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Several slots are available next fall for Gundersen Health System’s Spiritual Care Department’s Clinical Pastoral Education Program, which teaches area religious and spiritual leaders how to respect and care for people’s faith, values and religious beliefs.

The program helps pastors, lay ministers and others develop skills and understanding to serve people at crossroads in their lives, including illnesses, aging and death.

“Our program prepares participants for ministry in a variety of settings such as prisons, churches, hospice and nursing homes,” said Stephan Brunelle, Gundersen Spiritual Care’s clinical manager.

The curriculum is based on a reflection/action model that includes active listening skills, theological integration and seminars, Brunelle said.

“Participants experience providing spiritual support to patients, family and staff within the hospital,” she said. “This requires participants to develop skills in interfaith ministry, working with people with a variety of backgrounds and circumstances. They will also have the opportunity to hone their skills within their unique ministerial settings.”

The next Extended CPE Unit will be offered from Oct. 4 through March 8. The program meets 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, and also will meet from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 4 and 11.



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