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Clinical Pastoral Education

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Mercy Hospital Springfield
Susan Buchanan
Manager of Pastoral Education
417-820-7061

Mercy Oklahoma City
Sam Naidoo
Manager of Pastoral Education
405-752-3604

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CPE Residencies available in Springfield, MO and Oklahoma City, OK. Extended units available throughout the Mercy system in Missouri, Oklahoma, and Arkansas

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is experience-based theological education for seminarians, clergy, and lay persons of diverse cultures, ethnic groups and faith traditions. As the program's name implies, CPE is: 

Clinical

CPE has a strong "hands-on" component. Students meet with patients/residents/clients and from their interaction develop their awareness and skills for pastoral care. Mercy is a Trauma I facility with a variety of clinical possibilities and a number of certified chaplain staff who serve as clinical mentors.

Pastoral

CPE is pastoral, focusing on putting an individual’s theology into practice. Some describe CPE as “doing” theology versus “learning” theology. Depending on the particular CPE program, participants bring to their work a graduate degree in theology, work toward such a degree, or sufficient theological background to do pastoral ministry.

Education

Above all CPE is adult learning. A unit of CPE is "at least 400 hours combining no less than 100 hours of structured group and individual education with supervised clinical practice in ministry" (ACPE).

Chaplain Certification

Most national certifying bodies require a minimum of four accredited units of CPE prior to application for chaplain certification. For certification information consider the following:

  • The National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) www.nacc.org
  • The Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) www.apc.org
  • The National Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC) www.najc.org
  • CPE units taken at Mercy are recognized by all of these certifying bodies.

Program Accreditation

Mercy has offered Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) since 1974 through accreditation by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Commission on Certification and Accreditation (USCCB/CCA). Since 2008 the program has been accredited by The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE).

For more information please contact Mercy Pastoral Education Center at 417-820-2735 or 417-820-7440.

How to Apply

Applications may be sent by email to mercycpe@mercy.net

Payment should be sent to:

Mercy Hospital-5H
Attn: Michelle Barone
Pastoral Education Center
1235 East Cherokee
Springfield, MO 65804

Mission Statement

Mercy Clinical Pastoral Education Program prepares ordained, professed, and lay persons for chaplaincy and faith-based ministry.  The program provides experience-based theological education in three key areas:  pastoral formation, pastoral competence, and pastoral reflection.

We value our Christian heritage which gives expression to the mission of compassion through the healing ministry of the Roman Catholic Church.  We honor the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy respecting the dignity and the unique diversity of all CPE students as we prepare them to serve others in these three key areas. (PAG approval 1/30/2012)

Part-time 17-week program for CPE Interns who arrange for a clinical placement, with approval of the CPE Educator, outside of the Mercy Health Ministry. The program seeks to accommodate persons with commitments (e.g. job or profession) that do not permit fulltime CPE.

 

Pre-requisites:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree or other professional designation; e.g. RN, with sufficient theological background for program. Any person who has two units of CPE is expected to do a consultation for Level II CPE and not to amass any more CPE units before completing graduate theological degree as explained above.
  • Experience: Pastoral experience sufficient for program.
  • Skills and knowledge: appropriate to, and sufficient for, expectations and realities of the program. Evidenced in application materials, interview, and references.

 

Stipend and Benefits:

No stipend or benefits are offered for this program.

 

Tuition:

$1200 per CPE unit, payable at the beginning of the unit, unless financial payment plan is worked out in advance with CPE Educator.  

Applications are accepted year-round. Application deadline: when program is full. Application fee $25.00 nonrefundable.

 

Calendar:

A Virtual Unit will be offered Spring 2022.

Occasionally, Mercy offers a CPE extended unit offsite. The decision is based on need, interest, and availability of supervisory personnel. For information contact Center for Pastoral Education at 417-820-2735 or 405-752-3604.

Part-time, 17-week program for CPE Interns serving at institutions with the Mercy Health Ministry. The program seeks to accommodate persons with commitments (e.g. job or profession) that do not permit fulltime CPE.

 

Pre-requisites:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree or other professional designation; e.g. RN, with sufficient theological background for program. Any person who has two units of CPE is expected to do a consultation for Level II CPE and not to amass any more CPE units before completing graduate theological degree as explained above.
  • Experience: Pastoral experience sufficient for program.
  • Skills and knowledge: appropriate to, and sufficient for, expectations and realities of the program. Evidenced in application materials, interview, and references.

 

Stipend and Benefits:

No stipend. Benefit: meal discount.

 

Tuition:

$500 per CPE unit ($200 for current Mercy co-worker), payable at the beginning of the unit, unless financial payment plan is worked out in advance with CPE Supervisor.

Applications are accepted year-round. Application deadline: when program is full. Application fee $25.00 nonrefundable.

 

Calendar:

An Extended Unit will be offered Spring 2022.

Occasionally, Mercy offers a CPE extended unit offsite. The decision is based on need, interest, and availability of supervisory personnel. For information contact Center for Pastoral Education at 417-820-2735 or 405-752-3604.

Full-time, twelve (12)-month, four-unit CPE program from early September to late August. Intended for persons aiming at a level of competence that permits them to attain professional board certification as chaplains and/or admission to Educator CPE.

 

Pre-requisites:

  • Education: Preference on selection will be given to students who have at least 36 hours of theological education toward a master’s degree, or the equivalent combination of apprenticeship/mentoring and experience according to their faith tradition that would meet standards for board certification.
  • Experience: Pastoral experience.
  • Skills and knowledge: appropriate to, and sufficient for, expectations and realities of the program. Evidenced in application materials, interview, and references.

