Clinical Pastoral Education

The beginning date of the course: March 15, 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.

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Information About the Units

Daniel Davila (Unit 1)

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)

Lecturer: Daniel Davila

Course Date: March 16 - August 31, 2021
(no class second half of Ramadan: April 29 - May 18) 

Course Time (There are morning and afternoon schedule):
OPEN Morning group: Tuesday 9.15 AM - 2.00 PM (4 Hours)
Afternoon group: Tuesday 1.00 PM - 5.00 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 (Unit 2)

Lecturer: Daniel Davila

Course Date: March 18 - August 26, 2021
(no class second half of Ramadan: April 29 - May 18) 

Course Time (There are morning and afternoon schedule):
Morning group: Thursday 10.00 AM - 2.00 PM (4 Hours)
Afternoon group: Thursday 1.00 PM - 5.00 PM (4 Hours)

Morning Schedule: 10 AM - 12 PM Verbatim / 12-1 PM IPR / 1-2 PM Didactic presentation / 2-3 PM Individual supervision / 3-4 PM Weekly reading or video assignments counts.

Afternoon Schedule: 1-2 PM Didactic presentation / 2-4 PM Verbatim / 4-5 PM IPR / 5-6 PM Individual supervision / 6-7 PM Weekly reading or video assignments counts.

Daniel Davila (Unit 2)

We will cover competencies and issues of pastoral function, reflection and psychosocial and theological integration. We will seek to aim at a specialization or ministerial goal, such as tele-chaplaincy, institutional chaplaincy (like in a medical &/or mental hospital, hospice), pastoral counseling, or parish, appropriate to the training setting. There are two schedule for this unit: morgen and afternoon.

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: March 15 - August 2, 2021
(no class during Ramadan: April 12 - May 17)

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. Written Assignments included spiritual journey/spiritual biography, written reflections on class material, and at least 5 verbatims of clinical experiences (to be discussed).

​Clinical Pastoral Training (CPT) is a participative and dynamic clinical formation in pastoral care and counseling. Using both Didactic presentations and Clinical experiences, the program integrates concepts from theology, psychology, medicine and ethics. ​CPT has as its main textbook “the living human documents,” – learning about oneself and others, and then learning how to embody divine presence and care to persons in various crises of life. Reflection on these experiences form the basis for individual and community growth.

​The primary aim of CPT is to equip religious ministers who are committed to serve others through the ministry functions of sustaining, nourishing, guiding, reconciling, healing, and advocating.

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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.