Congratulations to The Reverend William Carpenter who was granted the status of Board Certified Clinical Chaplain! The certification requires a minimum of four units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) and board certification.
Fr. William completed the four units of CPE at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock. UAMS is the only level one trauma center in the state, and he received board certification through Clinical Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP). Training occurs both in the seminar setting (doing group relations work and exploring various topics) and on the floor working with patients and presenting case studies to one’s supervisor and peers.
To sum up the experience Chaplain Carpenter commented, “When presenting a case study the chaplain is presenting himself/herself to their peers for their observations and feedback. In the process you learn not only about providing pastoral care to patients and families, but you learn about yourself. The case study is all about the patient and simultaneously is it all about the chaplain.”
Before moving to Arkansas, Chaplain Carpenter served as a hospice chaplain in Iowa for sixteen years. He currently serves as a chaplain at St. Vincent Hospital in Little Rock AR.