Clinical Pastoral Education Prerequisite
Successful completion of one unit of CPE in a program accredited by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, with an evaluation acceptable to the faculty in the field of spiritual care is required before students may begin their clinical training. Students who do not have this prerequisite will not be able to complete the degree in two years.
Clinical Training through The Clinebell Institute for Pastoral Counseling and Psychotherapy (TCI)
Students concentrating in Spiritually Integrative Counseling serve as interns 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 (the week prior to the School’s Fall orientation of new students) with a required three-day staff meeting and orientation.
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 and group supervision, and other training meetings as required.
Due to the high cost of supervision and other training expenses, additional fees are charged for SC3041, SC3042, SC3044, and SC3045. The amount of these fees is indicated in the registration materials for each semester. These fees are normally not covered by scholarship, but can be included in the overall financial aid package. The fee for the 2014-2015 academic year is $1,300 per semester.
Required Training Psychotherapy
The effective and ethical practice of spiritually integrative 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 Counseling are required to be in psychotherapy during their clinical education. Students indicate that they have begun this requirement by requesting that a letter be sent by their therapist to The Clinebell Institute Training Director indicating that the psychotherapy has begun.