Pastoral Education at Beverly Hospital
John C. Pearson, D. Min.
Director of Chaplaincy
978.922.3000, ext. 2791
The Beverly Hospital Clinical Pastoral Education Program is
The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
1549 Clairmont Road, Suite 103
Decatur, GA 30033
- What is Clinical Pastoral Education at Beverly
- Ministry with people and learning from that ministry through
reflection, discussion and evaluation with other students and your
- 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
- 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.
What Does CPE Prepare A Person To Do?
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) serves as a part of preparation
for parish ministry, chaplaincy, lay ministry, teaching and
counseling. A student' s learning contract may be focused toward
integration of theological, psychological, and pastoral insights
into pastoral functioning for parish work. Or the contract may be
designed with a career goal of chaplaincy or pastoral counseling in
mind. CPE at Beverly Hospital helps the student develop the
capacity for the pastoral and spiritual care of individuals,
families and systems. Many theological schools require one unit of
CPE as a part of a theological degree program. Other schools accept
a year of CPE as the required intern year of ministry for a
theological degree program. CPE at Beverly Hospital is accredited
to meet these requirements. Students who have completed one or more
units of CPE may focus on areas of specialization in
Where Will I Be Ministering?
Beverly Hospital offers a variety of opportunities to minister to
persons in the areas of:
- Cardiac Care
- Crisis Care-Intensive Care Unit & Emergency Medicine
- Long-Term Elder Care
Areas of particular interest and specialization may be discussed
during your admissions process interview or with your
What can I expect from the CPE Learning
CPE at Beverly Hospital helps the student develop a learning
environment that is supportive, stimulating and safe, and one which
makes the risks of interpersonal learning and growth worth taking.
Providing a safe learning environment with opportunities to grow in
faith and confidence in ministry is the hallmark of the Beverly
Hospital CPE Program. The Essential Elements in the Beverly
Hospital CPE Program include:
The actual practice of ministry to persons
Detailed reporting and evaluation of that practice
A process conception of learning
A theoretical perspective on all elements of the program
A small group of peers in a common learning experience
An individual contract for learning
What is the Tuition?
The tuition for a unit of CPE at Beverly Hospital is $950, payable
on the first day of the program. Tuition for academic credit may be
paid directly to your seminary. There is an application fee of $25
for CPE at Beverly Hospital.
How Do I Apply?
Application for CPE
- Complete an application and mail it to Chaplain, John C.
Pearson at Beverly Hospital.
- Arrange an admissions interview with Chaplain Pearson, who will
consult with you regarding your goals for learning in this
- Upon acceptance into the program, begin to formulate your
individual learning contract.
- Develop your individual learning contract around the learning
- Pastoral Reflection-reflection on one' s self as a person and a
pastor in relationship to persons in crisis, the supervisor, and
peer groups as well as the curriculum and institutional
- Pastoral Foundation-focus on personal and pastoral identity
issues in learning and ministry.
- Pastoral Competence-deepening and unfolding of competence in
pastoral function, pastoral skills and knowledge of theology and
We also offer Pastoral Specialization, focusing on the student's
desire to become competent and knowledgeable in a particular area
of ministry, such as oncology, urban ministry, parish ministry and