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Clinical Pastoral Education at PVHMC
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC) is interfaith professional training for healthcare chaplaincy.Students and ministers serve as chaplain interns to provide spiritual and pastoral care to patients and their families, while meeting the needs of our religiously diverse community.
Chaplain interns learn how to offer a sensitive listening presence, help to facilitate conversation about spiritual concerns and mobilize the spiritual resources of patients and their families.
Chaplain interns learn how to provide support during family conferences and are part of a multi-disciplinary health care team.They can provide support with treatment decisions and can assist in communicating with physicians and staff.
In addition, chaplain interns learn how to offer pastoral functions such as prayer or sacraments (baptism, communion, anointing), and memorial services.
As chaplain interns learn how to provide support for patients and families they also learn about themselves as the “primary tool” of spiritual and pastoral care.
The CPE program at PVHMC is accredited by the Center for Spiritual Care and Pastoral Formation