The Extended CPE Unit is between 18 and 20 weeks long. This program is designed as a part-time educational experience yet offers the same opportunities and challenges of any CPE unit. Trainees can grow in their ability to provide pastoral presence to people who receive difficult news regarding a loved one or unexpected diagnosis. This program is open to area ministers, seminary students and interested laypersons who want to further their theological education through CPE.
Trainees increase skill in helping people experiencing chronic and acute crises and explore how theology informs pastoral care.
Programs are open to may also opt to use their current place of ministry, outside of the hospital, as counting toward the required clinical hours, with approval by the CPE Supervisor. In addition to the clinical responsibilities, each participant shares the on-call rotation with their peers and other chaplains. This provides the participant a rich learning experience in providing pastoral care to a variety of ministry encounters, including intense crisis.
Tuition for this program is $350 for on-site clinical placement and $750 for off-site clinical placement. There is a $30 application fee that is applied to the tuition if accepted. A $75 acceptance deposit is required to secure a position in the program, and it will be applied to your tuition as well. The purchase of some text is required. The latter will be kept at a minimum to save expense.