This spring, McLean Hospital received provisional accreditation for clinical pastoral education (CPE) from the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). CPE offers education on providing spiritual care to patients for clergy, theological students, and health care professionals. Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, ACPE is the premier accrediting agency for CPE.
“The accreditation is very significant because we know how much our patients and staff appreciate spiritual care,” said David H. Rosmarin, PhD, ABPP, director of McLean’s Spirituality and Mental Health Program.
Years ago, McLean Hospital had a CPE program. Now, after a hiatus of 35 years, the Spirituality and Mental Health Program is broadening its educational mission.
“CPE first started at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1925. The first CPE program in a psychiatric setting brought clergy and psychiatric patients into a supervised encounter at Worcester State Hospital,” reported McLean’s chaplain Rev. Angelika A. Zollfrank, MDiv, BCC, ACPE certified educator. “At McLean, we are building on all these historical strands with the vision of enhancing spiritual care for our patients.”
While chaplaincy is well established at McLean, the CPE program will enable the hospital to bring CPE students on board who represent a variety of diverse religious, spiritual, and racial backgrounds as they serve McLean’s patients, families, and staff. The mental health CPE program will also serve as a model for other psychiatric hospitals.
“This will allow McLean to educate students in CPE specifically related to mental health,” said Zollfrank.