Centre for Rural Community Leadership and Ministry
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) in Rural Settings
The Swan Valley CPE program is located in the Swan River Valley District of west central Manitoba. The program is a satellite of the long-established CPE programs at the Saskatoon Institute for Pastoral Education.
The Swan Valley CPE program is available to anyone. It consists of 200 hours of experience in a rural community ministry site as well as the opportunity for small group seminars and theological reflection with a trained CPE supervisor and ones' peers.
Seminars in the program focus on guided experiences in community-based care-giving together with group, individual and mentored reflection. Students learn skills related to crisis intervention, suicide prevention, mental health issues as well as working with intergenerational families and issues of loss and grief. The program includes contextual immersion and reflection opportunities including a guided wilderness walk, a tour of a farming operation, an opportunity to reflect on the interaction of aboriginal and non-aboriginal culture, attendance at a farm auction, and the opportunity to lead worship in a small village church.
Opportunities for placement include the 55 bed Swan Valley Health Centre, three long term care facilities, community health services such as Mental Health, Palliative Care and other community agencies such as the Crisis Centre (domestic abuse), the Justice System and the Food Bank.
Short term accommodations are available to out of town students.
For further information contact Supervisor Rev. Margaret McCallum at firstname.lastname@example.org.