Denver Seminary Becomes a CPE Training Center
- Jan McCormack
- Nov 30, 2010
For 10 years we have required Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) as part of many students’ curricula here at Denver Seminary. CPE is a form of “action-reflection” education whereby students are placed in a ministry site (usually a hospital setting or a church) where they function as a pastoral caregiver with people in crisis or stress. Students then bring back to group and individual supervision what they did for their reflection and learning. We have graduated over 200 CPE students in our 10 year history and been pleased with their growth in their pastoral functioning and confidence.
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This is an incredible honor for our seminary and Dr. Fred Gingrich and his faculty are to be commended for their foresight and tenacity in bringing this to fruition. Currently, we are only the third seminary with ACPE accreditation and the only seminary involved in training future CPE Supervisory faculty. Some of the unique aspects of our CPE Center are that we place students in many ministry sites in the community: from traditional church and hospital settings to police departments to businesses and even sporting venues. Chaplains/pastors wanting to get additional units of CPE or enter supervisory training CPE, with or without being concurrently enrolled in our DMin Chaplaincy track, can do their training without leaving their place of employment. We are confident that adding this CPE element will continue to prepare students for ministry to those in crisis.
For further information on our CPE program contact Dr. Jan McCormack, Director of Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling, .