Winter (January 7 – April 26) for Level I & II CPE and Summer (June 3 - August 23) for Level I CPE focus on pastoral identity, understanding spiritual care, pastoral theology, the nature of religion/spirituality as a resource for human health and growth, and the meaning of illness and health.
The CPE Unit involves assignments to patient units, interpersonal group interaction, written impressions, verbatim reports, personal supervisory conferences, didactic lectures, worship leadership, and personal and program evaluation.
Consequent CPE units can allow for specialization in a particular area of spiritual care in the health care setting within the program requirements as above. Encouragement is given to a more profound understanding of the setting and process of CPE.
The winter session is a part-time 16 week program designed to accommodate those in a graduate academic program or working in a part-time job with flexibility in their hours. The summer session is a 12 week full-time program designed to accommodate those in a graduate academic program or other ministry workers with schedule availability for an intensive (40+ hours), three month-long clinical immersion experience .
In order to fulfill these responsibilities, students spend approximately 60% of their time in contact with patients and 40% in seminars, didactics, and supervision. Ministry to patients is paramount in their work. Other learning occurs through experiences shared in working with peers and hospital staff. The ACPE Certified Educator directs, guides, reviews, and evaluates all of these experiences with students.
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CPE is open to seminary students, clergy, religious practitioners and lay people. Credit for successful completion can be used for academic, denominational, or certification purposes. It can also be an opportunity to prepare for ministry or discerning spiritual dimensions of practice in a related field.
The Rev. Heather L. Weidemann
Director and ACPE Certified Educator
Spiritual Care Department
Maine Medical Center
22 Bramhall Street
Portland, ME 04102
For any questions or additional information please call (207) 662-2951.