Purpose

To assure that the ACPE accredited center does not discriminate against persons because of race, gender, age, faith group, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability. To outline the admission process and requirements for ACPE programs at Wesley Healthcare.

Policy

  1. Wesley Healthcare shall not discriminate against any individual for reasons of race, gender, age, faith group, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability. Wesley Healthcare Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) provides equal access to educational opportunities to all qualified persons. All members of the faculty and consultation group will cooperate in making this policy valid in fact.
  2. This policy notwithstanding, all students accepted in the program shall be physically able to perform the duties as contained in the position description for the unit of CPE to which the student has made application. The Center will provide reasonable accommodation in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Amendment.
    • An accommodation is reasonable if it is feasible or plausible and meets the needs of the individual, if the employee can perform the essential functions of the job.
    • There are several modifications or adjustments that are not considered forms of reasonable accommodation. The employer does not have to eliminate an essential function, i.e., a fundamental duty of the position. Nor is an employer required to lower production standards -- whether qualitative or quantitative -- that are applied uniformly to employees with and without disabilities. An employer does not have to provide a reasonable accommodation, personal use items needed in accomplishing daily activities both on and off the job. An accommodation is not “reasonable” if it creates undue hardship on the employer.
  3. At all levels the CPE student needs to sustain sufficient physical and emotional health to deliver pastoral care. The student must demonstrate the capacity to consistently establish and maintain relationships at significant levels and be open to learning, change and growth. The CPE student must demonstrate a capacity to endure at least moderate amounts of chaos, which is a normal part of institutional culture.

Procedure

Formal admissions criteria and process vary according to level and duration of program. Such admissions requirements and procedures will comply with ACPE Standards as outlined in the current ACPE Standards and Manuals.

  1. An applicant’s suitability for admission to any ACPE program is a matter of professional judgment by the ACPE accredited center in accordance with its admissions policies.
  2. CPE Single Unit Internships. Admission is based on a standard written application as provided by ACPE, and a screening interview done by a qualified interviewer(s) and/or ACPE Educator(s).
    • The interview for admission to CPE provides an opportunity for the applicant and interviewer(s) to discuss the application, to provide information and answer questions, to engage the applicant as a person and learner, to assess the applicant’s readiness for CPE, and to discuss if Wesley Healthcare Hospital is suitable to the educational goals of the applicant.
    • Requirements for CPE Single Unit Internship
      • Graduation from high school/GED
      • Ordination by a faith community or commission to function in ministry by an appropriate religious authority as determined by ACPE
      • Ordination/Commissioning requirement may be waived based on the ACPE Educator’s assessment.
  3. CPE Residency. Admission is based on a standard written application as provided by ACPE, and an on-site, video, or telephone interview done by an ACPE Educator. The interview may include members of the Pastoral Care Department and the CPE Professional Advisory Committee. If the applicant has completed a prior unit of CPE, the application must include the required components of the ACPE application.
    • The interview for admission to CPE provides an opportunity for the applicant and interviewer(s) to discuss the application, to provide information and answer questions, to engage the applicant as a person and learner, to assess the applicant’s readiness for CPE, and to discuss if Wesley Healthcare is suitable to the educational goals of the applicant.
    • Requirements for CPE Residency
      • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. An MDiv or equivalent graduate degree is strongly preferred.
      • Ordination by a faith community or commission to function in ministry by an appropriate religious authority as determined by ACPE. Ordination/Commissioning requirement may be waived based on the ACPE Educator’s assessment.
      • It is preferred that applicants for the ACPE Residency program have completed at least one unit of ACPE CPE.
      • All students must be in possession of current, valid authorization for employment by Wesley Healthcare Hospital to participate in the program.
  4. Supervisory Education. Admission is based on a written application as provided by ACPE, and an on-site screening interview done by an ACPE Educator. Members of the Pastoral Care Department and the Professional Advisory Committee may also attend the interview.
    • Requirements for Supervisory Education
      • Sufficient training and experience in which the applicant demonstrates the ability to function as a competent minister.
      • Ordination by a faith community or commission to function in ministry by an appropriate religious authority as determined by ACPE. Ordination/Commissioning requirement may be waived based on the ACPE Educator’s assessment.
      • MDiv or equivalent graduate degree.
      • A minimum of four units of ACPE CPE
      • Completion of ACPE Level I Outcomes; substantial work toward Level II Outcomes
      • Membership in the ACPE.
      • All students must be in possession of current, valid authorization for employment by Wesley Healthcare Hospital to participate in the program.
  5. Acceptance Process for all CPE Units: The ACPE Educator will notify the student in a timely manner by letter, email, or by phone of the decision regarding his/her participation in the specific unit of CPE. The ACPE Center will send a copy of the annual notice regarding the management of student records before the start of the unit of CPE for which the student has been admitted.