Embracing the Emotions
Spiritual Care Practitioners and Psychospiritual Therapists welcome and hold space for the full range of emotions, enabling clients to safely engage with, rather than avoid, the fullness of their internal experience. This in-turn supports the client in building life-giving relationships
Why Spiritual Care?
People seek out Spiritual Care Practitioners and Psychospiritual Therapists to support them holistically, especially during key moments of crisis and life transitions that impact their emotional, physical and spiritual health.
Illness, poverty, loneliness, addiction, homelessness and violence, are unfortunate aspects of our culture, whose causes and management can be addressed by spiritual care and psychospiritual therapy.
Role of spirituality and faith
Research demonstrates that religion and spirituality play an important role in helping people cope with illness, and these needs are minimally met by medical teams or even faith communities.
Most people want medical teams to attend to spiritual needs, but most physicians do not feel confident to address spiritual issues with their patients. Spiritual Care Professionals are uniquely trained and qualified to provide these specialized spiritual assessments and interventions.
Responding to a need
A majority of people facing serious illness or end of life show signs of spiritual distress and report having some spiritual pain.
Spiritual Care Practitioners and Psychospiritual Therapists help people cope with grief and loss, stress, depression, illness, issues with self-esteem, and finding purpose in life.
Professional Spiritual Care provided as part of health care is associated with;
1) increased patient satisfaction,
2) increased patient engagement with health care decisions,
3) faster recovery from illness and
4) decreased lengths of stay.
Research shows Spiritual Care Professionals help people cope, feel more hopeful, and find the strength to continue on.
Benefits to organizational Staff
Spiritual Care Practitioners support health care institutions by leading staff debriefings and rounds which increases staff wellness and reduces risk of burnout and compassion fatigue, fostering staff well-being and team cohesiveness.
Poverty, loneliness, addiction, homelessness and violence are unfortunate aspects of our culture, whose causes and management can be addressed by spiritual care and psychospiritual therapy.
Membership with CASC/ACSS comprises a nation-wide community of like-minded individuals, groups and networks. Membership offers opportunities for continuing education and professional development, networking possibilities, access to cutting-edge research and resources, as well as a platform to contribute to the advancement of spiritual care in Canada. Join CASC/ACSS today and enjoy the many benefits of being a member with us.
CASC/ACSS offers training programs to those who are preparing to become Spiritual Care Providers and Psychospiritual Therapists in a variety of institutional and community settings such as health care, corrections, education and private practice. All of our internships take place within CASC/ACSS accredited institutions, most notably in health care and mental health settings. All programs are taught by Certified Supervisor Educators and so you can be assured that you are learning from the best professionals in Canada. We also educate those who are preparing for ordained/commissioned religious leadership to have competence in providing spiritual care to their faith communities.
Certification with CASC/ACSS empowers Spiritual Care Providers and Psychospiritual Therapists to deliver the highest quality care to individuals, families and communities. It demonstrates expertise in Spiritual Care and Psychospiritual Therapy and a commitment to ethical and professional practice. Certification ensures that professional practice is safe, effective, competent and accountable. Certification with CASC/ACSS is the best way to become gainfully employed as a Spiritual Care Professional.
Individuals can pursue Ceritification in three areas:
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