Standing, from left: CPE residents Daniel Lay, Carlos Hidalgo, Tony Gonzales, Dr. Mary Mahoney, Li-Hui Huang, Sylvia Randolph, and CPE supervisor candidate Joey Rivera. Seated, from left: CPE interns Larry Metz, Betty Taylor, Gloria Alston, William Carter, and Vanston Archbold.
Six residents and five summer interns have joined Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South for clinical pastoral education (CPE), a hands-on chaplaincy training program
for ministers, seminary students and qualified laypeople. The CPE program is a professional education for ministry that brings student chaplains of all faiths into supervised encounters with persons in crisis.
Students of the CPE program minister to patients, families and staff under the supervision of a certified CPE supervisor. Chaplain residency is one year, and chaplain internships last one semester.
“I welcome our new group of residents and interns and look forward to watching them learn and grow in the ministry field,” said Theo Stewart, Director of Pastoral Services at Texas Health Huguley.
This summer’s students represent diverse faiths such as Baptist, Catholic, Four Square, non-denominational, Seventh-day Adventist, and Methodist. The residents and interns come from a variety of careers including pastors, social workers, a counselor, a private tutor, a COO of a transportation company, an accountant, and a director of religious education/interfaith.
The student interns and residents get hands-on experience by conducting patient visits, daily worship services, and community grief classes. Through personal encounters, individual reflection and group sessions, students learn how to assist families during a crisis, work with medical staff and handle complex medical and ethical situations. In return, the hospital has a chaplain always available and can offer a chaplain visit to every patient.