Fayetteville, Ga. (April 4, 2012) – Piedmont Fayette Hospital offers graduate level pastoral care training known as clinical pastoral education (CPE) for community members and clergy interested in learning more about spiritual care.
As part of the program, students of all faiths minister to people in intimate and sometimes critical situations while being supervised. Over the course of five months, the CPE students will engage with patients in a variety of settings including hospitals, prisons and hospice facilities.
“We’re one of few hospitals south of Atlanta to offer this training,” said Dr. Jim Taylor, chaplain at Piedmont Fayette Hospital. “The program is open to anyone and is designed to improve the skills of those who have any involvement with spiritually-related endeavors such as hospital or hospice ministry and Sunday school teaching and church ministry.”
The CPE program, which is offered twice a year at both Piedmont Fayette Hospital and Piedmont Henry Hospital, gives students an opportunity to view circumstances from a different perspective, gain new insights about themselves, and to understand the nature of human relationships and faith, especially as it applies in a hospital type setting.
Dr. Taylor cites the course’s pastoral practice, written case studies, individual supervision and relevant readings as the source for CPE students’ successful development of sustainable pastoral relationships.
Students must commit to the five-month program in order to complete a unit of CPE training, which is offered at Piedmont Fayette Hospital by Dr. Steve Austin, chaplain at Piedmont Henry Hospital and CPE supervisor. Dr. Austin is certified by the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy.
Enrollment in Piedmont Fayette Hospital’s CPE program is limited to seven students per class. To register or to receive more information about the CPE program, call 770-719-7037 or visit piedmontfayette.org.