CASC/ACSS offers internships or placements, called Supervised Psychospiritual Education (SPE), within CASC/ACSS accredited teaching centres across Canada. SPE is education in which students develop the art and skills of spiritual care or psychospiritual therapy, work together with a small group of colleagues while being guided by a qualified Supervisor Educator. Supervised Psychospiritual Education is unique in that it supports and trains students to integrate their spirituality and theology with psychology and the social sciences. All courses are delivered in person, and students must be on site.
The program is open to theology students and those with equivalent training in their spiritual tradition, spiritual leaders and individuals with counselling or psychology backgrounds who are interested in pursuing a profession in spiritual care or psychospiritual therapy. Programs are offered at teaching centres throughout Canada, including general and psychiatric hospitals, correctional centres and a variety of other locations. Each centre is connected to a Canadian theological college or university. These interdisciplinary contexts maximize student learning by promoting creative dialogue with other professions and collaborations with other workers/agencies serving the community.
CPE is a fully integrated practical and theoretical experience conducted in units, each totalling a minimum of 400 hours. 200 hours are spent in group settings and seminar instruction and 200 hours are completed in clinical areas. CPE provides training for spiritual care in such places as health institutions, parishes and correctional facilities. CPE units prepare individuals pursuing a profession in Spiritual Care.
PTE prepares one for work in mental health agencies, religious settings or private practices. Involves a 400 hour internship offered part time over eight months in which students must complete a minimum of 125 – 150 direct client contact hours providing therapy to clients. Students engage in individual and group supervision and group instruction. PTE units prepare individuals pursuing a profession as Psychospiritual Therapists.
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