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Clinical Pastoral Education Program

 

Beverly Hospital’s Department of Pastoral Care and Clinical Pastoral Education offers spiritual support to patients, families and staff. Chaplains are available Monday – Friday from 8 am – 9 pm and at other times upon request.

We offer interfaith professional education for ministry through involvement with patients in need, which assists in the Chaplains’ ministry.

What is Clinical Pastoral Education at Beverly Hospital?

  • Ministry with people and learning from that ministry through reflection, discussion and evaluation with other students and your supervisor.
  • Utilizing verbatim, case studies, and other ministry descriptions to present your ministry for supervision.
  • Focusing on what is happening to you, the caregiver, as much as what is happening to the people receiving your ministry.
  • Understanding theological issues arising from experience.
  • Learning from the behavioral sciences while reflecting theologically, so that you draw from both in understanding the human condition.
  • Thinking about groups and social structures as well as individuals in defining your ministry.
  • Being part of a dynamic learning group with other students and your supervisor, which provides opportunity for mutual supervision, care giving, challenge and appreciation.

Learning Environment

Beverly Hospital is a 265-bed community hospital where the CPE program at this facility has been accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education since 1971. The program has grown over the years to reach beyond the hospital located in Beverly, Massachusetts to include many other facilities. An affiliation with the Lahey Clinic was completed May 1, 2012 and Beverly Hospital is now a member of Lahey Health.

CPE chaplains are responsible to provide coverage for at least one unit at Beverly Hospital and possibly at another facility. They are responsible for visiting patients and referring to other faith group leaders as needed.  Beverly Hospital/CPE has a mixture of pastoral experiences to offer ranging from ministry on the oncology unit, pediatric unit, medical/surgical units, critical car unit Emergency Department, maternity, long term care, rehab, psychiatric, addictions and dialysis units. The religious and cultural diversity of the area fosters a multi-faith hospital ministry with strong ties to local communities and in-depth exposure to issues.

Programs Offered

Summer Intensive unit of CPE

This intensive unit is an 11-week program that consists of:

  • Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.
  • The on-call schedule is on a rotating basis among the Chaplains in the group. The hours for on-call are Monday – Saturday, 4:00 – 9:00 pm and Sunday, 1:00 – 6:00 pm. There is no overnight required.
  • The first week is orientation from Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.
  • The remaining 10 weeks, Chaplains meet in group from Monday – Thursday from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm with the remaining time devoted to patient care (approximately 25 hours/week) and individual supervision.
  • The unit begins the 3rd week of May on a Monday (Tuesday if the Monday falls on Memorial Day) and ends the 1st week of August on a Friday.

Fall Compressed unit of CPE

This compressed unit is a 15-week program that consists of:

  • Tuesdays from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.
  • The on-call schedule is on a rotating basis among the Chaplains in the group. The hours for on-call are Monday – Saturday, 4:00 – 9:00 pm and Sunday, 1:00 – 6:00 pm. There is no overnight required.
  • The first week is orientation and consists of Tuesday – Thursday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.
  • The remaining 14 weeks, Chaplains meet in group on Tuesdays from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm with the remaining time devoted to patient care (approximately 20 hours/week) and individual supervision. Patient care hours are flexible and determined by the Chaplain.
  • The unit begins the 1st Tuesday in September and ends the 2nd week of December on a Thursday (Closing Ceremony).

Spring Compressed unit of CPE

This compressed unit is a 15-week program that consists of:

  • Tuesdays from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.
  • The on-call schedule is on a rotating basis among the Chaplains in the group. The hours for on-call are Monday – Saturday, 4:00 – 9:00 pm and Sunday, 1:00 – 6:00 pm. There is no overnight required.
  • The first week is orientation and consists of Tuesday – Thursday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.
  • The remaining 14 weeks, Chaplains meet in group on Tuesdays from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm with the remaining time devoted to patient care (approximately 20 hours/week) and individual supervision. Patient care hours are flexible and determined by the Chaplain.
  • The unit begins the 1st Tuesday in January and ends the 2nd week of April on a Thursday (Closing Ceremony).

Cost

The tuition for the summer intensive, spring compressed and fall compressed units is $1,000. There is a $25 application fee payable to Beverly Hospital CPE. Upon acceptance, there is a $200 non-refundable deposit fee credited towards your tuition.

Admission Criteria

Admission to a program includes motivation to learn, emotional stability, interpersonal awareness and ability to learn how to minister in crises situations. Our programs are geared toward those interested in pastoral care in religious congregations, for seminary students, laity and those who are entering into pastoral ministry. Our CPE programs are accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.

Application Process

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  • Submission of ACPE application materials
  • Admission interview at Beverly Hospital with the CPE Supervisor and a member of our Professional Advisory Committee

Applications can be sent to the following address:

Sr. Sara-Ann Buckley, SND
Director of Pastoral Care
Beverly Hospital, a member of Lahey Health
85 Herrick Street
Beverly, MA  01915

Contact Us

Thank you for considering Beverly Hospital, a member of Lahey Health as a potential training site for your ministry. If you wish to contact us about any of our programs, please refer to our address, phone number or email below.

Sr. Sara-Ann Buckley, SND
Director of Pastoral Care
Certified ACPE Supervisor
Trained Spiritual Director
SBUCKLEY@nhs-healthlink.org

Phone:  978-922-3000, ext. 2791
Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Beverly Hospital, a member of Lahey Health
Department of Pastoral Care
Clinical Pastoral Education Program
85 Herrick Street
Beverly, MA  01915

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Contact Us

The Beverly Hospital CPE Center is Accredited for
Level I and Level II CPE
by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc
One West Court Square, Suite 325
Decatur, Georgia 30030
(404) 320-1472
www.acpe.edu