Outcomes to Be Attained in CPE

Outcomes of CPE Level I

The curriculum for CPE Level I addresses the fundamentals of pastoral formation, pastoral competence, and pastoral reflection through one or more program units. Satisfactory achievement of Level I outcomes must be documented in the supervisor’s evaluation(s).

At the conclusion of CPE Level I students are able to:

Pastoral Formation

  • articulate the central themes of their religious heritage and the theological understanding that informs their ministry
  • identify and discuss major life events, relationships, and cultural contexts that influence personal identity as expressed in pastoral functioning
  • initiate peer group and supervisory consultation and receive critique about one’s ministry practice

Pastoral Competence

  • risk offering appropriate and timely critique
  • recognize relational dynamics within group contexts
  • demonstrate integration of conceptual understandings presented in the curriculum into pastoral practice
  • initiate helping relationships within and across diverse populations

Pastoral Reflection

  • use the clinical methods of learning to achieve their educational goals
  • formulate clear and specific goals for continuing pastoral formation with reference to personal strengths and weaknesses

Outcomes of CPE Level II

The curriculum for CPE Level II addresses the development and integration of pastoral formation, pastoral competence, and pastoral reflection to a level of competence that permits students to attain professional certification and/or admission to Supervisory CPE. Level II curriculum involves at least two or more program units of CPE. The supervisor determines whether the student has completed Level II outcomes based on the student’s competence. The supervisor must document completion of Level II outcomes in the student’s final evaluation.

At the conclusion of CPE Level II students are able to:

Pastoral Formation

  • articulate an understanding of the pastor al role that is congruent with their personal and cultural values, basic assumptions, and personhood

Pastoral Competence

  • provide pastoral ministry to diverse people, taking into consideration multiple elements of cultural and ethnic differences, social conditions, systems, and justice issues without imposing their 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
  • assess the strengths and needs of those served, grounded in theology and using an understanding of the behavioral sciences
  • manage ministry and administrative function in terms of accountability, productivity, self-direction, and clear, accurate professional communication
  • demonstrate competent use of self in ministry and administrative function which includes: emotional availability, cultural humility, appropriate self-disclosure, positive use of power and authority, a non-anxious and non-judgmental presence, and clear and responsible boundaries

Pastoral Reflection

  • establish collaboration and dialogue with peers, authorities, and other professionals
  • demonstrate awareness of the Spiritual Care Collaborative Common Standards for Professional Chaplaincy. Note: The ACPE Standards and Code of Ethics supersede these standards
  • demonstrate self-supervision through realistic self-evaluation of pastoral functioning