BATON ROUGE, La. – Baton Rouge General is growing its Clinical Pastoral
Education (CPE) program to include a class of residents who will work
full-time for a year at the hospital, learning the art and skill of pastoral
care in a clinical setting.
BRG’s CPE program is the only one in Baton Rouge, providing graduate-level
professional and theological training to those who want to minister in
hospitals, hospices, prisons, military, or wherever chaplaincy is available.
It is accredited by The College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy.
During their year at BRG, the four CPE residents will complete 1,600 supervised
hours of clinical training. To become a Board Certified Chaplain they
have to complete this training in addition to an advanced degree in theology.
The first class of residents -- Walter Hackney, Latrice Mallard, Trina
McCoy and Michael St. John -- will start the program in October.
“For many patients and their family members, spiritual and emotional
support is an important part of healing,” said Chaplain Pat Davis,
Director of Pastoral Care and CPE instructor. “We take great pride
in training those who are passionate about providing counseling and compassion
during times of stress, anxiety or grief.”
BRG began its CPE program in 2012. Trainees meet weekly with a peer group
and CPE instructor for four hours over a five-month period, and also perform
300 clinical hours in the hospital. BRG’s Pastoral Care team conducts
two of these sessions each year, and will continue to in addition to the
new residency program.
The chaplains who make up BRG’s Pastoral Care team represent a variety
of religious faiths and are specially trained in hospital ministry. They
work closely with many departments, including the Pennington Cancer Center,
Skilled Care, Rehab, and Surgery and Arts in Medicine, a special program
that provides art and music therapy for patients.
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About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is the area’s first community
hospital with 588 licensed beds between two campuses. Baton Rouge General
opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community
with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital
since 1991, Baton Rouge General serves as an affiliate of Tulane University
School of Medicine, and offers other medical education programs, including
a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine
Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine
Fellowship Program. For more information, visit
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