CPE is Clinical Pastoral Education, also known as Clinical Pastoral Training. Students may come from any faith, and training units are conducted in cohorts of three to seven students, typically from varied faith backgrounds.

The aim of CPE is to enable students to gain greater self-awareness, to become skilled listeners and observers, to develop competence in integrating the theological and behavioral sciences, and to explore ministry areas such as grief and bereavement, ethical principles, legal issues, cross cultural relations, and collaboration as a spiritual care professional on an interdisciplinary team.

Students present case studies based on their spiritual care visits at the students’ clinical sites. Students also participate weekly in student reflection groups, as well as weekly one-on-one supervision/coaching sessions.

Settings that can be used as clinical sites vary. Here are some examples: recipients of students’ spiritual care may be hospital patients or clients in hospice care (including bereaved family members), or incarcerated persons, or members of a student’s mosque or church. Students may be volunteers or may be employed by their site.

In addition to clinical methods of learning, standard didactic pedagogy will be employed (required reading, written assignments, review and testing). Meetings are typically held virtually.

Units can be full-time (12 weeks) or part-time (24 weeks). Both require 300 clinical hours and 100 hours of didactic activities, which means that full-time students will need to allow approximately 35 hours each week to complete the 12-week unit, and part-time students will need to allow approximately 17 hours each week for the 24-week unit. Certificates of unit completion are awarded by the Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training (ICPT). ICPT’s accreditation is recognized by the U. S. Department of Education. The Well of Dyersburg is one of the corporate affiliates of ICPT.

For more about ICPT, go to http://www.icpt.edu. However, please make note: Units run by a corporate affiliate, such as The Well of Dyersburg, will often have schedule dates that differ from what you will find on the ICPT website. The next unit offered by The Well is a good example of that difference: our unit will take a six-day break during Thanksgiving week and another six-day break during Christmas week. The total program and requirements are fully the same, only the unit dates will differ.

For information on our upcoming CPE unit dates and for information about The Rev. Dr. Carolyn Smith Goings, who is the Board Certified CPE Supervisor offering ICPT CPE units through The Well of Dyersburg, see About on this website or use the Contact form on this website to request further information. A few testimonials from some of Dr. Goings’ former students are below.

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