Trinity is now authorized to offer both Level I and Level II programs of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). Of approximately 350 accredited centers throughout the United States, there are now 19 in Ohio.
A national program whose rigorous standards are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, CPE is an interfaith graduate-level professional training process. It brings together seminary students and persons discerning a call to chaplaincy, parish ministry, or pastoral counseling. In addition, experienced pastors and other faith leaders may take CPE for professional development. Many denominations encourage, if not require, ministerial candidates to complete at least one unit of CPE during their training.
United Church Homes’ mission to transform the experience of aging includes providing for the spiritual health and wellness of its residents. From 2014 to 2016, Trinity was a satellite of the Sisters of Charity Health System CPE program in Cleveland.
Rev. Kenneth Daniel, president and CEO of United Church Homes stated, “CPE exposes future ministers and chaplains to the unique environment of the retirement community and the spiritual, emotional, and social life of elders. This program also affords Trinity residents the chance to shape the next generation of chaplains and pastors. The program is uniquely positioned to assist those students preparing for ministry in their respective denominations where CPE may be required.”
Trinity residents are an integral part of the program’s success. Rev. Wagner stated, “They take a genuine personal interest in the students throughout each study program and even attend the graduation services.” Trinity Community offers an intensive full time summer program and an extended part-time unit from October to March.