UAMS Clinical Pastoral Training Program
CPE at UAMS focuses on the development of personal and pastoral identity and the growth of professional competence as a minister. Specific objectives of CPE are:
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The CPE program at UAMS Medical Center has a history that extends over thirty years. Chaplain interns and residents serve as hospital chaplains and provide pastoral care and counseling to inpatients, families and hospital staff. Each chaplain in training is assigned to a number of floors and units, providing an opportunity for the trainee to experience the full range of care settings in a modern medical facility. The trainees are required to provide 24 hours on-call coverage for the Medical Center. In addition, each trainee is required to present case studies, attend didactic seminars, provide written reflections upon reading reviews, meet with their supervisors for individual supervision sessions, conduct a weekly ecumenical worship service and take part in group relations seminars.
|Summer 2014 CPE Resident and Internsaption|
- 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.
The Clinical Pastoral Education Program at UAMS Medical Center is accredited by the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP) as an international, theologically based covenant community, offering accreditation and certification to individuals and programs that meet standards of expertise in pastoral counseling, pastoral supervision and psychotherapy.
CPSP confers Diplomate, Pastoral Counselor, Board-Certified Clinical Chaplain and Board-Certified Associate Clinical Chaplain credentials to individuals who demonstrate competence, meet its standards, aspire to its principles and commit to its discipline.