1. Format of papers (See also Written Materials):
a. one page preface stating main thesis of each paper; state congruence of the three positions clearly and concisely;
b. one page personal introduction with demographic data pertinent to positions, i.e., faith group, gender, social location, anything else pertinent to one’s formation;
c. bibliography for each paper indicating key literature read for the paper; and
d. a clear, logical development of each position in each paper.
Each paper should describe a position, illustrating mastery and critical use of relevant literature. See Appendix 9 Readers’ Composite Report on Position Papers.
A. Theology/Spiritual Perspective Position Paper – demonstrates theological/spiritual acumen with the teachings and practices of one’s faith tradition as it relates to the supervisory task.
1. How do you understand persons as creatures of God or how do you understand persons in relationship with ultimate reality as defined in your faith tradition? How does that understanding inform supervision?
2. How do you critically reflect upon your own religious/spiritual heritage and current beliefs/theological practice in relationship to ACPE’s culture and mission?
3. How do you think theoretically, based on your faith tradition, about interpersonal relationships, human suffering, and relationship with the transcendent or ultimate reality?
4. What theologians, teachers, and/or spiritual resources inform your theoretical stance?
5. How do you understand the interplay between your cultural context and theological/spiritual perspective formation or development, as it is understood in your faith tradition, and how spiritual care is offered in a multicultural, multifaith environment?
B. Personality Theory Position Paper – demonstrates an understanding of a personality theory as it informs supervisory practice.
1. Which primary theories/theorists inform your understanding of human personality and development (e.g. psychodynamic, narrative, cognitive behavioral, dialectical-behavioral, etc.)?
2. How do these theories inform your supervisory assessment, goals, strategies, and interventions?
3. How is one’s cultural identity development an integral part of understanding personality development, e.g., age, gender and sexual orientation?
C. Education Theory Position Paper – demonstrates theoretical understanding of the teaching/learning process inherent in supervision.
1.What educational theory guides your goals and decision making in supervisory practice?
• How do people learn individually, dialogically and in groups?
• What is the clinical method of learning, and how do people learn by it/why is it essential?
2.How does culture influence the educational process?
3. What theory of group dynamics informs your supervision/education? Why use a group model of education?
4.How and why does the supervisor evaluate students and their work? How does one’s theory inform writing evaluations?
D. Candidates might also find it helpful to ask themselves the following questions about the depth and organization of their papers.
1. Are your major points consistent with one another? Do they follow logically?
2. Are you able to both claim and challenge your traditions and theological/religious/spiritual roots?
3. Will this theology be a good “fit” for your future work of pastoral education in the clinical pastoral education model?