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What’s New with the OPCTP?

Up and Coming…                                  

Updated: May 27, 2024

Please note: Our courses, events and workshops are being offered in either in-person and/or online formats. Please check descriptions carefully to confirm the format of each program. As they fill up quickly, it is recommended to register early to avoid disappointment.

Basic Training Course

Each spring and fall we offer a 10-week Basic Course in Pastoral Care.

Our Fall 2024 Basic Course will begin on Monday, September 16 2024 and run weekly until November 25 2024 (excluding Thanksgiving Monday) in-person from 1pm to 3:30pm or on Zoom from 7pm to 9:15pm. For more information about the course and how to register, please see the Fall 2024 .Basic Course Brochure.

Continuing Education Event

Twice a year, spring and fall, we bring in special speakers for Continuing Education Events.

Our next Continuing Education event will take place on Tuesday, November 5th, 2024. Join us on Zoom from 7pm to 9pm as Roshene Lawson, Clinical Chaplain with Bruyère Continuing Care at St. Vincent Hospital in Ottawa, leads a session called A Pastoral Response to the Challenges of MAiD. This workshop will explore an approach focusing on compassion, empathy and journeying with patients as they search for meaning in their suffering. The presentation will not condone or condemn MAID as a treatment option. Instead, it will focus on how pastoral care volunteers can journey with patients, listen to their struggle and assist them with their own meaning-making around life and death issues.

For more information about the event and how to register, please see the Fall 2024.Con Ed Brochure

Advanced Course

Every second year, we bring in community professionals to present on topics of interest and relevance to pastoral care volunteers.
Our next Advanced course is planned for fall 2025. Watch this space for information closer to the date.
For more information about our courses or other events, please visit the Courses page or contact us.

Coordinators’ Event

Every second year, we hold an event for Coordinators of Spiritual/Pastoral Care Teams/Departments (or their delegates). There is a facilitated discussion on a topic of relevance to team coordinators along with opportunities for networking and sharing ideas. These events are designed to assist in the effective operation of a Pastoral/Spiritual Care Team of Churches, Long Term Care Facilities or Retirement Homes/Residences.

Our next Coordinators’ Event is planned for spring 2025. Watch this space for information closer to the date.

For more information about our courses or other events, please visit the Courses page or contact us.

Overview of the OPCTP

The Ottawa Pastoral Care Training Program is an inter-denominational program affiliated with The Christian Council of the Capital Area. This ministry has been in existence since 1975.

For more information about the OPCTP, please visit the About Us page.

A Little About What We Do

We offer in-town and out-of-town courses in Pastoral Care and special training events tailored to meet your faith community’s specific needs or concerns. We also provide guidance and assistance to faith communities with setting up or maintaining their Spiritual/Pastoral Care Teams.

For more information about what we have to offer, please visit the Assistance page.


Of Interest in the Wider Community

Join Compassionate Ottawa March 21st at 10am EST for Conversations with Leaders: Are you ready for unforeseen life transitions? The guest speaker, Marc Séguin, is the author of Advocacy in Aging, which focuses on estate management and health care planning for the end of life years. This programme is offered in French. More information here.



Listening is:
“the highest form of hospitality”, of the sort that does not set out
“to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place.”

Henri Nouwen