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Pastoral Care

Episcopal Health Services Inc. (EHS) chaplains serve patients, residents, their families and staff at St. John's Episcopal Hospital, organizations affiliated with EHS and agencies in the community. The pastoral care ministry of EHS chaplains can be summarized in three words: presence, interpretation, and prophecy.

Presence: The ministry of presence includes, but is not limited to: identifying and addressing the spiritual needs of residents and patients, their families and staff; comforting the distressed, confused, and overwhelmed; helping others acknowledge and process life issues that surface during health care challenges (so that these do not become obstacles to treatment and decision making); and defusing, debriefing, and challenging staff.

Interpretation: Chaplains translate the experience and values of patients and residents, allowing medical staff to better understand the person they are treating. They also represent hospital services to patients and their families in order to reduce frustration and facilitate access and use of clinical services.

Prophecy: Chaplains advocate for patients. They remind managers and administrators to pursue, honor and uphold the institution's mission so that administrative concerns and clinical duties do not carry us away from purpose.

Chaplains are here to help patients be meaningful participants in their healthcare and to support staff, so they can serve with excellence. Chaplains listen to, advocate for and support all persons seeking their help.

The services of clinically trained chaplains are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Chaplains visit every patient within 48 hours of admission. The Pastoral Care Department includes chaplains from a wide range of faith traditions (Episcopal, Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim). Our chaplains come from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and speak many languages in addition to English. Chaplains provide spiritual care and, upon request, religious rites and prayers.

Chaplains are authorized to share the rites, rituals sacraments and ceremonies of their traditions. They perform:

  • Emergency Baptisms
  • Episcopal Sacraments & Pastoral Offices
    • Baptism
    • Communion
    • Ministry to the Sick
    • Thanksgiving for the
      Birth of a Child
    • Reconciliation of a Penitent
  • Kosher and Halal Meal Assistance
  • Muslim Birth Rite
  • Jewish Sabbath Candles and Prayers
  • Roman Catholic Sacraments
    • Confession
    • Sacrament of the Sick (formerly known as Last Rites)
    • Communion

Chaplains also lead devotions in St. Joseph's Chapel and the Jewish Prayer Room, located adjacent to the lobby. On holy days (such as Ash Wednesday or Chanukah) and days of national observance (such as Veterans' Day or Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday), chaplains conduct services in the hospital lobby.

Chaplains are available 24 hours daily through the Hospital's operator at 718-869-7000 or dial "0" if calling from within the Hospital.

Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is a professional training and education program for ministry. It brings theological students, ordained clergy, members of religious orders and qualified laypersons into supervised encounters with hospital patients and nursing home residents. The program facilitates the development of pastoral identity, interpersonal competence, skills for pastoral assessment, professional collaboration, group leadership, pastoral care and counseling; and pastoral theological reflection.

CPE programs function at three levels: Basic, Advanced, and Supervisor-In-Training. Within this graded, competency-based curriculum, EHS-CPE trainees provide pastoral care service in hospitals, nursing homes and community based organizations under supervision. Supervision is the heart of the learning process, wherein trainees learn and acquire skills through multiple structures of responsibility (i.e., pastoral care service, group relations, and case presentations) and reflection (i.e., individual supervision, case presentations, and self, peer and group evaluations).


EHS' CPE Program, established in 1994 by the Rt. Rev. Orris Walker, Jr. and the Rev. Dr. Richard Liew for the Diocese of Long Island, is the only diocesan owned and accredited program in the United States. Over the years, this program has attracted and trained a diverse applicant pool. The diversity of our trainees and the skills of our supervisors make this program unique and outstanding.

The wide variety of patient/resident populations served by the CPE program also enriches the training experience. EHS' clinical sites are located in an inner-city/urban setting. The contrast between inner-city and urban settings lifts class differences, justice issues, as well as social and economic concerns. Our CPE Program is situated within minutes of Kennedy International Airport, an eastern gateway in America to the world. The populations of Kings, Queens, and Nassau counties represent a microcosm of the nations of the world. The ethnic communities served by EHS facilities include Russian, Italian, Chinese, Greek, African, Indian, Egyptian, Hispanic, Caribbean Islander and African-American. With pride, they preserve, express and share their cultural, religious, and ethnic heritages. Such diversity harbors potent experiences and lessons in pastoral care for students at this CPE Center.

To apply download and print the application or call 718-869-7411. The Clinical Pastoral Education Program office is open Monday through Friday 9am to 4pm.

CLASS DESCRIPTION AND SCHEDULES

Domestic CPE Programs

BASIC UNIT COURSES

Basic CPE is professional education for ministry that focuses on the formation of one's identity as a pastoral care giver and the development of basic pastoral care skills (listening, theological reflection, psycho-social and cultural competency, personnel and inter-personnel awareness).

Summer Intern CPE Program (Full time, 10 Weeks)

  • 2017: May 22, 2017 to August 5, 2017- Deadline April 14, 2017

Extended Internship CPE Program (16 Hours per Week, 7 Months)

  • 2017: January through August (Deadline November 30, 2016)
  • 2016: October through May 2017 (Deadline August 15, 2016)

Community Base CPE Program (Extended year-long unit base on a quarterly rotation)

  • 2017: January 14, 2017 to open- (Deadline October 30, 2016)

ADVANCED UNITS or RESIDENCY

Advanced CPE is for those who have achieved a heightened level of personal awareness, pastoral formation and professional development, and who desire continuous education in ministry and pastoral care specialization. Students exercise greater autonomy, provide input to their CPE curriculum, and develop functions of professional chaplains.

Specialization offerings in pastoral care include:

  • Pastoral Care & Behavioral Medicine
  • Pastoral Care & Emergency Medicine
  • Gerontology Pastoral Care
  • Pastoral Care to the Medically Underserved

Residency CPE Program Schedule (Full time, 12 Months)

  • 2017: September 2016 to September 2017 (Deadline May 1st, 2016)
  • 2018: September 2017 to September 2018 (Deadline May 1st, 2017)

SUPERVISOR-IN-TRAINING

Supervisory CPE Program (Full time):
Supervisory CPE is for those who demonstrate personal, theological and professional competence. Individuals who desire to learn the craft of supervising and teaching CPE will develop in the areas of: personal growth, the CPE process, individual supervision, group supervision, group dynamics, program management, and personal/professional integration of theology, including their identity as a clinical pastoral educator. Admission to supervisory training, according to CPSP standards, is contingent upon a candidate finding a qualified chapter to determine readiness to become a supervisor in training.

  • Rolling Admission

APPLICATION AND REGISTRATION MATERIALS

There is limited enrollment for all programs. Early applications have a competitive edge. Applicants are urged to submit all materials 60 days before a program's start date. Interviews occur 60 days prior to program start dates.

Medical clearance and Human Resource Orientation must be completed before the program's start date.

CPE Orientations: Fall – first week in September & Spring – last week in May.

Gradation takes place on the first Friday in August of each year.

Application for Clinical Pastoral Education