Frequently Asked Questions
Who is accrediting the Urban Interfaith
Chaplaincy CPE program at St. Camillus Center?
The UIC CPE program at St. Camillus is a
satellite of the Methodist Hospital of Southern California
CPE Center which is accredited for Level I/II & Supervisory
CPE by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education,
Inc.; 1549 Clairmont Road, Suite 103;
Decatur, Georgia 30033-4635, (404)320-1472, www.acpe.edu.
What are the requirements for completing
one (1) unit of Clinical Pastoral Education?
ACPE requires students to complete 100
educational and 300 clinical hours of practical ministry to
earn (1) unit of credit. Clinical hours can be completed at
a variety of clinical sites including a personís own work
site under the supervision of a ďsite coordinator.Ē This can
be another hospital, hospice, jail, homeless mission, or
Student's ministry hours must be
documented and verified by a third party at the clinical
site. This person will be held accountable for insuring
student has completed the required practical ministry hours
as required by the ACPE Standards.
In addition, students establish a
learning covenant in consultation with their supervisor to
help focus their learning for the unit; write verbatim case
studies of those they serve as a means of improving their
spiritual care-giving skills; participate in a group
learning experience; complete reading assignments; and receive didactic
material through media and presentations.
What Skills Will I Learn in Clinical
The UIC CPE program is designed to help
students gain experience and expertise in the following
Reflecting on yourself as a person and minister in
relation to people in crisis, your supervisor, and your
peers, as well as the CPE curriculum and the site where
you will be serving.
Pastoral Formation: Focusing
on your personal and pastoral identity issues in
learning and ministry.
Deepening and unfolding your competence in functioning
as a spiritual caregiver including skill development and
knowledge of faith traditions and the behavioral
Focusing on your desire to become competent and
knowledgeable in a particular area of clinical service,
e.g., oncology, hospice care, skilled nursing, AIDS
care, cardiology, rehabilitation, psychiatry,
homelessness, war veterans, etc.
What on-call clinical hours are
Each student is required to serve 72
hours of in-house on-call chaplain duties where they will
respond to all crisis calls, including Emergency Department,
Intensive Care units, death and code scenarios and provide
spiritual care as needed, unless the situation requires them
to call a staff chaplain or consultant due to the unique
needs of the patient or family involved. These 72 hours will
be counted as part of the total 300 clinical hours
requirement and negotiated with the clinical administrator
at each studentís placement site.
What is required for me to do my
Depending on a studentís expressed
learning goals and the resources available at their chosen
pastoral practice (clinical site), an appropriate assignment
to a particular population or context will be negotiated. A
clinical site may require from a student the following:
To complete their information sheet
Sign their code of conduct and site
Provide them a letter of endorsement
from a religious body stating they are in good standing.
Documentation of a completed
criminal background check and updated fingerprinting.
A TB and blood test for rubella,
current within the last six months.
TB x-ray, current within the past
Site coordinator or Office Manager
will oversee the completion of these requirements.