 

Stipend and Benefits:

CPE Residents receive a stipend and benefits. They are Mercy coworkers for the time that they are in the program.

 

Tuition:

Unit 1: $400., Unit 2: $300., Unit 3: $200., Unit 4: $100., payable at the beginning of the respective unit, unless financial payment plan is worked out in advance with CPE Educator.

 

Calendar:

Clinical responsibilities continue between units and through holidays. Residents receive 21 days of paid-time off which includes holidays, sick days, and vacation.

Applications are accepted after October 1 of the previous year. Application deadline: when program is full. Application fee $25.00 non-refundable.

 

Certification:

Consult  www.acpe.edu for Educator CPE process and requirements.

The Certification Process is designed as a developmental, competency-based approach to learning. In this innovative approach, evaluation of CECs/CESs is ongoing and is grounded in clearly articulated competencies that are required to successfully engage in our work. Competency-based learning utilizes systems of instruction, assessment and reporting that are based on students demonstrating that they have learned the knowledge and skills they are expected to learn as they progress through the process.

 

Three-year Timeline to include; Completion of Level II Objectives & Outcomes, ACPE Admission Portfolio Completion, Successful Readiness Interview – Certified Educator Student (CES), Completion of Certified Educator Candidacy, Completion of Phase One Competencies, Completion of Phase Two Competencies of certification process, plus all ACPE required support. Apart from the ongoing CES/CEC training there is a review every 6 months of the 3-year time-line with regard to the processes named in this paragraph.

 

Requirements:

  • Education: graduate theological degree (Master of Divinity) or education/apprenticeship/mentoring appropriate for endorsement from the student’s faith tradition and equivalent for board certification
  • Experience: leadership in a spiritual/religious community; ordination, license, or standing suitable for endorsement from a faith tradition recognized for board certification
  • CPE requirements: completed ACPE applications are accepted anytime, 4-6 units of CPE with student & educator evaluations, demonstration of spiritual care and conceptual competence as evidenced by the attainment/completion of level i/level ii outcomes
  • Skills and Knowledge: evaluation of the competencies for admission to a certified educator program

 

Stipend and Benefits: stipend and benefits available according to budget designation. students are mercy Coworkers for the time that they are in the program.

 

Tuition: based on APCE requirements

 

Certification: not required but preferred - consult  www.nacc.org or www.professionalchaplains.org for chaplain board certification 

2021-2022 Programs

 

Supervisory Residency – Will consider any applications on merit if stipend is available.

 

Residency, 2021-2022

September 6, 2021 - August 26, 2022  (Start date subject to change)
We are accepting application currently.
Clinical Location: Mercy Hospital Springfield, MO & Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City, OK
Application Deadline: 60 DAYS PRIOR TO START DATE
Application Fee: $25, non-refundable
Units of CPE: 4
Tuition: Unit 1: $400., Unit 2: $300., Unit 3: $200., Unit 1: $100.; Deposit: $200.
Stipend: Yes

 

Summer Internship Unit 2021

Clinical Location: Mercy Hospital Springfield, MO & Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City, OK.
May 31, 2021 - August 13, 2021  - 11 wks. (start date subject to change)
Applications accepted year-round until positions are filled.
Application Deadline: 60 DAYS PRIOR TO START DATE
Application Fee: $25, non-refundable
Units of CPE: 1
Tuition: $500., Deposit: $200.
Stipend: No

 

Extended Internship Unit 2022

Clinical Location: Students serve at locations within the Mercy Health Ministry
Educational hours will be provided virtually      
January 24, 2022 - May 20, 2022 - 17 wks. (start date subject to change)
Applications accepted year-round until positions are filled.
Application Deadline: 60 DAYS PRIOR TO START DATE
Application Fee: $25, non-refundable
Units of CPE: 1
Extended Tuition: $500., Deposit: $200
Employee Tuition: $200., Deposit: $200
Stipend: No

 

Virtual Unit 2022

Clinical Location: Student arranged with approval from Mercy educator
January 24, 2022 - May 20, 2022 - 17 wks. (start date subject to change)
Applications accepted year-round until positions are filled.
Application Deadline: 60 DAYS PRIOR TO START DATE
Application Fee: $25, non-refundable
Units of CPE: 1
Virtual Tuition: $1200., Deposit: $200
Employee Tuition: $200., Deposit: $200
Stipend: No

Full-time, 11-week, program from early June to August. One unit of CPE. Intended for seminarians as part of their ordination process and for other qualified persons—lay and ordained—who wish to discern their future ministry options, hone their ministry skills, or prepare to do a CPE residency.

 

Pre-requisites:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree or other professional designation; e.g. RN, with sufficient theological background for program.
  • Experience: Pastoral experience sufficient for program.
  • Skills and knowledge: appropriate to, and sufficient for, expectations and realities of the program. Evidenced in application materials, interview, and references.

 

Stipend and Benefits:

No stipend. Benefit: meal discount.

 

Tuition:

$500 per CPE unit, payable at the beginning of the unit, unless financial payment plan is worked out in advance with CPE Educator.

 

Calendar:

The program is full at this time for the 11 weeks of its duration. July 4 is a holiday.

Applications are accepted after October 1 of the previous year. Application deadline: when program is full. Application fee $25.00 non-refundable.

Resources

Resources

Contact for Information

Mercy Hospital Springfield
Susan Buchanan
Manager of Pastoral Education
417-820-7061

Mercy Oklahoma City
Sam Naidoo
Manager of Pastoral Education
405-752-3604