Level 2 Unit 2 Clinical Pastoral Education Online – CHPL 624

CG • Section 16WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

This course will focus on the need and expectancy of research in the ministry and mission of chaplaincy. Professional chaplaincy has moved to expect the chaplain to develop evidence-based research in this ministry and to develop best practice methods of chaplain ministry. This course will equip the professional chaplain to serve in interdisciplinary team settings in their clinical ministry using their research to give evidence-based knowledge of pastoral care.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Healthcare institutions are requiring healthcare chaplains to present evidence-based practice for the chaplain ministry and its spiritual care practices.  This course will provide tools and assistance for chaplains to develop and present evidence-based practice reports to the healthcare institutions they serve. 

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Develop a practice of evidence-based chaplaincy for their healthcare institutions.
  2. Present their research to support their discoveries in evidence-based healthcare chaplaincy.
  3. Employ the research for evidence-based healthcare chaplaincy they have developed.
  4. Demonstrate how they will use the research as a presentation in healthcare institutions.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, presentations, and individual supervision

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be a minimum of 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be a minimum of 200 words.  The content of the discussions will integrate case conference discussion and demonstrate understanding of the textbook reading.  (MLO's: A, B, C, D)

Course Textbook Analysis Assignment

The student will discuss the course textbook An Introduction to Pastoral Care with the mentor, including the importance of this text to chaplaincy and its application in a healthcare setting. (MLO's: A, B)

Philosophy of a Practice of Faith-based Research for Healthcare Chaplaincy Paper Assignment

Each student will write a 1,500–2,100-word personal philosophy of of a practice of faith-based research for healthcare chaplaincy in proper Turabian formatting. The paper must include 5 scholarly references along with the textbooks and the Bible. (MLO's: A, B, C, D)


The student will complete one quiz concerning the Learning Goals for the CPE course.

Learning Goal Assignments (6)

The student will be prepared to discuss personal, professional, and relational learning goals identified in his/her CPE unit with the mentor.  (MLO's: A, B, C, D)

Verbatim Case Conference Assignments (2)

The student will provide to the mentoring professor one report following their CPE Case Conference in their respective institutions and be prepared to discuss their verbatim with the mentor. (MLO's: A, B, C, D)

Evaluation Assignments (3)

Mid-Term Review Assignment

Each student will have a mid-term review with the professor. (MLO's: A, B, C, D)

Final CPE Evaluation Assignment

Each student will meet with his or her mentor to discuss your final CPE evaluation.  (MLO's: A, B, C, D)

Final Evaluation Assignment

Each student is required to complete a final self-evaluation using the guidelines in the syllabus.  Each student will receive a final evaluation from the mentoring professor detailing the learning experience and success of outcomes. (MLO's: A, B, C, D)

4MAT Book Review Assignment

The student will write a 1,500–2,000-word book review in current Turabian formatting on the assigned book for the CPE unit/course. The student will meet with his or her mentor to discuss their paper. (MLO's: A, D)

Group Dynamics Assignment

The student will meet with the mentor to discuss group dynamics and what the student has learned to date from the experience. (MLO's: A, B, C, D)