Fall (September-January) and Spring (March – July) sessions for Level I and Level II CPE programs 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. Each session is 20 weeks and students will need to commit to 20 hours per week.
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 supervisor directs, guides, reviews, and evaluates all of these experiences with students.
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.
Director, Spiritual Care
The Rev. Catherine F Garlid
Phone: (207) 662-2951
Fax: (207) 662-6212
22 Bramhall Street
Portland, ME 04102