Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

CPE Program Learning Objectives

Our Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program, which is ACPE accredited, provides theological and professional education using the clinical method of learning in diverse contexts of ministry. ACPE accredited programs provide a progressive learning experience through a two level curriculum.  We have a separate curriculum for Supervisory Education Students (SES). Level I curriculum outcomes must be satisfactorily addressed prior to admission to Level II. 

CPE (Level I/Level II)

CPE (Level I/Level II) enables pastoral formation, pastoral competence, and pastoral reflection. Some CPE centers offer pastoral specialization(s) as part of the level II curriculum.

CPE (Level I/Level II) Scope

CPE (Level l/Level II) objectives define the scope of the CPE (Level l/Level II) program curricula. Outcomes define the competencies to be developed by students as a result of participating in each of the programs.

Supervisory CPE (Supervisory Education)

Supervisory CPE (Supervisory Education) objectives define the scope of the CPE (SES) program curricula.  Outcomes and objectives for supervisory education define the competencies to be developed by supervisory education students.

For additional program details please contact Mark Tabbut.

Distinguishing Features

Four features make Rush University Medical Center and the Department of Religion, Health and Human Values an ideal location for Clinical Pastoral Education.

First, Rush offers students the opportunity to minister to people facing major life changes due to critical and/or chronic illness. Persons who are confronted with these events are often in need of comfort and support. They often seek help exploring and evaluating how they are coping with these realities and what they mean in the context of their life and spirituality.

Second, the medical center is an environment committed to education in the health care field. Rush has a long-standing allegiance to the concept of practitioner-teacher. The medical center believes that the best teachers are those who are clinicians and the best clinicians are also teachers. Although the specific balance of these two activities varies for each individual staff member, it is expected that the two will be found together. This philosophy prevails at the administrative level of the institution, where most administrators are also faculty in their respective schools, and also within the Department of Religion, Health and Human Values.

Third, the Clinical Pastoral Education, or CPE, supervisors at Rush have a variety of backgrounds and learning interests. Each was certified in a different decade and, thus, brings history, experience and new ideas to the table of supervision. They each share a deep commitment to Rush and the CPE program.

Fourth, through the Department of Religion, Health and Human Values and Rush University itself, both of which share the same campus, CPE students have access to educational facilities and a vast collection of materials. In the department itself, there is a library of publications, both books and periodicals. In addition, each CPE supervisor in the department maintains and updates his/her own library of pastoral and theological materials, which are available to the students. Finally, the university’s library, while geared primarily to the needs of students in clinical and health management fields, also makes available many resources that can assist CPE students in their pastoral and theological pursuit.

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