Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is professional education for ministry.
The clinical method of education is an experientially based "action-reflection"
methodology in which interns and residents engage in ministry and critically
reflect on that ministry in consultation with supervisor(s), peers, and
other professional colleagues. Each intern is assigned to clinical areas
with the responsibility to minister to patients, the families of those
patients, and the medical center staff.
Interns and Residents learn as members of a group, and the group is formed
with an aim for diversity in gender, race, sexual orientation, culture
and religious tradition. They often enter CPE secure in their beliefs
and values. As they gain confidence within the context of a “safe
enough environment,” they consider new ideas and try out new behaviors.
Patients, their families, and hospital staff members become models for
interns and residents to learn about their own openness, strengths and
vulnerabilities as pastors. In the context of the hospital setting interns
have opportunity to reform or reaffirm their ideas about God, self, and
others. In this environment, they learn new ways of providing ministry.
The end goal of the CPE program experience is to facilitate the intern’s/resident’s
development of pastoral formation, reflection, and competence. CPE provides
a context for this formation by having each intern and resident: 1) provide
hospital ministry to patients, families and staff, 2) participate in group
and individual supervision of ministry and 3) participate in and reflect
on offered topical modules. The curriculum is not a linear process in
which transitions are clearly defined as in academic models of learning.
Rather, it relies on the developmental and maturational processes that
are unique to each intern and resident. All elements within the clinical
setting facilitate the intern’s and resident’s education process.
Hoag’s commitment is to their unique development and growth as a
pastoral care giver.
If you are interested in applying for either our Chaplain Internship or
Chaplain Residential Programs please complete an
ACPE Application and return it along with the $50.00 application fee to:
Hoag Hospital Attn: CPE, 307 Placentia, Suite 103, Newport Beach, CA 92663
or call 949-764-6994.
Hoag Hospital is fully accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral
Education, Inc. (ACPE).