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What is Pastoral Education?

Palmetto Health is an accredited training center through Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) to offer both levels of CPE (CPE and Supervisory CPE). Our CPE program is the second largest program in the Southeast. We offer two full-time stipend programs; a year-long residency program for first and second year chaplain residents, and an 11-week chaplain intern summer program. We also offer part-time, or Extended, CPE programs in several locations throughout the state. The Extended programs meet one day per week and allow parish clergy and lay leaders to participate in CPE around issues from their parish and from work in the hospital setting.

What are the qualifications of Chaplain Residents?  

  • Strong sense of vocational direction toward ministry.  
  • Ordination and/or endorsement by denomination.  
  • Ability to be self-reflective and inquisitive about one's theology.  
  • Openness to differences in people; respect of person's spiritual and religious grounding.  
  • Ability to function in crisis.  
  • Graduation from college.  
  • Graduation from seminary (summer and extended students are often in the middle of their seminary education.)  

What are the educational requirements for clinical training for Chaplain Residents?  

  • Willingness to reflect on one's work, including both the how and the why of what one does. 
  • Openness to supervision. 
  • Ego-strength to facilitate group interactions.
  • Ability to be a self-starter; ownership of learning process. 
  • Admission of learning issues; desire for learning.  

What does the chaplain learn in Clinical Pastoral Education?  

  • Specialized ministry skills for specific situations. 
  • Pastoral care to strangers. 
  • Worship leadership in non-church settings.
  • Use of self as resource in ministry.
  • Interpersonal skills. 
  • Theological implications of pastoral care. 
  • Self-care and boundary setting.