Components of Curriculum

The components of a typical clinical pastoral education (CPE) curriculum at Beaumont incorporate well-developed theoretical perspectives of all elements of the program, coaching a small group of three to twelve peers in a common learning experience, a specific time period, and an individual contract for learning consistent with the objectives of clinical pastoral education. All CPE programs at Beaumont are conducted by an ACPE certified supervisor with an interdisciplinary faculty selected from a wide range of Beaumont professionals.

Program structure:

  • Approximately 75% of the total time in practice of pastoral service/spiritual care with Beaumont patients, families, and staff; 25% in instruction, supervision, group life, and study/reflection.
  • Regular written pastoral care reports with analysis of each situation and with self-critiquing as pertains to skill and effectiveness of care provided. Three or four reports are scheduled for presentation and discussion with peers and supervisor for each student. Another component of this process is learning to do holistic diagnostic and treatment/care diagramming.
  • Interdisciplinary input seminars presented weekly by Beaumont physicians and other professionals, with discussion of implications and applications for pastoral care.
  • Pastoral Theological Integration Seminars - understanding and implementing of pastoral relationships and services from a religious or spiritual perspective, theologizing concerning personal and pastoral ministry experiences.
  • Pastoral Identity and Skill Labs - Includes video-taped delivery of pastoral care of participants with each other, presentation of ministry skills seminars dealing with various crises and challenges in ministry.
  • Focus/discussion on the Objectives and Outcomes of CPE (ACPE Standards).
  • One-and-a-half hours of Peer Group Life - to develop sensitivity and skills in interpersonal relationships. In weekly peer group life interaction, we confront and examine the positive and negative sensibilities, perceptions, and images of ourselves and our peers, as well as the effect which our contextual and historical places of origin may have influenced the formation of our values, our assumptions, our opinions, and our attitudes. Through this process we come to a deeper understanding of ourselves and of the issues which nurture as well as challenge us, thereby enabling our personal, relational, and professional growth as pastoral caregivers.
  • A weekly hour of review/debriefing concerning the experiences of the program during the week just ending. (Summer groups only).
  • One hour of issue-focused supervision with each participant (weekly for summer programs; bi-weekly in part-time programs) including at least one team visit to patients with supervisor or with an experienced staff chaplain.
  • A mid-term and written final self and supervisory evaluations of performance for each participant.
  • On-call and religious service leadership experiences for each participant.
  • Visits to/presentation of Anatomic Pathology (Autopsy room - witnessing autopsy optional), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and other services.
  • For certain qualified participants, Beaumont Hospital also offers Pastoral Specialization, focusing on the participant's desire to become competent and knowledgeable in a particular area of ministry (e.g., cardiology, hospice, oncology, and trauma).