The chaplain intern is grounded in the basic responsibility we all share to provide interfaith and comprehensive spiritual and pastoral care to our patients, their families and visitors, and to those who work and learn here. It is our hope that you will learn to be a pastoral presence, sensitive and responsive to all our people and their diverse beliefs and rich heritages.

The CPE program provides an opportunity for ministers, seminarians and lay people to develop pastoral competency within the clinical setting at PVHMC and seeks to foster the chaplain intern’s own self-awareness as a pastoral care-giver.

The PVHMC CPE approach to training is based upon an "action-reflection" model of learning. Chaplain interns function as interfaith chaplains providing spiritual and pastoral care on assigned areas and use their experience in pastoral encounters as a basis for their learning. While seminary settings provide an academic environment for the study of pastoral theology in contrast the PVHMC CPE center provides the clinical basis for learning.

The chaplain intern’s learning contract is developed around the following CPE learning goals:

1. Pastoral Formation: Self/Intrapersonal Awareness; Interpersonal and Inter-Cultural Awareness

  • Demonstrate awareness of her/himself as a minister and of the ways his/her ministry affects persons.
  • Demonstrate awareness of how her/his attitudes, values, assumptions, strengths, and weaknesses affect her/his pastoral care.
  • Engage and apply the support, confrontation and clarification of the peer group for the integration of personal attributes and pastoral functioning.

2. Pastoral Competence: Pastoral and Spiritual Care Functioning; Ministry Management and Leadership Formation.

  • Demonstrate awareness and understanding of how persons, social conditions, systems, and structures affect their lives and the lives of others and how to address effectively these issues through their ministry.
  • Demonstrate skills in providing intensive and extensive pastoral care and counseling to persons.
  • Make effective use of their religious/spiritual heritage, theological understanding, and knowledge of the behavioral sciences in their pastoral care of persons and groups.
  • Understand the pastoral role in professional relationships and how to work effectively as a pastoral member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to use one’s pastoral and prophetic perspectives in preaching, teaching, leadership, management, pastoral care, and pastoral counseling.

3. Pastoral Reflection: Demonstrate awareness of her/himself as a minister and of the ways his/her ministry affects persons.

  • Demonstrate understanding and ability to apply the clinical method of learning.
  • Demonstrate the abilities to use both individual and group supervision for personal and professional growth, including the capacity to evaluate one’s ministry.
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