The Competency Framework Helps Build Credibility for Spiritual Care Professionals and Helps them Become Part of the Palliative Care Team
The Canadian Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Competency Framework (the Competency Framework) is an asset to the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care/Association canadienne de soins spirituels (CASC/ACSS). It describes the importance of the quality services offered by Certified CASC/ACSS Members, to clients, health care team members, and the public. The Spiritual Care Competencies describe the valuable spiritual needs addressed by Spiritual Care Practitioners and Psycho-spiritual Therapists. For instance, these Certified professionals utilize spiritual care skills to enable transformation at key transitional moments for people living with a life-threatening illness and grief.
The delivery of quality spiritual care to people in need is illustrated in the Spiritual Care Competencies listed in the Competency Framework. This undoubtedly affirms the essential skills required of the Certified Spiritual Care professionals and creates a solid foundation of trust for others on the Palliative Care team and the public.
In addition, the Competency Framework provides a basis for the creation of an advanced certification program for Spiritual Care Practitioners in Palliative and Bereavement Care. The self-assessment tools also provide greater awareness of and insight into the competencies that need to be further developed.
The Competency Framework also allows for the standardization of medical, psychological, emotional, socio-cultural, and spiritual services which is key to improving the quality, safety and consistency of palliative care services.