What Does a Person Learn in CPE?
Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento
One unit of CPE at Sutter includes 1OO hours of individual and group supervision and 300 hours of ministry within the hospital setting.
Our CPE program provides a relational learning environment, which involves mutual trust, respect, openness, challenge, conflict and confrontation. This training fosters growth in self-reflection, pastoral formation, and pastoral competence, which includes knowledge, perspective, and the development of clinical skills.
CPE at Sutter is student focused and is based upon an adult model of education. Students assume responsibility for their ministry and learning, while working as professionals within the hospital. The educational approach relies upon group process, is clinically based, and is grounded in the dialogue between theology and the behavioral sciences.
There are three levels of training: Level I, Level II & Supervisory Education
What Does CPE Prepare a Person To Do?
CPE serves as a part of one's preparation for community ministry, institutional chaplaincy, (i.e. hospital, prison, hospice) lay ministry, teaching, pastoral counseling and spiritual leadership in any faith tradition. Many theological schools require one unit of CPE as a part of a theological degree program. Other schools accept a year of CPE as the required intern year of ministry for a theological degree program.
Some students, after completing several units of CPE, choose to enroll in Supervisory CPE working toward certification as a CPE supervisor. In Supervisory CPE, the student learns the theory and practice of supervision and has an experience of supervising CPE students under the guidance of a CPE supervisor. A number of theological schools, which are members of ACPE, have graduate degree programs which combine academic study and Supervisory CPE.