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Clinical Pastoral Education

Education for spiritual caregivers of all faiths

At Methodist Health System, the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) chaplain has the opportunity to learn pastoral/spiritual care in an interfaith setting through ministry at any of our independent CPE centers at Methodist Dallas, Methodist Charlton, Methodist Mansfield, or Methodist Richardson Medical Centers.

Exploring Life, Learning, and Ministry

CPE students at Methodist are actively engaged in ministry and personal reflection. They participate in concentrated reflection on who they are, what they are doing, and how they bring themselves to their ministry — all under the guidance of a pastoral educator and peers. CPE students find themselves challenged to grow personally and professionally as they explore life, learning, and ministry.

The learning from our CPE program can be applied to an Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) certification, clinical membership in ACPE, parish ministry, ordination/seminary requirements, pastoral counseling, and hospital chaplaincy.

Methodist currently offers opportunities for CPE through the following:

  • Residency
  • Summer Internship
  • Extended Internship
  • Supervisory Education

Level I / Level II and Supervisory

Methodist Health System offers a diverse clinical setting for CPE chaplains as well as a wide spectrum of educational and practical experiences. To further enhance the educational process, students share their experiences with peers and other professionals through a variety of workshops and seminars.

  • Theological Integration Seminars — integrate theological insights with actual ministry events.
  • Interpersonal Relationship (IPR) — assist chaplains in exploring various personal and professional issues that may arise during their ministry through a peer group learning experience.
  • Verbatim Seminars — serve to review and critique verbatim reports of actual pastoral visits.
  • Didactic Seminars — include lectures and presentations from interdisciplinary professionals and supervisors on pastoral, ethical, and health care concerns.
  • Individual Supervision — meet one-on-one regularly with an educator.
  • Interdisciplinary Case Studies — offer residents opportunity to reflect with other health and pastoral care professionals on individual cases.