety Office at the General Clinical Research Center (NIH) at BIDMC. He continues to serve on many Institutional Review Boards and chairs several research Data & Safety Monitoring Boards. He also served two terms as a Board member of the Massachusetts Society of Medical Research, Inc. These activities represent his ongoing interest in research and ethics. Dr. Bard continues to publish extensively, conducts, oversees and mentors research projects, and lectures internationally in the areas of medical ethics and safety,
Tracey Trothen, ThD – Ethics& Christianity, Queen’s University
Tracy J. Trothen is Associate Professor of Religion at Queen’s University, and a Teaching Supervisor and Specialist (CPE) in CASC. Her recent books include: Spiritual Trans-Athletes? (Mercer, 2015) , Shattering the Illusion: Child Sexual Abuse Policies (2012), and co-edited volumes on Religion and Transhumanism and Religion and Sexuality. She uses primarily theoretical as well as some qualitative research methods.
Pamela McCarroll , PhD, is Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology, Director of Field Education at Knox College in the University of Toronto and a Certified Teaching Supervisor and Specialist (CPE) in CASC. In her recent book, “At the End of Hope – The Beginning” (Fortress, 2014), she uses qualitative research approaches based on clinical practice. As well, she has published several articles presenting qualitative research in the areas of spirituality, suffering and hope.
Martin Rovers, PhD, is a professor in the Faculty of Human Sciences of St Paul University in Ottawa. He is a Psychologist, a Marriage and Family Therapist, a Canadian Association for Spiritual Care Teaching Supervisor, and an AAMFT Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor. He uses a mixed method research methodology. He has written numerous articles in the area of family of origin, Attachment in Family Therapy (AFT) as a synthesis of family of origin and attachment theory outlined in his book: Healing the Wounds in Couple Relationships (Novalis, 2005). His recent co-edited book is called: Family’s Many Faces (2014: Peeters, Belgium). Martin has presented his counselling approach at professional conferences and therapist training workshops.
Patricia Berendsen RMFT, RSW, SEP Patricia is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist (RMFT), Registered Social Worker (RSW) and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP). Her 25 years of clinical practice has included extensive experience with individuals, couples, families, and groups. Patricia has worked with residential and outpatient children’s mental health, family services, sexual assault centers, and with at-risk youth who reside in group homes or who are in conflict with the law. Additionally, as an AAMFT/OAMFT Approved Supervisor, Patricia provides consultation and supervision to those who wish to pursue membership with the Ontario Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and to professionals seeking excellence and accountability in their clinical practice. Patricia is an Adjunct Faculty of Graduate Studies at Western University and has supervised interns in the MSW, M.Ed. and M.Sc. programs. In addition, Patricia provides consultation and training to agencies and organizations seeking to “keep the soul in their work”.
Patricia’s specialization is in trauma and the body, attachment, relationships, and wellness in the workplace. Foundational to Patricia’s clinical practice is her deeply held belief that every interaction is an opportunity for healing.
Patricia has presented at several national conferences. Her scholarly achievements include over 30 publications in peer-reviewed and professional journals, as well as chapters in two edited books in Canada and the USA. She has edited a book on Psychotherapy: Cure of the Soul.
In the creative realm, Patricia has directed and produced two documentary films that are widely utilized in university, college and high school curriculum. In addition, she has had several artistic pieces chosen for the Art for Aids International Art Exhibition and portfolio.
There will be two all day workshops and three 90 minute Workshops in the afternoon
PC1 Wed Apr 15 All day – Spiritually Integrated Counselling
Description: This workshop is designed to provide caregivers with a framework for understanding and addressing spirituality in counseling. The first section will provide a way of understanding spirituality. The second section will present a multi-level model of spiritual assessment that ranges from initial questions to more intensive assessments of various domains of religion and spirituality. The final section will illustrate some of the ways caregivers can draw upon spiritual resources and address spiritual problems in counseling. The workshop will draw on research, clinical vignettes and videoclips, and material from my 2007 book, Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy: Understanding and Addressing the Sacred (Guilford Press).
Target: Spiritual care, counsellors and mental health professionals – All levels – Lecture/Interactive – Integrated
Presenter: Ken Pargament, PhD is professor of clinical psychology at Bowling Green State University. He has published over 200 articles on religion and mental health, and authored The Psychology of Religion and Coping: Theory, Research, Practice and Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy: Understanding and Addressing the Sacred. Dr. Pargament is editor-in-chief of the recently published two-volume APA Handbook of Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality. He was awarded the 2012 National Samaritan Award in recognition of his work in the area of religion and mental health. He was a keynote speaker at WLS/SPCR in May 2013.
PC2 Wed Apr 15 All day – CASC Ethics Module.
Description: This one-day learning experience provides theoretical materials, case discussion and opportunities for personal reflection. Participants are invited to bring case reflections from their own practice for discussion. It is essential to re-read (and perhaps meditate upon!) the CASC Code of Ethics in advance. More than a professional requirement, the Ethics Education Module is an excellent opportunity for collegial engagement, practical tips and fun. Note that the focus is not bioethics but ethics considerations related to spiritual care and counselling.
Target: Requirement for Peer Review of CASC members every 5 years – Lecture/Interactive/Discussion – CASC Code of Ethics
Presenter: National Ethics Committee (NEC) members
Preconference workshop ½ day Wednesday PM: choose one in the “A group” and one in the “B” group
PC 3AA 1:00-2:30 p.m. & 3BB 2:45 – 4:15 p.m. Wed Apr 15 – Canadian Multifaith Council
Description: This workshop grows out of the publication of “Multifaith Views in Spiritual Care” edited by Daniel S. Schipani, which was made available to each person attending the CASC Conference in Winnipeg last year. Copies will be available at the Hamilton Conference for those wishing one. The issue of the place of faith in CASC programs of education and training is a current one. From the very beginning, faith has played an essential role in the formation and practice of practitioners and in models of training in the various settings in which clinical pastoral education has taken place. In this workshop, the Canadian Multifaith Council membership sponsoring this dialogue, wishes to enter into conversation with the CASC membership on the essential place that faith holds within CASC education and training programs, as well as issues concerning the impact of harmful spiritualties (religious faith-grounded or other) in practice and shaping transformation.
