Curriculum & Mentoring
Clinical Pastoral Education is interfaith professional education for ministry. It brings theological students and ministers of all faiths (pastors, priests, rabbis, imams and others) into supervised encounters with persons in crisis. Out of an intense involvement with persons in need, and the feedback from peers and teachers, students develop new awareness of themselves as persons and of the needs of those to whom they minister. From theological reflection on specific human situations, they gain a new understanding of ministry. Within the interdisciplinary team process of helping persons, they develop skills in interpersonal and inter-professional relationships.
Clinical Pastoral Education is well integrated into the life and mission of UNC Hospitals. As chaplains, CPE students are considered valued members of the interdisciplinary patient care teams and are called upon regularly by the hospital staff to assist in patient care. It is common for CPE students to be invited to family meetings and/or ethics consultations. CPE students benefit from their work with senior staff, including CPE faculty and staff chaplains and participate in regularly scheduled departmental meetings, department committees and educational events. Students routinely minister in the following areas: the NC Jaycees Burn Center, The NC Neuroscience Hospital, Labor and Delivery, Oncology, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Cardiology, General Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Surgery.
Students in the CPE Residency Program are assigned a professional staff chaplain mentor. Students work alongside and meet with their mentors on a regular basis, benefiting from the guidance, support and feedback of a seasoned professional chaplain. Residents often report that the mentoring relationships in the department are among the highlights of their CPE experiences.
Reflection: Writing, Sharing, and Supervision
Didactics are presentations and directed discussions by members of the Department of Pastoral Care, community members and members of the interdisciplinary teams at UNC Hospitals.
Interpersonal Relations Groups offer CPE students the opportunity to give and receive support, clarification and confrontation in a group, with the goal of becoming more aware of theological and psychological dynamics in group processes.
Case Presentations offer students a chance to reflect on the actual practice of ministry, by presenting a close reading and analysis of caring interactions with patients or others.
Individual Supervision is offered to students on a weekly basis (every-other week for extended programs), allowing students opportunity for personalized one-on-one reflection with their supervisor.
The CPE program at UNC Hospitals takes advantage of educational opportunities throughout the UNC Health Care system, including the UNC Schools of Medicine and Nursing. Students can attend lectures on a variety of issues including medical ethics, theology and humanities in medicine.
UNCMC Semester Internships
Beginning mid-August and running through December, or beginning early January and running through early May, this program offers students the opportunity to participate in a part-time unit following the semester calendar. On the main campus in Chapel Hill, students meet for one day of educational seminars and provide two days (14 hours) of clinical coverage each week. Each student is assigned to beds in three to four patient units (including part of an intensive care unit) and participates in the on-call rotation, serving as the sole in-house chaplain during nights and weekends. The student's schedule for pastoral care hours is negotiated with the supervisor. Each student will lead two Sunday Worship Services in the John M. Reeves All-Faiths Chapel. Students also participate in the overnight on-call rotation. Prerequisites include a college degree with some theological education or training preferred.
UNCMC Summer Internship Program
The 11-week summer internship begins after Memorial Day and ends in early August. This is a full-time program. In addition to educational and clinical work each week, students participate in the overnight on-call rotation.
Community-Based CPE Internships
Students will learn through experiences at a community non-profit or congregation, as well as experiences caring for patients at UNC Hospitals Hillsborough Campus. This program is offered as a summer intensive, during the spring or fall semesters, or as an extended placement through an academic year (fall and spring semesters). Didactic seminars, case studies and other educational opportunities will take place at the UNC Hillsborough campus. Community opportunities may include work with agencies addressing homelessness, addictions, disability, aging or other marginalized populations. Students may also choose to complete a portion of their clinical hours in congregations where they are serving, in consultation with the CPE faculty. Students will also participate in the Hillsborough campus on-call rotation.
UNC WakeBrook Behavioral Health CPE Internship
Students will learn through experiences at UNC’s behavioral health facility in Raleigh, NC. This program is offered as a summer intensive or as an extended placement through an academic year (fall and spring semesters). Didactic seminars, case studies and other educational opportunities will take place at the UNC WakeBrook campus and will focus on providing pastoral and spiritual care for patients with psychiatric illnesses and those with alcohol or drug addictions. Students will also participate in the WakeBrook campus on-call rotation.
CPE Residency Program
This 12-month, full-time residency program of three units is offered for persons interested in specialization in pastoral care or preparation for professional chaplaincy. The residency program runs July to June. Board-certified staff chaplains mentor residents. Students provide direct patient care and participate in the on-call rotation. Prerequisites include a college degree, theological education, and completion of at least one unit of CPE.
Benefits: $32,000 stipend, health insurance, and paid time off
July 2018-June 2019 Application Deadline: December 31st, 2017
Second-Year Palliative Care Residency Program
This 12-month, full-time residency program of three units is offered for persons interested in specialization in palliative care, giving students the opportunity to serve as a member of the palliative care team. The residency program runs July to June. Board-certified staff chaplains mentor residents. Students provide direct patient care and participate in the on-call rotation. Prerequisites include a college degree, theological education, and completion of at least four units of CPE.
Benefits: $32,000 stipend, health insurance, and paid time off
For persons interesting in becoming ACPE Supervisors, UNC Hospitals is accredited to offer Supervisory Clinical Pastoral Education. Applicants must have completed four units of CPE and be able to meet all requirements for candidacy within the first six months of the program. Contact us to inquire about program availability, stipend, and benefits.