CPE

CLINICAL PASTORAL EDUCATION (CPE)
CPE at Adweso is run between Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8.30am till 1.00pm.
There is a residential facility including catering.

Fridays and week - ends are for pastoral placements and written assignments.
It is a continuous 12 week program.
Fees are negotiated with the Supervisor depending on ones needs.

Minimum entry requirement is the ability to be able to read and write. Life experience is a big advantage.

PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION
·         Actual practice of ministry to persons
·         Detailed reporting and evaluation of that practice
·         Pastoral supervision
·         A process concept of learning
·         A theoretical perspective on all elements of the programme
·         An individual contract for learning.
·         CPE  students and the Administrators at St Dominic’s Hospital, Akwatia

THE INDIVIDUAL LEARNING CONTRACT
A Student’s Learning Contract is personalized and is developed around the following issues:
Personal & Pastoral Growth
Professional Growth(Psychological)
Theological/Spiritual Growth

Required Hours
·         1 Unit = 400 hours
At least 100-200 hours in group process
At least 200-300 hours in ministry
·         4 Units = 1600 hours required for national certification as a chaplain


DIDACTICS
Throughout the unit, students are engaged in learning didactics:
A Didactic is a presentation on a specific topic in which the presenter invites the CPE student to share relevant experience.
All didactics have a theoretical basis.  This helps to provide the “why” of the process as well as the intended outcome.  Every didactic also has an evaluation component.

VERBATIM REPORTS/PASTORAL CONSULTATIONS
·         Report of a conversation with a patient/client

    Analysis from psychological, theological sociological and pastoral perspectives

·         INSERT: Ken explaining his Family Tree

IPR (INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIP GROUP
·         Opportunity to give and receive feed back.
·         Lab for looking at interpersonal dynamics.

Ministry Placement Sites
·         Hospital based:
St Joseph Hospital
·         Community based:
Matthew 25 House clients
·         Parish Based
·         St Dominic Parish Homebounds

CERTIFICATION
Students can be nationally certified as a chaplain after completing 4 units of CPE.  In order to obtain certification a student must also have a Masters of Theology or Masters of Divinity degree.   In Ghana the program has not been accredited yet and Masters degree for students does not apply.

In some cases, students who complete less than 4 units of CPE and have completed some theological coursework with a significant amount of ministry experience, are able to obtain work in the area of chaplaincy.  However, this is at the discretion of the employer.

 
FACTS ABOUT CPE
Policy:
We accept persons into our education program irrespective of race, gender, faith group, sexual orientation, or physical disability.

Purpose:
To enact the professional values and policies of the training center and to ensure that the CPE peer group is composed of a variety of trainees from diverse backgrounds.

Procedure:
All applications are thoroughly read and considered.

Every attempt is made by the CPE supervisor to ensure that the CPE peer groups are inclusive of a variety and diversity of students.
An attempt is made to accept more than one trainee of each gender so that no gender will be alone in the peer group.
Groups may be composed, if possible, of persons from a variety of settings with a diversity of backgrounds, cultures and denominational affiliations.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:
1.       Theologically, the applicant must be willing to live out the values and mission of the training and internship center, their own faith traditions, and exhibit a willingness to learn from and with people of other theological traditions.
2.       Psychological requirements include adequate emotional and mental energy so that the prospective CPE trainee can minister to persons in a variety of emotional states. The CPE trainee must have a willingness to learn and an openness to communicate and listen effectively to those who possess different values.
3.       The prospective trainee must be able to speak, write, and read English.
4.       The time requirement is to be available for seminars, individual supervision, and clinical placement in order to complete the 400 hours (1 unit of CPE).

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
·         A completed application (this includes autobiography & resume)
·         Application fee of GHc25.00
·         Ability to reflect on ministry and learn from experiences
·         An admission interview
·         Adequate background in ministry to participate in theological reflection
·         Ability to participate in an Adult Learning Model
 
CLINICAL PASTORAL EDUCATION (CPE)
The CPE programme started at Akwatia, St. Dominic Hospital in 1998.Over 200 Students made up of Priests, Sisters, Seminarians, Men and Women ( Laity) have taken part in either four units, three units, two units and one unit. Most of them are from the Forces: Police, Military, Prisons, Fire Service, Hospital and Schools.

CONTACT INFORMATION
CLINICAL PASTORAL EDUCATION
MSGR. ALEX BOBBY BENSON
SITUATED ON THE


KOFORIDUA -ABURI MAIN ROAD
AREA 205, ADWESO

KOFORIDUA – EASTERN REGION
GHANA- WEST AFRICA
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P. O. Box 2807, KOFORIDUA