Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) uses the action/reflection model of learning. Pastoral and professional identity, as well as pastoral competency, are increased as students integrate their personal experiences with theoretical materials. Learning emerges as students reflect on themselves and their ministry within the context of the hospital, with the introduction of appropriate theoretical materials from theology and behavioral sciences. Each participant is assigned a clinical area so that he/she can observe real-life situations.
The curriculum is designed to create a learning environment where students feel challenged and respected regardless of differences. A student’s self-determined learning goals serve as a launching pad for the educational experience.