Usually starting after 24 units of coursework is complete, students serve for 24 consecutive months as Residents at The Clinebell Institute for Pastoral Counseling and Psychotherapy (TCI)
. Students must have completed the prerequisite one unit of CPE in a program accredited by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., with an evaluation acceptable to the professors in the field.
The sequence of courses is started only in the Fall semester and students normally register for the course Spiritually Integrative Psychotherapy Residency as follows:
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Spiritually Integrative Psychotherapy Residency
No other placements are allowed except those arranged by The Clinebell Institute. 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.
Students are expected to complete their required training without interruption. The clinical training program at The Clinebell Institute 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 The Clinebell Institute. 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.
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 Psychotherapy are required to be in weekly psychotherapy at their own expense for the duration of 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. The cost of psychotherapy is also an additional expense to the student.
Qualifying Exams for Spiritual Care and Counseling
Exams must be passed in the following areas:
- History and Theory of Spiritual Care and Counseling.
- Practice of Spiritual Care and Counseling (Clinical Theory and Practice).
- Systematic Theology, Theological Ethics, Sacred Texts or Religious History.
- Cognate Field (Students may request guidance for the cognate exam from any scholar with whom they have taken at least one of their cognate courses and who meets the following criteria: holds a Ph.D. in a field other than Christian studies, holds a faculty appointment at an accredited academic institution, and is able to provide the exam according to program rubrics and procedures. Eligible scholars will be identified in consultation with the student’s advisor and are frequently selected from the faculties of the Claremont Colleges or Claremont Graduate University.)