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    Overview of Clinical Pastoral Education 

    by Christian Chaplains & Coaching

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    This mini-course is designed to assist a student in becoming aware of the advanced principles of chaplaincy in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). Covering Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE 100) is a professional education program focusing on the student's personal, professional, and pastoral formation as a spiritual caregiver. The program is designed to provide students with opportunities for self-reflection and self-awareness and to develop pastoral skills such as active listening, empathetic communication, and the ministry of presence. Enrollment and completion of CPE 100 – 400 may lead to Board Certified Chaplain. CPE as taught by Christian Chaplains & Coaching may provide up to 6 credit hours per course, 24 hours total, toward a higher degree (Bachelor or Masters) with one of our collaborating accredited institutions of higher learning. 

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    Please note: This mini-course offers a foundational introduction and overview of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). However, it does not grant any credits or certification in CPE. To pursue official credits or certification, please consider enrolling in the comprehensive course available through Christian Chaplains & Coaching. 

    Course Outcomes:

    You will learn what Clinical Pastoral Education is all about, transformational more than informational and the importance of self-awareness. To identify what it means to be culturally sensitive and to develop a compassionate, non-judgmental understanding of each person. Recognize and respect various religious and cultural traditions which are part of each person’s story. Recognize the existence of vulnerable populations and work with them in caring ways, even if you disagree with their lifestyle. Learn the basics of creating and using a spiritual assessment in your work. Become familiar with grief and the tangled ball of emotions it produces. The basics of grief theory and counseling the bereaved. Finally, learn to recognize the importance of sensitivities in counseling especially as applied to secular settings. 


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    After you have viewed all of the material and posted your reflections in the forums, there is a feedback quiz. The quiz will help us evaluate the effectiveness of the mini-course.

    About our partnership with Christian Chaplains & Coaching
    CLI and Christian Chaplains & Coaching (CC&C) have partnered together to create an opportunity for students interested in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). This collaboration is designed to enrich students' academic options and provide a path to gain practical experience and academic credit in pastoral education. Learn more here.

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      1. How do you identify and address your own biases and assumptions when working with vulnerable populations? What are the unique challenges faced by the vulnerable populations you serve, and how do you tailor your approach & communication to meet their needs?
      2. How have you developed (or how will you create) useful spiritual assessment tool(s) to be used in your unique chaplain (or ministry) context? How does the culture you serve inform that process?
      3. Do you know how to lament, or are you practicing the art of grumbling? In your own words, why is this distinction important to understand as you serve those who are grieving or experiencing loss?
      4. As Ray prompts in the video 'Tangled Ball of Emotions,' reflect on the following questions: How have you experienced grief? How long did it take for you to return to normal effectiveness again? Do you still experience surges of grief? If so, when? What triggers them? Why is reflecting on these questions important to effectiveness as a chaplain or as one serving in ministry?

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      1. How do theoretical models of grief inform your pastoral care? How can you adapt and apply these models to respect the individuality of each person's grief journey?
      2. How will you ensure that your personal experiences with grief or loss will enhance rather than interfere with your ability to provide empathetic care?
      3. Why is it important to understand the differences between a pastor, an evangelist, and a chaplain in your particular area of ministry? If you are serving in chaplaincy or counseling, how do you ensure that you embody the proper sensitivities when approaching a ministry opportunity?
      4. Do you find it difficult to identify situations that are out of your spiritual care lane or expertise? If not, how do you identify these situations, and how do you react? If you do find it difficult, how will you work on improving your identification process?

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    Interested in other mini-courses provided by Christian Chaplains and Coaching? Check out The Basics of Christian Grief Counseling or The Foundations of Christian Ministry to the Incarcerated

    Learn more about Clinical Pastoral Education, how it can benefit you and your ministry, and CLI's partnership with CCC.

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