Target: CASC membership, trainers and faith representatives – Advanced – Interactive panel, conversational discussion
Presenters: Canadian Multifaith Council panel – Panel discussion will be chaired by Dr. Ron Hunt, with Daniel S. Schipani, editor of “Multifaith Views in Spiritual Care” and representatives of other views on the question open to group discussion.
PC 4AA 1:00-2:30 p.m & 4BB 2:45 – 4:15 p.m. Wed Apr 15- Thriving in the face of Adversity
Description: Real Life Practices in Promotion, Marketing and Advocacy of Spiritual Care in a Centre Cutting Programs. How the Spiritual Care Team at Bruyère Continuing Care created a model for advocating, promoting and marketing spiritual care despite their facility undergoing program cutbacks and changes. The department built their future from the reputation of their past professional works and saved the Spiritual Care Department from being completely gutted.
Target: Chaplains, program managers looking for concrete ideas and tactics within the reality of today’s healthcare funding crisis – Advanced – Lecture and interactive – Case study/Integrated
Presenter: Roshene Lawson is a practicing Clinical Chaplain at Bruyère Continuing Care. She has worked for the past 12 years in Spiritual Care at Sick Kids, St. Michael’s Hospital and The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Roshene is a member of the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care, sitting as the chair for the CASC ONE Promotion, Marketing and Advocacy Committee and continues to sit as a member with the National Promotion, Marketing and Advocacy Committee. Roshene feels that spiritual care is an integral part of healing in a health care setting and believes strongly in facing this new age of chaplains having to strongly promote and advocate for themselves in order to continue to provide professional and relevant spiritual care to patients.
PC 5AA 1:00-2:30 p.m. & 5BB 2:45 – 4:15 p.m. Wed Apr 15 – Transformation and Healing: natural expression of religious spirituality, principle and practice
Description: The world’s major religions tell of their founders and followers accomplishing healings. Recent research reveals principles shared by the major religions. The magnitude and breadth of this common ground, and its application in multifaith settings, is profound. It extends to spiritual & health care practitioners, policy makers, and researchers. This presentation connects past to present and principle to healing, highlighting accounts of healing through personal story. This knowledge is presented through music and lecture and offers a vision of how to bring the power of prayer to the care of the human mind, body, and spirit of those we serve.
Target: Spiritual Care practitioners and team leaders; pastoral counsellors; policy makers; health researchers – Beginner or Advanced – PowerPoint presentation that includes Celtic harp, song, interaction, lecture and personal story
Presenters: Kate Gibson Oswald is a professional harpist, inspirational songwriter and recording artist from Kelowna British Columbia. She has performed in western Canada and in the United States. In addition to playing and teaching the Celtic harp Kate is a Christian Science practitioner with a public healing practice. Since 2010 she has also presented workshops/lectures in British Columbia and Alberta in churches and at interfaith conferences. She is also a member of the Central Okanagan Ministerial Association. Beth Gibson holds a BA in Religious Studies from Memorial University. Managing the Christian Science Reading Room bookstore in Victoria British Columbia, she also organizes a variety of public events & conferences under the auspices of the Victoria Multifaith Society, her local faith community, and the Victoria Downtown Churches Association, of which she is co-chair. Beth has presented on panel discussions and conducted workshops in Victoria, Edmonton, and Portland, Oregon.
A1 Thur Apr 16 AM Experiential Learning and QA Results from an inter-professional “Spiritual Care Engagement Tool”
Description: Widespread characterization of “chaplains” as “the death people”, together with reductions in chaplaincy staffing, have led to the development of a “Spiritual Care Engagement Tool” for inter-professional staff, supporting interprofessionals in (a) doing spiritual care to their full scope of practice, and (b) making better/broader referrals to Spiritual Care. The ‘opening movement’ for this Tool is a pilot project in the Welland Hospital Site’s Emergency Room. The project’s QA data will be explored in this workshop (after introducing the Tool itself). Also presented will be general ‘experiential learning’ from the project.
Target/Style: Hospital Chaplains – Advanced level -Lecture and Interactive – Quantitative & Qualitative
Presenter: Bob Bond is a Coordinator of Spiritual and Religious Care with the Niagara Health System, having come to the Welland Hospital in 1990. Bob is husband to Lynn, dad to adult children Sara, Jeremy and Jessica, and ‘master’ to Golden Doodle Shamus. His CASC Certification is in Pastoral Counselling, earned during his first years in Niagara. Bob’s two areas of professional-life focus have been (1) anti-poverty and (2) regulatory college development. Bob is also an assistant clinical professor (adjunct) at McMaster’s DeGroote School of Medicine, Niagara campus, teaching the “Professional Competence” curriculum. He enjoys being in nature, walking, boating, snorkelling, singing, playing piano, watching movies, and comedy.
A2 Thur Apr 16 AM Thriving after Trauma: How a past trauma can be transformed into a hopeful future
Description: van Dijk and Brister met at the 2014 CASC National Conference in Winnipeg where van Dijk was presenting a poster on her research that explores the question “What are some factors that enable an individual to transform a self-defined trauma into post-traumatic growth?” This workshop will present the results of van Dijk’s research accompanied by Brister’s narrative of how he is transforming his own trauma and journey through PTSD into post-traumatic growth. Warning: Workshop participants should be aware of the possibility of vicarious traumatization from hearing Brister’s story. Participation in this workshop is at your own discretion and we rely on your own ability to attend to appropriate self-care as needed.
Target/Style: Spiritual care, counselling, healthcare, mental health, caring professionals – Advanced – Lecture – Qualitative (phenomenological, narrative and case study)
Presenters: Alida van Dijk, MA is a Doctor of Ministry candidate at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary and has taught a number of counselling related courses there since September 2012. Her DMin thesis research is on transforming trauma into post-traumatic growth. She is a certified Specialist Pastoral Counselling with CASC and is working towards becoming a CASC certified supervisor at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. Major Dan Brister (Ret’d), MTS, MABCS is a retired infantry officer formerly with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. Having obtained a BA in Military Studies at Royal Road’s Military College, Dan was commissioned into the infantry in 1987. He served overseas on several occasions the last being in Kosovo in 1999. Dan was retired from the Army for medical reasons following that tour and is now serving as a certified chaplain of pastoral care with Alberta Health Services at the University of Alberta Hospital within the Transplants Program. Dan is currently working on his first advanced unit of PCE as a distance student of the Toronto Centre for Pastoral Counselling Education.
