About Clinical Pastoral Education

A Unit of CPE

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is a graduate level course of clinical pastoral training in ministry. An accredited unit of CPE involves at least 400 hours of training.  The training is split over two categories: (1) 100 hours of structured group and individual education. And (2) 300 hours of clinical practice in ministry.  The 300 plus the 100 equaling 400 hours is the minimum requirement.  Action-Reflection-Action learning process, CPE provides trainees an opportunity to practice and reflect on the act of ministry and the person of the minister within individual group settings.

CPE Training Objectives

Students receive professional clinical training in diverse ministerial contexts by reaching professional benchmarks of expected outcomes:

  1. To demonstrate the ability to understand and make use of the clinical process and the clinical method of learning.  This includes the ability to understand and formulate clinical data, the ability to receive and utilize feedback and consultation, and to make creative use of supervision.

  2. To demonstrate the self as a work in progress and to cultivate the understanding of self to the extent that non-anxious presence is available to those in need.  Utilize self as the principal tool in pastoral care & spiritual care and counseling.  This includes the ability to reflect on self and interpret one's own life story both psychologically and theologically.

  3. To demonstrate familiarity with the basic literature on the field, clinical, behavioral, theological and spiritual (in ex. Crisis intervention theory and practice; grief and loss; interdisciplinary and interfaith patient care; spiritual assessment; group and family)

  4. To demonstrate basic care and counseling skills including listening, empathy, reflection, analysis of problems, conflict resolution, theological reflection and the demonstration of a spiritual assessment so as to examine and evaluate human behavior and religious symbols for their meaning and significance.

  5. To demonstrate the ability to make a pastoral diagnosis or spiritual diagnosis with special reference to the nature and quality of religious and spiritual values.

  6. To demonstrate the ability to provide a critical analysis of one's own religious or spiritual tradition.  To assess embedded theology in self and others.

  7. To demonstrate an understanding of the dynamics of group behavior and the variety of group experiences, and to utilize the support, confrontation and clarification of the peer group for the integration of personal attributes and pastoral/spiritual functioning.

  8. To demonstrate the ability to communicate and engage in ministry with persons across cultural and interfaith boundaries.

  9. To demonstrate the ability to utilize individual supervision for personal and professional growth and for developing the capacity to evaluate one's ministry.

  10. To demonstrate the ability to work as a pastoral member on an interdisciplinary team.

  11. To demonstrate the ability to make effective use of the behavioral sciences in pastoral care/spiritual care.

  12. To demonstrate leadership ability, personal authority and pastoral authority.

  13. To demonstrate familiarity with the basic literature of the field:  clinical, behavioral, theological and spiritual. (in ex. crisis intervention theory and practice; grief and loss; interdisciplinary and interfaith patient care; spiritual assessment; group and family systems theory and behavior; gender issues in pastoral/spiritual care; ethical issues; and personal/professional boundaries in the delivery of pastoral/spiritual care.

  14. To demonstrate the ability to empower patients to tell their story.

  15. To demonstrate non-anxious presence in high anxiety crisis situations.

  16. To demonstrate he ability to make an age-specific spiritual assessment.

  17. To demonstrate the ability to process embedded theology and to function by utilizing deliberative theology and integrated spiritual functioning.

  18. To articulate the central themes of their religious heritage and the theological understanding that informs their ministry.

  19. To identify and discuss major life events, relationships, and cultural contexts that influence personal identity as expressed in pastoral functioning.

  20. To demonstrate competent use of self in ministry and administrative function which includes: emotional availability, cultural humility, appropriate self-disclosure, positive use of power and authority, a non-anxious and non-judgmental presence, and clear and responsible boundaries.

  21. To demonstrate evidence of high ethical commitment, including absolute respect for the worth and rights of persons, and an understanding and assent to the CSCPF Statement of Rights and Ethics.

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