Re: Anyone upset about unprofessionally run groups and circles
Date: September 17, 2010 10:52PM
Problems and Abuse in Clinical Pastoral Education CPE
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I heartily invite those bruised by CPE, whatever their denomination, to form communities for dialogue.
Many of us are called to a healing vocation because of difficulty in our lives. The training process should not add wounds to those a person already has.
If one wants 'toughening up' go train for something like the Ironman triathlon, or join a boot camp program at your gym. If you want more toughening up, go discuss this with someone at the armed forces induction center.
But if you are training to become a minister, a healer, the toughening up process may add so much scar tissue and reactivity to your inner life that the gift through which you were called into the vocation may be ruined--which is a sin against the Holy Spirit.
We have too much toughness in the culture and ministers and priests are here to provide an emancipatory alternative to 'toughness'.
Sure, one wants to be strong. But toughness all too often is an excuse by abusers and bullyies to continue their damage to others.
Alice Miller called this character building rhetoric, this language of using toughness to rationalize cruelty to students and children--she called this Poisonous Pedagogy--a
rhetoric by which one generation justifies passing on its misery to the next generation--behavior that is the opposite of healing.
Whether you are an man and an Orthodox Roman Catholic, a woman who identifies as feminist and has transitioned from Catholicism to a different tradition, whether you are heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, from one of the Protestant traditions, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim or custodian of an inherited lineage of Red Nation
ritual--reforming Clinical Pastoral Education, if problems still continue, may provide
All one needs for this is a voice to reclaim, a human heart, a pair of ears for listening, and a bellybutton.
Identifying a shared human predicament and wanting to make sure the next generation of students is spared this, thats enough for community building.