Shore Health Begins New Session of Clinical Pastoral Education

Shore Health Clinical Pastoral Interns cropped  (400 x 302)Shore Health recently welcomed four interns into a new unit of the Clinical Pastoral Education program. The program, now in its 11th year, has prepared more than 70 clergy and lay ministers from around the Eastern Shore for their work with Shore Health staff, patients and their family members. It is directed by Brian Childs, PhD, Shore Health’s director of ethics and spiritual care, who also serves as current president of the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy, the national accrediting body for clinical pastoral education.

Under the direction of the program supervisor, Reverend David G. Berg of Annapolis, current chaplain interns include: Reverend Karen Handy, of Seaford; Holly Wright, of St. Michaels, Reverend Emanuel L. Johnson of St. Michaels; Rabbi Arnold Bienstock of Salisbury; and John D. Willard V, of Annapolis.

While continuing to serve their own congregations, ordained ministers and lay people who participate in clinical pastoral education receive specialized training that augments their general education in ministry. The national standard for certification as a hospital chaplain requires a minimum of four units of clinical pastoral education, totaling 1600 hours. The chaplain interns consult with patients and their families at all Shore Health facilities, and apply their learning in religious congregations out in the community.

For more information, contact Brian Childs, PhD, director of ethics and spiritual care, 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, extension 5259, or .

In photo: Shore Health Clinical Pastoral Education interns: front row, Reverend Karen Handy and Holly Wright; back row, Reverend David Berg (supervisor); Reverend Emanuel L. Johnson; Rabbi Arnold Bienstock; John D. Willard, V; and Reverend Brian H. Childs, Ph.D., director of ethics and spiritual care for Shore Health.