A3 Thur Apr 16 AM Walking on the Edge of Ambiguity: Interviewing the Interior Other through Stages of Change
Description: Building on the foundational value of ambiguity as a key motivator throughout the Stages of Change Model, this workshop presents a fresh approach to deepening the therapeutic exploration of ambiguity and its potential application at each step of the stages of change through the narrative-based approach of “interviewing the Interior Other”.
Target/Style: Prior knowledge of narrative or solution-focused therapy helpful but not required – Beginner/Intermediate – Interactive – Integrated
Presenters: Lawrence A. Beech, Ph.D., M.Div. Specialist and PCE Teaching Supervisor (CASC); Director, Pastoral Counselling Education Program, Toronto School of Theology, ON. Richard Tamas is a doctoral student at Wilfrid Laurier University in their DMin program: Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy. Richard is working toward certification as a CASC Specialist in pastoral counselling, and certification as an Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist.
A4 Thur Apr 16 AM Using CASC Competencies for Evaluation with special focus on Research
Description: This workshop offers an opportunity to explore the use of competencies in evaluation for the Summary and Assessment documents, as well as other CASC educational and certification processes. It further helps supervisors and students facilitate and evaluate students’ performance on the research competencies of CASC and the College of Registered Psychotherapists in Ontario (CRPO). It offers answers to the following questions: a. What do the research competencies in CASC and CRPO mean? What are the similarities and differences between the research competencies of CASC and CRPO? b. What knowledge, skill and judgment do students need to meet these competencies? c. What are the behaviours in the student’s performance that indicate that a student meets these competencies? d. What are some strategies and learning experiences that supervisors and students can utilize to help facilitate student learning in these research competencies? Two members of the Education Standards Commission from Atlantic and Ontario as well as a Teaching Supervisor and Associate members who use the CASC Competencies in the various evaluative processes will facilitate the workshop. Format will be a facilitated discussion following a brief presentation, so bring your questions, concerns, successes and challenges to discuss with your peers.
Target/Style: Teaching Supervisors or those in supervisory education, students and those who participate in assessment for education and/or certification process – Advanced – Lecture and interactive
Presenters: Thomas St. James O’Connor, ThD is Professor Emeritus, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary at Wilfrid Laurier and an Associate Clinical Professor, Family Medicine, McMaster. He is an approved supervisor in AAMFT and a CPE and PCE Supervisor in CASC. Tom currently is running a PCE unit at Trinity Care Village. He has authored and co-authored five books and over 50 articles in academic Journals. His research includes spiritual care, narrative therapy, and spiritual reflection. Rob McRae, MA is a graduate of the MA: Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy program at WLU. He is completing his second CPE unit under Tom O’Connor while working in spiritual care at St. Mary’s hospital and seeing clients for individual therapy at the Delton Glebe Centre in Waterloo. He is the author of a book on mystic spirituality – Living As God: Healing the Separation (Namaste Pub, 2012, www.emptyfullness.com). Coryn Stehouwer, MA is a graduate of the Master of Arts in Theology: Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy at Laurier, and is a Partner Therapist at the Delton Glebe Counselling Centre. Coryn previously worked as a Recreation Therapist and lived and worked as an Assistant in a L’Arche Toronto home. She is currently participating in a PCE unit at Trinity Village Long Term Care Centre. Patricia O’Halloran is a teaching supervisor on staff at Capital District Health Authority in Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia. She works as a part of a teaching collaborative, with three other teaching supervisors in a multi-site teaching hospital. A Spiritual Care provider for 15 years, and Teaching supervisor since 2008, she currently sits on the Education Standards Commission. Linda Kuschnik is a teaching supervisor since 2014 working at University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, a spiritual care provider for 15 years and a Past Regional Admitting Chair for both Atlantic and OCN regions.
5 Thur Apr 16 AM Creative Approaches to Supporting Staff: Expanding the Scope of Spiritual Care
Description: This workshop will present 2 different approaches for staff support. How can Spiritual Care grow and expand in the challenging healthcare environment? With this question in mind, the Spiritual Care department at London Health Sciences Centre embarked on an innovative expansion of its scope of practice with the founding of the Staff Support Program in 2011. Broadening the Spiritual Care role to include care of staff, leaders and physicians, the Staff Support Program is a strategic collaboration with Human Resources and the result of long-term relationship building and intentional partnerships. Today the Staff Support Program responds to a 24/7 Pager focusing on workplace stress and trauma through individual and group support, critical incident interventions, as well as resiliency education. Come hear an innovative success story built upon traditional spiritual care values of collaboration, compassion and relationship.
Hospitals have come to the realization that it is vital to all successful treatments that employees as well as patients and their families feel that they have the mental and emotional excess strength and energy to cope with challenging situations. At University Health Network in Toronto, a leading edge pilot project, Code Lavender, has been adapted from an initiative at ExperiaHealth, a Cleveland Clinic. Through consultation with ExperiaHealth, and our own research in collaboration with nursing, we have created a program to care for staff emotionally and spiritually which we hope will improve employee satisfaction, create a community of collegiality and improve staff resilience. Code Lavender involves caring for employees who have reached an emotional breaking point or state of fatigue.
Target/Style: Spiritual Care practitioners, leaders and administrators – Beginner or Advanced – Interactive – Qualitative and Integrated, Case Study
Presenters: Warren Litt (Professional Practice Leader and Teaching Supervisor), Georgina Foster-Haig (Interfaith Chaplain), and Dale Nikkel (Interfaith Chaplain and Provisional Teaching Supervisor) are members of the Spiritual Care team and Staff Support Program at The London Health Science Centre (LHSC) in London, Ontario. LHSC is one of Canada’s largest acute-care teaching hospitals and is dedicated to excellence in patient care, teaching and research. Through our affiliation with Western University and more than 30 other educational institutions, the hospital trains more than 1,800 medical and health care professionals annually. Our physicians, residents and staff numbering nearly 15,000 provided care for more than one million patients last year. June Mawhinney is the Spiritual Care Professional in the Malignant Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplant units at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre for the past eight years. June is also a certified Specialist in CASC and is working towards a diploma in Spiritual Direction. Danielle Slump is the Spiritual Care Professional on the General Internal Medicine Units at Toronto Western Hospital. Danielle is a Specialist in CASC and a Professional Member in the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
A6 Thur Apr 16 AM Filled no more space Spiritual Care and Social Work: Partnering for best practice outcomes for clients
Description: The ability to work collaboratively with other disciplines is considered a critical element of professional practice. Research indicates that client safety and reduced costs occur as a team work together within their scope of practice. Spiritual care and social work share significant similarities in our value base and are equally effective communicators on our professional teams. Through the clarification and understanding of one another’s scope of practice we can avoid role blurring, territorial tensions and duplication of our work. This workshop will provide attendees with clinical examples drawing on each discipline as a resource from our collective past and present as we work towards best practice outcomes in spiritual care for our future.
