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Aurora offers pastoral education program

Program begins Jan. 3

(Published Sept. 26, 2007, 4:43 p.m.)

Aurora Lakeland Medical Center's pastoral care services team recently announced the formation of a new congregational-based clinical pastoral education program. The program is designed to support pastors and other parish professionals in their ongoing ministries.

According to Rev. Sue Ott-Holland, supervisor of clinical pastoral education, the class will explore leadership amid change, conflict management, spiritual leadership renewal and various family systems concepts. It will continue to use an action/reflection model of learning, but the learning will emerge from the challenges faced within the local congregation.

"The health and wellness of our communities is central to the mission of Aurora Health Care,'' Ott-Holland said in a news release. "We recognize that our faith communities provide significant spiritual support that enhances people's health and well-being. Leaders of these congregations merit our gratitude and our support for what they do.''

The program will begin Jan. 3, 2008, and continue through the end of April. Group meetings will be held on Thursdays with clinical work coming from the student's professional setting. Tuition will be $500.

Applications and additional information may be attained by e-mailing Sue.Ott-Holland@aurora.org or by calling 741-2046 or going to www.acpe.edu.

Clinical pastoral education is an accredited program of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education. Programs are designed to enhance students' continuing pastoral formation, competence and reflective processes.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers services at sites in 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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