For students who intend to elect a mentor from the Spiritual Care and Counseling faculty, completion of one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) and a CPE evaluation acceptable to the faculty in Spiritual Care and Counseling are prerequisite for admission and for beginning the clinical education portion of their program. Additionally, students choose a clinical education track and dedicate 8 of their required 28 units to related coursework. There are two clinical education tracks in the Residential Mentoring D.Min. program:
Clinical Spiritual Care
In addition to the prerequisite CPE unit students are required to complete 2 additional units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). Students are responsible to enroll in an ACPE-accredited CPE program. Proof of acceptance into an ACPE program is required for registration. CPE often follows a schedule different from the School’s academic calendar.
Students in this track meet their clinical requirements by registering for two successive courses of Clinical Pastoral Education.
Spiritually Integrative Psychotherapy
Students are required to complete 12 months of training as Pastoral Psychotherapy Residents at The Clinebell Institute for Pastoral Counseling and Psychotherapy (TCI). No other placements are allowed, except those arranged by TCI. Clinical training begins in late August with a required three-day staff meeting and orientation. Training continues for a full calendar year, unless the student graduates. Students are expected to complete their required training without interruption.
The clinical training program at TCI does not follow the academic calendar. Due to the intensive nature of the training and the needs of clients, students are on a year-round schedule and continue to serve their clients during school breaks, though vacation times are arranged through TCI. If students’ training must be interrupted due to unforeseen life circumstances, students must make up the time missed within 1 year from the time of interruption. In addition to the weekly meeting time, students schedule clinical work, research and study in preparation for clinical service, individual supervision, and other training meetings as required.
Students in this track meet their clinical requirements by registering for three successive courses of Spiritually Integrative Psychotherapy Residency.
Required Psychotherapy: The effective and ethical practice of Spiritual Care and Counseling depends upon the caregiver’s continual cultivation of emotional and spiritual resources, self-knowledge, and ability to use herself or himself for the care of others. Therefore, students concentrating in Spiritually Integrative Psychotherapy are required to be in psychotherapy during their clinical education at their own expense. Students indicate that they have begun this requirement by requesting that a letter be sent by their therapist to the TCI Training Director indicating that the psychotherapy has begun.