What to Expect from the CPE Program
Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento
In reflecting upon yourself as a person in ministry, you will have the opportunity to refine your skills and examine the quality of your personal and professional relationships. Through this method of action/reflection learning you will develop self-awareness, pastoral identity, theological and spiritual integration and a wide variety of clinical and professional competencies.
As a chaplain student you will explore your major life events, relationships and cultural contexts that affect who you are and how that influences your practice of ministry. Within a supportive peer group, you will find a safe place for learning and growth while engaging in self reflection. Peer groups are designed to include diversity of racial, cultural, socio-economic, sexual orientation and religious backgrounds that contribute to this rich learning environment.
Commitment in the full time program (Sutter Medical Center Sacramento) is M-F: 8:30am-5:00pm in addition to written homework assignments and being available as the 24 hour on-call chaplain for emergencies once a week.
There are two part time programs or “extended units” at Sutter Roseville Medical Center. The first requires a commitment of 24 hours per week with mandatory group meetings on Monday afternoons and Wednesday mornings. The second is a 12 hour per week commitment with mandatory group meetings on Wednesday afternoons.What to Expect as a Student…
Direct ministry with patients, their families and hospital staff
You will work as the chaplain on specific clinical areas of the hospital, providing spiritual care to those on your assigned units. In addition you will rotate on overnight and weekend on-call coverage for the hospital. You will have the opportunity to interact with many different professionals and situations in all areas of the hospital when on call.
You will participate in individual supervision, providing time to share and reflect upon your ministry and peer group experiences. Your peer group also acts as resource for learning and a platform for support and encouragement through the CPE training. The allotment of your time includes 100 hours of supervised education for every 300 hours of clinical (patient/family/staff) work. At the end of the program you will participate in a final self-evaluation with caring response from peers.
Work within a peer group
You will join a peer group made up of other CPE students and a supervisor(s) where you meet to reflect on your faith tradition, present specific encounters of your ministry, hone spiritual care skills, engage in interpersonal group relations and learn about group dynamics.
Didactic seminars and workshops
Our program offers many didactic presentations each unit which include outside resources to enhance your education of the hospital institution, clinical diseases, behavioral sciences, culture and inter-faith awareness, hospital chaplaincy, medical ethics and decision making, and other issues related to contemporary spiritual care. We draw upon our hospital and the greater Sacramento community as resources to examine modern concerns in health care ministry. Within each unit the curriculum will vary to reflect cutting edge issues in spiritual care and chaplaincy.
Every student in our program will rotate leading devotions in our hospital chapel. Students have opportunity to draw upon their religious heritage as they seek to understand meaningfully their experience in the hospital. In addition the service is a time to gather for spiritual nurture and then share feedback about the devotional experience.
Reading and Research
Although the residency (12 month) program provides time to explore and specialize in an area of spiritual care, each CPE unit will examine a topic of focus, utilizing current literature and research to aid students’ skill and practice. Students periodically present didactics based on their own research and learning goals.