Summer is beginning, and it's time for me once again to note the blogs of folks who will be going through CPE this summer. Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is the primary clinical experience for those of us who are chaplains. However, most of the folks who go through CPE aren't called to chaplaincy. Instead, they're training for other ministries, and CPE is recommended by school or judicatory or both. However, CPE provides an opportunity to learn about oneself in ministry that few other experiences offer. And, while some folks take a while to realize this, the skills for self-awareness, assessment of spiritual need, and establishing relationships quickly all function on other arenas of ministry.
So, here is the list as I've found it so far this summer:
These are the summer students I've found to this point (and I'll add if I find others). Take some time to check them out, and leave supportive comments. CPE is certainly emotionally challenging, and encouraging voices are never out of place.
And then there are the continuing posts of Alan Abrams at
. Alan is a CPE Supervisor, and his insights area always interesting.
So, take some time to check in with these folks. CPE is always a time for great insight, even if often difficult. At the same time, as I say periodically to CPE students, there are no bad experiences in CPE. There are good experiences, and good learning experiences.