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Standards of Practice Introduction

The CENTER for SPIRITUAL CARE and PASTORAL FORMATION (CSCPF) offers educational programs in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), Integrative Spiritual Care Education (ISCE), Pastoral Psychotherapy, Supervisor Education Fellow (SEF) and Clinical Specialist Fellow. These programs are under the governance of CSCPF.

Respect for the learner's personal and professional growth is central to all CSCPF educational programs and the CSCPF mission. These standards are designed to provide guidance to Clinical Supervisors, Learning Centers and to all those who seek certification with CSCPF.  The standards are also designed to establish and uphold professional competencies and ethical behavior. The standards assure sufficient consistency in practice and application to insure the quality and effectiveness of CSCPF certified individuals. 

It is understood that the standards will not address all possible situations involving individuals and their educational process. In cases where the standards fail to address specific circumstances, the CSCPF Program Council and Practitioner Communities will prevail.  Standards are to be reviewed with sensitivity annually or as requested in order to address critical issues or specific development.

Ethical Standards Introduction

Ethical standards for CSCPF are rooted in respect for all persons regardless of their race, gender, ethnic origin, age, abilities or sexual orientation. In other words, who they are is the reason for our respect. Members agree to commend the call, vocation and personal lives of coworkers, patients, counselees, students, supervisees, and parishioners. Members respect each other. When there is an allegation of misconduct, all responses will be intentional while maintaining an attitude characterized by forgiveness, humility, and an empowering love. All responses to allegations will focus on accountability, education, redemption, reconciliation, and growth. Respect includes issues of confidentiality.

CSCPF members are primarily accountable to each other through Practitioner Community participation. Therefore, members will be pro-active in issues of practitioner competence, continuing education, pastoral concerns, ethics and personal integrity. This form of peer review is crucial to our commitments to each other.

CSCPF members recognize those who have gone before us, endeavoring to preserve, create and implement the body of knowledge in the fields of pastoral formation, spiritual care and counseling. CSCPF members maintain collegial relationships with other persons in their institutions, their community, and with members of other organizations. 

CSCPF members recognize that not all ethical issues can be detailed through this or any other code. Therefore, we depend on the judgment of our colleagues and agree to abide by and to engage their decisions. 

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