posted on December 06, 2010 10:21
Joel Usina is a 3rd year M.Div student here at CUDS. Thanks for sharing, Joel!
A part of the requirements for the Master’s of Divinity degree is to complete either a semester of supervised ministry or a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). I chose the latter, and, based on the experience, I highly recommend it for any who may be unsure about where they will end up serving in ministry.
CPE consists of doing a chaplain internship, whether it is in a hospital or urban setting. Over the course of the semester, each intern spends time, for example, in group sessions with other interns working on interpersonal communication, learning more about counseling from trained professionals, and, of course, visiting with patients in the hospital or urban settings. Each unit is an intense training endeavor, and, every part of it, if approached sincerely, will have a lasting impact I am sure.
Even though I am not inclined at the moment toward a chaplain ministry, the experience and training I have received through CPE has effected such significant change in me that, despite where I end up serving, I know I will better serve those whom I find myself amidst. I am thoroughly grateful for the opportunity to be a part of and be impacted by the CPE program at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh.