Many Episcopal dioceses require candidates for ordination to complete at least one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) to learn first hand about pastoral care. This summer, two of Stanford’s CPE students were Episcopalians. We work with Episcopal CPE students to help them learn about caring for members of our church. We asked Episcopalian Robert Anderson to reflect on his time with us this summer.
“In CPE this summer at Stanford, I have learned an entirely new way of approaching pastoral care that simply was not part of my pastoral theology coursework in seminary.
The ability to see myself in relation to the other and identify those personal experiences and qualities that shape who I am is the first learning outcome.
The second is being aware of how those experiences and qualities facilitate or subtract from the pastoral care encounter.
I am now far more aware of detecting and reflecting on who I am as I engage in a pastoral care situation. CPE is one of the most valuable, growth filled experiences in my pastoral education.”