Target/Style: Those who wish to collaborate effectively – Beginner or Advanced – Interactive and experiential – Qualitative and Integrated
Presenters: Karen Grant M.A. Specialist Pastoral Care: Karen has been working as a multi faith Chaplain at the Ottawa Hospital, General Campus for many years; working extensively with cancer patients and their families, as well as being assigned to surgical, respiratory, psychology, and maternity. She is currently part of the ICU for over three years with her co-presenter, Donna, and has further developed her experience in the area of critical care. Karen is a Specialist in Pastoral Care, is a part of the Corporate Debriefing Team, the Spiritual Care Advisory and Organ Donation Committees and the training facilitator for the Emergency Spiritual Care Assistance Team at the Ottawa Hospital. Karen understands and appreciates the value of working as a team and enjoys the challenge as well as the variety of voices and expertise to provide the best care for clients. She is married and has two adult children.
Donna Bottomley MSW RSW: Donna has been working at the Ottawa Hospital, General Campus for over 14 years. She has been the social worker for the ICU for the past 7 years and has also worked in Obstetrics, perinates, NICU and Psychiatry while at the General Campus. In addition, Donna has held positions in the community with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario as well as being a Foster Family Supervisor with a private organization and a Protection Worker at the Children’s Aid Society. Donna obtained her Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 1983, and her Master of Social Work from Wilfred Laurier University in 1989. She brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge in a variety of situations and a passion for people and her work.
B1 Thur Apr 16 PM Dementia and Psychotherapy
Description: Individuals with moderate to advanced dementia rarely are seen as candidates for psychotherapy. This workshop will explore the question of whether people with dementia can benefit from psychotherapy; especially spiritually focused psychotherapy and what are some psychotherapeutic interventions that can be used successfully with this population.
Target/Style: Chaplains, spiritual care psychotherapists, caregivers – Beginner – Interactive – Integrated
Presenter: Gloria Ryder is the Spiritual Care Co-ordinator at Trinity Village Care Centre in Kitchener. She is a graduate of Waterloo Lutheran Seminary and is currently competing her advanced PCE clinical training at Trinity Village with Tom O’Connor.
B2 Thur Apr 16 PM Working with Resistance: On the Threshold of Meaning, Learning and Living
Description: As Spiritual Care and Counselling Practitioners, we often have clients, patients or students that are resistant. Resistant to change, to progress, to exploration, to life. In these situations when we encounter challenging forms of resistance we often feels unable to respond in an effective way. This workshop will explore: •resistance as a normal reaction which often serves an important function in the life of the client, •the most common reasons for resistance, •a number of techniques for approaching resistance, •the importance of the therapeutic relationship, and how to maintain a positive therapeutic alliance through those times when the client is most resistant, and •how to create space for the resistant parts and how to support and build on the client’s own strengths and capacity for transformation.
Target/Style: Spiritual care practitioners, Pastoral Counsellors, CPE/PCE Supervisors, Mental Health, Institutions, Community Practice – Intermediate – Lecture & Interactive – Theory and Clinical experience Integrated
Presenter: Cindy Elkerton is a CASC Certified Specialist in Pastoral Counselling and a CASC Associate Teaching Supervisor in Pastoral Counselling Education. She works with individuals, couples and families at her private practice. Her treatment approach is integrative of Relational Psychodynamics, Marriage and Family Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness. Cindy has two locations, one at Broadview Ave and Danforth Ave in Toronto and a second at Bayly St and Brock Rd in Pickering. She is a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Certified Practitioner with Psychometrics Canada and facilitates MBTI with individuals and groups. Cindy contributes to CASC on the regional, provincial and national level as Chair of the CASC Ontario Central and North West (OCN) Region, OCN representative on the CASC Ontario Council and Secretary on the CASC Professional Practice Commission. She is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Bereavement Ontario Network. Cindy resides in East Toronto with her partner and three sons.
B3 Thur Apr 16 PM Attachment Styles to God-What are they and why are they important
Description: Attachment style refers to how we relate to significant others in our life as a function of our experience as an infant with our primary caregiver. Research has identified several styles and documented that these relate both to the quality of an individual’s relationships throughout the lifespan as well as to well-being following stressful events. Recently, researchers have begun to examine attachment styles in relation to God. In this workshop, you will learn how to identify your attachment style to people and God. You will also learn how this can affect your personal experience and communication with God.
Target/Style: Everyone – Beginner – Lecture/Interactive – Quantitative
Presenter: Jolena-Sophia Des Alexandra is a recent graduate of Brock University, graduating with a Master of Arts in Psychology. Previously, she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the State University of New York. She is of Aboriginal descent, belonging to the Osoyoos Indian Band in British Columbia and was adopted out as a baby to a Caucasian family in Arkansas. She lived there until she moved to Rochester, New York to work as an administrator in the textile manufacturing business for several years before moving to St. Catharines, Ontario to study for her MA.
B4 Thur Apr 16 PM Thriving on the Edge of Childhood: Building the future by investing in children’s spiritual wellbeing
Description: Children have unique spiritual care needs; however, gaps in understanding patterns in child spirituality make these needs difficult to understand. In this research-based workshop, we use national data from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children survey (n=26000) to explore relationships between spirituality, age and wellbeing in Canadian children (11-15). Spiritual wellbeing progressively decreased with age, yet those maintaining a high level of spiritual wellbeing had significantly higher emotional wellbeing. We reflect on these findings and suggest strategies for nurturing spiritual wellbeing in children. This contributes to shaping best practices in pediatric spiritual care, and in turn impacts adult spiritual wellbeing.
