Clinical Pastoral Education
The goals of CPE are to foster growth in four areas: the ability to be reflective about the personal and professional dimensions of the practice of ministry; formation and integration of pastoral identity in the context of covenantal relationships; competence in the skills of pastoral care; and expertise in areas of pastoral specialization.
Several features make CPE distinctive.
- It is experience-based learning: students spend half or more of their time in the actual experience of ministry, providing care and learning from the persons with whom they are in ministry.
- It is student centered: although a basic curriculum is provided, the emphasis is on the student's determination of what she or he needs to learn in order to grow in effectiveness.
- It is deeply personal and intensely interpersonal: the learning process relies heavily on a small group of peers dedicated to a covenant of mutual learning in order to develop the habits of a reflective professional.
CPE programs at DHMC are accredited by the:
Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
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