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Clinical Pastoral Education prepares single unit CPE students and chaplain residents for ministry through a process of action and reflection. All Students are regarded as important members of the Pastoral Care Department, and they are assigned to a variety of units within the hospital, where they work closely with other members of the healthcare team.
The Clinical Pastoral Education program provides students with a variety of opportunities to reflect upon their experiences with peers, supervisors and other professionals:
Cincinnati Children’s offers a full-time residency program, with the student receiving credit for each unit of Clinical Pastoral Education. It is designed for persons interested in an in-depth training experience that focuses on professional competence in ministry, and includes a pastoral care specialty. Residents take part in a regular on-call rotation and gain broad experience in ministry to patients, families and staff in acute, chronic and crisis situations.
Each resident receives a stipend and additional benefits, including excellent health and dental insurance, meal tickets, paid vacation days and holidays observed by the medical center. (Contact the supervisor for specific information regarding programs currently being offered).
For those taking Clinical Pastoral Education at Cincinnati Children’s with the goal of certification as a chaplain, it may be helpful to know the requirements of various certifying bodies. Credit for completed units of Clinical Pastoral Education may be applied toward requirements for seminary degrees and ordination, as well as certification. Organizations that certify chaplains include:
For those interested in pursuing pastoral counseling education and certification, contact the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), 703-385-6967.
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