CPE helps the spiritual caregiver understand and integrate the disciplines of theology and the behavioral sciences. This includes not only a broad knowledge of religious practices and spiritual assessment but also the emotional and social dynamics of personal and interpersonal relationships.
The program helps pastoral caregivers identify the spiritual and theological foundations of their pastoral ministry. Pastoral reflection is prompted by relationships with individuals in crisis, peers, their supervisor, and the hospital staff. The primary activity for this type of education has come to be known as the clinical method of learning – action, reflection, action.
CPE encourages participants to move toward a clearer understanding of their personal and pastoral identities – their gifts and graces for ministry. Students will explore a variety of appropriate responses and interventions within their pastoral relationships.
Prepare for a Wide Variety of Spiritual Careers
The WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals CPE program’s practical application of spiritual education prepares students for ministry careers in many settings, including:
- Healthcare chaplaincy
- Industrial chaplaincy
- Military chaplaincy
- Prison chaplaincy
- Spiritual direction and counseling
- Care and counseling in churches, synagogues, and temples