CPE is Clinical Pastoral Education. CPE students are spiritual care providers from any faith group. CPE is conducted in student cohorts (typically made up of three to seven students) which usually–and ideally–include people of various faiths. CPE students receive supervision and participate in small-group reflection regarding their clinical encounters (spiritual care visits). Each week, case studies based on students’ encounters are presented and feedback is given by the cohort members and the supervisor. The students’ spiritual care recipients can be hospitalized patients or end-of-life clients in hospice care (or their bereaved family members), prisoners, parishioners, or members of the student’s mosque, as some examples. In addition to the typical clinical method of learning (“action-reflection-new action”), standard didactic methodology will be employed (reading assignments, review, testing, and so forth). CPE units may be full time, covering a 12-week period of time, or may be part time, covering a 24-week period of time. Full-time units require twenty-five clinical hours per week, and part-time units require twelve clinical hours per week. For more information about the Supervisor for these units, Rev. Dr. Carolyn Smith Goings, see About on this site, and see Contact on this site to send inquiries. A full-time unit will begin on August 3. A part-time unit may be available in the late fall. Online options included.
From former students:
“What a blessing it was to have Rev. Goings for CPE supervision. Leadership like hers is especially needed in times like these. Students pursuing chaplaincy need her insights and ability to ask the right questions now more than ever.”
Daniel Hetzer, Hospital Chaplain (Level 1 Trauma), Sarasota, Florida
“Dr. Goings was never biased toward views other than her own but was at ease challenging students’ views in ways that forced us to wrestle a bit instead of just holding fast. She managed to be candid as she provided genuine support. I always felt respected, never ridiculed for any of my beliefs while being taught to spot blind areas within my own views. Dr. Goings’ supervision provided me with some eye-opening moments. She was wise and insightful and shared her understanding in a respectful, helpful manner.”
Rev. Brad Eades, Bereavement Manager, Decatur, Alabama
“I went through many tough adjustments as I changed professions—from being a Registered Nurse for many years to becoming a successful and passionate Board Certified Chaplain. I could not have done it without Dr. Carolyn’s support and respectful guidance.”
Chaplain Rebecca Ing, Virginia Beach, Virginia