Benefits of CPE at Goodwin House
Goodwin House CPE is housed in communities affiliated with the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Virginia, a Protestant denomination. Our resident and employee population are spiritually and culturally diverse. Students from all religious traditions are welcome. A theological emphasis in this program is a ministry of mutuality where relationships are developed that respect and receive the gifts of the other.
As part of your pastoral experience, you will have opportunity to minister with elders throughout Goodwin House. You will gain considerable practice in leading bible studies and hymns and prayers for groups of residents in assisted living, skilled nursing and memory support as well as chapel support. Didactic seminars will help ground you in aging, family systems, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, care of the frail elderly, grief and gender differences in grief, empathic listening, and others. You will gain a stronger understanding about the importance of befriending and mutuality, respecting elders’ resources, rights, and responsibilities to make decisions about their own life. From elders you will learn about relationship, faith, character, and community.
Your curriculum will include individual and group supervision, worship, verbatim, theological integration, didactic and IPR seminars. A variety of resources are used to enhance learning, including special videos and seminars with residents and authorities on the GH staff who bring their expertise and skill to your learning.