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CPE at Beaumont is an educational program particularly geared to any individual seeking a career in hospital ministry. Courses taken through Beaumont are accredited through the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., and the U.S. Department of Education. A Beaumont CPE student could expect to spend approximately 75 percent of his/her time in the practice of pastoral service and spiritual care with Beaumont patients, their support persons, and staff. The remaining time is spent in instruction, supervision, group life, and study. They also provide weekly written pastoral care reports and attend skill labs and interdisciplinary seminars. Beaumont CPE also offers pastoral specialization, which focuses on a participant's desire to become competent and knowledgeable in a particular area of ministry, such as hospice, cardiology, or trauma.
Admission standards at Beaumont require that the equivalent of one year of seminary training be completed in order to provide a base for some theological reflection and practice.
A Master's degree or equivalent is required for admission to the residency program.
For further information regarding CPE admission criteria.
The Beaumont chaplain intern or resident provides spiritual and emotional care to patients, as well as their support persons, where indicated, and collegial support to interdisciplinary staff persons throughout the entire hospital from 10:00 PM to 6:30 AM. The overnight chaplain carries the trauma pager and responds to all traumas (Emergency Center), CPRs, deaths, and all other requests for a chaplain. This usually includes providing emotional and spiritual support for persons in crisis. The CPE intern or resident can expect to have fourteen such opportunities for their learning and professional development per unit of CPE.
30-week Extended Unit: two of the following: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's 20-week Extended Unit: Memorial Day 10-week Summer Intensive Unit: Independence Day Residency: all of the above plus Labor Day
Holiday shifts typically are six to eight hours each.
The time investment required for successful completion of a unit of CPE varies according to the type of unit. Here are some guides:
Assigned reading and writing of pastoral care reports and self-evaluations are also required for all units. An allowance of adequate time for completion of these would also need to be factored into your plans.
The leadership of, or assistance at, two Beaumont religious services in our Spiritual Care Center is required per unit of CPE. Muslim prayer services are conducted in the early afternoon on Fridays. Jewish Shabbat services are conducted in the late afternoon on Fridays. Roman Catholic Masses are conducted on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, also on the first Friday of each month and on Holy Days of Obligation. Inter-denominational Christian prayer or Scripture services are conducted on Sunday mornings and on religious holidays such as Easter and Christmas. Memorial services are conducted as needed. By prior arrangement and approval of their supervisor, CPE interns and residents of various faith traditions may conduct services and/or lead prayer services either at Beaumont or at their own places of worship. Each intern and resident is expected to submit one written worship service report per unit for critique.
The application fee (non-refundable) is $35. A $75 deposit is required on admission to hold one's place in the program. Upon matriculation, this deposit is applied towards the unit's tuition. Tuition for the first unit of CPE taken at Beaumont is currently $1,000. Subsequent consecutive units are currently $500.
Yes. Beaumont requires the successful completion of the minimum of one unit of CPE prior to being considered for a residency.
A number of major certifying bodies, e.g., the Association of Professional Chaplains, the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, and the National Association of Jewish Chaplains require a minimum of four units of CPE for Board Certification. In our experience, however, five units provide opportunity for more practice and better integration of learning and competency development, offering a better basis for meeting a Board Certification Committee than the four-unit person might have. It is recommended that you contact these organizations directly about these and other requirements.
CPE residencies are primarily for persons seeking to be professional (i.e. Board Certified) chaplains. Therefore, it makes good sense to have the academic requirements for Board Certification completed or at least well underway before entering into a CPE residency.
Beaumont places a stronger emphasis on the development of professionalism in the delivery of spiritual and emotional care than the intern or resident might find in other centers, including requirements for more clinical hours and didactic input than the minimum ACPE standards require, more emphasis on interdisciplinary teamwork and ministry than many centers require, and more emphasis on developing diversity competencies in ministry than many require or have the opportunities and resources to offer.
For additional useful information and more Frequently Asked Questions about CPE in general, visit the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education FAQ page.