Standard 311 Outcomes of CPE Level I

The curriculum for CPE Level I addresses the fundamentals of pastoral formation, pastoral competence and pastoral reflection through one or more program units. At the conclusion of CPE Level I, students are able to:

Pastoral Formation

311.1 articulate the central themes and core values of one’s religious/spiritual heritage and the theological understanding that informs one’s ministry.

311.2 identify and discuss major life events, relationships, social location, cultural contexts, and social realities that impact personal identity as expressed in pastoral functioning.

311.3 initiate peer group and supervisory consultation and receive critique about one’s ministry practice.

Pastoral Competence

311.4 risk offering appropriate and timely critique with peers and supervisors.

311.5 recognize relational dynamics within group contexts.

311.6 demonstrate the integration of conceptual understandings presented in the curriculum into pastoral practice.

311.7 initiate helping relationships within and across diverse populations.

Pastoral Reflection

311.8 use the clinical methods of learning to achieve one’s educational goals.

311.9 formulate clear and specific goals for continuing pastoral formation with reference to one’s strengths and weaknesses as identified through self-reflection, supervision, and feedback.

Standard 312 Outcomes of CPE Level II

The curriculum for CPE Level II addresses the development and integration of pastoral formation, pastoral competence and pastoral reflection to a level of competence that permits students to attain professional certification and/or admission to Certified Educator CPE. The Certified Educator’s final evaluation will include a statement attesting to the competence demonstrated at the time of the evaluation.

Progression into Level II requires a level of competency in the Level I outcomes that permits the student to be building upon those competencies and no longer needing to address them as primary learning objectives. This is established through the Certified Educator’s judgment documented in the written evaluation (cf. Standard 308.8.2).

At the conclusion of CPE Level II students are able to:

Pastoral Formation

312.1 articulate an understanding of the pastoral role that is congruent with one’s personal and cultural values, basic assumptions and personhood.

Pastoral Competence

312.2 provide pastoral ministry with diverse people, taking into consideration multiple elements of cultural and ethnic differences, social conditions, systems, justice issues, and applied clinical ethics without imposing one’s own perspectives.

312.3 demonstrate a range of pastoral skills, including listening/attending, empathic reflection, conflict resolution/ transformation, confrontation, crisis management, and appropriate use of religious/spiritual resources.

312.4 assess the strengths and needs of those served, grounded in theology and using an understanding of the behavioral sciences.

312.5 manage ministry and administrative function in terms of accountability, productivity, self-direction, and clear, accurate professional communication.

312.6 demonstrate competent use of self in ministry and administrative function which includes: emotional availability, cultural humility, appropriate self- disclosure, positive use of power and authority, a non-anxious and non- judgmental presence, and clear and responsible boundaries.

Pastoral Reflection

312.7 establish collaboration and dialogue with peers, authorities and other professionals.

312.8 demonstrate awareness of the Common Qualifications and Competencies for Professional Chaplains. Note: The ACPE Standards and Code of Ethics supersede these standards.

312.9. demonstrate self-supervision through realistic self-evaluation of pastoral functioning.