What is CPE

CPE is professional education for ministry. It trains clergy, religious and laity of all faiths for work in pastoral care –  in other words it brings them into supervised encounter with persons in crisis. Out of an intense involvement (The Helderberg Hospital, Somerset West) with persons in need, and the feedback from peers and supervisors, the students develop new awareness of themselves as persons and of the needs of those to whom they minister. From theological reflection on specific human situations, they gain new understanding of the human situation. Within the interdisciplinary team process of helping persons, they develop skills in interpersonal and interprofessional relationships. CPE is a method and standard of training that is well established in all five Continents. The focus is not on text books and lectures, but upon disciplined and supervised reflection on real life experiences with people who are hurting – what we call the living human document.


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