Target/Style: Researchers, spiritual care practitioners, anyone who cares for children – Beginner – Interactive – Quantitative
Presenters: Drs. Michaelson, Trothen, and Pickett are researchers at Queen’s University with an emerging program of research in pediatric spiritual care. Collectively, this research team includes expertise in spiritual care, child health research and epidemiology. Over several years, Drs. Pickett (Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology) and Michaelson (Child Health and Spirituality) have been involved with the development of a novel measure of pediatric spirituality that is being used internationally for the first time in 2015. Dr. Trothen is a professor of theology and a CPE Supervisor. They are authors on several international papers on pediatric spirituality.
B5 Thur Apr 16 PM Indicators of Spiritual Health and the Effect of Spiritual/Energy Healing Upon Spiritual Health
Description: Recently a survey came to members of CASC asking about the use of spiritual / energy healing in our departments. We have used these modalities in our hospital for about thirty years. Healthcare supports “evidence-based practice”; while it seems to have a positive effect upon our patients, we have no research to support this view. To begin our research project in spiritual/energy healing, we first developed a list of indicators of spiritual health. (Most of the tools assess whether spiritual health support is needed by the patient/client.) Using our list of indicators as a lens, we examined approximately 50 recent articles from North America, UK, Australia and New Zealand for the effects of s/e healing upon spiritual health. After completing the literature review, we developed a questionnaire to measure qualitative and quantitative effects of s/e healing upon individuals’ spiritual health. The primary research will be underway early in the new year. I look forward to presenting our research findings, and our list of spiritual health indicators for feedback.
Target/Style: Spiritual Health Practitioners working in healthcare or community settings – Beginner or Advanced – Quantitative, Qualitative, Integrated
Presenter: Lauren Aldred: “Since December 2008, I have been the Leader of Spiritual Health for the Northern Health Authority in British Columbia. In the Spring of 2015, I hope to graduate with an MA in Public and Pastoral Leadership from Vancouver School of Theology and to complete my qualification as a Spiritual Health Specialist. I come to the field of Spiritual Health from education, trauma therapy and the arts. My cultural heritage is Oji-Cree and English, and this is reflected in my spirituality as both a postulant for ordination in the Anglican Church and a practitioner of Indigenous spirituality. I am a mother of three sons aged 25, 22, and 20. My interests include writing poetry, energy healing, painting, hiking, canoeing and snowshoeing.”
B6 Thur Apr 16 PM Following your surprises to find best practice
Description: This is an interactive workshop, which grows out of, and uses examples from, our Life Story work with dementia patients and subsequent interest in Best Practice for patients with significant communication challenges. We will share examples of how we have been continually surprised when our assumptions about a patient’s ability to communicate, participate or benefit from group experience have been proven wrong. Participants will be invited to reflect in small groups on their own practice and assumptions that might be causing them to miss opportunities for significant intervention.
Target/Style: Interprofessional – Beginner – Interactive
Presenters: Debra Crispin, Spiritual Care Provider, Michelle Daigneault, Recreation Therapist and Shruti Balagopal, Speech and Language Pathologist, all work on the Complex Care Unit at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. We are motivated by a common interest to provide patient-centred care, discover and follow best practices and improve the quality of life for our patients.
C1 Fri Apr 17 AM Outcome Oriented Forgiveness
Description: Forgiveness means different things to different people. My research team has been working on identifying different forms of forgiveness that people “live out”, and studying the impact of each on emotional, physical, spiritual, and relational well-being. This practical workshop will discuss the eight major forms we have identified, each of which is centered around varying reasons people forgive (e.g., to feel better, to preserve a relationship, for religious reasons, to demonstrate moral superiority) and discuss the strengths and limitations of each. More generally we will consider together practical issues in counselling people around forgiveness, including pitfalls to avoid.
Target/Style: “Frontline” care providers – Beginner or Advanced – Interactive lecture – Quantitative& Qualitative
Presenter: Kathryn Belicki is a Registered Psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario. In addition to her training in clinical psychology, she has obtained a Master’s of Theological Studies. Her research career began with the study of dreams and nightmares, which carried her to the study of trauma in which she focused on how childhood trauma and abuse affect adult functioning. This in turn carried her to studies of forgiveness, forgiveness seeking, post traumatic growth, and attachment styles to God. She is part of a team that has founded a biennial conference on Christian sources of strength in times of suffering called Comfort and Hope that she hosts at Brock University.
C2 Fri Apr 17 AM Walking the Labyrinth: Considering Mental Health Consumer Experience, Meaning Making, and the Illumination of the Sacred in a Forensic Mental Health Setting
Description: This presentation will support participants in learning about the practical application of labyrinth technology and will specifically reference the meaning associated with participation in walking a labyrinth for Forensic mental health consumers. At the Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care, consumers (n=12) participated in a ‘Walking the Labyrinth Program’ facilitated by the Rev’d Stephen Yeo. Interviews and a coding process consistent with Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis supported qualitative data analysis. Workshop participants will be supported in analyzing the technical/theoretical application of labyrinth technology within the Forensic mental health setting. Themes such as supporting insight development, enabling personal meaning-making and supporting spiritually driven self-reflection will be discussed in depth. Discussion of the generalizability of the findings to other health care and spiritual care settings will also be undertaken. Finally, participants will be enabled to practically experience labyrinth walking in order to maximize critical dialogue.
