Clinical Pastoral Education

The beginning date of the courses: September 20 and September 21, 2021.

Course Description

Clinical pastoral education (CPE) is education to teach pastoral care to clergy and others. CPE is the primary method of training hospital and hospice chaplains and spiritual care providers in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. CPE is both a multicultural and interfaith experience that uses real-life ministry encounters of students to improve the ministry and pastoral care provided by caregivers.

The purpose of CPE is to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the trainees and accordingly to meet with their needs rather than following a set class curriculum. Having said that, the curriculum will still cover the themes of human communication, human development, crisis counseling, and theological reflection. 

Benefits of Course

CPE/T is recognizing oneself, recognizing friends and being aware of contact with God.
To learn patient visit techniques with all these awareness, qualified presence, asking open-ended questions, active listening, summarizing, paraphrasing, repeating.
It provides formative experience through learning pastoral practice in a clinical setting under supervision.
Another benefit of CPE/T is to the person in training by growth in self-awareness, emerging from psychodynamically informed reflection on one’s encounters in the clinical setting, in the training group among one’s peers, and in one-on-one supervision.
the patients or clients and institutions served by the pastoral clinician in training benefit from their acquired ability to engage with people — by listening deeply and making connections — in a spirit of cooperative inquiry that is person-centered, intersubjective, and inductive.
While not intended as therapy, the CPT experience frequently has a therapeutic effect on the person in training and their relationships, particularly in the early stages of training.

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Information About the Units

Daniel Davila (Unit 1 for the Beginners)

This unit will cover basic competencies and issues of pastoral reflection, formation, identity and functioning. At this level we will focus on pastoral identity formation and initial pastoral function. We will also review the background of CPT/E (Clinical Pastoral Education/Training) and present the process of action-reflection through preceptorial presentations, verbatims and engagement in group of interpersonal relationships dynamics (IPR).

Daniel Davila (Unit 1 for the Beginners)

Lecturer: Daniel Davila

Course Date: Fall -Winter Unit, Sep. 22, 2021 – Feb. 23, 2022

Course Time: Wednesday 9 AM - 1.00 PM (4 Hours)

Course Schedule: Verbatim / Verbatim / IPR / Didactic presentation / Individual supervision / Weekly reading or video assignments counts / Learning and Teaching Presentation. That would equal up to 6 hours of didactics per week.

Important to meet on time and to be a participant: CPT (CPE/T) is a collaborative learning experience where participants learn with and from each other. Therefore, it is essential to be actively and attentively present.

Daniel Davila (CPE/T Extended Advanced Unit Community Based)

Lecturer: Daniel Davila

Course Date: Fall-Winter Unit, Sep. 22, 2021 – Feb. 23, 2022

Course Time: Wednesday 5 PM – 9 PM (4 hours)

Important to meet on time and to be a participant: CPE/T is a collaborative learning experience where participants learn with and from each other. Therefore, it is essential to be attentively present. It emphasizes “Action, Reflection and Improved Action.”

Daniel Davila (CPE/T Extended Advanced Unit Community Based)

- Due to the great interest, the registrations ended from the first day.-
Only open to trainees who have already had one or two units of CPE/T. Trainees are expected to meet 5 hours for per week for didactics (includes individual supervision) and to engage in pastoral care to fulfill 15 clinical hours per week. By the end of the unit the trainee will have 400 hours (100 of didactic hours and 300 of clinical hours).

Dr. Ron Cockroft

Reviews of the history of chaplaincy, review life journey and life map, listening (always!), empathic listening responses, critical examinations of clinical experiences, theological reflection and spiritual diagnosis, and ministry in special settings of grief and loss, end of life ministry, and mental illness. These areas of study are on-going from beginning CPT and through-out Chaplain career.

Dr. Ron Cockroft

Lecturer: Dr. Ron Cockroft

Course Date: September 20 - February 14, 2021)

Course Time: Monday 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM (EST)

Successful completion of the course will participation in the required 100 hours of didactic training in addition to 300 hours of Clinical involvement in your fulltime or part-time employment or voluntary work-to be described.
ADVANCED CPE (CPT) - For persons who have completed 2 units of CPT.
We will focus on Expanding the Art of listening, the Art of Self-Reflection, and Theological Reflection.

Academic Curriculum

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Clinical Pastoral Education Program


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Total: $750

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Dr. Ron Cockroft

Dr. Ron Cockroft is a Diplomate in Pastoral Counseling and Pastoral Education/Training with CPSP. Dr. Cockroft is also a retired Chaplain Director and the former Director of Spiritual Care at Austin State Hospital.  Ron had been at Austin State Hospital since January 2002. He has served hospitals in Bryan Texas, San Antonio Texas, and Lubbock Texas, before coming to Austin.

Ron also served and retired as a U.S. Army and Army National Guard Chaplain for more than 25 years.

Chaplain Ron obtained his Master of Divinity from the Golden Gate Baptist Seminary in Mill Valley, CA; an MA in Linguistics from the University of Texas Arlington, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Texas A&M University. 

Ron is a member of the Alamo Chapter of CPSP, and is currently president of the board of non-profit Focus Girls 4 Education Runner’s Pal. Chaplain Ron is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor.

Chaplain Daniel Dávila

Chaplain Daniel Dávila is the former Director of Spiritual Care at Austin State Hospital and supervisor/trainer of chaplain interns at Austin State Hospital. Chaplain Dávila is Board Certified Clinical Chaplain and Diplomate with CPSP (College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy). Chaplain Dávila also serves on the ASH Spanish Language Interpreter Program. Chaplain Dávila is ordained and endorsed by the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ.

Chaplain Dávila received his BA at Evangel University, M.Div. at Philipps University Graduate Seminary, MAR at the Iliff School of Theology and he also did graduate work at St. Thomas Catholic Seminary in Denver and Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. His clinical pastoral education was done in Tulsa Hillcrest Medical Center, Corpus Christi Memorial Medical Center and Driscoll Children’s Hospital. 

Chaplain Dávila has taught pastoral care and counseling in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America. He has served as President in the Weslaco Ministerial Alliances and in the Austin Latin Ministerial Alliance.