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Spiritual and Religious Care

Welcome to the Spiritual & Religious Care (SRC) pages of the Education website at Sunnybrook. We have an active education program for Spiritual Care with about 15 students every year. The students work closely with the SRC team and within interprofessional care teams in different areas of the hospital.


The Spiritual & Religious Care team provides 24/7 spiritual care:

  • 4.5 program based Chaplains are in CRCU/CVCU, Medical Oncology C2&6, D6, Palliative Care K1E & C and in the Veterans Centre.
  • 1.2 clinical fellows (working on their certification as "specialists" with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC) are on B5 & D4 ICU, C3 CICU, C5 and D5.
  • On-call Chaplains for night and weekend coverage.
  • 0.5 Veterans' Chaplains for Sunday worship in the Veterans Chapel.
  • Religious Chaplains supported by the Jewish Family & Child Services, the Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto and the Anglican Church of Canada (Diocese of Toronto). The religious Chaplains oversee lay volunteer visitors for religious care.
  • 1 Professional Leader & Education Supervisor.

For more information please contact the Professional Leader Rev. Anke Flohr (416-480 6722)

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

CPE programs are intended to assist clergy, candidates for ministry, and spiritual care workers to develop a professional identity as well appropriate skills in the delivery of spiritual care. CPE courses are "clinical" insofar as the participants engage in spiritual care under supervision. This experiential learning process (including students' admission and evaluation criteria) follows the policies, procedures, standards and guidelines of the Manual of the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC), the national professional association for the practice of spiritual care.

All the teaching staff/supervisors are certified by CASC. The relationship to CASC assures participants of quality programs. CASC is committed to excellence in Standards of Practice and transparency through a clear Code of Ethics. The supervisors are Adjunct Faculty with the Pastoral Department, Toronto School of Theology (TST), University of Toronto. Theological colleges recommend Clinical Pastoral Education as an integral part of theological education. All CPE participants must also apply to and register through a TST member school. Students who are already enrolled within a TST program should communicate with their program director to determine whether a CPE units fits within their program. Some colleges permit the courses to be taken as a Field Education experience, others restrict it to a course in the Pastoral Department of Toronto School of Theology.

All students are granted TST credit for successfully completed units (each unit is equivalent to two TST courses, or 1.0 credit).

For detailed information and registration please go to

Types of Supervised Clinical Education

CPE is a fully integrated practical and theoretical experience conducted in units, each totalling a minimum of 400 hours. CPE courses are offered at both the basic and advanced level with qualified supervision and group reflection. A student must complete two units at the basic level before taking an advanced level course. Units may be offered as full-time, extended (part-time), and as intensive residencies. Students will participate in the on-call rotation. The learning happens in an interprofessional context where the insights of other professions promote creative dialogue and collaboration.

Extended CPE Units
Extended units are designed for those unable to get full leave of absence from their current work or studies. Units normally run two full days per week and begin in September and end in March the following year.

Full Time CPE Units
Full-time units consists of a minimum of 37.5 hours per week and take place over a period of 11 or 12 weeks. Units normally run five full days per week. Most frequently, these courses run from May through July, but are also offered at times beginning in September or January.

CPE Residency Program (currently not offered at Sunnybrook)
Year-long residency programs are designed for those who want to upgrade their skills in spiritual care giving or are preparing themselves for full-time spiritual care, working toward Spiritual Care Specialist certification with CASC (Canadian Association for Spiritual Care). A prerequisite for this program is at least one Basic unit of CPE.

Check the course page at for updates on the programs currently open for application.

If you are looking for learning opportunities for Provisional Teaching Supervisors and Associate Teaching Supervisors, please contact the Professional Leader for more information.


At the mid-point and end of each unit, both the student and supervisor complete an evaluation using the appropriate form. These evaluations are based upon the goals of the particular level of education and note both areas of strength and areas for further growth.


Specialist Certification may be applied for following the successful completion of 2 Advanced Units. Certification as a Teaching Supervisor may be applied for following the successful completion of 2 units of Provisional Supervisory education and 1 unit as an Associate Teaching Supervisor.

CASC website contains the latest information about the organization, its educational centres, and teaching supervisors, the Standards of Education and Practice, career opportunities and regional conferences and ongoing education opportunities. CASC holds an annual general meeting at which the members decide on matters pertinent to the organization. The ongoing life and work of the organization is governed by a national Board of Directors made up of executive officers and commission chairs.

Contact information

Professional leader
Rev. Anke Flohr
Phone: 416-480-6722
Email: anke.flohr