Target/Style: Health & spiritual care professionals interested in innovative application of labyrinth technology in supporting consumer stress reduction, mean-making and experience of the sacred – Beginner and Advanced (basic awareness of labyrinths helpful – Lecture, experiential, interactive – Qualitative
Presenters: Rev. Stephen Yeo is the Clinical Spiritual Care Provider at the Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care in St. Thomas, Ontario. He has worked in acute and Forensic mental health care since 2004. He is also an Associate Teaching Supervisor, CPE, and an ordained Anglican Priest serving in the Diocese of Huron. In 2008, he received his certification as a Labyrinth Facilitator with Veriditas and has utilized labyrinths extensively in both hospital and parish settings. In his spare time, he enjoys life on his rural property by the lake with his wife and their five dogs, and he’s quite active in social media (Twitter handle: @SkypilotOfHope). Mr. Jared Scott is a staff Occupational Therapist at the Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care in St. Thomas, Ontario. A graduate of Western University with degrees in English Literature, History, and Occupational Therapy, as a well as a graduate of Nipissing University with a degree in education, Jared is highly interested in exploring the lived meaning experiences of the clients with whom he works, recognizing that spirituality resides at the centre of each person. Prior to the recent birth of his son (his second child), Jared enjoyed free time and could often be found hiking, swimming, and spending time with his wife and daughter. Now he focuses his leisure pursuits primarily on family time, so much laundry, and rocking chair field-testing. Dr. Clark Patrick Heard is a staff Occupational Therapist at the Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care in St. Thomas, Ontario. A graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Dr. Heard is an award winning clinical educator and clinician. An Associate Scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute, Dr. Heard has a considerable research profile with publications in non-medicinal stress reduction for persons with serious and persistent mental illness, leadership in Occupational Therapy and clinical innovation in forensic mental health care. In his spare time Dr. Heard enjoys riding Harleys, talking about occupational therapy theory and attending football games at the University of Michigan and Temple University.
C3 Fri Apr 17 AM Autoethnography: A hand-in-glove research genre for busy Spiritual Care providers!
As caring professionals in health care move towards ‘thriving on the edge’ in an ever stretched system, involving our clinical knowledge in research and making contributions to journals about the role and work of the contributions of clinical Spiritual Care is becoming a crucial task. Spiritual Care providers have an abundance of “phronesis”, clinical practical wisdom, but this has typically for our profession been less integrated into health care discourses because research has not been a core dimension of our work. This workshop will teach a basic understanding of the role and contributions of qualitative research in health care and highlight autoethnography as a research genre very suited to the clinical training, reflective practice and use of self in which Spiritual Care providers are trained. This workshop will teach through didactic and brief creative writing exercises: what autoethnography is as a research methodology and how it can use the lens of the self to reflect on the experience of a culture, the clinical encounters we experience and the ‘intangibles’ of care in which the researcher is immersed; identify the difference between biography, reflective writing, ethnography and why Autoethnography is situated in a unique interface of these genres; offer a reading list on emergent research on “phronesis”, practical wisdom, as a needed aspect of knowledge generation and how this research provides a necessary theoretical foundation for contributing front-line clinical ‘wisdom’ into health care research discourses as well as providing an academic basis for in-services within our health care organizations; perform in a live reading excerpts from the autoethnography research inquiry that the facilitator developed and used in the Comprehensive exam for Ph.D. Candidacy and passed with recommendations to publish the work from the committee; discuss how to go about submitting an autoethnography to journals and the types of journals where they might be more successful. The workshop will include brief writing exercises to punctuate the didactic component with experiential learning and get the creative juices going! Examples of authoethnographic pieces already published and a bibliography for further reading.
Target/Style: Experienced clinicians seeking to develop their writing skills and participate in contributing to research articles in health care discourses or improve in providing academically grounded storytelling presentations for culture change within their work places. – Advanced – Didactic, interactive and experiential – Qualitative
Presenters: Helen Butlin (Battler) is the oncology Specialist in Spiritual Care at the London Regional Cancer Program and has developed an integrated referral based outpatient clinical spiritual crisis/spiritual well-being intervention and support service interwoven into patient treatment pathways. The support group program that she developed titled, Soul-Medicine has been presented at two International conferences (2010 & 2011) for psycho-oncology. In 2013 Helen was invited into a doctoral research program at the University of Western Ontario in the Faculty of Health and Rehab. Sciences. Helen is now a Ph.D. Candidate entering the research phase of the Soul-Medicine group process. Helen has focused on creating culture change in the oncology program where her role is situated to demonstrate the role and potential contributions that Spiritual Care can offer for both patients and staff. As part of this culture change initiative she developed three integrated oncology staff training programs that offer support and ‘care for the spirit’ for staff simultaneously with developing clinical skills that can enhance their patient care. In 2012 she was nominated for the Human Touch Awards with Cancer Care Ontario and London Health Sciences President’s Awards. An article titled, “Psycho-Oncology: Searching for Practical Wisdom?” is currently accepted for publication in the Journal of Palliative and Supportive Care. Helen is also the co-author of a patient’s story titled Just Stay: A Couple’s Last Journey Together published by Words Indeed Publishing
C4 Fri Apr 17 AM The Growing Edge of SPE Didactics – Standardizing Curriculum
Description: This workshop invites participants to look at how spiritual care and pastoral counselling professionals are trained through SPE, specifically the information we teach, and then to consider the idea and implications of creating a uniform curriculum. Currently, didactic seminar/theory is largely determined by each individual teaching supervisor in each certification stream (PCE and CPE). A standardized curriculum could facilitate a progression in learning over the four units of training, align with CASC spiritual care competencies, be interchangeable for PCE or CPE training, while encouraging supervisors to teach to their strengths. This workshop will present some of the groundwork being done in Ontario among CPE and PCE supervisors. The expectations for program recognition and individual registration in the College of Psychotherapists in Ontario (CRPO) has provided an impetus in Ontario to create a standardized curriculum. Participants will be invited to comment and ask questions dialoguing with a panel of CASC experts. This workshop calls us to look beyond our current experience and cast a vision for how we train the next generation of professional spiritual care and counselling providers so that they are equipped to work in a variety of settings.
Target/Style: SPE supervisors (CPE and PCE), counsellors, chaplains/spiritual care providers and SPE students – Advanced – Power point presentation followed by interactive discussion with questions addressed by members of an expert panel
Presenters: Angela Schmidt, DMin, M.A. Specialist and CPE Associate Supervisor (CASC) Manager of Spiritual Care, Grey Bruce Health Services and Grey Bruce Healthcare Chaplaincy, Owen Sound ON. Adjunct Faculty, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary/Wilfrid Laurier University. Teaching Supervisor Panel: Michael Chow, M.A., M.Div. Specialist and CPE Teaching Supervisor (CASC), Director, Spiritual Care, St. Joseph’s Health System, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, ON. Neil Elford, DMin, M.Div. Specialist and PCE/CPE Teaching Supervisor (CASC), ONE Regional Admitting Chair, Director for Spiritual Health, Mission& Ethics at Providence Care, Kingston, ON. Pamela McCarroll, PhD, M.Div. Specialist and CPE Teaching Supervisor (CASC); Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology, Director of Field Education, Knox College, University of Toronto, ON. Recipient of an Award of Excellence for Research from CASC in 2014. Lawrence A. Beech, Ph.D., M.Div. Specialist and PCE Teaching Supervisor (CASC); Director, Pastoral Counselling Education Program, Toronto School of Theology, ON.
