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Penn Foundation Graduates Eight Students from Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program

Pictured (left to right) are CPE graduates John Hoy, Joyce Hunsberger, Robert Rapp, Jr., Ann Shade, Dan Moran, Laura Alderfer, Rev. Dr. Carl Yusavitz (Penn Foundation’s Director of Pastoral Services and certified CPE Educator), Tim Baum, and Abby Schondelmeyer.

Penn Foundation graduated eight students from its Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program on June 11, 2020. CPE is a form a theological education for seminarians, clergy, and laity that takes place both in a classroom and a clinical setting. It is required for certification as a chaplain or pastoral counselor. The CPE program at Penn Foundation is unique because all clinical placements incorporate a behavioral healthcare perspective.

Between September 2019 and May 2020, students completed 400 hours of supervised ministry in several of Penn Foundation’s programs as well as Frederick Living, St. Mary’s Manor, Grand View Hospice, Grand View Hospital, and Indian Creek Foundation. They also completed 100 hours of structured educational activities including case studies, reflection papers, learning goals, self-evaluations, and four hours per week of individual and group supervision.

“This year’s students brought a great deal of cross-cultural and diverse life experience to their field sites,” says Rev. Dr. Carl Yusavitz, Penn Foundation’s Director of Pastoral Services and certified CPE Educator.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Penn Foundation’s CPE program.