We are very proud of the fact that since its inception, the Blaustein Center has provided stipends for more than 180 HUC-JIR/NY students as they received formal supervised pastoral training.
HUC-JIR/NY rabbinic students are required to complete a minimum of 60 hours of direct care in a pastoral setting. The Blaustein Center helps to arrange these placements and provides each student with a stipend. Students have worked alongside chaplains and other counseling professionals in nursing homes, hospitals, hospices. They have visited with individuals and families and offered support to full-time staff. Other students have worked in congregational settings, co-facilitating support groups with other members of the synagogue staff. The Blaustein Center provides students stipends for these placements.
The perspectives, experiences and programs of the Center have become a model that our sister campuses in LA and Jerusalem have utilized and which other Jewish seminaries have turned to as they have developed their own pastoral care, supervision and mentoring programs.
Since 2001, more than 155 students have completed at least 400 clinical training hours under the auspices of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), the national accrediting agency in the field of clinical pastoral education recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education through the U.S. Dept. of Education. Students identify this experience as an essential formative learning opportunity.
Today, the Blaustein Center is exploring the possibility of becoming a CPE center. It has begun conversations with existing centers and hopes to be recognized as a satellite of one of them during the academic year 2013-2014. The long-range plan is to offer CPE at our campus beginning in the fall of 2014.
All rabbinic, cantorial and education students at the NY campus have supervised fieldwork requirements to fulfill as part of their training programs. All must have an experience serving a URJ congregation; for rabbis and cantors this must include pulpit and pastoral responsibilities. In addition to having the experience of serving a Reform congregation, our students can take advantage of the wide array of congregations, minyans, and Jewish organizations in the NY region to familiarize themselves with the many ways that rabbis and cantors serve the ever-evolving Jewish community of the 21st century.