At Saint James College Seminary
|Why is a practicum or internship important to me?
As we said above, increasingly, agencies that employ chaplains, particularly Hospice organizations, require not only the world-class
chaplaincy education that you receive here, but they also want to see evidence of actual, hands-on experience. Since Clinical
Pastoral Educational units are earned in part by completing a brief practicum, field study, or internship, the candidate does then
have actual background in working directly with patients, patient families, staff, administration, and community resources.
Because the chaplaincy field has pretty much been limited to the military until recent years, just about anybody could claim to be a
qualified for the uniquely complex duties of a Chaplain.. The Women's College, our parent
organization, and sister seminaries realized the importance of establishing a set of consistent
national standards. These would enable prospective employers to better determine if an
applicant's qualifications are truly consistent with others working in the field elsewhere in the
Clinical Pastoral Education units, students must have clinical experience out in the field.
satisfy the requirement for a practicum, internship, or field study as defined on this helpful
YOU MAY ALSO EARN CHAPLAIN PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION units that do not require field study, internships, etc. The two
forms of CPE are very similar, only the CHAPLAIN PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION units may be earned through course work alone
|Can I become a certified chaplain with your program?
Absolutely! We are the only college-seminary chaplain training program in existence, although there are private, church, and some
non-profit programs offering chaplain training. But, being a college seminary, our trustees long ago established The American
Chaplain Training Institute to offer a chaplain education program that would feature consistency across the entire nation and across
all denominational lines.
Although there are other non-college seminary agencies which issue credentials, online adult students in our program automatically
graduate as CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL CHAPLAINS. There is no extra cost. This is the outcome you achieve when completing
our program. While you may achieve higher credential such as Certified Professional Griefworker status if you desire, your
chaplaincy certification is for life with no annual fees tacked on as a money making venture for our school.
|What do I actually receive when I complete your course?
Upon graduation from your accelerated Fast-Track online program, you will receive a diploma with raised embossed seal, a Photo ID
badge, and a letter from the Chancellor confirming that you have earned Certified Professional Chaplain status.
|Earn your Certified Professional Chaplain status online in our accelerated Fast-Track adult learner program!
|The history of CPE's is interesting and may prove helpful to you:
created the field of social work as we know it today...and also Chaplaincy. He believed firmly in the need
for the reconciliation of religion and science. Cabot was convinced that many of the physical ills
afflicting patients - even those who were dying - were the result of economic, social, psychological, and
family circumstances. He fervently believed that the well-trained pastoral practitioners that we now think
of as chaplains could work side-by-side with physicians and the essential social workers. To accomplish
this, Dr. Cabot took students out of the classroom and placed them in hospitals and other health-related
facilities under the direct supervision of trained practitioners. The idea was to utilize the power of
"pastoral relationships" that could be developed through a combining of patients' "personal histories,"
psychology, social circumstances, and the development of an active sense of spirituality.
Cabot was followed by The Reverend Anton Boisen, who took the physician's important ideas and refined them into a very early
form of the Clinical Pastoral Education programming that we would recognize today.
Our American Chaplain Training Institute has brought Dr. Cabot's and Reverend Boisen's pioneering work into the 21st Century
by combining adult college seminary education with solid professional supervision and hands-on field study practica.
By setting their written studies aside temporarily, our students gain important insights and rapport with clients/patients that enable
them to understand -- to truly feel the daily circumstances which suffering people must endure on a daily basis. We believe that
only then sacred Pastoral Care can begin! We hope that you will join us! SEND IN YOUR APPLICATION
|Capt. Rondell Brown,
|What is a Practicum?
must participate in a service practicum. These usually
involve working as a volunteer intern in your chosen
Chaplaincy field, such as hospital, Hospice, Long Term
Care, Catholic Charity, animal shelter, pastoral counseling
service, domestic violence shelter, etc. This typically
involves becoming a non-professional temporary "intern" ...
or shadowing a
for those with some human service or ministerial background. However, someone
complete new to the field may be asked to intern at least a few hours a week for as
long as a year. We are able to give credit for practical experience you are gaining at
this time, or have obtained in the past. We will gladly assist you in arranging your
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