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Clinical Pastoral Education Objectives

College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy

CPSP CPE Objectives:

CPSP Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) programs provide an opportunity for ministers, seminarians and lay people to develop pastoral competency within a particular pastoral setting (usually a hospital, parish, hospice, or retirement home). The CPE approach to training is based upon an "action-reflection" model of learning. Pastoral trainees function as ecumenical chaplains providing pastoral care in assigned areas and use their experience in pastoral encounters as a basis for their learning.

CPSP CPE focuses on the development of personal and pastoral identity and the growth of professional competence as a minister. Specific objectives of CPE are:

  • To become aware of one's self as a minister and of the ways one's ministry affects people.
  • To become a competent pastor of people and groups in various life situations and crisis circumstances and to develop the maturity to provide intensive and extensive pastoral care and counseling.
  • To utilize the clinical method of learning.
  • To utilize the support, confrontation, and clarification of the peer group for the integration of personal attributes and pastoral functioning.
  • To become competent in self-evaluation and in utilizing supervision and consultation to evaluate one's pastoral practice.
  • To develop the ability to make optimum use of one's religious heritage, theological understanding, and knowledge of behavioral sciences in pastoral ministry to people and groups.
  • To acquire self-knowledge to a degree that permits pastoral care to be offered within the strengths and limitations of one's own person.
  • To develop the ability to work as a pastoral member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • To develop the capacity to utilize one's pastoral perspective and competence in a variety of functions such as preaching, teaching, and administration as well as pastoral care and counseling.
  • To become aware of how one's attitudes, values, and assumptions affect one's ministry.
  • To understand the theological issues arising from experience and to utilize theology and the behavioral sciences to understand the human condition.
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CPSP CPE/PPS CENTERS LISTING UPDATED 11/08

ARKANSAS AR – Little Rock (CPE)  George Hankins-Hull,  M.Div   University Arkansas fo Medical Sciences Medical Center  Little Rock,  AR (501) 686-6888 
AR – Springdale (CPE)  C. J. Malone,  M.Div   Northwest Health System  Springdale,  AR72764  (479) 957-8782 

CALIFORNIA CA - Long Beach (CPE)  Karyn Reddick,  M.Div   Long Beach Memorial Medical Center / Miller Children's Hospital  Long Beach,  CA90806  (562) 933-1452 

COLORADO CO – Lakewood (CPE)  Foy Richey,  M.Div   Rocky Mountain Center for Education and Training  Lakewood,  CO 80235  (303) 797-8255 

DELWARE DE – Wilmington (CPE) Bryan Bass-Riley Nemours-Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children 1600 Rockland Road Wilmington, DE 19803 (302) 651-5063

MASSACHUSETTES MA – Boston (CPE/PPS)  William E. Alberts,  Ph.D.,   Boston Medical Center  Boston,  MA 02118  (617) 638-6850 

MARYLAND MD – Easton (CPE/PPS)  Benjamin P. Bogia,  Ph.D.   Shore Health System of Maryland  Easton,  MD21601  (410) 822-1000 
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