• To set forth the ethical obligations for Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisors, Associate CPE Supervisors, CPE Supervisor Candidates (henceforth referred to as Pastoral Supervisors), Chaplains, CPEI members, and CPEI student members.
• To serve as an ethical guide designed to assist individuals in constructing a course of action that best serves Pastoral Educators and Chaplains.
• To provide the basis for processing inquiries and ethical concerns.
Common Standards for CPEI Members, Student Members, Chaplains and Pastoral Supervisors
10.1 In Relationship with Ecclesiastical and Professional Institutions
10.1.1 Maintain good standing in their faith group.
10.1.2 Abide by the professional practice and/or teaching standards of the credentialing organization, and the institution in which are part of.
10.1.3 Do not directly or by implication claim professional qualifications that exceed actual qualifications or misrepresent an affiliation with any institution.
10.1.4 Maintain current and adequate Professional Liability Insurance or ensure that one is adequately protected under one’s employer.
10.2 In Relationship with Self, Other Professionals, and the Community
10.2.1 Represent accurately one’s professional qualifications and affiliations.
10.2.2 Exercise good stewardship of resources entrusted to their care and employ sound financial practices.
10.2.3 Respect the opinions, beliefs, and professional endeavors of colleagues and professionals.
10.2.4 Seek advice and counsel of other professionals whenever it is in the best interest of those being served and make referrals when appropriate.
10.2.5 Provide expertise and counsel to other professionals in advocating for best practices in pastoral care and pastoral supervision.
10.2.6 Seek to establish collaborative relationships with other community leaders, pastoral relationships, and healthcare professionals.
10.2.7 Advocate for changes that would honor spiritual values and promote healing.
10.2.8 Communicate sufficient information to other professional members and/or pastoral supervisors while respecting the privacy of those being served.
10.2.9 Ensure that personal behavior does not impair the ability to fulfill professional responsibilities or bring dishonor to the profession.
10.2.10 Clearly distinguish between statements made or actions taken as a private individual and those made as a member or representative of CPEI or the Board for Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisors and Chaplains.
10.2.11 Monitor for signs of impairment-emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually and take the appropriate steps to address such signs.
10.3 In Advertising
10.3.1 Represent one’s competencies, education, training, and experience relevant to their practice of pastoral care, education, and supervision in an accurate manner.
10.3.2 Do not use any professional identification (business cards, letterhead, Internet, or telephone directory, etc.) that is false, misleading, fraudulent, or deceptive.
10.3.3 List and claim as evidence only degrees, certification and credentials that are earned from recognized educational institutions and/or training Centers.
10.4 In Research
10.4.1 Engage only in research within the boundaries of their competence.
10.4.2 Ensure that research activities involving human participants are aware of the research question, design, and implementation.
10.4.3 Adhere to informed consent, including a clear and understandable explanation of the procedures, a description of the risks and benefits, and the duration of the desired participation.
10.4.4 Inform all participants of the right to withdraw consent and to discontinue involvement at any time.
10.4.5 Maintain sensitivity to the cultural characteristics of participants when conducting research.
10.4.6 Maintain confidentiality of all research participants and inform participants of any limits of that confidentiality.
10.4.7 Use any information obtained through research for professional purposes only.
10.4.8 Exercise professional ethics in attributing sources in their research and writing thereby avoiding plagiarism.
10.4.9 Report research data and findings accurately.
10.5 In Relationship to the Social Media
Pastoral Supervisors, chaplains, members and student members are aware that Social Media (for example, Internet, text messaging, e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, blogs, YouTube, LinkedIn, as well as all other forms of electronic/digital communication) influences and informs our daily life and work. We recognize that the World Wide Web records everything that is posted anywhere anytime and retains this information indefinitely.
10.5.1 Recognize that the CPEI Code of Professional Ethics applies to the use of Social Media.
10.5.2 Engage in honest and respectful communication both professionally and personally in all Social Media activity.
10.5.3 Maintain a clear professional identity and refrain from developing inappropriate Social Media relationship with students, other individuals.
10.5.4 Do not speak formally or informally on behalf of CPEI or The Board for Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisors and Chaplains when engaging in personal Social Media activity unless authorized to do so.
10.5.5 Be mindful of the privacy and confidentiality of students and others, and not engage in the use of Social Media in any way, which may pose as a conflict of interest or a breach of another’s privacy and confidentiality.
Ethical Standards for CPE Supervisors and Supervisory Students
10.6 In Relationships with Students and/or Clients
Pastoral Supervisors understand that “students, clients, patients or parishioners” (refer to the same type of persons served and will be used interchangeably throughout this document) and describes any individual to whom they are providing pastoral supervision or pastoral care.
10.6.1 Speak and act in ways that honor the dignity and value of every individual.
10.6.2 Provide care and supervision that is intended to promote the best interest of students and clients and to foster strength, integrity, learning, and healing.
10.6.3 Demonstrate respect for the cultural and religious values of those they serve and refrain from imposing their own values and beliefs on those served.
10.6.4 Acknowledge the imbalance of power in the student and client relationship and refrain from exploitation of that imbalance.
10.6.5 Avoid or correct any conflicts of interest or appearance of conflicting interest(s).
10.6.6 Refrain from any form of exploitative behavior, sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, or sexual assault in relationships with students and clients.
10.6.7 Refrain from any form of harassment, coercion, intimidation or otherwise abusive words or actions in relationships with students and clients.
10.6.8 Safeguard the confidentiality of students and clients when using materials for educational purposes or written publication.
10.6.9 Respect the confidentiality of information entrusted to them by students and clients when communicating with family members or significant others except when disclosure is required for necessary treatment, granted by client permission, for the safety of any person or when required by law.
10.6.10 Ensure that all student application materials be maintained confidentially.
saved in a file, ensure that file is properly locked. If saved electronically, ensure that a confidential password is used.
10.6.11 Understand the limits of their individual expertise and make referrals to other professionals when appropriate.
10.6.12 Provide clear expectations regarding responsibilities, appointment schedules, fees and payments.
10.6.13 Complete all final evaluations for students according to the standards established by CPEI.
10.6.14 Do not represent the ability to provide supervision beyond one’s appropriate level of education and credentialing.
10.6.15 Monitor for signs of impairment-emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually and take the appropriate steps to address such signs.
10.7 Video/Audio/Distance Learning Center Standards (606)
10.7.1 The use of technology (computers, webcams, etc.) are accepted as an industry standard in a variety of professional disciplines, to include Clinical Pastoral Education Centers. Pastoral Supervisors choosing to make use of such a method are to ensure, at a minimum, that participants are knowledgeable as to what is required for participation, how to utilize the required programming, persons are informed when sessions are recorded, and address matters of confidentiality. In addition, the risks and benefits of such use need to be identified.
10.7.2 Pastoral Supervisors are authorized to use cameras and/or other technological equipment to record individual and/or group peer sessions for supervision and training purposes only. Recorded data will be maintained only to serve the purpose of supervision and/or credentialing after which it will be destroyed.
10.7.3 Pastoral Supervisors will safeguard client rights and confidentiality of recorded mediums through the use of maintaining the recordings in a secure setting as well as ensure the participants and Pastoral Supervisor review and sign a “Consent to Audio or Video Tape” Form (See below).