Six Chaplain Interns Begin McLeod Clinical Pastoral Education Program


Interns in the McLeod Clinical Pastoral Education program, pictured from left to right, are LaSheila Mack Wyatt, Cheri Dale, Jerry Pepin, Rita Briggs, Sara Sanderson, Supervisor Lerrill White and Clint Scott.

The McLeod Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program welcomes six new chaplain interns to McLeod Regional Medical Center. They are LaSheila Mack Wyatt, Cheri Dale, Jerry Pepin, Rita Briggs, Sara Sanderson and Clint Scott.

For approximately six months, CPE participants learn the elements of providing pastoral care. A unique challenge for pastors in hospitals is learning how to care for people despite differences in beliefs. Each student is assigned to patient care units and works with the nurses to identify patients who need pastoral services. The interns then assess the patient’s needs and beliefs to focus on delivering patient-centered pastoral care.

The McLeod Department of Pastoral Services provides clinical pastoral education (CPE), accredited through the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). Education is offered to ministerial students, clergy, and interested lay people.

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is interfaith professional education for ministry. It brings theological students and ministers of all faiths (pastors, priests, rabbis, and others) into supervised encounters with persons in crisis. Out of an intense involvement with persons in need, and the feedback from peers and teachers, 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 a new understanding of ministry.

If you would like to learn more about the Clinical Pastoral Education program, please call (843) 777-2119.