The field of spiritual care or chaplaincy is broad and diverse, with practitioners working in contexts as diverse as healthcare, prisons, the military, postsecondary education, business and corporations, civil services (such as city, police, fire), and inner-city/street organizations. The Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Care (GCSC) is designed to equip individuals with foundational skills and aptitudes needed for a variety of spiritual care or chaplaincy contexts. Curriculum for the GCSC is designed to equip students in four areas of competency: (a) skills for professional spiritual care practice, (b) disciplines for self-knowledge and selfcare, (c) leadership skills, and (d) the ability to engage in spiritual care across lines of diversity and difference.
The GCSC has been developed through a partnership of St. Stephen’s College with four other theological colleges in the Province of Alberta: Ambrose Seminary (Calgary), Taylor College and Seminary (Edmonton), Newman Theological College (Edmonton), and Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary and College (Cochrane). Each college contributes one or more courses toward the curriculum of the GCSC; special arrangements are in place for students to enrol and transfer any of the courses outlined in the Program Requirements (below) between the various colleges.
The GCSC provides students with foundational competencies for a broad range of spiritual care and chaplaincy work. Some employment contexts (such as healthcare) and professional certifying bodies (such as the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care) will require additional training.
Length of Program
Students taking a full course load can complete the GCSC in two years. Students must complete all requirements within four years from the date on which they register in the program.
Taking Courses at Other Theological Colleges
Students at St. Stephen’s College are permitted to enrol in any of the courses listed in the Program Requirements outline below, even when those courses are offered by a college other than St. Stephen’s. Each college maintains their own course registration process; students of St. Stephen’s must contact the registrar of the partner college to enrol in their desired course. Students are required to pay the tuition rate as set by the college offering the course. When transferring one of the approved courses back to St. Stephen’s College, no “transfer credit assessment” fee will be assessed.