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Psycho−Spiritual Practitioner/ Chaplain

Hamilton Health Sciences

This is a Contract position in Hamilton, ON posted August 4, 2022.

Psycho−Spiritual Practitioner/ Chaplain
Job Number: 98955
Job: Other
Primary Location: Ontario-Hamilton
This position will be located at: Juravinski Hospital
Organization: Off of Clin&Organiztnl Ethics
Status: Temporary Full-time
Hours per week: 37.5
Number of Openings: 1
Union Code: Non Union Employees
Minimum Salary: 36.6400 Hourly
Maximum Salary: 46.9700
Post Date: Aug 5, 2022, 4:00:00 AM

Close Date (Period for Applying) – External

: Sep 6, 2022, 3:59:00 AM

Unit Summary

The Psycho-Spiritual Care team is part of the Program for Ethics and Care Ecologies(PEaCE), within the Quality and Performance Portfolio of Hamilton Health Sciences. This program offers a wide range of services, including clinical & organizational ethics support, staff resilience education and end of life care, with the goal of promoting care communities that inspire compassionate, evidence-informed and values-based practice to enhance whole person care for patients, families, learners, staff, physicians and leaders. The Psycho-Spiritual Care team provides psycho-spiritual care to all patient/family/ staff populations across HHS, including adult and pediatric patients, spanning the spectrum of care from acute care to rehabilitation to palliative care, including Medical Assistance in Dying.

Position Summary

As a member of the inter-professional team, Psycho-Spiritual Practitioners (also known as Chaplains) provide psycho-spiritual care to patients and families using assessment, therapeutic and care planning interventions. Psycho-Spiritual Practitioners also support the psychological well-being of staff through resilience support, debriefing and participation in team meetings and education. All Psycho-Spiritual Practitioners are involved in student education, professional development activities, program quality- improvement initiatives, continuous learning and the establishment of connections with community spiritual care resources. Psycho-Spiritual Practitioners work across all sites of HHS and are expected to have access to their own transportation

Schedule Work Hours

Monday – Friday; days ( occasional weekend coverage, as needed)

Please note this position is temporary ending on February 2023,


1. Master’s degree in divinity, theology, theological studies, religious studies or equivalent from a recognized institution.
2. Training in psychotherapeutic intervention, with an emphasis on spirituality.
3. Certification (or pending) with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care/Association Canadienne de Soins Spirituels.
4. Current Membership (in good standing) with CASC/ACSS. Evidence of continuing education and involvement with
5. Member (or pending) of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.
6. Previous experience in a tertiary acute care hospital or other healthcare setting.
7. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and assertively within an inter-professional health care team and with
community partners.
8. Able to provide care that meets the individual needs of the client, providing psycho-spiritual care to persons
of all faith traditions, and those with no specific faith tradition.
9. Ability to support, without bias or judgement, patient(s) and their families when the care plan involves procedures that
may not coincide with your own values, morals or beliefs.
10. Well-developed communication, inter-personal, mentorship and leadership skills.
11. Excellent negotiation, consultation and client advocacy skills; a trauma-informed approach to care.
12. Able to work independently and prioritize competing clinical demands.
13. Able to express sensitivity and compassion, sound ethical judgement, integrity, and to live the values of HHS: Respect, Caring, Innovation, Accountability.

As a condition of employment, you are required to submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to Employee Health Services.


Hamilton Health Sciences fosters a culture of patient and staff safety, whereby all employees are guided by our Mission, Vision, Values, and Values Based Code of Conduct. Hamilton Health Sciences is a teaching hospital and all staff and physicians are expected to support students and other learners.

To be considered for this opportunity applicants must apply during the posting period. All internal and external applicants may ONLY apply via the Careers website.

Hamilton Health Sciences is an equal opportunity employer and we will accommodate any needs under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. Hiring processes will be modified to remove barriers to accommodate those with disabilities, if requested. Should any applicant require accommodation through the application processes, please contact HR Operations at 905-521-2100, Ext. 46947 for assistance. If the applicant requires a specific accommodation because of a disability during an interview, the applicant will need to advise the hiring manager when scheduling the interview and the appropriate accommodations can be made.

This competition is open to all qualified applicants, however, qualified internal applicants will be considered first. Past performance will be considered as part of the selection process. If you are a previous employee of Hamilton Health Sciences, please note: the circumstances around an employee’s exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment

Proficiency in both Official Languages, French and English, is considered an asset

If this position is temporary, selection for this position will be as per the outlined Collective Agreements:

Article 30 (k), CUPE Collective Agreement

Article 10.7 (d), ONA Collective Agreement

Article 13.01 (b) (ii), OPSEU 273 Collective Agreement

Article 14.04, OPSEU 209 Collective Agreement

Article 2.07 and Article 13, PIPSC RT Collective Agreement