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About Our Courses and Other Events

The OPCTP provides training in the ministry of Pastoral Care. We offer courses, special events, information sessions, workshops, etc. in Ottawa and out-of-town.

If you are looking for something that is not on our list, please contact us. We will tailor our services to meet your specific needs.

The Basic Training Course

The Basic Course consists of 25 hours of training during one afternoon or evening a week for 10 weeks. Courses are offered in the Spring and Fall in wheel-chair accessible facilities in Ottawa. Out-of-town courses also take place when requested.

The training includes:

Introduction to Pastoral Care
Active Listening
Spiritual Needs and Pastoral Identity
Ministry With the Dying
Grief Through Losses
Visiting in Hospitals, Institutions, Homes
The Transitioning Years
Sharing and Learning
Care for the Caregiver and Pastoral Care Teams
Celebrating Our Community and Our Call

A certificate will be issued at the end of the course for those who attend 8 or more of the 10 sessions.

It is important to attend the first two sessions. If, for some reason, you miss the first two classes you will need to re-register for a future course.

Advanced Courses

At the request of many participants who have completed the 10-week Basic Course, we have developed an advanced 4-part series. This course is now offered every second year. For each Advanced Course, qualified speakers are selected to provide in-depth information on topics that will be of benefit to those who are involved in pastoral care ministry.

A certificate is issued to those who are able to attend 3 out of the 4 sessions.

Coordinators’ Event

The Coordinators’ Event is a biannual get-together for coordinators (or delegates) of Pastoral/Spiritual Care Teams of churches, long-term care facilities or retirement homes/residences and other institutions. It is an opportunity to share ideas, discuss concerns and offer tips and helpful resources. This is a 2.5 hour Saturday morning event.

Continuing Education Events

Continuing Education Events are offered every Spring and Fall in wheel-chair accessible facilities in a central area of Ottawa. We bring in speakers from community organizations to provide a deeper insight into a topic related to pastoral care. These two-hour events can be attended in the afternoon or evening.

The purpose of these events is to provide people who have taken the 10-week Basic Course with opportunities to continue to learn and to network with others involved in the ministry of pastoral care.

Registration is not limited to those who have taken the Basic Course – others who are interested in the topic being presented may attend.

Up and Coming…

Please see the What’s New with the OPCTP page for the most up-to-date information and brochures for courses and events.  See the Contact Us page for information on how to contact us for further information.

Registering For a Course

To register for a course, please contact us. (See the Contact Us page.)

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