Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) began in 1925 as a form of theological education offered in settings where people experience pain, suffering, change, stress, and other sorts of significant challenges and life events.
The model of education used in CPE is highly experiential, based in theory and geared towards helping professional people become more aware of the ways their attitudes, values and assumptions impact the care they offer for better or worse.
Hands-on practice lies at the heart of our method; students learn by doing as they care for people experiencing change, loss, stress, or any feeling evoked by significant life events. We call our primary text “The Living Human Document” because we recognise the depth and breadth of learning that can happen when working with people at deep and significant levels.
With the support, confrontation and clarification of peers and supervisors, students can make significant and lasting improvements in their ability to listen, assess spiritual needs, formulate a plan of care and respond effectively.
In addition, we offer seminars on a wide variety of topics related to caregiving and leadership, as well as unstructured groups in which students are encouraged to reflect on their personal and professional identity, their beliefs and values and how all of these impact the way they care for others.