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New Collaboration to Pilot Clinical Pastoral Education Program

A new collaboration between University of Dubuque Theological Seminary (UDTS) and St. Luke’s College in Sioux City, IA created a pilot online UDTS Clinical Pastoral Education program.

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is a form of theological education that takes place in clinical settings where ministry is practiced. Participants learn and develop skills for pastoral care while also reflecting deeper within themselves. Many denominations require an accredited CPE for ordination to ministry.

Completing such a program has been challenging for UDTS’s residential students.

Roger Cauthon, of St. Luke’s College, who has supervised an innovative form of online CPE for several years, will work with five UDTS students in Dubuque this summer. In this exciting pilot program, Cauthon will travel to UDTS for three face-to-face classes and the students, when not in class, will work in care facilities near their ministry settings and complete online classes. Best of all, the entire course will fit within the UDTS academic schedule. The program includes 400 hours over 12 weeks.

The pilot CPE program is nationally accredited with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education and the U.S. Department of Education.

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