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August 20, 2008

Chaplains Serve on Front Lines of Empathy: 13 Graduate from CPSP's VA's Clinical Pastoral Education Program

N<imgThe Deseret News recently published a detailed and touching article written by Jennifer Toomer-Cook that captures the work and spirit of a College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy CPE training program. Accompanying the article is an impressive media presentation. The article and media presentation features Mark Allison, a CPSP Diplomate in Clinical Pastoral Supervision, and his graduating class of clinically trained chaplains.

<imgChaplain Allison is the Director and Training Supervisor of the Clinical Pastoral Education Program in the Veterans Affairs' Salt Lake City Health Care System.

Addressing the recent graduating class, Chaplain Allison challenges his clinical chaplain trainees out of the tradition of transformational CPE which is one of the corner stones of CPSP's mission:

The chaplains' work in the program is perhaps as emotional as the ones who share. The training requires chaplains to put their own troubles on the table and work through them so they can better help others. They call themselves wounded healers, after the book "The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society," by Henri J. M. Nouwen.
The hard part is the heart work," Allison told the graduates Thursday. "Chaplains, heal yourself before you can reach out and heal others.

I commend to you not only the article but the well produced media presentation that is located on the right sidebar. In addition, I encourage training supervisors to share the media production and article with their trainees. I'm sure they will see and hear a lot from the work of these CPE trainees that will create immediate identification and appreciation for the ministry of the clinically trained chaplain to those broken in life and spirit.

Click HERE to go to the article and media presentation.

Perry Miller, Editor

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 9:36 PM