Community Hospice of Northeast Florida has developed this Clinical Pastoral Education program as an accredited satellite of Baptist Health. The CPE program will help student interns gain insight into pastoral care within a hospice setting.
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is interfaith professional education for ministry. It brings theological interns and ministers of all faiths (pastors, priests, rabbis, imams and others) into supervised encounters to help patients facing death.
At Community Hospice, the CPE program focuses on ministry with patients, families and staff, and learning from that ministry through reflection, discussion and evaluation with other interns and a supervisor. The interns work with an interdisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, certified nursing assistants, psychosocial specialists, chaplains and volunteers.
CPE interns gain an understanding of theological issues arising from the many end-of-life issues and from the variety of theological perspectives that come from the interfaith dialogue. They also learn how human actions affect relationships and decision making while reflecting theologically. Interns are challenged to think about groups, social structures and individuals in defining their ministry.
Each CPE program provides at least 100 hours of educational time, and at least 300 hours of clinical time, which includes regular, overnight and on-call responsibilities. A final evaluation must be written by the interns to receive credit for the CPE program.
Positions are offered on a space available basis. We encourage you to contact Community Hospice Chaplain Karen Heistand at 904.407.7211 or firstname.lastname@example.org to check on space availability before submitting your application.
Session duration: First Monday of June to Mid-August: 1 unit Level I/Level II
Deadline for Application: April 1
This program is designed for theological students and individuals, such as parish clergy and those who wish to pursue professional chaplaincy as a vocation. Selected lay persons may be accepted for the program and are encouraged to apply.
See admission requirements above.
The program challenges students to learn something about themselves as persons and spiritual caregivers while becoming acquainted with patients and their families in the environment of hospice by dealing with illness, fear, anxiety, grief, loss and death. Students also learn about the relationships between illnesses and other crises, and persons' beliefs and behaviors.
To achieve these objectives, the program employs supervised pastoral work, seminars, lectures, conferences, guided reading and study. Emphasis is placed on the formation of pastoral identity and learning pastoral reflection so that pastoral relationships will be supportive and helpful. The development of specific skills in ministry also is addressed.
October-March: 1 unit Level I/Level II
Deadline for Application: August 15
This CPE program is designed for parish pastors and selected lay persons. Students are required to spend two days per week (Monday for group work/clinical time and another 8 hours for clinical work) for approximately 25 weeks at Community Hospice.
Time requirements are as flexible as possible to fit the needs and schedules of participants. Supervision is provided for spiritual/pastoral work done at Community Hospice in inpatient, long term care and home care settings. Ample opportunities are offered throughout the program for intensive clinical study and theological reflection in the area of interpersonal relationships.
See admission requirements above.
Karen Heistand, Chaplain
Community Hospice of Northeast Florida
4266 Sunbeam Road
Jacksonville, FL 32259
Please send the reference form (included in the CPE application) to the references listed on your application. An interview will be arranged upon receipt of application, fee and references.
If you have questions, please contact Community Hospice Chaplain Karen Heistand at 904.407.7211 or email@example.com
Community Hospice of Northeast Florida has provisional approval to conduct CPE as an ACPE Satellite of Baptist Health Systems, a CPE program accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. One West Court Square, Suite 325, Decatur, GA 30030.
The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., is nationally recognized as an accrediting agency in the field of Clinical Pastoral Education by the U.S. Secretary of Education through the U.S. Department of Education.
*The Clinical Pastoral Education program of Community Hospice of Northeast Florida does not discriminate against any person on the basis of age, citizenship, color, handicap, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era.