Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South welcomes six new spring interns to the clinical pastoral education (CPE) program, a chaplain training program for ministers, seminary students and other qualified individuals. The CPE program provides hands-on ministerial training for student chaplains of all faiths to interact with people in crisis.
During the CPE program, student chaplains have the opportunity to minister to patients, family and staff under the direction of CPE certified supervisors. The CPE program provides a one year residency program, as well as one semester internships.
“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.
The student chaplains represent a diverse faith background such as Roman Catholic, Seventh-day Adventist, Zen Buddhist, Baptist, United Methodist, Episcopal and non-denominational students. The new students come from a variety of career paths, including a registered nurse, stay-at-home mom, security officer, pastor, landscaper and bank service representative. Interns and residents get first-hand experience by patient visitations, daily worship services, and community grief classes. Students learn to help families in crisis, work with medical staff, and handle medical and ethical complications through personal first-hand encounters. In return, chaplain services are available to patients, families and staff members at any moment.