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Education & Research


Supervised Pastoral Education

The Spiritual Care Department at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton provides a robust Supervised Pastoral Education (SPE) program including Residencies in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), extended unit Pastoral Counseling Education (PCE), and both intensive and extended programs of CPE.

For more information, please access one or both of the following links to learn about the Supervised Pastoral Education opportunities available at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. 


CPE Units

CPE Units

Please send the completed application by email to one of the Teaching Supervisors listed below. Please note: a non-refundable $100.00 application fee will be credited toward an applicant’s tuition if accepted into any of the SPE units offered.

For more information please contact us at:

Elaine Nagy
Spiritual Care Educator
Tel:  (905) 522-1155 Ext. 34134

Danielle Slump
Spiritual Care Educator
Tel:  (905) 522-1155 Ext. 32857

Bob Tees
Spiritual Care Educator
Tel:  (905) 522-1155 Ext. 35118



We have a shared vision at St. Joseph's Healthcare; a vision continuing and building upon the vision and mission of the Sister's of St. Josephs' in Hamilton. That vision is to deliver an integrated, high quality care experience - care for the whole person: body, mind and spirit. Spiritual care is a vital part of our shared vision. Spiritual Care practitioners are a vital part of your team. 

In these modules we will explore the questions: 

  • What is spiritual care?
  • How does spiritual care help you in your work at St. Joe's?
  • How does spiritual care help the patients we serve? 

You will hear from a spiritual care practitioner about their experience of providing spiritual care. Medical and allied health practitioners will share their experience of working with spiritual care practitioners. Patients and families who have received spiritual care will speak about the difference spiritual care makes to them. 

The modules will enhance your knowledge of spiritually integrated care and how Spiritual Care practitioners can work with you as part of an inter-disciplinary team to help meet the healthcare needs and goals of the patients and families.

To explore and participate in e-learning click here.


The Spiritual Care Department at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton is committed to research in the areas of spirituality and spiritual care practice within the healthcare system. This research includes qualitative, quantitative and hermeneutical research methodologies, all of which enable the means to further understand and explore dimensions of the human spirit and the possibilities for spiritual care. It is through research that chaplains, as part of the multi-disciplinary healthcare team, sharpen and strengthen our practice and can more fully engage the other disciplines in care of the whole person. Members of the department are engaged in research around discourse analysis for the provision of spiritual care in the multi-disciplinary pluralistic healthcare setting. Staff and chaplaincy residents are involved in ongoing research projects that are presented at local and international conferences, such as the Society for Pastoral Counseling and Research. 

Additional Resources

We encourage you to explore these links and useful spirituality resources:

Canadian Association for Spiritual Care

Ontario Multifaith Council

Bereaved Families of Ontario - Hamilton\Burlington

Bereaved Jewish Families of Ontario

Centering Corporation (Grief Resource Centre)

Compassionate Friends

Hamilton Hospice Palliative Care Network

Ontario Funeral Service Association

Pregnancy and Infant Loss

Overnight Accommodations - Please click here for a list of suggested overnight accommodations within the Hamilton area. There are a number of hotels within the city that offer “Compassionate Rate” reduced nightly rates for family members and friends of patients at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. Please contact us at 905-522-1155 ext. 33263 for a complete list of these hotels.