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Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is an interfaith professional theological education for ministry utilizing the clinical method of learning. The focus of the CPE program at Rex Healthcare is on pastoral reflection, pastoral formation and pastoral competence.

Students in CPE develop a new awareness of themselves as persons and pastors, of the needs of those with whom they minister and of the systems in which they give and receive care. From theological reflection on specific human conditions, they gain a new understanding of ministry. Within the interdisciplinary team process of helping people, they develop skills in inter-personal and inter-professional relationships.

Rex is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. to offer:

Level I CPE (Internship)

Level I addresses advanced competencies and issues of pastoral function, pastoral reflection and pastoral integration.

  • Extended Unit (September - May) A part-time program for two academic semesters. This unit requires 15 hours a week with educational seminars being held one morning or afternoon each week. It is designed to offer a more flexible schedule for students. Occasional overnight and weekend on-call duty is required.
  • Summer Unit (June - August) A full-time program is offered each summer. This unit requires 40 hours a week plus overnight and weekend on-call duty.

Requirements:

  • Completed ACPE application
  • Screening interview with an ACPE supervisor or other qualified person

Level II CPE (Residency)

Level II addresses advanced competencies and issues of pastoral function, pastoral reflection and pastoral integration. A pastoral specialization may be offered at this level.

  • Residency (August - June, break, August - June) A part-time program consisting of four units of CPE over a two-year period with an eight week, uncompensated break during the summer. This program provides a more in-depth learning experience for persons wishing to learn the art of pastoral care in preparation for institutional or parish ministry. The educational and clinical requirements include 20 hours a week. Salary and benefits are provided. Completion of at least one prior unit of CPE is required.

Requirements:

  • Completed ACPE application
  • Completion of one prior unit of CPE
  • On-site interview with Rex supervisory staff

Supervisory CPE

Supervisory CPE addresses the development of competence in the art, theory, and practice of pastoral supervision.

  • Supervisory is an on-going program designed for qualified persons seeking to become certified ACPE supervisors. This program focuses on the development of competence in the art, theory, and practice of pastoral supervision.

Requirements:

  • Completed ACPE supervisory application
  • Completion of four prior units of CPE
  • On-site interview with Rex supervisors

Learn about the Rex Clinical Pastoral Education program, call 919-784-3371 or email.

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