Spiritual Care Providers work with people of diverse backgrounds to help them find connection, meaning, purpose, and hope in difficult times. We work with questions like “Who am I?”; ‘What really matters to me?”; “How do I explore/express these huge feelings?”; “What do I really believe about myself and the world?”
Spiritual Care Providers are spiritually-informed psychotherapists who work with inpatients, outpatients, families, and staff as part of the interdisciplinary team addressing spiritual, moral, and existential distress. Interventions and activities might include, but are not limited to:
- One-on-one spiritually-informed psychotherapy
- Discussion groups
- Meditation groups
- Crisis intervention and related critical incident debriefs
- Grief work
- Memorial services
- Liaison with religious groups and other community organizations
- Facilitating celebrations for religious and civic holy days
- Education, including in-service education for staff
- Providing clinical training to future Spiritual Care Providers
At CAMH, and most Ontario hospitals, Spiritual Care Providers are registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Our practice focuses on enhancing people’s quality of life by addressing “Spiritual, Moral and Existential distress related to changes in health, maturation, ability, and life circumstances.
Spiritual Care Providers use a holistic, relational approach to assess the nature and extent of the concerns; collaboratively develop a plan of care; provide therapeutic interventions to promote, maintain, and restore health and/or palliate illness and injury; and evaluate the implementation of the plan of care to ensure its efficacy and adequacy.
Spiritual Care Services oversees the Sacred Space at the Queen Street site, 100 Stokes St. 2nd Floor, and the Multi-faith Room at 250 College Street, Ground Floor. These spaces hold a variety of religious, spiritual, and wellness activities, including various rituals, meditations, mindfulness, yoga, AA meetings, drumming circles, other cultural events, and more. Scheduling details can be found by the door, or by requesting staff to check the Outlook calendar for the appropriate space.
In the News:
CAMH newsroom: Four part series begins here.
CBC Radio’s Tapestry: Is it a spiritual experience or mental illness?
Should you or any of your patients require access to Spiritual Care Services, please contact Manager Shawn Lucas, at 416-535-8501, ext. 32175.