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Community CPE Initiative

What Is CPE?

The CPE program at Meritus Medical Center is organized through the department of spiritual care services. The department is committed to providing training and consultation services to institutions, professionals and persons in need in the community. The program utilizes the adult “action-reaction-reflection” learning process which is central to clinical training. One of the basic tenets of CPE is that trainees are involved in hands-on, direct, experiential learning as theyminister to people and reflect on their actions and reactions during these caregiving experiences. It is not primarily academic or classroom learning, although there is a didactic component to it. The primary textbook of the program is the reading of the “living human document” within the trainee’s “clinical” or ministry context. CPE trainees in the Meritus Medical Center program will learn to reflect on their involvement with those who are in crisis due to illnesses, disasters, traumas and/or life-changing events. By thinking through and analyzing these experiences with their peers and supervisor, trainees are provided with the necessary tools to enhance their pastoral functioning in their area of specialization.

Learning Tools

  • A small interdisciplinary/interfaith group engagement
  • Case studies for clinical analysis and theological reflection
  • Didactic seminars and workshops
  • Spiritual reflection
  • Individual supervision
  • Familiarity with basic clinical, behavioral sciences and theological literature in the pastoral care and counseling field

Focus Areas

Training focuses on four competencies in ministry:

  • Pastoral Reflection:
    • Cultivating an understanding of self as a foremost tool in pastoral care and counseling, while benefiting from supervisor and peer group feedback.
  • Pastoral Competence:
    • Insights and resources in becoming skilled in clinical analysis, intercultural, interfaith and interdisciplinary competence.
  • Pastoral Formation:
    • Increasing awareness of pastoral identity and roles and assistance in defining and maintaining sound professional boundaries.
  • Pastoral Specialization:
    • Equips chaplains, pastors, religious leaders and other caregiving professionals with clinical assessment and intervention skills in their area of ministry; enables trainees to meet the psycho-spiritual and emotional needs of clients/patients.

Program Details

The Community CPE Initiative at Meritus offers three parallel tracks:

  1. A 12-month three-unit residency track in which paid CPE Chaplain Residents complete over 900 hours of spiritual and emotional support for staff, patients and their family members at Meritus Health, along with 300 hours that includes individual supervision, interpersonal relations group for case presentations, didactics (workshops/seminars), and self-learning exercises. The units are offered as follows:
  1. Fall = September to December
  2. Winter =January to April
  3. Summer = May to August.

The successful completion of the requirements of the unit would grant residents three units of CPE. Residents are assigned to clinical areas and are trained to respond to emergent needs throughout the hospital. Residents also provide on-call coverage, after hours.

  1. A 12-month two/three unit internship track in which volunteer Chaplain Interns complete 600 (for two units) or 900 (for three units) hours of spiritual, emotional support at Meritus Health and/or in an off-campus clinical sight (such as a parish, nursing home, etc.), along with 200 (two units) or 300 (three units) hours that includes individual supervision, interpersonal relations group for case presentations, didactics (workshops/seminars), and self-learning exercises.

The three units per year track are offered as follows:

  1. Fall = September to December
  2. Winter = January to April
  3. Summer = May to August.

The two units per year track are as follows:

  1. Winter/Spring = January to June
  2. Summer/Fall = July to December.

The successful completion of the requirements of the unit would grant interns two or three units of CPE depending on the track in which they are registered. CPE chaplain interns are assigned to clinical areas and are trained to respond to emergent needs throughout the hospital, and provide on-call coverage, after hours.

  1. Community/Online extended unit track invites participation from chaplains, faith leaders, and other professional caregivers to apply the principles and clinical skills learned in CPE to their current employment or volunteer setting. Trainees would need to provide emotional support, spiritual, pastoral care, and/or counseling services for the clients and/or patients they serve at another institution for at least 12 hours per week to earn a half unit, and 24 hours per week for a full unit). In addition to this requirement the trainees need to complete 100 hours that includes individual supervision, interpersonal relations group for case presentations, didactics (workshops/seminars), and self-learning exercises. The units are offered as follows:
  1. Fall = September to December
  2. Winter =January to April
  3. Summer = May to August

Online Access

Online access is available to trainees who live too far from the hospital to attend in person. Trainees will be able to access training online through a Zoom teleconferencing application on their computers or other devices. For online access to work seamlessly, trainees need to havethe required online speed and equipment. This may require extra costs.

Cost

Tuition is $800 per unit. There is also a $50 nonrefundable registration deposit with application or registration. A unit-fee scholarship of up to 100% is available for qualified trainees who see patients in the hospital. Fees are subject to change.

For more information, call or email:

Phone number: 301-790-8716 or 301-790-7296

Email: michelle.phillips@meritushealth.com

Community CPE Initiative brochure

Community CPE Initiative application

Our CPE program is accedited by the Commission on Accreditation of Pastoral & Psychotherapy Training and the of College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy.

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