C5 Fri Apr 17 AM A wider world: how interreligious spirituality can inform spiritual caregiving of those with dementia
Description: “A Wider World” will share how spiritual care giving of those with dementia can employ interreligious spirituality as a guide to the complex questions and situations raised by the nature of the disease and its care taking. Buddhist, Islamic (in it’s Mystical and Sufi expressions), Hindu, Jewish and indigenous spiritualties (ex Celtic and Aboriginal), have themes that are naturally related to the questions we have about dementia, in addition to the more studied Christian contributions to understanding. A greater expansion of thinking is called for discovering ways that deepen forms of awareness in the care giver to better read the signs of the needs of the dementia patient over time and facilitate healing where we can.
Target/Style: Professional and personal caregivers of those suffering from dementia – Beginner – Interactive -Theoretical and qualitative
Presenter: Rev. Deb Everett, M.T.S. M.TH, is a semi retired CASC certified Specialist and CPE Teaching Supervisor After 24 years in Edmonton Alberta as a chaplain at the Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre and the Royal Alexandra Hospital, and the until mid 2012, the SRC Manager at the Dr Everett Chalmers Hospital in Fredricton N.B., Deb continues to focus on expanding CPE within New Brunswick through supervision of provisional supervisors. She continues to have a passion for dementia research and writing even since the publication of Forget Me Not: The Spiritual Care of People with Alzheimer’s (1996), from a professional standpoint, but as importantly from reflections of her recent 10 year journey with her mom who died of dementia in 2014.
C6 Fri Apr 17 AM Living on the Edge of Case Studies and Discovering New Horizons in Their Use
Description: Historically, the case study method has been a threshold to developing our skills as spiritual care providers. A goal of this method is to enhance our ability to identify and understand the underlying client concerns rather than merely the symptoms of the concerns. Case studies remain relevant when they advance the practice of spiritual care by communicating its significance to healthcare colleagues and as a basis for future research. The workshop presenters will apply this method to establish how they collaborated together using general re-orientation techniques and narrative therapy with a WWII veteran diagnosed with dementia, and his daughter upon end-of-life. To demonstrate their efforts, they will use their published case study in the book, “Spiritual Care in Practice: Case Studies in Healthcare Chaplaincy”, eds. George Fitchett and Steven Nolan (2015). Participants will discuss the interventions applied and the subsequent outcomes; eliciting positive changes for both clients. Verbatims outlining spiritual care interventions used will be examined.
Target/Style: Spiritual care providers interested in narrative therapy and dementia care, and who would like to explore the value of case study method in their practice – Beginner or Advanced – Interactive – Case Study
Presenters: Wes Roberts, MTS, BRE, is a spiritual care provider in the Veterans Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre of Toronto, who specializes in dementia care. Wes holds advanced chaplaincy standing with CASC/ACSS. His contributions at Sunnybrook Veterans Centre include co-facilitator of the Accreditation Canada Leading Practice (2010) Partners in Veterans Care initiative. Jim Huth, PhD is a spiritual care provider at Sunnybrook Veterans Centre, Toronto. He is a Specialist with CASC/ACSS and is the Vice-Chair of the National Ethics Committee. He is a Lecturer (status-only), in the Faculty of Medicine in the Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Sciences, University of Toronto. Wes and Jim are co-authors of the case study: “‘I need to do the right thing for him’– Andrew, a Canadian Veteran at the end of his life, and his daughter Lee.” In Spiritual Care in Practice: Case Studies in Health Care Practice, eds. George Fitchett and Steve Nolan. London, UK: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2015.
D1 Fri Apr 17 PM Using Intersubjectivity Theory in Clinical Supervision
Description: This workshop will offer an opportunity to learn about Intersubjectivity Theory and explore the use of this theory in the work of clinical supervision. An opportunity will be provided to bring our own material from our supervisory practice as well as exploring real time dynamics. It will also offer a forum for supervisors to articulate how past and current CPE/PCE practices may support and/or compliment the use of Intersubjectivity Theory and how we use psychotherapeutic theories in our practice.
Target/Style: Supervisors PCE & CPE – New and experienced – Lecture& Interactive, experiential – Integrated
Presenter: Linda Kuschnik is a teaching supervisor since 2014 working at University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, a spiritual care provider for 15 years and a Past Regional Admitting Chair for both Atlantic and OCN regions.
D2 Fri Apr 17 PM Personalizing Death in the ICU: Three Wishes Demonstration Project
Description: The 3 Wishes Demonstration Project facilitates personalization of the dying process in the ICU through a deliberate integration of spiritual care and palliative care into critical care practice. Quantitative and qualitative data from this mixed methods study demonstrated the key concept of dignity, and demonstrated that the project facilitated with creating comfort, preparedness, and interpersonal connection remembered by survivors after death. There will be an interactive component and the opportunity to collaboratively explore ideas to enhance the experience of patients, families and clinicians in end of life care.
