CASC/ACSS Conference 2018


– Pre-conference workshops- Wednesday April 25, 2018


You have two options:


Option #1 (Full Day)





Through a unique blend of self-reflection, practical exercises and the fun and spontaneity of improvisational activities, participants will receive a highly interactive experience tapping into their full potential and adding to their personal stories.

In Chapter 1, participants discover their preferred working styles and the hidden roles they play as leaders and members of teams.  These are their Superpowers and they are Superheroes.

In Chapter 2, our newly minted Superheroes realize they’re a part of a large network of Superheroes who, when banned together, can face anything.  Participants learn how to leverage other people’s Superpowers and make room for everyone to be the Superhero they were meant to be.

In Chapter 3, participants realize that even Superheroes get knocked down from time to time.  The true strength is in their ability to get back up again.  Resiliency is a key part of being a Superhero.

Participants will receive a workbook to capture notes (should they want to) but the remainder of the workshop will have a less conventional tone, including reflection, story telling and play-based learning.

Participants will:

  • Discover their own style and secondary roles they prefer to use
  • Gain an appreciation for others’ styles and roles
  • Learn how to make room for everyone
  • Create a personal resiliency plan.
  • Have fun
  • Build confidence
  • Step out of their comfort zone
  • Embrace their spontaneity.


About Jennine Profeta:

Jennine Profeta is an actor, improviser, writer and corporate improv facilitator. She has led workshops for The Second City, Bad Dog Theatre, Social Capital Theatre, as well as designed and facilitated trainings for companies such as TD, Meridian and the TVA Group. An instructor at The Second City Training Centre, she is also an alumnus of The Second City’s National Touring Company and performed improv and sketch comedy for Norwegian Cruise Lines in the Mediterranean and Caribbean.

In addition to improv, Jennine has appeared in many commercials and was a principal player on Howie

Mandel’s “Howie Do It” on NBC. She’s written for Chatelaine, Today’s Parent and Best Health magazines, has performed across Canada, in the U.S. and Australia and is co-producer of the all-female comedy extravaganza Girls Nite Out with Elvira Kurt.


About Todd Attridge:

Todd is the founder of DifferentMatters and designer of the Team Leadership Approach™. He is a consultant to many North American companies and a coach for top executives and senior leadership teams including PepsiCo, McDonald’s and dozens others. Todd comes to this work with nearly 30 years of practical business experience plus 20 years of researching and teaching teams how to adopt a Team Leadership Approach™ that works for them. Todd received a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Guelph, is an active practitioner within and gains his insights into team dynamics and relationships from his years of experience and study with the Coaches Training Institute, CRR Global, The Leadership Circle®, Full Circle Group, DiSC™, Thomas International and Dr. Brené Brown.


About DifferentMatters:

DifferentMatters specializes in the art and science of teamwork, operating from the fundamental belief that people’s diversity is at the heart of every team’s success. Our guiding principle can be summed up in one simple philosophy, “two heads are always better than one.” We use our Team Leadership Approach™ to help organizations become global leaders in teamwork, problem solving problems and decision making. To this end, we continuously develop better ways for people to show up as themselves, contribute to their fullest and end each day feeling like a million bucks.



Option #2 (Full Day)

Ethics Module

There is no better place to do the ethics module than at the Deerhurst Resort.  

The Ethics Education Module program has been developed to enhance our understanding of the CASC/ACSS Code of Ethics for spiritual care practitioners, psycho-spiritual therapists, clergy, educators and students, and to ensure integration of this code into our lives as spiritual care professionals.

If you are certified as a Specialist or as a Teaching Supervisor, you are required to complete an Ethics Education Module as part of the Peer Review process in order to maintain your certification status. This requirement can be fulfilled at any time during the 5 year period prior to your Peer Review consultation.

All CASC members including students are welcome to attend this course.

We are pleased to welcome as our co-facilitators Klara Siber-Simac and Jim Huth.


klara-siberKlara Siber-Simic, Regional Ethics Chair CASC OCN, is a spiritual care practitioner at Toronto Rehab, University Health Network (UHN).  Klara began her undergraduate studies curious about the relationship between psychology and religion.  She graduated with a degree in Religious Studies and later a Master of Divinity Counselling degree from Tyndale University and Seminary. 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 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.  Klara joined the UHN Spiritual Care Team in June of 2014. She is a registered psychotherapist and certified member of the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care. Klara is committed to supporting cultural and religious diversity as well as secular humanist teachings that promote well-being.  Her favourite activities include singing, travel, skiing, long walks and camping.


Jim HuthJim Huth is a certified spiritual care practitioner at the Veterans Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. His previous work in spiritual care includes serving as a spiritual care provider in critical care, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, geriatric rehabilitation and palliative care. He has served on various healthcare ethics committees and as a corporate professional leader in Spiritual Care.
He is the current Past Chair of the CASC National Ethics Commission.
He has earned a M.A. in Spiritual Care from St. Paul University/University of Ottawa and a PhD in the area of spirituality and clinical ethics from the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto. He is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.
Recent journal publications of which he is a co-author includes: “Patient versus health care provider perspectives on spirituality and spiritual care: the potential to miss the moment.” Annals of Palliative Medicine, (2017):1-10 and “A qualitative analysis of a healthcare professional’s understanding and approach to management of spiritual distress in an acute care setting.”Journal of Palliative Medicine, (2016): 19:1197-1204.
He has co-authored with Wes Roberts a chapter in the book Spiritual Care in Practice: Case Studies in Healthcare Chaplaincy, edited by George Fitchett and Steve Nolan. The title of the chapter is “I need to do the right thing for him”—Andrew, a Canadian Veteran at the end of  his life, and his daughter Lee.  Jim has also authored a chapter in the book Spirituality and Occupational Therapy, edited by Mary Ann McColl.  


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