Programs are based on a standard of 400 hours of supervised ministry. They follow two formats with variations of each. In each format, approximately one-half of the student's time will be spent in direct on-site clinical service. The other half is divided among supervision, didactic seminars and other education experiences. Another program offered is our year-long residency program. (Note: See Christ Medical Center and Lutheran General Hospital for more information)
- Intensive - Student hours are five days per week, eight hours per day, for 11-12 weeks, plus On-Call experiences.
- Extended - Programs utilize a variety of models. One model offers two days per week, eight hours per day, for approximately 30 weeks.
- Residency - Year-long, 4 unit program. An introductory or prior unit of CPE is required.
Please consult program descriptions offered at the following Advocate sites:
Advocate BroMenn Medical Center
Advocate Condell Medical Center
Advocate Christ Medical Center
Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Advocate South Suburban Hospital
Advocate Trinity Hospital
Types of Programs Offered
Pastoral Internship is an introduction to supervised clinical pastoral practice with people in crisis. Chaplain interns function as integral members of treatment teams, assisting patients and family members to draw on the meaning and benefits of their faith and spiritual values in the midst of health crises. Skills in pastoral care are developed and approaches to understanding human relationships and spiritual needs are explored. At most sites, intensive 11-12 week programs are offered in the summer. At Lutheran General, intensive programs are offered quarterly, year-round.
Pastoral Residency is a year-long program. This training provides opportunity for a more in-depth and specialized pastoral education experience. In addition to the basic format, this program includes:
- Guided reading and instruction in the historic models of pastoral care
- Pastoral theology
- Studies in relationships among faith, religions and the behavioral sciences
- Clinical/theological case conferences
- Management and administration seminars examining principles and practices of pastoral care administration
- Specialized opportunities in areas such as obstetrics, oncology, physical, rehabilitation, emergency medicine, pediatrics, gerontology, research methodology and design
- Workshops and seminars in clinical ethical issues.
Supervisory CPE is designed for qualified persons with demonstrated pastoral, professional and clinical competence. Students learn the art of supervision through:
- Education in supervisory theories by using conceptual models drawn from theology, behavioral science and education
- Practicing supervision under an ACPE supervisor
- Forming their identity as educators by a focus on integrating theory and practice with their distinct and personal attributes
- Peer group seminars where the emerging supervisor's understanding and practice are tested.