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Clinical Pastoral Education offered at Piedmont Newnan Hospital
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Clinical Pastoral Education offered at Piedmont Newnan Hospital

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Applications are now being accepted for a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) being offered at Piedmont Newnan Hospital.  CPE is a program of graduate level pastoral care completed by thousands of American clergy and lay-persons within the last half century. CPE is a long-term supervised engagement with patients in crisis in hospitals, prisons, and hospice facilities.

In CPE, theological students, ordained clergy, members of religious orders, and qualified laypeople of all faiths (Pastors, Priests, Rabbis, Imams and others) minister to people in intimate and sometimes critical situations while being supervised.  Out of intense involvement with a supervisor, peers, professional colleagues, and persons in need of ministry, CPE students are challenged to improve the quality of their pastoral relationships. 

Through pastoral practice, written case studies, individual supervision, and relevant readings, students learn how to develop and sustain genuinely caring pastoral relationships.  By viewing and participating in both complicated and ordinary life situations from different perspectives, students are able to gain new insights and understandings about themselves and the nature of human relationships to God and to neighbor.  Theological reflection is important in CPE as pastoral people seek ways to integrate theology with life experience.

The Supervisors for the CPE program are Rev. Mark Riley, Chaplain at Piedmont Newnan Hospital and Rev. Dr. Steve Austin, Chaplain at Piedmont Henry Hospital. Both are CPE supervisors through the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy.  In order to make the program more accessible to area clergy and lay persons, the unit is offered in an extended 20-week format with group running on Tuesday.  The next class will begin in mid-January 2015 and applications should be submitted as soon as possible.  Persons interested in receiving information and an application are encouraged to call the Spiritual Care office at Piedmont Newnan Hospital at (770) 400-2317.

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