Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is practical theological education for ministry of all types, learned in a clinical setting. At Florida Hospital we are pleased to have a wide variety of clinical settings across Central Florida in which students may learn ministry.
CPE brings theological students, clergy persons, religious community members, and qualified lay persons into supervised ministry encounters with the critical human experience of the clinical environment, the “living human document”. An inductive learning process is the foundation of this method of spiritual care formation, skill, identity development and interpersonal competence.
Ministry with people in crisis is at the heart of learning through reflection, discussion and critical evaluation with other students and the supervisor.
The CPE process utilizes verbatim, case studies, and other methods for reporting one’s ministry for self-evaluation and group supervision. The discussions surrounding one’s ministry focus on what is happening with the caregiver, as much as what is happening with the people receiving ministry.
CPE students structured education sessions involve weekly seminars, and supervision which focus on theological, medical, psychological, emotional, interpersonal and group dynamics. These sessions along with the clinical experience and related reading, provide opportunities for challenge, support, caregiving and personal reflection.
In CPE, students enter a program of small-group, action-reflection-action learning. Spiritual Care Leadership development is fostered by:
- Personal goal-setting and ongoing reflection within a safe and respectful small group context
- Theological, spiritual and personal reflection
- Facilitated peer dialogue
- Collaboration with doctors, hospital staff and a team approach to patient care
- One-on-one consultation regularly with a CPE Supervisor
- Reflective self and group evaluation process
As a CPE student at FH, you can expect:
- To be involved in ministry in a wide range of clinical contexts and a diversity of patients, families and staff, while functioning as a part of the multidisciplinary care team
- To be encouraged and challenged to become excellent in spiritual care ministry, to expect more from yourself than you imagine, and to participate in providing effective and meaningful spiritual care for every person, every time
- To learn about yourself as person, as learner, as colleague in the learning process and as a minister to persons in crisis
- To learn about how your strengths and weaknesses, your brokenness and wholeness, your faith and your doubts – inhibit and enhance your spiritual care practice
FH Division – Center for Pastoral Education is accredited by ACPE, Inc. to offer all levels of CPE, in a challenging and supportive environment.
CPE at Florida Hospital Division - Center for Pastoral Education is accredited by ACPE, Inc. One West Court Square, Suite 325, Decatur, GA 30030
Phone: (404) 320-1472