Spiritual Health Practitioner

Work Area: 
Spiritual Health
Base Site: 
St Paul's Hospital
Job Category: 
Patient Care Support
As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Providence Health Care must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.

Job Summary

Within the context of a patient/client and family centered model of care and, in accordance with the Mission, Vision, Values, and strategic directions of Providence Health Care, promotes a safe, respectful, and civil working environment for patients, residents, families, visitors and staff.

The Spiritual Health Practitioner (SHP) is accountable to the Spiritual Health Manager and the designated leader(s) of their assigned work areas. The SHP works in collaboration with and is part of the interdisciplinary team in their assigned work areas.

The SHP’s role is to provide comprehensive spiritual care and emotional support to patients, residents, clients, families and health care staff in a manner that is appropriate to belief systems and cultural diversity.


  • A relevant Master’s Degree (Theology, Pastoral Studies, Spirituality) from an accredited theological institution 
  • One advanced unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) or an equivalent combination of education, and/or experience. 
  • Endorsement by a recognized faith tradition/group and membership with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC), preferred.

Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to acknowledge and respect different expressions of spirituality without imposing personal religious beliefs.
  • Demonstrated ability to approach spiritual health issues in a person-centered manner with insight, discernment and flexibility.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively handle stressful situations with sensitivity, compassion, gentleness, caring and approachability.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in accordance with Providence Health Care’s Mission, Vision and Values.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Ability to work flexible hours.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work and activities.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position