2010 - 2011 Core Training Courses

Offered by the Alberta Pastoral Care Association through the E P Wahl Centre at Taylor


Register for these courses by clicking the TAYLOR EVENTS tab (under 'Events') above.

Develop your skills as a Pastoral Care Volunteer

Learn how to offer comfort and care as a pastoral care volunteer visitor to the sick, the shut-in and the elderly in health care facilities or at home.

What is the Pastoral Care Training Program?

The Pastoral Care Training program is an ecumenically-based program which provides a basic understanding of pastoral care given to hospital patients, continuing care and assisted living residents and community shut-ins.

Pastoral Care Visitors make present God’s love and the Church’s care by providing companionship, understanding, compassion and kindness.

The program is intended for those who may already be involved in this area of ministry but wish to upgrade or further develop their skills, and those who may want to get involved in pastoral care visitation in the future, including: 

  1. Lay ministers
  2. Eucharistic ministers
  3. Clergy/Diaconal
  4. Care-givers for family members
  5. Church leaders
  6. Hospital chaplains
  7. Professional healthcare workers

Who are the Instructors?

The training team consists of people who serve in vocational chaplaincy or pastoral care roles, and who have, collectively, decades of experience in serving the sick and elderly. These instructors offer compassionate care as part of larger ministries within the Christian pastoral care community.

Course Dates

This training will be offered three times in 2010-11, each time offered in a two-day format (2 Saturdays, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm); lunch will be provided.

A.   Sept. 18 and Oct. 2, 2010
      Assumption Parish, 9034 - 95 Avenue, Edmonton 
      (please enter by northwest doors along lane)
B.   Oct. 16 and Oct. 30, 2010                 
      E P Wahl Centre at Taylor, 11525 - 23 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB
C.   Feb. 5 and 12, 2011
      E P Wahl Centre at Taylor, 11525 - 23 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB


In order to successfully complete the Pastoral Care Visitor Program, Catholic participants must also attend a 2-hour workshop on The Sacraments: Bringing Communion to the Sick.

This workshop (“Session 6”) will be offered three times during the 2010-11 instructional year at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 8421 - 101 Avenue, Edmonton, AB (refreshments will be provided).

September 23, 2010
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
October 28, 2010
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
February 24, 2011
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
NOTE: There is no additional fee for this workshop; non-Catholic students are welcome to attend.


Program Outline

Session 1

The Ministry of Pastoral Care

What is Pastoral Care?

Basic Concepts

Guidelines for Pastoral Care

Session 2

Theology of Pastoral Care

Biblical Principles

Hospitality as Foundation

Pastoral Theology as Practice


Session 3

Active Listening and Effective Communication

Being a Compassionate Presence

Basic Listening Skills

Active Listening

Specific Listening Techniques

Session 4

Grief and Loss

Types of Loss

What is Grief?

Healing From Loss

Helping People Grieve

Session 5

Caring for the Care-giver

Self Awareness

Appropriate Boundaries

Spiritual Practices

Session 6

The Sacraments - Bringing Communion to the Sick

(This session is open to all, but has been designed for Catholic participants)


Additional Information

Applicants who successfully complete the Pastoral Care Visitor Training program will receive a certificate of completion and a one year paid membership in the Alberta Pastoral Care Association.

Registration Fee includes lunch, refreshments and all course materials. For more information contact John MacDonald at 780-469-1010 or

About the Sponsoring Organizations

The Alberta Pastoral Care Association, through education, promotion and training of care-givers, provides for the spiritual well-being, support and visitation of persons in need.

The E P Wahl Centre, a ministry of Taylor College and Seminary, offers lifelong learning opportunities to meet the educational needs of the church, equipping the people of God for the mission of God.

The E P Wahl Centre at Taylor
11525 - 23 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB CANADA T6J 4T3
Toll Free: 1.800.567.4988 |   Phone: 780.431.5200

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Taylor Chapel Schedule

During the school year. the Taylor Seminary chapel program brings students together with faculty and staff each Tuesday and Thursday at 10:15 AM; everyone is welcome.

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Taylor Seminary Timetable

To see the current list of courses at Taylor Seminary, visit the Registrar's Home Page here.

Detailed Taylor Event Schedule:

April 23: Last Day of Classes for the Spring 2015 Semester
April 25: Rook Tournament (a 75th Anniversary event)
May 2: Class of 2015 Graduation Banquet
May 3: Class of 2015 Graduation Ceremony, West Meadows Baptist Church
May 4: Spring Session begins
May 8: Healthy Pastors -- Sabbatical Preparation Workshop (Taylor)
May 10-25: Global Mission Study Tour to Spain
May 19-22: THRiVE -- a Healthy Pastors event (Camp Caroline)

May 22: Bronn & Katherine Journey - Calgary
May 23: Bronn & Katherine Journey - Edmonton
May 23: Missional Living in the Neighbourhood (Knox Evangelical Free Church)
May 29-30: Spring Meetings of the Board of Trustees
June 3: CAPS Lunch and Learn (Taylor)
June 4: CAPS Lunch and Learn (Calgary)
July 1-5: NAB Triennial Conference in Sacramento