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Certified pastoral education course to be offered

Thursday, March 8, 2001

The pastoral education program, offered annually to spiritual caregivers, will be held again this fall at the Cherokee Mental Institute.

Participation is limited to six students. Those interested in taking this course are asked to make an immediate inquiry concerning the program and the enrollment process.

Beginning in September, the course will meet for one day a week for a 30-week period. It is open to men and women of all ages and faith traditions, ordained and non-ordained and for those who are engaged in spiritual care ministries full or part-time, salaried or volunteer. Credit will be give for one quarter of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE).

Both the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) and the United States Catholic Conference (USCC) accredit the program. It has operated at the institute for over 30 years and has 400 students completing the program.

The need for this training is intensifying with the growing shortage of pastors and spiritual caregivers in rural Iowa. Linked to this, of course, is the marked increase in outpatient and in-home medical services and the growth in the aging population of Iowa.

For more information, contact Chaplain Gene Sitzmann, M.S.W. at 712-225-6929, e-mail him at gsitzma@dhs.state.ia.us or write to the Chaplain's office at 1251 West Cedar Loop, Cherokee, Iowa 51012.

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