Field Education

Preparing for the Call Union is a place for those who understand ministry in the broadest of terms. Recognizing the many different ways individuals can bring their call to social justice to life, the seminary accommodates a wide variety of paths for students to fulfill their field education requirement.

While many students choose traditional sites, like serving in churches, hospitals, and hospice programs, Union students have also worked on Rikers Island teaching horticulture to the incarcerated, and one even took an entire year to bike around the world in support of the Millennium Development Goals.

Whatever a student’s path, Union’s field education program transfigures mere “work in the field” into an integrative education that brings together knowledge, skill, moral integrity, religious tradition, and religious commitment. These elements combine to create an engaged ministerial practice that gives students a foundation for success in pursuing their call, whatever they may discover it to be.

Field education is a requirement of the M.Div. program taken during the student’s second year.

Questions? Please contact Su Yon Pak ’99, the Senior Director and Associate Professor of Integrative and Field-Based Education, at 212-280-1340 or via email at spak@uts.columbia.edu.

The IFE Office recruits field placements across a broad spectrum of ministries. There are over 100 field sites open to Union’s M.Div. students. Because of the varied interests and goals of the prospective student interns, the field site list covers a wide range of placements which may include: churches and faith communities of various denominations and affiliations; social service agencies; community-based non-profits; clinical settings, such as hospitals, hospices, and independent living facilities; prisons and incarceration programs; public and private academic institutions; special projects and task forces; denominational agencies and judicatories; and many other kinds of entities. If a student is unable to meet her/his vocational needs with our existing partner sites, she/he may seek out and propose a field site for Senior Director’s approval.

HYBRID FIELD EDUCATION – CLINICAL PASTORAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

In the fall of 2014, Union launched a hybrid Field Education – Clinical Pastoral Education (FE-CPE) program in collaboration with the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Center for Pastoral Education. We will be offering this program again for the 2016-17 academic year. Eight students who will enroll in Field Education will be selected to do the FE-CPE program. At the successful completion of the program, they will receive both 6 Field education credits and one unit of CPE. Students in the FE-CPE program will do their clinical hours in their field sites. This program will broaden the context of CPE (usually in healthcare settings) into the community. The supervisor is Rev. A. Meigs Ross, M.Div. ’83, BCC, LCSW, formerly the Manager of Pastoral Care and Education at New-York Presbyterian Hospital and a psychotherapist in private practice. Rev. Ross works closely with Dr. Su Yon Pak to shape the curriculum.

This program allows students to have at least one-unit of CPE without doing a summer intensive. It is our hope that after this program, students will continue on to do a summer intensive unit in a healthcare setting. If you have any questions about the program, work-load, etc., feel free to contact Rev. Ross at amr9033@gmail.com. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis with priority given to applications submitted prior to November 30.

The Rev. A. Meigs Ross, LCSW, is an Episcopal priest a psychotherapist in private practice and a CPE (clinical pastoral education) supervisor. She is currently the CPE supervisor for the Hybrid Field Education-CPE program at UTS and supervises CPE supervisory education students in NYC. Additionally, Meigs is the director of the Certificate Program in Spirituality and Social Work at New York University. She is a licensed Systems-Centered Practitioner with SCTRI and a clergy coach working with individuals and groups. She has also served as the Manager of Pastoral Care and Education at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell, the Director of Clinical Pastoral Education at the HealthCare Chaplaincy in New York and as the Director of Pastoral Care and Education at both St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. Rev. Ross receiv ed a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary and an MSW from New York University.

STUDENTS CAN CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE DATABASE FOR FIELD EDUCATION SITES.

STUDENTS CAN CLICK HERE TO ACCESS FIELD EDUCATION DOCUMENTS.

 

ADDITIONAL FIELD EDUCATION SITE RESOURCES

In addition to accessing field site resources from Union’s Field Education Database, our field education interns have been invited to work with field sites from Columbia Community Service. To see our partner sites CLICK here. If you are interested in moving forward with any of these field sites, they will need to complete the Request for Intern form for the Field Education Office along with your Contract and Learning Agreement.

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