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Clinical Pastoral Education at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend: A space to recover and discover your identity as a spiritual caregiver.
In our Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program, we offer spiritual and clinical education that will allow you to become more effective at providing spiritual care and embody your unique way of ministry. As you go through the program, you will be invited to develop skills that help you become a more effective spiritual caregiver, that encourage you to deeply engage your identity, personally, professionally and spiritually, and that challenge you to reflect on how you are in relationships with others.
Our curriculum includes is rooted in an experiential model of education. Through seminars and didactic instruction, small group reflection and one on one consultation with the CPE Educator, our program brings you into supervised encounters with patients and hospital staff. Your peer group consists of theological students, religious clergy of all faith backgrounds, and lay people interested in learning to provide spiritual care.
When you become a CPE intern at RiverBend, you will find a vibrant Spiritual Care Department that is invested in student learning and welcomes you with open arms. In our department suite you will have the opportunity to interact with a music thanatologist, an ethicist and with chaplains of different spiritual backgrounds. Clinically you will encounter the richness of what a Level II Trauma Center with major specialties can offer.
Chaplain Walter Balk, BCC, ACPE Certified Educator
The Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend CPE Program is accredited for Level I CPE, Level II CPE by:
ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education
We Work, Floor 4120 West Trinity Place
Decatur GA 30030, 404-320-1472