Chattanooga Association for Clinical Pastorial Care
Overview of a 16 week Extended Clinical Pastoral Education Unit. The 18 week program has a similar structure.

Weeks one and two - Orientation to the Clinical Pastoral Education program, Erlanger Health System and Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation.
Weeks three through eight - Monday and Wednesday mornings - seminar sessions including student verbatim presentations, open agenda seminars and didactic lectures led by a supervisor or guest.
Clinical Visitation - Students visit 12 – 15 hours per week assigned hospital areas serving as chaplain to patients, family members and staff. 
On-Call Responsibilities - Students rotate in weekend on-call providing ministry to persons in Erlanger and Siskin Hospitals.
Supervisory Meeting - The student meets weekly with his/her supervisor to reflect upon his/her pastoral ministry and personal/professional integration.

Week nine - Mid-Unit Evaluations.  Students write mid-unit evaluations of their learning process.  Areas students address include:

  1. Progress in addressing learning goals.
  2. Relationships with patients/family members and staff.
  3. Relationships with peers and supervisor.
  4. Relationship with God.
  5. Recommendations for continued learning.

Weeks ten – fifteen - Continued learning according to the schedule described in weeks three - eight.

Week sixteen - Final evaluations written by students and supervisors, closing worship, presentation of certificates and luncheon.

Didactic lectures are planned according to the needs of each peer group.  The following is an example of the didactic lectures for a unit:
Week 2 - Introduction to the Myers Briggs Type Indicator
Week 3 - Initial Pastoral Visits
Week 4 - Pastoral Listening Skills
Week 5 - Crisis Ministry
Week 6 - Grief and Loss
Week 7 - Death and Dying
Week 8 - Mid-Unit Evaluations
Week 9 - Understanding Strokes and Traumatic Brain Injuries
Week 10 - Ministering to the Alzheimer’s Patient
Week 11 - A Theology of Pastoral Ministry
Week 12 - Introduction to Family Systems Theory
Week 13 - Introduction to Genograms
Week 14 - Cross-Cultural Issues in Pastoral Care

Synopsis of the Course and Overview of the Summer Unit of Clinical Pastoral Education

Week one - Orientation to the Clinical Pastoral Education program, Erlanger Health System and Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation.
Weeks two - five - Daily seminars including student verbatim presentations, worship seminars and didactic lectures led by a supervisor or guest.

Supervisory Meeting - The student meets weekly with his/her supervisor to reflect upon his/her pastoral ministry and personal/professional integration.
Clinical Visitation - Students visit 20-25 hours per week in assigned hospital areas serving as chaplain to patients, family members and staff.
On-Call Responsibilities - Students rotate in 24 hour on-call providing ministry to persons in Erlanger and Siskin Hospitals.

Week six - Mid-Unit Evaluations.  Students write mid-unit evaluations of their learning process.  Areas students address include:

  1. Progress in addressing learning goals.
  2. Relationships with patients/family members and staff.
  3. Relationships with peers and supervisor.
  4. Relationship with God.
  5. Recommendations for continued learning.

Weeks seven - ten - Continued learning according to the schedule described in weeks 2-5.

Week eleven - Final evaluations written by students and supervisors.  Closing worship, presentation of certificates and luncheon.

Didactic lectures are planned according to the needs of each peer group.  An example of lectures is provided in the 16-week overview.