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Hospice launches enhanced pastoral training program

March 08, 2012
  • The Rev. David Baker, left, Sue Taylor, director of Hospice of Washington County, second from left, and the Rev. Steven Taylor, second from right, stand with the first class of chaplains going through Hospice's Clinical Pastoral Education program — from left, James Hay, Eric Henderson, Mike Simane, Andrew Young, Dean Pryor, Michael Seger and Kibreab Gudeta.
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Three years ago, the Rev. Stephen Taylor, spiritual care coordinator of Hospice of Washington County, saw the need for a more formalized training for his team of hospice chaplains.

On Jan. 24, the new Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program launched at Hospice of Washington County was announced by the Rev. David Baker, diplomate supervisor of the program. Baker is also director of the Department of Spiritual Care at Meritus Medical Center.

The first group of chaplains with Hospice of Washington County working on a unit of 100 hours of classes. This is the first unit of four.

The instruction at Hospice of Washington County will be led each week by the Rev. Andrew Young, a supervisor in training for the CPE program as well as a Hospice of Washington County chaplain.

Young said the job of a hospice chaplain requires intense involvement with persons facing crisis or severe illness. He said his focus will be to have chaplains "identify personal triggers that keep us from being truly present and then learning to set the triggers aside" for the one who has the need.

For more information about the program, call Hospice at 301-791-6360.

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