Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is a program accredited by the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care/Association canadienne de soins spirituels (CASC/ACSS). CPE is spiritual and theological education based on an adult learning model which enables participants to grow in their effectiveness as spiriutal care practitioners. Programs are open to individuals of all faiths and to serious spiritual inquirers. Women and men who have a commitment to personal and spiritual growth and to the development of clinical knowledge and skills in spiritual caregiving are invited to apply for a Basic Unit of education. CPE has three inter-related purposes:

  • to help the spiritual care practitioner understand who he/ she is in relationship with others
  • to teach skills in the provision of spiritual care
  • to reflect spiritually and theologically about human life

CASC/ACSS is a national organization, which provides an educational, professional and supportive network for all members, personally and collectively. It is committed to the professional education, certification and support of those desiring to provide spiritual care within public or ecclesiastical institutions. The spirit of the mission statement and the code of ethics assure a standard of professionalism and commitment to the goals of CASC/ ACSS.

The Program includes

  • Spiritual formation
  • Group supervision of spiritual care practice
  • Individual supervision of spiriutal care practice
  • Personal and professional development seminars
  • Didactic sessions
  • Interdisciplinary participation in clinical work
  • Opportunities for spiritual reflection