Clinical Pastoral Education is a requirement for Theology graduates who are pursuing certification in professional Healthcare Chaplaincy.
The Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Programme is an integral part of the Chaplaincy Department at the Mater Hospital. The programme was first established in the hospital in 1984 as a multi faith/denomination training course in Healthcare Chaplaincy and is accredited by the Healthcare Chaplaincy Board.
The CPE course is conducted in close collaboration with the Chaplaincy Department in the hospital. A CPE trained supervisor works with a group of students and helps them in their learning of offering spiritual care in the hospital. The programme aims to create an environment where the CPE students can learn about self-awareness, professional competence, theological reflections and faith commitment. One of the key components to the CPE programme is the student placement in different wards of the Hospital as a Chaplain in Training.
Our hospital sponsors three units of CPE, starting in January, April and September (lasting for three months each). The CPE units are run according to the Standards of Association of Clinical Pastoral Education Ireland (ACPEI), Ltd. Our hospital offers CPE at Basic, Advanced and Supervisory Level.