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Penn Foundation’s Clinical Pastoral Education Program Prepares Future Pastors


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Jennifer King

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July 21, 2011

Penn Foundation’s Clinical Pastoral Education Program Prepares Future Pastors

(Sellersville, PA) – Penn Foundation’s Clinical Pastoral Education Program, a program for seminarians, clergy, and laity committed to developing their pastoral identity and function, is currently in session in Sellersville. In this intensive 10 week program, CPE students learn to minister to people in crisis and reflect on that experience in a peer group and with a certified supervisor.

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) aims to improve the quality of ministry and pastoral care offered by spiritual caregivers of all faiths in our community and is nationally accredited by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE). The CPE program at Penn Foundation is unique because all clinical placements incorporate a behavioral health care perspective, and emphasis is placed on theological education, integration, or training for ministry.

“Every faith community faces challenges like mental illness, addiction, and domestic abuse,” explains Carl Yusavitz, the Pastoral Services Director of Penn Foundation. “The CPE program allows students to gain understanding and experience in behavioral health care, develop skills to administer to people, and become an advocate in congregations. Upon completion of this program, pastors have a lot to offer individuals and families when aiding in the recovery process.”

When working within the community, CPE students meet individuals wherever they may be spirituality. Yusavitz explains, “As a chaplain, we go to the individual, which is responsive care. A chaplain provides companionship, not advice, and joins a person as they attempt to make sense of the world.”

For more information about this program, call (215) 453-5180.

Penn Foundation provides individuals of all ages with innovative behavioral health and wellness services to meet their mental, emotional, behavioral, and spiritual healthcare needs. Our fifty-five-year plus tradition of compassionate care combined with a strong belief in the healing power of hope and the possibility of recovery enables us to help our clients navigate their lives with confidence, conviction, and courage. Visit for more information.


Photo Caption: The 2011 Clinical Pastoral Education Class. Back row, (from left): Willie Keaton, Paul Gibson, Gregory Stejskal, Pastoral Services Director Carl Yusavitz. Front row, (from left): Amanda Joy Bernecker, Leslie Harrison, Laura Tancredi.


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