Spiritual Care and Pastoral Counselling

Spiritual Care and Counselling Specialists help people to draw upon their own spiritual, religious and cultural resources for direction, strength, wisdom and healing as they journey through life’s experiences.

Spirituality is understood as a capacity that everyone has (and that each uses to a greater or lesser degree) for making meaning or sense of experience and for having purpose, hope and resilience in the midst of significant concerns. In this sense, everyone is spiritual whether they are religious or do not relate to a religious tradition.  Spiritual health contributes to well being in mind, body and relationships.  Spirituality is essential to personal energy for health.  Spiritual care and counselling practitioners work with the strengths and world view of people in their care to promote spiritual well being as part of healing and of transforming suffering.  They work in various settings and collaborate with other health care professionals whenever appropriate.

CASC - The Canadian Association for Spiritual Care

Spiritual Care and Counselling Specialists have extensive post graduate clinical training as professionals who integrate clinical skills with knowledge of self and knowledge of theological, spiritual, philosophical, psychological and cultural frameworks.  They are certified within the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care, an organization which embraces holistic approaches to wellness and to both personal and relational development. Within this national organization, spiritual care and counselling professionals are required to have a set of well defined competencies, are accountable to function within standards of practice and are committed to ethical conduct that is informed by their Code of Ethics. 

See the Association website - www.spiritualcare.ca/

CCPA - The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association

CCPA membership includes experts and specialists in numerous mental health areas ranging from ADHD and learning disabilities; marriage counselling; eating disorders; stress, depression, and anger; grief and infertility; weight management and body image; addiction; Aboriginal issues; family counselling; career development and management, and much more.

Credentialing: In 1986, CCPA established a credentialing service for its members:  Canadian Certified Counsellors (CCC).  Counsellor certification is a national service that identifies to the public those counsellors whom CCPA recognizes as qualified to provide counselling services in Canada. Obtaining the status of Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) includes recognition of standards of professional preparation, continuing education, and a formal code of ethics. As a non-statutory, self-regulating body, CCPA provides advice and discipline for certified members on matters of professional conduct.

See the Association website: www.ccpa-accp.ca