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Students work as pastors to patients, families and staff in the hospital. The educational process requires active involvement in ministry and reflection. A primary goal is "ministry formation," the discovery and acceptance of one's own unique gifts and skills in pastoral care. This goal is facilitated through experiential learning, which combines ministering, the study of theoretical materials, feedback from peers and supervisors, personal reflection, theological reflection and the application of learning to subsequent ministry relationships.
Curriculum for summer and all extended CPE includes individual supervision, didactic seminars, group clinical seminars, inter-professional seminars, theological reflection seminars and interpersonal relationship seminars.
Prerequisites for admission:
Day Extended Unit:
Each residency program is 12 months (four consecutive CPE units). The program date begins and ends the last week of August.
1st Year Pastoral Care Residency
The first year residency program builds upon the previous CPE unit(s) through continued intensive involvement as a member of the health care team.
Curriculum for the residency year includes individual supervision plus didactic; multidisciplinary and interpersonal relationships; clinical; and theological reflection seminars. Throughout the residency year the program emphasizes the following: pastoral skill, pastoral identity formation, exploration of specialty areas, and a research project in a specialty area. The learning environment at Princeton Baptist Medical Center offers multicultural and multi-social dimensions to the curriculum and pastoral context.
Prerequisites for admission: