Outcomes to Be Attained in CPE
Level I CPE
- Ability to articulate central themes of her or his religious heritage and the theological understanding that informs one's ministry.
- Ability to identify and discuss major life events and relationships that impact on personal identity as expressed in pastoral functioning.
- Ability to demonstrate the ability to initiate helping relationships.
- Ability to initiate peer group and supervisory consultation and receive critique about one's ministry practice.
- Ability to risk offering appropriate and timely critique.
- Ability to utilize the clinical method of learning to achieve his or her educational goals.
- Ability to demonstrate the ability to integrate in pastoral practice conceptual understandings presented in the curriculum.
- Ability to formulate clear and specific goals for continuing pastoral formation with reference to one's strengths and weaknesses.
- Ability to recognize relational dynamics within group contexts.
Level II CPE
- Understanding of the pastoral role that is congruent with his or her values, basic assumptions, and personhood.
- Ability to provide pastoral ministry to a variety of people, taking into consideration multiple elements of cultural and ethnic diversity, social conditions, systems and justice issues without imposing one's own perspectives.
- Demonstrate a range of pastoral skills, including listening/attending, empathic reflection, conflict resolution/confrontation, crisis management, and appropriate use of religious/spiritual resources.
- Ability to assess the strengths and needs of those served, based on an understanding of behavioral science and grounded in theology.
- Manage one's ministry and administrative function in terms of accountability, productivity, self-direction, and clear, accurate clinical communication.
- Demonstrate competent use of self in ministry and administrative function including: emotional availability, appropriate self-disclosure, positive use of power, a non-anxious and non-judgmental presence, and clear and responsible boundaries.
- Establish collaboration and dialogue with peers, authorities and other professionals.
- Demonstrate self-supervision through a realistic assessment of one's pastoral functioning.