Learning Never Ends
Here at the Center we have a deep commitment to learning and growing in pastoral skills that deepen our practice in order to better serve our patients and families. We do this through a variety of options that are available to staff, volunteers and the larger religious community. Call us at 315 464-4687 for details on any of the following offerings:
Clinical Pastoral Education
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is experiential theological education designed to improve the quality of pastoral care offered by spiritual caregivers of all faiths and levels of experience. More information >>
Rev. Jerry Shave
Rev. Jerry Shave Annual Clergy Day
Named after Rev. Jerry Shave, Protestant Chaplain at Upstate for 41 years, this annual conference in June is designed for all persons interested and involved in pastoral ministry – lay and ordained. The goal of Clergy Day is to utilize the latest technology and resources of Upstate to introduce the community to new aspects of effective ministry. Skills learned translate to everyday pastoral situations and strengthen one's pastoral care. Past presentations have been on spirituality of children and how to minister to suicidal patients. There is no charge for this event.
Peer Consultation Groups
Department of Spiritual Care offers monthly peer groups for Spiritual Care volunteers, Assistant Chaplains, and a Clinical Pastoral Consultation group for area chaplains who have 4 or more Clinical Pastoral Education units and are eligible for board certification as a chaplain. In these groups, peers find collegiality and can offer one another support and confrontation for pastoral growth through clinical presentations and reflection.
Certified Music Practitioner Program
Began Upstate in March of 2012. The Music for Healing and Transition Program, Inc. is a national education certification program preparing musicians and singers to provide live therapeutic music at the bedside of patients. Therapeutic music has been shown to reduce blood pressure, stabilize heart rate and decrease muscular tension and provide comfort at the end of life. More information >>
Victoria Krukowski, Upstate CMP Coordinator
Open the Eyes of My Heart by Walt Wasilewski with Imani Shabazz
This book tells the stories of spiritual care volunteers serving at Upstate University Hospital. Contributions are gratefully accepted so that we can continue to distribute this booklet free of charge.