Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School has partnered with several local behavioral organizations to create Crossroads of Caring, a first-of-its-kind spiritual care training program aimed at marginalized populations in Rochester.
Crossroads of Caring is funded through a grant from the United Thank Offering of the Episcopal Church. The program will offer instruction to participants and a clinical internship using the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) model. CPE combines experiential learning with direct instruction from teachers and reflection in a multi-faith peer group.
Chaplains and representatives from community-based care providers have joined forces to create an advisory board, and together they have been planning to launch this initiative for over two years.
This is Rochester’s first community-based CPE program, and the program will use community sites for meetings. Five students make up the first pilot program, which will last about six months.
Crossroads of Caring is geared toward people who are frequently dismissed, including those with mental health and substance abuse disorders and the elderly. Interns will be placed at various locations, including East House, Catholic Family Center, Episcopal SeniorLife Communities, NAMI Rochester and Villa of Hope. Th program will be hosted at St. Mark’s and St. John’s Episcopal Church.
“We have worked tirelessly to create a program that would meet the tremendous need for spiritual support among people with mental health and substance use disorders to assist them on their road to recovery,” said Mary Ann Brody, director of Crossroads of Caring. “It took a dedicated team to get where we are today and we are thrilled to bring the program to fruition in the Rochester community.”
Program organizers will apply for accreditation through the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) this spring as a new community-based CPE program in Rochester, subsequently launching a second cohort in the fall with ACPE accreditation.
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