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    What is CPE?
    Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

    Spiritual Care - What is CPE?

    CPE Programs
    Clinical Pastoral Education is interfaith professional education for ministry accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.; One West Court Square, Suite 325, Decatur, GA 30033; (404) 320-1472.; It is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    CPE is a process model of education that is student centered, vigorously reflective and potentially transformative. Peer discussion and self evaluation with other students and supervisor(s) becomes an integral part of the learning environment.

    CPE brings theological students and religious leaders of all faiths (pastors, priests, rabbis, imams, religious orders and others) into supervised encounters with persons in crisis. Out of an intense involvement with persons in need, and feedback from peers and supervisors, students develop new awareness of themselves as persons and of the needs of those to whom they minister. From theological reflection on specific human interactions, students gain new understandings of ministry. Within the interdisciplinary team process of helping persons, they develop skills in interpersonal and inter-professional relationships.

    In CPE students utilize verbatim, case studies and other ministry descriptions to reflect on chaplain experiences in supervision. The focus in some seminars will be on what feelings emerge in the chaplain, as much as on what is happening to the people receiving ministry. There will be opportunities to learn from behavioral sciences while also reflecting theologically, so that one can draw from both in understanding the human condition and the role faith plays.

    Students are challenged to think about social structures and groups as well as individuals in defining their ministry. Students are part of a dynamic learning group with other students and supervisors, providing the chance for mutual supervision, care giving, challenge and validation.

    Our CPE program is geared toward those interested in advanced education who have completed undergraduate degrees and have had some theological education. In addition applicants should have the ability to reflect on the psychodynamics and cultural/spiritual implications of significant events in their lives.