Level I/Level II CPE
CPE provides theological and professional education using the clinical method of learning in diverse contexts of spiritual care. ACPE accredits two types of clinical pastoral education programs: CPE Level I/Level II and Certified Educator CPE. ACPE accredited
programs provide a progressive learning experience through a two-level curriculum. Level I curriculum outcomes must be satisfactorily addressed prior to admission to Level II. Completion of CPE Level I/Level II curriculum outcomes is a prerequisite
for admission to Certified Educator CPE. It is a goal to ensure that students are knowledgeable about the Common Qualifications and Competencies for Professional Chaplains.
CPE Level I/Level II enables pastoral formation, pastoral competence, and pastoral reflection. Some CPE centers offer pastoral specialization(s) as part of their Level II curriculum.
CPE Level I/Level II objectives define the scope of the CPE Level I/Level II program curricula. Outcomes define the competencies to be developed by students as a result of participating in each of the programs.
- to develop students’ awareness of themselves as ministers and of the ways their ministry affects persons
- to develop students’ awareness of how their attitudes, values, assumptions, strengths, and weaknesses affect their pastoral care
- to develop students’ ability to engage and apply the support, confrontation, and clarification of the peer group for the integration of personal attributes and pastoral functioning
- to develop students’ awareness and understanding of how persons, social conditions, systems, and structures affect their lives and the lives of others and how to address effectively these issues through their ministry
- to develop students’ skills in providing intensive and extensive pastoral care and counseling to persons
- to develop students’ ability to make effective use of their religious/spiritual heritage, theological understanding, and knowledge of the behavioral sciences and applied clinical ethics in their pastoral care of persons and groups
- to teach students the pastoral role in professional relationships and how to work effectively as a pastoral member of a multidisciplinary team
- to develop students’ capacity to use one’s pastoral and prophetic perspectives in preaching, teaching, leadership, management, pastoral care, and pastoral counseling
- to develop students’ understanding and ability to apply the clinical method of learning
- to develop students’ abilities to use both individual and group supervision for personal and professional growth, including the capacity to evaluate one’s ministry