About our program
Centra’s CPE Programs' educational philosophy is a holistic, transformative, and integrative approach to pastoral education grounded in the clinical method of learning. Our program fosters competent and compassionate spiritual care providers who are skilled in providing care rooted in the needs of the patients, families, and staff that we serve.
Out of intense involvement with supervisors, peers, people in crisis and other professionals, CPE students are challenged to improve the quality of their pastoral relationships. Genuine caring pastoral relationships are enhanced through pastoral practice, written case studies and verbatims and individual supervision. Through viewing complicated life situations from different viewpoints, students are able to gain new insights and understandings about the human situation, while learning the tender and courageous work of caring for the human soul. Theological reflection is important in CPE as pastoral people seek ways to integrate theology with life experience.