The Level II CPE Curriculum

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Moving from Level I to Level II CPE

The transition from Level 1 to Level II CPE occurs when a student and his or her supervisor agree that the student has demonstrated achievement of Level I Outcomes.  At Seton, students also are required to meet with a consultation committee composed of members of Seton’s CPE Consultation Committee, staff chaplains (Chaplain Partners) from the site where the student is currently assigned, and an ACPE Supervisor.  The purpose of this meeting will be to seek consultation about the ways in which the student can apply her/his current self-understanding toward pursuit of the Level II Outcomes.   Although meeting with a consultation committee is a requirement for any student who wishes to pursue Level II CPE at Seton, no fixed date exists for the meeting.  The scheduling of meetings will vary according to the progress that individual students make toward achievement of Level I Outcomes.

The Level II CPE Curriculum

Level II CPE at Seton presupposes a growing capacity to demonstrate the outcomes of Level I CPE.  The Level II curriculum seeks to facilitate a transition in the focus of learning from knowing about oneself to being able to use oneself in ministry.   The core content of the Level II curriculum consists of the same five elements found in Level I, but we expect students to demonstrate greater skill and depth in use of the clinical method of learning. 

Pastoral Functioning

  • Program Objective: For students to learn about skills for intensive and extensive pastoral care to persons in crisis situations.  These skills include effective use by the student of his/her religious and spiritual heritage and application of theological understanding and knowledge of the behavioral sciences in pastoral ministry to persons and groups, collaboration as pastor with members of an interdisciplinary team, and utilization of pastoral as well as prophetic perspectives in a variety of functions.
  • Curriculum Emphasis: Use of methods and materials that enable a student:
    1. to provide ministry to a variety of people without imposing own perspective
    2. to utilize a range of pastoral skills (listening/attending, empathic reflection, conflict resolution/confrontation, crisis management, appropriate use of religious resources)
    3. to demonstrate competent use of self in ministerial and administrative functioning

Self Awareness

  • Program Objective: For students to become aware of how their attitudes, values, assumptions, strengths and weaknesses affect both their self understanding as ministers and the ways in which their ministry affects persons.
  • Curriculum emphasis: Use of methods and materials that enable students to articulate an understanding of the pastoral role that is congruent with their values, basic assumptions, and personhood.

Interpersonal Awareness

  • Program Objective: For students to accept and utilize the support, confrontation, and clarification of the peer group for the integration of personal attributes and pastoral functioning
  • Curriculum Emphasis: Use of methods and materials that enable students to establish collaboration and dialogue with peers, authorities, and other professionals.

Conceptual Ability

  • Program Objective: For students to learn how persons, social conditions, systems and structures affect the lives of the students and of the people with whom the students interact, and how effectively to address these issues in ministry.
  • Curriculum Emphasis: Use of methods and materials that enable students to conduct an assessment, based on an understanding of the behavioral sciences and grounded in theology, of the strengths and needs of the persons to whom they provide ministry.

Ministry Development and Management

  • Program Objective: For students to demonstrate use of the clinical method of learning, the peer group, and supervision for the purpose of increased capacity to evaluate the ministry in which the students are involved.
  • Curriculum Emphasis: Use of methods and materials that enable students to manage ministry and administrative functions and to demonstrate self-supervision  through a realistic assessment of her or his pastoral functioning.

At the end of each unit of Level II CPE, students and their supervisors together will evaluate the effectiveness of the curriculum in providing the learning opportunities necessary to pursue Level II Outcomes. Supervisors and members of the CPE Consultation Committee will utilize feedback from students in an on-going process of program evaluation.

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