Outcomes for Levels

Objectives of CPE define CPE programs and the scope of their curricula. Clinical Pastoral Education includes Pastoral Reflection, Pastoral Formation, and Pastoral Competence. Pastoral Specialization may be offered as an option in some centers. The CPE Center’s curriculum is designed to facilitate the student’s achievement of the following objectives:
Outcomes for Level I:
At the conclusion of Level I CPE a student will be able to:
  1. Articulate the central themes of their religious heritage and the theological understanding that forms their ministry.
  2. Identify and discuss major life events, relationships and cultural contexts that influence personal identity as expressed in pastoral functioning.
  3. Initiate peer group and supervisory consultation and receive critique about one’s ministry practice.
  4. Risk offering appropriate and timely critique.
  5. Recognize relational dynamics within group contexts.
  6. Demonstrate integration of conceptual understandings presented in the curriculum into pastoral practice.
  7. Initiate helping relationships within and across diverse populations.
  8. Use the clinical method of learning to achieve their educational goals.
  9. Formulate clear and specific goals for continuing pastoral formation with reference to personal strength and weakness.
At the conclusion of Level II CPE the student will be able to:
  1. Articulate an understanding of the pastoral role that is congruent with their personal values, basic assumptions and personhood.
  2. Provide pastoral ministry to diverse people, taking into consideration multiple elements of cultural and ethnic differences, social conditions, systems, and justice issues without imposing their own perspectives.
  3. Demonstrate a range of pastoral skills, including listening/attending, empathic reflection, conflicting resolution/confrontation, crisis management, and appropriate use of religious/spiritual resources.
  4. Assess the strengths and needs of those served, grounded in theology and using an understanding of the behavioral sciences.
  5. Manage ministry and administrative function in terms of accountability, productivity, self-directions, and clear, accurate professional communication.
  6. Demonstrate competent use of self in ministry and administrative function, which includes emotional availability, cultural humility, appropriate self-disclosure, positive use of power and authority, a non-anxious and non-judgmental presence, and clear and responsible boundaries.
  7. Establish collaboration and dialogue with peers, authorities and other professionals.
  8. Demonstrate self-supervision through realistic self-evaluation of pastoral functioning.