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Practicum Admission Policy Change

Requirements for Admission to Practicum

 

Students can apply for admission to practicum after completing P531 Human Development, P637 Psychopathology and Assessment, and either P510/D819 Practice and Context of Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy or P520- Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy.  Students electing the CPE option for completion of course work must complete CPE before entering practicum.  Further, MDiv/MHC and MDiv/MAMFT students must complete one year of SCOFE before applying for practicum.

 

Students are accepted for practicum based upon successful completion of role plays as a screening process.  Concerns that arise during those role plays may be addressed through additional evaluation as determined by the counseling faculty and clinic director.  Entering cohort groups are normally limited to four persons for summer and six students for fall and spring.  Priority is given to students who have the greater number of completed semester hours.  Practicum admission is based on limitation of the cohort group due to available supervision in order to provide a conducive learning environment.  Beginning with he entering counseling classes of spring 2012, all MA counseling students will normally be required to enter practicum no later than the 4th semester of coursework. 

Requirements for Capstone

Requirements for Capstone--Capstone is normally taken the 6th semester of practicum.  Students must have completed 380 hours of client contact hours prior to taking the capstone; MFT students must have 180 relational hours of the total 380 hours completed.  Course authorization required.

FULFILLING THE CROSS-CULTURAL REQUIREMENT

FULFILLING THE CROSS-CULTURAL REQUIREMENT*

 

Purpose: The cross-cultural requirement is one opportunity for CTS Master of Divinity (MDiv) students to develop their capacity to operate effectively and respectfully in settings that are different from that with which they are most familiar and in which they have influence, and also among persons other than those with which they have obvious similarity and/or compatibility.

 

The hope is that insights gained and relationships formed will contribute to a student’s personal growth, influence the way she/he processes and applies theological ideas, strengthens her/his capacity to operate as a compassionate and conscientious citizen of God’s world, and enhance her/his ability to pursue ministry in a wide variety of settings.

 

Possible Means of Fulfillment

Local arrangements with churches, mosques, synagogues, ashrams, temples, outreach centers, social agencies etc. A list of possible venues is available. However students are free to propose other venues for the approval of the Director of Cross-Cultural and International Programs (CCIP).

 

1.      A venture that has as its centerpiece the completion of courses offered by Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE), Appalachian Ministries Educational Resource Center (AMERC), and Hispanic Summer Program (HSP).

2.      A venture that has as its centerpiece an Overseas Travel Tour sponsored or approved by CTS.

3.      Successful completion of CTS courses T-641: Dialogue between Jews and Christians, C-684: Introduction to Judaism, or C-650: The Church and the Urban Poor.

4.      Other special arrangements negotiated with the director.

 

Please Take Note:

§  By the time a student has completed 36 credit hours she/he should be in the process of completing the cross-cultural requirement or have submitted a project proposal to the director of cross-cultural and international programs (CCIP).

§  Proposal forms and evaluation forms are located in the Dean’s suite.

§  Students are expected to register for X-727: MDiv Cross Cultural Experience during the semester in which they fulfill the cross-cultural requirement.

§  The requirement carries with it no credit hours and is of no cost to the student.

 

Local Arrangements

In the most thorough expression of the cross-cultural requirement the student is required to negotiate with an approved group, community, or organization regarding ways in which she/he might enter and participate in that setting in order to learn about the character of the setting and the life-dynamics of its constituents, as facilitated by appropriate representatives from that setting.

It is expected that this facilitation will involve two sessions of in-depth reflection in which the following are considered: (i) new insights; (2) how these insights resonate with, enhance or challenge the student’s theology and cultural values; (3) lessons learnt about the difficulties and possibilities associated with attempts to enter into the “life” on an Other in order to learn from them; (4) ways in which the experience has contributed to the student’s personal growth; (5) implications for ministry.

 

Guidelines for Developing Local Arrangements

1.      The institution/program should be made up of or caters to persons who in significant ways are different from the CTS student (e.g. racial/ethnic, national/regional, theological, social/economic).

2.      The institution/program should have personnel that can assist the student in her/his theological reflection on the experience.

3.      There should be clear indication of willingness on the part of administrators of the institution/program to facilitate meaningful exposure to its life and work—one expression of willingness being openness to complete an evaluation of the CTS student.

4.      There should be a realistic plan of action to enable this exposure.

5.      There should be carefully delineated rationale for involvement in/with a particular institution/program and clarity on the expected benefits.

