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Program accreditation
Association for Clinical Pastoral Education

Program goal

To provide clinical education for pastoral care professionals as well as other health care providers in the spiritual care of patients and families within an interdisciplinary context

Student learning outcomes

  1. Student maintains personal integrity and a deepening pastoral identity (ACPE Standard 315, Outcome 315.1).
  2. Student demonstrates emotional and spiritual maturity (ACPE Standard 315, Outcome 315.2).
  3. Student forms meaningful pastoral relationships (ACPE Standard 315, Outcome 315.3).
  4. Student self-supervises their own ongoing pastoral practice (ACPE Standard 315, Outcome 315.4).
  5. Student refines their professional identity as a clinical pastoral educator (ACPE Standard 315, Outcome 315.5).
  6. Student demonstrates awareness of how one’s own culture affects professional and personal identity, pastoral practice, the supervisory relationship and student learning (ACPE Standard 315, Outcome 315.6).
  7. Student articulates understanding of and methodology for clinical pastoral supervision based on a critical grasp of the professional literature relating to the field of clinical supervision (Standard 315, Outcome 316.1).
  8. Student articulates and implements a philosophy of CPE based on an educational model integrating the theory and practice of CPE, which is based on and congruent with their own theology (Standard 316, Outcome 316.2).
  9. Student articulates rationale for multicultural competence, integrating the theory and practice of CPE, which is based on and congruent with their own theology (Standard 316, Outcome 316.3).
  10. Student assesses an individual student’s learning patterns, personality, religious history and cultural values as a basis for supervisory strategies (ACPE Standard 317.1, Outcome 317.1.1).
  11. Student supervises students’ pastoral work, giving attention to unique patterns of personal and professional development, including the ability to assist students’ movement toward pastoral identity (ACPE Standard 317.1, Outcome 317.1.2).
  12. Student defines and evaluates students’ pastoral and personal resources, and uses supervisory strategies and interventions to facilitate students’ learning and development in pastoral care (ACPE Standard 317.1, Outcome 317.1.3).
  13. Student assists students in taking responsibility for formulating a learning process and evaluating the results of the learning experience (ACPE Standard 317.1, Outcome 317.1.4).
  14. Student uses their own personality and personal, religious and cultural history as a teaching resource in shaping a personal supervisory style (ACPE Standard 317.1, Outcome 317.1.5).
  15. Student facilitates development of group interpersonal interaction (ACPE Standard 317.2, Outcome 317.2.1).
  16. Student enables students to use their responses to the program as a learning experience (ACPE Standard 317.2, Outcome, 317.2.2).
  17. Student develops and organizes programs of CPE based on program educational principles appropriate to experiential learning (ACPE Standard 318, Outcome 318.1).
  18. Student manages CPE programs effectively (ACPE Standard 318, Outcome 318.2).
  19. Student develops a variety of CPE program resources (ACPE Standard 318, Outcome 318.3).
  20. Student uses diverse clinical educational methods (ACPE Standard 318, Outcome 318.4).
  21. Student works with the theological implications of the ministry context (ACPE Standard 318, Outcome 318.5).
  22. Student understands and uses applied ethics as they relate to CPE and pastoral practice (ACPE Standard 318, Outcome 318.6).
  23. Student uses appropriate clinical skills and teaching methods that integrate the role of context and culture in pastoral practice and education (ACPE Standard 318, Outcome 318.7).
  24. Student advocates for students based on awareness of how persons’ social locations, systems and structures affect their ministry, learning and the educational context (ACPE Standard 318, Outcome 318.8).
  25. Student considers cultural factors in the use of learning assessments, educational strategies, curriculum resources and evaluation procedures (ACPE Standard 318, Outcome 318.9).
  26. Student integrates educational theory, knowledge of behavioral science, professional and applied ethics, theology and pastoral identity into supervisory function (ACPE Standard 319, Outcome 319.1).
  27. Student demonstrates awareness of the cultural contexts of diverse student groups and clinical populations that integrates and articulates ethnic identity development and its implications for pastoral practice and supervisory relationships (ACPE Standard 319, Outcome 319.2).

VCU Graduate Bulletin, VCU Graduate School and general academic policies and regulations for all graduate students in all graduate programs

The VCU Graduate Bulletin website documents the official admission and academic rules and regulations that govern graduate education for all graduate programs at the university. These policies are established by the graduate faculty of the university through their elected representatives to the University Graduate Council.

It is the responsibility of all graduate students, both on- and off-campus, to be familiar with the VCU Graduate Bulletin as well as the Graduate School website and academic regulations in individual school and department publications and on program websites. However, in all cases, the official policies and procedures of the University Graduate Council, as published on the VCU Graduate Bulletin and Graduate School websites, take precedence over individual program policies and guidelines.

Visit the academic regulations section for additional information on academic regulations for graduate students.

Degree candidacy requirements

A graduate student admitted to a program or concentration requiring a final research project, work of art, thesis or dissertation, must qualify for continuing master’s or doctoral status according to the degree candidacy requirements of the student’s graduate program. Admission to degree candidacy, if applicable, is a formal statement by the graduate student’s faculty regarding the student’s academic achievements and the student’s readiness to proceed to the final research phase of the degree program.

Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following degree candidacy policy as published in the VCU Graduate Bulletin for complete information and instructions.

Visit the academic regulations section for additional information on degree candidacy requirements.

Graduation requirements

As graduate students approach the end of their academic programs and the final semester of matriculation, they must make formal application to graduate. No degrees will be conferred until the application to graduate has been finalized.

Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following graduation requirements as published in the Graduate Bulletin for a complete list of instructions and a graduation checklist.

Visit the academic regulations section for additional information on graduation requirements.

Other information

Students receive a Department of Patient Counseling student handbook during orientation.