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Clinical Pastoral Education

A typical day in Clinical Pastoral Education is a day of administration, self-reflection, peer consultation, theological reflection, didactics on various topics and patient visitation.

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Program Information

Clinical Pastoral Education

 

The Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program includes:

 

Clinical Experience

Baylor's CPE participants experience first-hand a variety of ministry situations. Service specialties offer occasions to minister in areas such as cardiology, oncology, transplantation, emergency/trauma, pediatrics, rehabilitation, geriatrics, outpatient services and chronic illnesses. An assignment to a specific area may mean you are the primary chaplain on that floor.

 

Individual and Group Supervision

Weekly verbatim reports of interactions with patients are presented to the CPE Supervisor and peer group. These opportunities for feedback help you assess your strengths and limitations in pastoral care.

 

Didactic Seminars

Formally structured seminars on a variety of ministry-related subjects are presented by professional chaplains, clinical health care professionals and CPE supervisors. Each seminar provides helpful theoretical and theological foundations for pastoral care.

 

Interpersonal Relations Seminar (IPR)

Sharing personal experiences in a small-group setting teaches group process and leadership skills. You learn both from insights gained from peers about your pastoral effectiveness and from situations other colleagues encounter and share with the group.

 

 

 CPE Schedule  

 

 

One Year

CPE

Residency

Full-time

Introductory

Summer

CPE Unit

Extended

Introductory

Fall or Spring

CPE Unit

 

 Program Dates August-August June-August

August-December

January-May

 

 Hours

Full-time

40 hrs/wk

+ on-call 

Full-time

40 hrs/wk

+ on-call 

Part-time

20 hrs/wk 

+ on-call  

 

 Prerequisite

One CPE

Unit

Preferred 

Pursuing

Seminary

Degree          

Lay Minister,

Pastor, or

College Degree 

 

 

A Typical Day

A typical day in CPE is a day of administration, self-reflection, peer consultation, theological reflection, didactics on various topics and patient visitation. You are assigned to a parish (clinical area) and meet regularly with a CPE Supervisor and professional chaplain regarding your ministry. Your pastoral ministry includes on-call, which you are responsible for every death, code, advance directives, etc.

 

Resources

A Guide for International Students interested in CPE in the United States

 

 



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