Why Join?

Benefits of CASC/ACSS membership include:

  • Special rates for the annual convention
  • Special rates for regional meetings and educational opportunities
  • Affordable Professional Liability Insurance for our members
  • An electronic subscription to The Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling.       Members can view full articles through member only portal and click on Journals button 
  • Membership in a National Association that is recognized as a leader in spiritual care delivery and education and is consulted by provincial and national bodies
  • Greater security and reduced risk for prospective and current employers due to member accountability through regular peer review and grievance processes.
  • Membership demonstrates high level of professionalism and commitment to one’s own development and the discipline of Spiritual Care
  • Support of verified Competencies and Scope of Practice
  • Support of a strong advocacy for advancing and promoting our profession
  • Support and protection of nationally recognized Standards of Certification, Standards of Accreditation, Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
  • Access to peer review and consultation
  • Access to the Members area and the online Directory, enabling direct access of resource colleagues from coast to coast
  • Opportunity to network with others who are concerned about the practice of high quality spiritual, religious and spiritual care and education
  • Access to Research Grants and Bursaries offered from our Foundation (the Canadian Foundation for Spiritual Care), to promote Research and support the student members in financial difficulties
  • Opportunity to participate in regional and national annual meetings, with direct access to an expanding knowledge base, resources, including information on current needs and developments access to an expanding knowledge base, resources, including information on current needs and developments, research and members’ publications
  • Opportunity to share in the development of standards for spiritual and religious care at the regional and national level
  • Beneficiary of high quality work achieved by the committees, commissions and the Board of CASC/ACSS
  • Official representation on the Board of Managers of The Journal of Pastoral Care Publications, Inc. which publishes the Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling; books and monographs on pastoral care, counselling, and education; and distributes The Journal of Supervision and Training in Ministry.
  • Official representation on Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation (CCHSA)
  • Official representation to Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) and on Quality End of Life Care Coalition Canada (QELCCC)

All of these benefits are available to the members of our unique association. May our diversity continue to be a source of strength and encouragement to the members of our association as well as to the people we serve.