Basic Description of CPE
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is professional education for ministry. It brings theological students, ordained clergy, members of religious orders and qualified laypersons into supervised encounters with "living human documents." This encourages each student to develop: their pastoral identity, interpersonal competence and spirituality; the skills of pastoral assessment, interprofessional collaboration, group leadership, pastoral care and counseling; and pastoral theological reflection.
Clinical Pastoral Education integrates into pastoral practice knowledge of theology, psychology, sociology, anthropology, ethics and medicine. It is designed to empower students to discover who they are in relationship to God, self, and others. This process is experienced holistically. Charles T. Hall sees the Clinical Pastoral Education as "a dynamic process of learning from living human documents, oneself and others, especially persons in various crises of life. CPE embraces conceptual learning of theology and psychology and experiential learning from religious experience. It assumes that conceptual theology is the systematic organization of the experiences of the people of God and that such revelation continues in the experiences of persons today. CPE assumes that human beings are thinking and feeling creatures and that pastoral care and counseling must minister to the whole person."
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