Clinical Pastoral Education

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Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) has been taught at Bronson Methodist Hospital since 1971. The CPE program is an integral part of the Department of Pastoral Care and Education. CPE residents and interns work in clinical environments of a teaching hospital that is familiar with and accepting of students.

Our program is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) and recognized by the Department of Education. It is currently the only program in west Michigan to offer Level I, Level II and Supervisory CPE.

Bronson's CPE Program Curriculum

  • Systems theory and its application in ministry
  • Sexuality and gender issues in ministry
  • Enneagram Personality Theory
  • Crucial Conversations
  • Narrative theology
  • Grace mapping
  • Seminars devoted to images of ministry in contemporary film and fiction

During Case conferences, students review their written verbatim accounts of pastoral conversations. For this an interdisciplinary case consultant is frequently invited. Other seminars include Didactic Seminar, Theological Reflection Seminar, Interpersonal Relations Group and Individual Supervision.

Academic courses are credited with a pass/fail grade. The written work required each week includes verbatim accounts of encountered pastoral care, journaling and different assignments related to the current curriculum for each unit. While many traditional structures of CPE are utilized, creative students who wish to build their own educational experience are valued at Bronson. A collegial community with students is fostered, where play is taken seriously and serious work can be playful. Meet our Faculty

Bronson’s CPE program values diversity. The more we are diverse the more we have to learn from one another. We seek students who can be "living human documents" to one another. To that end, we seek students with diversity in race, gender, age, faith group, national origin and sexual orientation. Read Student Testimonials

For more information about Bronson's Clinical Pastoral Education Program, contact:
  • Chaplain Elaine Forrest
    Pastoral Care Dept. Box 48
    Bronson Methodist Hospital
    601 John Street
    Kalamazoo, MI 49007
    (269) 341-6341
  • Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
    1549 Clairmont Rd. Suite 103
    Decatur, GA 30033
    (404) 320-1472