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The nationally accredited Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program offered at St. Catherine Hospital is a unique experience in professional adult education. It invites participants seeking growth and competence in spiritual care (ranging from helping and lay ministries to professional chaplaincy) to new levels of personal development. CPE is a dynamic, interpersonal, process-oriented educational experience. It opens an environment where participants enjoy the freedom to openly share, care for, support, challenge, and respect one another. In CPE, the faculty works to develop a learning environment that is transformative, supportive and stimulating. You will be encouraged to stay “True North” to your faith tradition and/or beliefs. Student support is structured to develop individualized achievement and learning through an accredited program. Clinical hours are completed at your CURRENT place of ministry AND St. Catherine Hospital.
Some benefits of CPE include:
If you want to practice professional chaplaincy, you will need Clinical Pastoral Education. The military, correctional institutions, business or one of the many diverse healthcare settings (e.g. hospice, rehabilitative care, emergency care, etc.) typically require some level of CPE.
Most vocations require more than an ecclesiastical endorsement as a chaplain. Even a Masters in Divinity or Theology will not guarantee you a position. The question applicants face is; “Where did you take CPE?” The employer’s expectation is that applicants will have engaged in CPE if they plan to qualify for, and undertake, professional chaplaincy.
CPE offers benefits broader than “professional” chaplaincy. Clinical Pastoral Education is a unique interfaith experience in pastoral training for those seeking growth and competence in their field of service. Many “lay” ministers and church workers, ordained clergy, and those in secular helping occupations, undertake CPE to enhance and polish their abilities.
At St. Catherine, CPE training is focused on the development of the individual. It seeks to expand your knowledge and understanding of the pastoral role in both routine and critical situations. We help with the development of effective intrapersonal, interpersonal, and inter-professional relational acumen. Clinical Pastoral Education offers practical learning and skills development related to helping people. These skill sets include increased confidence and competence in supporting those dealing with life-altering events. These pivotal events can include trauma, loss, suicide, death and dying, and other “life-coping” issues. CPE offers you growth through shared learning (action/reflection, case studies, etc.), didactics, and peer group interaction. Your supports come through individual supervision, on-site classroom, parish/community surroundings, and clinical settings. Learning is designed to draw out aptitudes and enhance gift-sets to help you polish your talents.
During a typical St. Catherine CPE Unit (quarter year), students engage in a variety of assignments, activities, and duties. For example:
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