Published on January 06, 2017

Genesis Clinical Pastoral Education Program  Earns Accreditation

The Clinical Pastoral Education program at Genesis Health System has received accreditation through 2021.

The Clinical Pastoral Education program at Genesis was the first of its kind in the region.  From its beginning in 1979, the program has trained hundreds of students in the art and science of pastoral care.

Since 2014, the program has featured a year-long, full-time residency for students with the majority of the year spent in clinical ministry to Genesis patients, families and hospital staff.  The program also provides individual units of CPE in extended and summer intensive formats.

The Clinical Pastoral Education program extends the reach and provides support for the Spiritual Care department at Genesis.  Reverend Young-ki Eun, a native of South Korea, directs the pastoral education program.

Clinical Pastoral Education programs are accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE).  ACPE accredits more than 300 CPE program offered in hospitals, prisons, churches, seminaries, community based organizations and other settings across the country.

Accreditation is an acknowledgment of quality in the field of Clinical Pastoral Education.  Accredited programs have met standards of institutional and educational quality.

“Our accreditation has lasting benefits to our students, to Genesis, to Genesis employees and to our patients and their families,’’ Rev. Eun said.  “We are proud to have met these high standards. “At Genesis, Spiritual Care is integrated and recognized as a legitimate and important part of the health care team.” 

Rev. Eun is a former professor in English in South Korea who embarked on a second career journey to earn a Master’s of Divinity, to be fully certified as an ACPE Supervisor.  Prior to starting the Genesis Clinical Pastoral Education program, he Rev. Eun held a variety of pastoral ministry and teaching positions, including positions in hospital settings in New York City.

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