MAPPL (SC) - Specialization in Spiritual Care
The specialization in Spiritual Care is designed for those intending to pursue vocations as spiritual care
practitioners in settings such as health care facilities, prisons and correctional facilities. This specialization has been designed to be in sync with the BC provincial government framework standards as well as the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care certification requirements. Within 24 months students can meet the BC standards requirements for a spiritual health practitioner. An additional Advanced Unit and residency is required by CASC for certification as a specialist. These are normally completed post-degree.
This program provides an integrated approach to learning in which pastoral studies are intentionally
integrated with clinical experience in therapeutic methods. Student/interns are immersed into the modern health care team context and learn the pastoral leadership skills essential to ministering within an institutional setting. All students must pass a readiness interview with one of the VST adjunct faculty
CPE supervisors prior to being accepted into the program. Persons wishing to enroll should be aware of the emotional rigor that is part of CPE and be prepared for focusing full time on their studies if they wish to complete the program in 24 months.
Note: To complete the Spiritual Care specialization, MA PPL students must apply to, and be accepted by, the spiritual care supervisor of the Hospital Authority with which they plan to do their CPE units. Admission to the MA PPL does not guarantee acceptance into the spiritual care specialization. Application to a Clinical Pastoral Education Unit is completed separately.