TUPELO – Classes are about to begin for those who wish to minister to the sick and their families.
North Mississippi Medical Center is accepting students for the latest session of the Clinical Pastoral Education Program.
The seminary-level classes help students learn to minister to people in crisis. Supervised encounters with patients and their families are part of the curriculum as well as classroom learning, verbatim case studies and peer group feedback.
Starting in September, students will attend two full-day sessions each month for eight months.
Pastors in training around Northeast Mississippi have taken advantage of the classes, as well as those preparing to become chaplains or simply to better educate themselves and gain experience in working in sensitive environments, such as hospitals and other health care facilities.
“There’s a wealth of knowledge available through these classes,” said Dr. Billy Walton, a Tupelo physician who recently completed the classes in Jackson after practicing medicine for more than 20 years.
“It helped me put on a different hat,” said Walton, who is on track to be ordained as a deacon in the Episcopal Church. “Just the whole idea of ministry and presence has helped me be a better doctor,” he said.
For more information, call NMMC’s Pastoral Care Department at (662) 377-3439.
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