Sarah Blake LaRose (3kitties) wrote,
Sarah Blake LaRose

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I am approaching another hurdle in my seminary education. Surely if I can do Hebrew, I can do this too...

M.Div. students are required to take one unit of clinical pastoral education, which often means serving in a hospital situation as a chaplain in training. There are a few centers around the country that have other arrangements. I could go somewhere else to do CPE; but there is the not-so-small issue of my three cats to house in the meantime...

I finally spoke openly about where I would like to do my CPE. It seems impossible to me because the facility is large and would be a bit of a nightmare in terms of navigation. But with Loretta, perhaps the nightmarishness would not be so bad... The remaining issue would be how to handle a situation in which I needed to be with a patient or family who did not want my dog present. I have been advised to treat this as a non-issue, not to offer to leave her. I'm glad that someone is supportive of my prefercnce... It's really more than a preference. There are a host of associated issues: Loretta's vocalization when left, my lack of knowledge about what goes on when I am not with her, the fact that her job is guiding, etc. However, even if I assume that it will not be a problem, the fact remains that people do have fears at times and I do care about that. I really cannot afford to leave this untouched. If nothing else, it would add stress to my experience.

The possibility of doing an alternative field education placement in place of CPE came up. I'm not necessarily opposed to it; but some doctoral programs now require a unit of CPE for admission. And I am not totally convinced that I can't do CPE.

I consider it progress that I have spoken about where I would like to do it at all. Last year, I considered this a closed discussion because I thought it was impossible.


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