The Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program at UAMS Medical Center engages in an action reflection model of learning, central to the CPE experience. The chaplain interns are involved in direct patient care, and it is that experience and reflection on the actual pastoral encounter that fosters the chaplain's learning. At UAMS Medical Center, trainees are involved with people from diverse religious and cultural backgrounds. Trainees are assigned to specific areas, function as ecumenical chaplains, and are responsible for providing pastoral care to patients, families and staff. Trainees attend interdisciplinary meetings and participate with other professionals in providing patient care. Chaplain interns also share on-call responsibilities, which provide learning opportunities in the midst of a developing health care crisis.
Key concepts in the action reflection learning process include:
- Learning from experience, both personal and professional, through case study reflection, peer feedback, and the supervisory encounter in such a way as to shape future action.
- Working with a peer group, to be held accountable and to hold others accountable, for personal and professional development.
- Gaining awareness as a pastoral care giver while developing pastoral identity and authority.
The CPE Training Programs at UAMS Medical Center are conducted under the auspice of the College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy.
For more information on CPE training at UAMS Visit the Link below:
George Hankins Hull, CPSP Diplomate in Clinical Pastoral Supervision