6.      The institution/program should in virtue of its location and type of activity enable at least six (6) site visits if spread over a semester which accumulates to at least 20 hours of time spent.

7.      Other arrangements need to be worked out directly with the director of CCIP.


Expected documentation:

§  One journal entry for every four (4) hours of involvement at the site. Each entry should be three (3) type-written pages (12 point font) in length and address: (i) new insights; (2) how these insights resonate with, enhance or challenge the student’s theology and cultural values; (3) lessons learnt about the difficulties and possibilities associated with attempts to enter into the “life” on an Other in order to learn from them; (4) ways in which the experience has contributed to the student’s personal growth; (5) implications for ministry. A copy of the competed journal must be handed in to the director of CCIP for assessment at the end of the process.

§  Also at the end of the project, the writing of a seven (7) page paper of theological reflection in which is addressed the implications of the cross-cultural experience for ministry - this also should be handed in to the director of CCIP.

§  The evaluation form completed by the local leader/administrator or designated person and handed over to the director of CCIP.

Completion of Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE), Appalachian Ministries Educational Resource Center (AMERC), Hispanic Summer Program (HSP) courses.

 

The eligible SCUPE courses are those that are at least two weeks in length.

§  There should be one journal entry every two days of participation in the course (following the specifications listed under “expected documentation” above), with a copy of the completed journal handed in to the director of CCIP along with other requirements associated with the broader venture of which it is a part.

§  Also handed over to the director of CCIP for assessment should be a paper (or papers) from the course which gives evidence of focused [theological] reflection on the implications of your experiences for ministry. If there is no such paper (or the paper handed in is not deemed adequate), the student will be expected to complete a seven (7) page document as above.

§  The broader cross-cultural ventures of which these courses are a part will not count unless a student has achieved a passing grade for the academic component.

 

Participation in Overseas Travel Tours

§  All persons using a travel tour to fulfill the cross-cultural requirement should inform the tour leader about this when applying to participate in the tour. Preparatory readings assigned by the tour leader should be read and a bibliographic essay of five (5) pages in length handed in to the tour leader. 

§  There should be one journal entry every two days (following the specifications listed under “expected documentation” above), with a copy of the completed journal handed in at the end of the process for assessment by the director of CCIP.

§  At the end of the project a seven (7) page paper of theological reflection should be written, in which is addressed the implications of the cross-cultural experience for ministry - this also should be handed in to the director of CCIP.

§  The evaluation form must be completed by the tour leader and handed in to the director of the CCIP.

§  Tours led by CTS professors may be registered for credit under the course name X-725: Cross Cultural Studies. The associated requirements are established by the tour leader and approved by the Dean’s office.

 

Satisfying the Cross-Cultural Requirement by Taking T-641, C-684, or C-650

§  A proposal must be written up for these classes as would be done for any other project.

§  At the very outset of the course the facilitator should be informed of the student’s plan to use the class to satisfy the cross-cultural requirement. A copy of the evaluation form should be given to the facilitator.

§  The student should set up an appointment with the facilitator for the second half of the semester when she/he will discuss the class experience in light of the expectations of the cross-cultural requirement (the facilitator might decide on a joint meeting with all persons seeking to use the class to satisfy the cross-cultural requirement).

§  A journal entry of two (2) type-written pages (12 point font) should be completed every two weeks. Each entry should include reflection on: (i) new insights; (2) how these insights resonate with, enhance or challenge the student’s theology and cultural values; (3) lessons learnt about the difficulties and possibilities associated with attempts to enter into the “life” on an Other in order to learn from them; (4) ways in which the experience has contributed to the student’s personal growth; (5) implications for ministry. A copy of the completed journal handed in to the director of CCIP at the end of the semester.

§  If C-684 does not involve direct contact with a Jewish institution or community, the student is expected to make four visits to a Jewish synagogue (see list of suggested venues) and set up an appointment with the Rabbi or her/his representative to learn about the history, theological and social commitments, and ongoing life of that community. Specific note should be made of the date of visits and conversation, and the findings should be evident in journal entries.

§  If in the course of the class a paper has been completed which examines the implications of the class experiences for ministry this may be handed in for assessment by the director of CCIP. If there is no such paper (or the paper handed in is not deemed adequate), the student will be expected to complete a seven (7) page document as above.

§  The evaluation form must be completed by the course instructor and handed in to the director of CCIP.  


* This document should be read in association with the information provided on the proposal form which can be found in the Dean’s area.