Target/Style: All interested in end-of-life care and research – All levels – Lecture/Interactive – Quantitative & Qualitative
Presenters: Dr. Deborah Cook is a highly respected Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University, and Academic Chair of Critical Care Medicine at St Joseph’s Healthcare and McMaster University. Dr. Cook’s impressive publication record includes 660 articles in top tier journals such as the Lancet, the Journal of the American Medical Association, the British Medical Journal, Annals of Internal Medicine, and the New England Journal of Medicine. She has received over 30 honours for her research and mentoring accomplishments, including 2 lifetime achievement awards – the Distinguished Investigator Award from the American College of Critical Care Medicine, and the lifetime Achievement Award of the American Thoracic Society. In addition, the Royal College of Physicians of Ontario recently honoured Dr. Cook with the Council Award, for her outstanding achievement in 8 roles as a scientist, learner, manager, medical expert, health advocate, communicator, collaborator, and humanist. Dr. Cook was recently inducted into the Royal Society of Canada and appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada for her “contributions to the improvement of global intensive care.” She is dedicated to providing optimal end of life care in the ICU setting and has published on this topic in the top biomedical journals on end of life care. Feli Toledo is a certified Spiritual Care Specialist in Institutional Ministry by the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC). She has been providing spiritual care for the patients, families and staff at St. Joseph’s Healthcare as full time staff since 1991 and has served as a chaplain in various clinical units in the hospital. Currently, she serves as the spiritual care practitioner in Intensive Care, Coronary Care, Medical Step Down and Labour and Delivery Units. She was an educator at Central Philippine University, a Baptist university founded by American missionaries before coming to Canada in 1987. She considers every opportunity to connect with people as a privilege and a gift – each moment a slice in the pie of life – deeply spiritual, and every place, holy ground. She loves to travel and is interested in literature, music, painting and sports. She is an Associate Minister for Pastoral Care and a member of the Christian Education Committee at MacNeill Baptist Church in Hamilton. Following a call to ministry, Tracey Hand-Breckenridge completed her MDiv at Trinity College at the University of Toronto, while serving as a volunteer chaplain at her local hospital and completing her first CPE unit, followed by a residency and graduate residency at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. Tracey provided spiritual care to various patient populations, including palliative and critical care, and developed a penchant for working with people struggling with mental health issues. She now fulfills her call by offering spiritually integrated psychotherapy at her own practice, Cedar Creek Counselling in Orangeville, ON, where she journeys with people navigating challenging times. Marilyn Swinton has worked as a project manager and consultant in health research for over 20 years, in both community and academic settings. Her formal education includes a Master’s degree in Health Research Methodology from McMaster University. During her career she has worked with many different study designs including qualitative studies, mixed method studies and randomized controlled trials and has contributed to 19 peer reviewed academic publications. She finds great meaning in research related to improving end of life care and considers herself very privileged to work with the families, clinicians and co-investigators involved in the 3 Wishes Project.
D3 Fri Apr 17 PM Cancelled
D4 Fri Apr 17 PM Spiritual Care without God: Understanding and working with non-believers
Description: While CASC has increasingly reflected the diversity of Canadians’ religious beliefs, secular patients do not generally access spiritual care professionals (chaplains). This workshop will promote insight into non-believers’ worldviews. In particular, we will explore one life-affirming, compassionate worldview: secular humanism, which, despite its atheistic premise, is compatible with the humanistic orientation of CPE. We will offer approaches for spiritual care providers to communicate with non-believing patients in their joint quest for meaning. Spiritual care providers may discover that they have already been employing many secular humanist frames of reference in their work and that they are skilled at existential psychotherapy without “God-talk”.
Target/Style: Spiritual Care professionals/chaplains working with those who identify as atheist, secular, agnostic or humanist – Beginner or Advanced – Integrated
Presenters: Klara Siber (Sieber) – Simic is a spiritual care professional at Toronto Rehab, University Health Network. Klara began her undergraduate studies curious about the relationship between psychology and religion. In 1998 she graduated with a degree in Religious Studies and later a Master of Divinity Counselling degree from Tyndale University and Seminary (2002). As part of her graduate education, she completed internships in counselling and family therapy. In 2003, she finished a clinical residency in spiritual care and took a position of a spiritual care professional in the Department of Critical Care Medicine at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Her work experiences in Intensive Care, particularly the ethical complexities around the use of medical technology at end-of-life, have encouraged her to pursue further studies in Bioethics. In 2010, she received a Master of Health Sciences (Bioethics) from the University of Toronto. Over the past 11 years, Klara has participated in numerous projects to improve patient and family centred care. Her research interests include ways in which spiritual care improves palliative care. She joined the UHN Spiritual Care Team in June of 2014. Klara is a certified member of the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care and member of the Association for Death Education and Counselling. Klara enjoys connecting with nature. Her favourite activities include singing, travel, skiing, long walks and camping. Ralph Lewis obtained his MD (MBBCh) in 1990 at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, where he grew up. He completed residency training in Psychiatry at the University of Toronto in 1996 and went on to do a two year clinical research fellowship jointly at Sunnybrook and CAMH (Clarke Institute of Psychiatry), with a concurrent Masters of Science in Neuroscience at the University of Toronto. He has held a staff physician appointment at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre since 1998, with a faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Dr. Lewis’s clinical work is with youth and young adults with complex mood, anxiety and psychotic disorders and other mental health problems, as well as with adults of all ages with mental health problems associated with cancer, including patients with terminal illness. In the last several years, Dr. Lewis has been increasingly interested in the role of belief systems in mental health, as well existential struggles faced by patients confronting life threatening or life altering illnesses. He identifies personally as a secular humanist, but has extremely close personal and professional relationships with people of strong religious faith, and takes an active interest in understanding those faith traditions. Ralph lives in Toronto with his wife and three children.
D5 Fri Apr 17 PM Canine interaction and destressing in a university environment
Description: Lots of attention is being paid to the level of student stress and mental health on university campuses. Recent research on the use of animal assisted activities for stress reduction in an university context will be presented. In particular the research looks at the effect of engaging with dogs during the final exam period, the degree of change experienced, gender differences, and how long the change lasts. Both qualitative and quantitative analysis will be included. Particular attention to the potential transferability to other contexts will be discussed.
Target/style: Anyone interested in use of animal assisted activities in their context – Beginner – Interactive – Mixed
Presenters: Kristine Lund is the Assistant Principal at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary and the Clinical Director at the Delton Glebe Counselling Centre. She is the owner of Annie, a Portuguese Water Dog who has been developing into therapy dog to be used in a counselling setting. She has been doing research in the area of animal assisted activities for the last 2 years.
D6 Fri Apr 17 PM Peer Review
Description: This workshop is an opportunity to discuss the philosophy and process of Peer Reviews and to have your questions answered. A couple of years ago, a Pilot process was established. At its fall 2014 meeting, the PPC decided that the Pilot will become the official Peer Review process following the 2015 AGM. Come and learn more about the rationale behind the changes and how to use the new forms. If you have recently completed your review using the Pilot process, the PPC welcomes your feedback.
Target/Style: Certified Specialists & Teaching Supervisors – Interactive
Presenters: Lillian Curtis is the Peer Review Coordinator on the Professional Practice Commission. She oversees the Peer Reviews for all Specialists and Teaching Supervisors, reports to the PPC and recommends ratification of successfully completed reviews. She will be joined by other members of the Commission.