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Curriculum

Units offered

The Pastoral Education program offers the following units.

Extended (part-time) units
Offered in the fall and spring semesters, these part-time programs may be taken as full (400 hour) or half (250 hour) units. Generally for Level I students, they may be developed in subsequent units to meet Level II outcomes. Extended units are designed for clergy, religious seminarians and qualified lay persons. They meet twice weekly for educational seminars and there is flexibility negotiating the required day/evening clinical hours (150) and evening/overnight/weekend on-call hours (150). These units focus on awareness of oneself as a person and pastoral caregiver through supervised experience and skill-building.

Intensive summer units
Offered in a 10 or 11-week summer semester, this full-time program is available only as a full (400 hour) unit. The program meets weekdays for educational seminars, required day clinical hours (150) and evening/overnight/weekend on-call hours (150). Summer units are intense. They are designed for religious, lay and graduate students. This semester focuses on awareness of oneself as a person and pastoral caregiver through supervised experience and skill-building.

Residency year
The four-unit residency year is offered for qualified applicants with prior CPE and ministry experience. Residents receive stipend and benefits. Limited free housing is available. The level I / II curriculum and the diverse clinical opportunities offered prepare residents for board certification as chaplains. Evening/overnight/weekend on-call hours are required in addition to assigned clinical units and educational seminars. Completion of the four units in residency meets the clinical requirements for those seeking certification as chaplains in the major certifying bodies. For a breakdown on what you will learn during each season of the year-long program.

Supervisory education
Supervisory education is a multi-year curriculum within the hospital and the sub-region that prepares students to work hands-on in the field. There are formal requirements for admission to this program. Those requirements, as sanctioned by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, include previous ministry experience demonstrating capacity to function pastorally; meeting of Level II CPE Outcomes; membership in ACPE; and a personal consultation.

Curriculum by season

The curriculum for the Residency Year program includes:

Fall unit
Primary focus: Level I CPE (311 Outcomes)
Theme: “Getting Grounded”
Topics:

  • Self- and personal-awareness
  • Clinical method of learning
  • Grief and loss
  • Pastoral care skills, including spiritual assessments and care plans
  • Pastoral care theories and models

Winter unit
Primary focus: Level II (312 Outcomes)
Theme: “Theological constructs for pastoral/spiritual care”
Topics:

  • Pastoral care theologies
  • Pastoral care as healing activity

Pastoral care as ethical practice

  • Pastoral care as proclamation
  • Discovering one’s pastoral care model and metaphor

Spring unit
Primary focus: From Level I (311 Outcomes) to Level II (312 Outcomes)
Theme: “Cultures of Pastoral Care”
Topics:

  • Pastoral care in diversity
  • Pastoral care across the age-span
  • Pastoral care in the midst of violence and addiction
  • Pastoral care in crisis and disaster

Summer unit
Primary focus: Level II (312 Outcomes)
Theme: “Personal Integration and Professional Competency”
Topics:

  • Pastoral care within healthcare institutions
  • Student presentations of 310 specialty projects
  • Boundaries and self-care
  • Business and management of pastoral care
  • Resumes and certification

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