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Medical Center offers Clinical Pastoral Education program

Date: 10/02/2019

clinical-pastoral-education-program-at-Northern-Light-Eastern-Maine-Medical-Center - woman in chapel with eyes closed, light streaming inBangor, Maine (October 2, 2019) — Beginning October 8, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center will offer a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program to train clergy and lay members; individuals considering a call to professional chaplaincy; and students interested in working in patient care, counseling, education, and more. The Level I and II Clinical Pastoral Education program, accredited by The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, is open to anyone interested in delving deeper into spiritual care practice in a graduate level program.
“Chaplains create a sacred space for people of all faiths and cultural beliefs in stressful or life-changing moments,” says Rev. Dr. J. Bernard Richardson, DST, director, Spiritual Care and ACPE Certified Educator. “Spiritual care ministries at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center are ecumenical, interfaith, and respectful of every person’s religious and spiritual preference.”
CPE students learn through reflection, discussion, and evaluation, and are able to apply their learning in future ministry experiences. Participants gain new skills and tools in an individual and group setting, while identifying particular gifts and goals for ministry. Students work in collaboration with their peer group, a certified CPE educator, and hospital staff to achieve their education goals. In addition to lectures in behavioral sciences and theological reflection, the group receives presentations from an interdisciplinary team to familiarize themselves with the health care environment.
“Good spiritual care will enable patients to use the spiritual resources of each person’s own faith tradition for healing,” continues Bernard. “We help our patients, families, and community members find order in the midst of chaos and hope in the midst of despair.”
To register for the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program, community members may visit and download the application. To be considered for this program, participants must submit a completed ACPE application and fee, and agree to a CPE Interview with an ACPE Certified Educator and members of the Professional Advisory Group. Participants must also pass eligibility as a volunteer at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center.

If you have questions, please contact Spiritual Care at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center at 207.973.8292 or