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

Pictured (left to right) are CPE graduates John Hoy, Paul Auckland, Fred Bartholomew, Kathleen McCauley, Linda Wisser, John Walsh, and Rev. Dr. Carl Yusavitz, Penn Foundation’s Director of Pastoral Services and certified CPE Educator

(SELLERSVILLE, Pa.) – Penn Foundation recently graduated six students from its Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program. 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 2018 and May 2019, students completed 400 hours of supervised ministry in several of Penn Foundation’s programs as well as Grand View Hospice, CityTeam Chester, and Success Rehabilitation Services. 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 lot of maturity and life experience to their field training,” says Rev. Dr. Carl Yusavitz, Penn Foundation’s Director of Pastoral Services and certified CPE Educator.

About Penn Foundation
Founded in 1955, Penn Foundation is a non-profit organization providing innovative services to address the mental health and substance abuse treatment needs of individuals in our community. With headquarters in Sellersville, Bucks County, and satellite offices in Colmar, Souderton, and Pottstown, Penn Foundation employs 440 compassionate professionals that serve more than 19,000 children, adolescents, and adults each year with integrated, holistic care designed to meet the unique needs of each person. Penn Foundation believes strongly in the resiliency of the human spirit and is committed to instilling hope, inspiring change, and building community.