I met today with new summer interns in our health system's Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program. One of them will be coming to get his or her clinical experience in my hospital, and this was our opportunity to meet. I had a chance to describe my hospital, and to give them some sense of who I am (which may or may not help someone decide to come work with me). I also shared with them that thirty years ago I was myself off for my seminary- and church-required first unit of CPE. They're excited, and scared, and I remember enough to empathize.
Once again, I'm going to be looking for CPE students who are blogging their experiences. I'll check in as I can, and make encouraging comments as I can. I've started a list below of sites I've found, and I'll edit to add sites as I can.
May God bless them all, and provide them the experience this summer that will best support and build their ministries. And remember: there are no bad experiences in CPE. There are good experiences, and good learning experiences.
Law And Gospel
SEARCH THE SEA
The Truth Will Make You Odd
And for a different view, follow Alan, a Resident in Supervisory CPE, at abayye. He's been blogging aspects of his CPE experience for some time now. As both a Supervisory Resident and a rabbi, he brings a different perspective, one that taps different sources in our Abrahamic tradition.