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Clinical Pastoral Education - An Historical Perspective:

Clinical Pastoral Education - An Historical Perspective:

In the 1920’s theological education began to be profoundly reshaped by the medical model of education which itself was being transformed in response to the renowned Flexner Report of 1910.

Theological education, which was at that point in history almost entirely academic, theoretical, and forensic began to change just as medical education was changing. Pastors began using the mentorship approach to learning “at the bedside” in contact with living persons and their problems.

Thus, began the art and science of Clinical Pastoral Training or Education, the disciplined examination of specific cases of pastoral care and counseling, and the application of the clinical method to the work of ministry.

Clinical Pastoral Education has come to be known as the study of persons and their problems of relating and structures of meaning. This training has become accepted as a formative component in the preparation of persons for religious ministry.

Anton Boisen (1876-1965) was the individual who most provided the initial impetus toward making this change in theological education. Motivated by the urgency to understand his own psychotic episodes and their religious and developmental implications, Boisen inaugurated and institutionalized this new component in theological education known as Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE).

At first CPE attracted only a few selected individuals, most of whom sought Boisen because of his and their dissatisfaction with normative theological education. Subsequently, CPE has burgeoned to such an extent that many theological schools require an introductory unit as a prerequisite for graduation.

Clinical Pastoral Education in General:

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, retirement home, etc.), and seeks to foster the pastors own self-awareness as a pastoral care-giver.

The CPE approach to training is based upon an "action-reflection" model of learning. Pastoral interns function as ecumenical chaplains providing pastoral care on assigned areas and use their experience in pastoral encounters as a basis for their learning.

While seminary settings provide an academic environment for the study of pastoral theology in contrast the CPE center provides the clinical basis for learning. 


The College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy 

Clinical Pastoral Training University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

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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

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