The Objectives of CPE

The Overall Objectives of Clinical Pastoral Education/Training are:

  1. the deeper development of personal and pastoral identity as a caregiver, and
  2. growth in competence in care-giving.

Specific CPE/T objectives include:

  • To become clinically aware as a spiritual/religious resource and caregiver, and to gain conscious awareness of the ways one’s care affects people.
  • To become a competent pastor/caregiver of people and groups in various life situations and especially crisis circumstances, and to develop the maturity and skill to provide intensive and extensive pastoral care and spiritual counseling.
  • To utilize the clinical “action-reflection” method of learning.
  • To utilize the support, confrontation, and clarification of the peer group for the integration of personal attributes and pastoral care functioning.
  • To become competent in self-evaluation and in utilizing supervision and consultation to evaluate one’s caregiving practice.
  • To develop the ability to make optimal use of one’s own religious and spiritual heritage, philosophical and theological understanding, and knowledge of the behavioral sciences in pastoral care to people and groups.
  • To acquire self-knowledge to a degree that permits pastoral care to be offered within the strengths and limitations of one’s own person.
  • To develop the ability to work as an effective member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • To develop the capacity to utilize one’s pastoral perspective and competence in a variety of functions including but not limited to direct pastoral care and spiritual counseling.
  • To become aware of how one’s attitudes, values, and assumptions (conscious and unconscious) affect one’s work.
  • To understand the religious, spiritual and ethical issues arising from experience and to utilize philosophy/ethics, theology and the behavioral sciences to understand the human condition.