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Clinical Pastoral Education


Two different levels of CPE are offered. Level I CPE is the entry level for anyone without previous CPE. Level II CPE is for people who have taken at least one unit of CPE and have sufficiently addressed the Level I Outcomes.

Level I CPE – Internship - is offered as an extended unit over a seven month period (October - April). The curriculum is designed to help the intern meet the Outcomes of Level I CPE, which are:

  • Articulate central themes of her or his religious heritage and the theological understanding that inform one’s ministry.
  • Identify and discuss major life events and relationships that impact on personal identity as expressed in pastoral functioning.
  • Demonstrate the ability to initiate helping relationships.
  • Initiate peer group and supervisory consultation and receive critique about one's ministry practice.
  • Risk offering appropriate and timely critique.
  • Utilize the clinical method of learning to achieve his or her educational goals.
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate in pastoral practice conceptual understandings presented in the curriculum.
  • Formulate clear and specific goals for continuing pastoral formation with reference to one’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • Recognize relational dynamics within group contexts.

Level II CPE is offered as a Residency Program. The curriculum is designed to help the resident meet the Outcomes of Level II CPE and the certification requirements of the Association of Professional Chaplains, National Association of Catholic Chaplains, and the National Association of Jewish Chaplains. Level II Outcomes include:

  • Articulate an understanding of the pastoral role that is congruent with his or her values, basic assumptions and personhood.
  • Provide pastoral ministry to a variety of people, taking into consideration multiple elements of cultural and ethnic diversity,social conditions, systems, and justice issues without imposing one’s own perspectives.
  • Demonstrate a range of pastoral skills, including listening/attending, empathic reflection, conflict resolution/confrontation, crisis management, and appropriate use of religious/spiritual resources.
  • Assess the strengths and needs of those served, based on an understanding of behavioral science and grounded in theology.
  • Manage ministry and administrative function in terms of accountability, productivity, self-direction, and clear, accurate clinical communication.
  • Demonstrate competent use of self in ministry and administrative function including: emotional availability, appropriate self-disclosure, a positive use of power, a non-anxious and non-judgmental presence, and clear and responsible boundaries.
  • Establish collaboration and dialogue with peers, authorities and other professionals.
  • Demonstrate awareness of the Spiritual Care Collaborative Common Standards for Professional Chaplaincy.
  • Demonstrate self-supervision through a realistic assessment of one’s pastoral functioning.


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