Fall 2011-Summer 2012
Pasadena and Regional Campuses
FE509/510/511: FULL- /HALF- /PART-TIME CLINICAL PASTORAL EDUCATION. Gwen
DESCRIPTION: Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is a program offered under the
auspices of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) that provides
"experience-based theological education which combines the practice of pastoral
care with qualified supervision and peer group reflection and which is grounded
in a person-centered approach Thank religious ministry." This 400-hour course
may be taken in three options: (1) ten to twelve weeks full-time (FE509); (2)
twenty to twenty-four weeks half-time (FE510); or (3) more than 20 weeks
part-time (FE511), usually in hospital settings, but also in other settings
such as hospice organizations and community contexts.
SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: This course prepares students for vocations
in family pastoral care and counseling, and recovery ministries. It also
fulfills denominational requirements for CPE. The course provides a means for
all students to increase their skills in ministry to the sick and bereaved.
Particular attention is given to Christian self-understanding around issues of
meaning, theodicy, death, and dying, and to the development of the student's
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students will (1) grow in their ability to engage in
theological reflection by having regular opportunities to think critically
about ministry in light of the Christian tradition; (2) deepen their
understanding of the cultural context of ministry by immersing themselves in a
specific context and regularly reflecting with their supervisor on the
connection between context and ministry; (3) develop toward becoming
spiritually mature and accountable practitioners by reflecting with their peers
in a theological reflection group and with their supervisor in their internship
on the connection between their faith and their ministry; (4) become better
Christian leaders by having many opportunities to practice the responsibilities
of ministry throughout their internship.
INFORMATION AND PROCEDURES: Participation in this course entails the following
- Select a CPE site from the ACPE website (www.acpe.edu).
- Apply for CPE by downloading the application from the regional website
(www.pacificregionacpe.org) or by contacting the desired CPE site for an
application. This is usually done nine to twelve months prior to the start of
the internship. Interview with the CPE supervisor at the desired site.
- After acceptance, pay tuition to the CPE site.
- Register at Fuller for the CPE course, a separate process from the
application with the CPE site. No Fuller tuition is charged. Although for
billing purposes, this is a zero-unit class, for the purposes of loan
deferment, the ten-week internship is considered the equivalent of full-time
enrollment (16 units); the twenty-week internship (extended) is considered the
equivalent of half-time enrollment (8 units); and the thirty-week internship is
considered less than half-time (4 units). Students receive eight units of
"advanced standing" in their degree upon completion of the full internship.
- Following acceptance by the CPE site and prior to Fuller
registration, submit an Advanced Standing Request Form (available in a CPE Packet available at http://www.fuller.edu/current-students/resources/field-ed/field-ed.aspx
under Vital Documents). The student and his/her Academic Advisor will receive a
Course Approval Notification. The student must then contact the Advising Office
to receive a Course Reference Number (CRN) in order to register for the
specific CPE course online. Each quarter of FE510A and B or 511A, B, and C has
a different CRN. The student must register for each of the subsequent quarters
online. Attendance at the Field Education seminar "Understanding Hospital
Chaplaincy: How to Prepare for CPE" is mandatory. If you are unable to attend a
live seminar, you may listen to the CD/DVD and write a one-page response paper.
CD/DVDs are available from Fuller's Hubbard Library. You may also watch the
seminar on iTunesU through Moodle. For seminar details, online library catalog
number, accessing the seminar on iTunesU, and a response sheet, see http://www.fuller.edu/current-students/resources/field-ed/ministry-enrichment-seminars.aspx.
- During the internship, the student must complete all required site work.
- By the third week of the term following completion of the internship,
submit the CPE supervisor's evaluation to the Field Education and Ministry
- Interview with the Field Education Director after the internship for
feedback on the internship.
- Evaluation is conducted entirely by the ACPE supervisor with
feedback from the student, peer group, and professional staff.
PREREQUISITES: No Fuller course prerequisites, although pastoral counseling
courses are highly recommended. The CPE site and supervisor must be listed in
the current ACPE online catalog and be in good standing with the ACPE.
RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: Fulfills the FE2 Field Education requirement for
the MDiv (MIN 7), and is an elective for the Masters in Theology (MAT). It is
required for ordination by some denominations. It is offered pass/fail only for
8 units of advanced standing.
This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification. (August 2011)