New Part-Time Pastoral Education Program for Working Clergy a Model of Multifaith Collaboration

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950

September 1, 2009, New York, NY

Multifaith education is essential for equipping religious leaders to engage with one another in our complicated world as they strive in their role as pastoral counselors to address the pressing issues of our day with compassion, creativity, and vision.

In a historic partnership, the Center for Pastoral Education at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), the Rabbinical Assembly, Union Theological Seminary, and Auburn Theological Seminary will harness the success of the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) model, the internationally recognized gold standard of pastoral education, in a new part-time program, Clinical Pastoral Education for Clergy and Community Religious Leaders: Developing the Reflective Practitioner.

The program will run from October 19, 2009–June 28, 2010, and does not require participants to take on any additional pastoral work beyond their current employment. Tuition for the entire eight-month program is $500.

In addition to enhancing proficiency in pastoral work with individuals and families, participants will explore how to foster communities where pastoral needs are addressed through everyday experiences such as prayer and sermons, and in everyday settings such as committee meetings, "parking lot" conversations, and client visits. Those in the program will also have many opportunities to examine the nuances of their own faith and practice in dialogue with others who have different perspectives.

CPE for Clergy and Community Religious Leaders group meeting/seminars will take place one afternoon each month at JTS. Those who successfully complete the program will earn a half unit of CPE (180 hours of pastoral work and 60 hours of individual and group supervision). This program is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) as a satellite of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital and will be supervised by Rabbi Mychal B. Springer and Rev. Dr. Beth Faulk Glover.

Rabbi Springer is director of the Center for Pastoral Education and Helen Fried Kirshblum Goldstein Chair in Professional and Pastoral Skills at JTS. She is a certified supervisor in the ACPE and a certified Jewish chaplain. Her experience includes the supervision of Jewish, Protestant, Catholic, Episcopalian, Buddhist, and Muslim clergy.

Rev. Faulk Glover is corporate director of Pastoral Care and Education for New York-Presbyterian, the University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, and has been an ACPE supervisor for fifteen years. She earned her doctor of ministry degree in Pastoral Care and Supervision at the New York Theological Seminary and her master of sacred theology degree in Christian Spirituality at the General Theological Seminary. Dr. Glover has extensive training in Family Systems Theory, in which she also holds certification.

The Center for Pastoral Education at JTS teaches the art of pastoral care to rabbis in training and in the field, as well as to seminarians and ordained clergy of all faiths. The center is generously supported by the Charles H. Revson Foundation.

Completed applications and application materials CPE for Clergy and Community Religious Leaders will be accepted on a rolling basis. Additional information and applications are available here or may be obtained by contacting Rabbi Springer at (212) 678-8815.