Religious Community Visitors are one of many partners offering comfort and care in the Calgary Zone. These visitors play a valued role in the healing process by maintaining a connection to a patient's religious community. As a source of support during what can be a difficult time, Religious Community Visitors also help the patient by providing access to rites and rituals from their religious community.
Successful applicants will be registered with Alberta Health Services as a designated Religious Community Visitor and will be issued an identification badge to be worn in Region facilities when on official visits on behalf of a religious community.
As part of the application process, please call Spiritual Care Services at the Peter Lougheed Centre, 403-943-4585 to register for an orientation session.
Hospital Chaplaincy and Course-Based Spiritual Care Education Programs
The Alberta Consortium for Supervised Pastoral Education offers both hospital chaplaincy and course-based spiritual care education programs. Placements for Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) are within health care and community settings of the Calgary and Edmonton areas. All Alberta CPE programs are offered according to the certification standards of the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care/Association canadienne de soins spirituels (CASC/ACSS).
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is an experience-based approach to learning practical skills and competencies for ministry. It combines qualified supervision and group reflection with clinical learning about spiritual and pastoral care. CPE programs are open to ordained and lay persons studying in theological education. As well, students in other disciplines who seek to learn in the field of spiritual assessment and care, and are keen to walk in the shoes of spiritual care practitioners, are welcome to apply. CPE aims to assist learners in achieving their full personal, vocational and professional potential.
Programs of CPE are offered at educational centres throughout Canada, each is administered in keeping with educational and clinical opportunities. Students learn about spiritual and pastoral care in general, pediatric, psychiatric, and long-term care health facilities, correctional centres, and a variety of community based locations. Each educational program is connected to a theological college. Teaching Supervisors are certified by CASC/ACSS.
In Alberta CPE is in a process of redevelopment. CPE programs are being offered in partnership with Alberta Health Services (AHS), Covenant Health, St. Stephen’s College, and Ambrose University. There are steps being take to establish and solidify an Alberta Consortium of stakeholders interested in “educating to create competent, compassionate spiritual care and pastoral counselling providers to meet the needs of Albertans” (Vision statement of the Alberta Consortium for Supervised Pastoral Education).
The application process for CPE Units and Course-Based CPE Practicum programs is as follows:
CPE Dates for 2018-19 are:
The AC-SPE Intake CPE Teaching Supervisor (see information for Rev. Dr. Philip Behman below) is accepting applications for the 2017/2018 CPE Programs as follows:
Cost of both the Extended Unit and the Pilot Course-Based Practicum will be $2,400.00. This will gain all students 6 academic credits.
Please be aware that space is limited and our programs fill quickly. You are encouraged to apply early, as applications are dated as they are received and reviewed on a first come/first serve basis. Successful applicants are chosen as a result of application and screening processes, and are finalized by decision of the Teaching Supervisors.
INFORMATION: Please contact the following Teaching Supervisors for more information:
CPE UNIT (offered in both Calgary and Edmonton; both summer and extended time periods):
Rev. Dr. Philip Behman (Intake CPE Teaching Supervisor)
Spiritual Care Services
Alberta Children's Hospital
2888 Shaganappi Trail NW
Calgary, AB T3B 6A8
Fax: (403) 955-2444
Phone: (403) 955-7868
COURSE-BASED CPE PRACTICUM (offered in Edmonton; extended time period only):
Dr. Margaret Clark
Coordinator, Supervised Pastoral Education
St. Stephen’s College
8810 – 112 Street
Edmonton, AB T6G 2J6