CPE Program Offers Opportunity for Growth, Reflection

Bon Secours’ CPE program attracts a diverse group of interns who bring a wealth of experiences and insight to the program. Pictured is the group from summer 2011.

Bon Secours emphasizes professional education and growth, and not just for medical and administrative employees. Our spiritual care team mentors — and learns from — a unique group of individuals each year.

The Bon Secours Maryview Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program offers ministry residents the opportunity to develop pastoral competency while working with patients and hospital staff. The program has been re-energized by program director Rev. Stephen Goss, who came to Bon Secours about a year ago.

A model of education
Each year, four people are recruited to participate in a 12-month program, meeting a requirement to become a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains or with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. Residents serve in a variety of spiritual care capacities and receive mentoring from managers and a team of board-certified chaplains.

Bon Secours also offers a full-time Summer CPE Internship that attracts seminary students from across the country and local ministers into part-time, unpaid educational programs called Extended Units. Students from these programs are placed at Bon Secours Maryview, Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center and Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital.

“I look for people motivated to learn and change and look inside of themselves,” said Goss.

Pamela A. Phillips, MAPT, MBA, senior vice president of Mission, said Goss’s focus centers around the student experience. “He intentionally selects students from all nationalities and religious traditions to enrich and celebrate the diversity of each student’s unique gifts.”

By working to attract residents with a variety of backgrounds and passions, Bon Secours receives fresh ideas and insights, while participants gain a wealth of experience and knowledge.

The nature of ministry
Because of the nature of pastoral care, residents must be open and adaptable. “My students make rounds in assigned areas, and they don’t know what’s behind the next door,” said Goss.

“We’re often the invisible people working behind the scenes,” Goss said. “But what people do understand is that when they page a chaplain, someone shows up.”

+ Learn more about the Bon Secours Maryview Clinical Pastoral Education Program.

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