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A full-time summer unit (late May - early August) is offered each year. This program requires students to be available at Hebrew SeniorLife at HRC full-time, 9-5, Monday through Friday. Due to the intensity of the program and written assignments which are completed outside of the group/clinical time frame, outside work or study commitments and weekend travel are discouraged. Weekends provide much needed time for rest. Our program does not require overnight call.

All summer students do their clinical work at HRC, and each is assigned as Chaplain Intern to one or more several distinct resident or patient floors.
In the Summer of 2017 a special half-unit of CPE will be offered at HRC focusing on end of life care. This unit is open to Israeli chaplains as well as American chaplains and congregational clergy. This program requires students to be available at HRC full-time, 9-6, Monday through Friday.

Part-time units during the academic year (September or October through early May), require a commitment of approximately 15 hours a week, which includes both group/class time and clinical time. Condensed units (January through late April/early May) require approximately 25 hours a week, which includes both group/class time and clinical time. Most students do their pastoral care work at HSL/HRC, and each is assigned as Chaplain Intern to one or more resident or patient floors.

According to our Center policy, no more than two slots are available in each of these units for Chaplains or clergy employed in other settings to use those settings for the clinical component of the course. Most students do their pastoral care work at HSL/HRC, and each is assigned as Chaplain Intern one or more resident or patient floors.

The curriculum includes standard components of a CPE program:

  • a learning contract
  • text study and other modes of prayer
  • individual supervision
  • Direct spiritual care pastoral care work
  • Limmud/didactic sessions
  • Midterm and final self-evaluations
  • Supervisor's final evaluation
  • Verbatim seminars
  • Theological reflection seminars
  • Group processing work and group supervision
  • Leadership opportunities of religious services

Selected Limmud (didactic) topics include:

  • Spiritual Care with Persons with Dementia
  • The Demographics of Aging in America
  • Jewish Palliative Care
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Working with the Spiritual But Not Religious
  • Ethical Decision-Making in Long-Term Care Settings
  • Models of Spiritual Assessment
  • LGBT Aging
  • Basics of Trauma and Resilience

View a listing of guest faculty (varies by unit).