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Ascension Seton offers pastoral care services to all patients and their families.
Clinical Pastoral Education is professional education for ministry. Seminary students, laypersons and ministers serve as Resident, Intern, Extern and Certified Education Student Chaplains providing Spiritual Care to patients and families at Ascension Seton.
Through intense interaction with persons in need, and the feedback from peers, clinical mentors, and faculty, students develop an awareness of themselves as persons and as professional spiritual care providers. The educational process and ministry to persons gives students an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the cultural, theological, spiritual and socioeconomic dynamics that influence their lives as well the lives of persons to whom they minister. Through their work with the interdisciplinary team they gain a deeper understanding of how to provide leadership and to work effectively in a multidisciplinary setting.
The CPE Program at Ascension Seton is accredited by:
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Ascension Seton is accredited by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education to offer programs of Level I/II CPE and Supervisory CPE.
The Essential Elements in CPE Include:
The development of a learning contract between the student and a CPE educator is central to the educational process of CPE. The learning contract addresses learning and growth in pastoral reflection, pastoral formation and pastoral competence:
For more information on each of these, please see below Objectives for Clinical Pastoral Education.
CPE serves as a part of one’s preparation for parish ministry, chaplaincy, lay ministry, teaching and counseling. The educational process is guided by a student’s learning contract that he or she develops collaboratively with an educator . A student’s learning contract focuses on the integration of personal awareness, of theological, psychological and pastoral experience through the ministry to persons.
Some students, after completing several units of CPE, choose to enroll in Supervisory CPE, working toward certification as a CPE Educator. In Supervisory CPE the student learns the theory and practice of supervision and has an experience of supervising CPE students under the guidance and with the consultation of a CPE educator. CPE develops the capacity for the pastoral and spiritual care of individuals, families and systems.
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. A number of theological schools which are members of the ACPE have graduate degree programs which combine academic study and Supervisory CPE.
CPE programs accredited by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education mu st meet specific standards adopted by the ACPE. The objectives for Level I/Level II as stated in the ACPE Standards are as follows: