Chicago VITAS offices:
580 Water’s Edge Drive, Suite 100
Lombard, IL 60148
1340 S. Damen Ave., Suite 200A
Chicago, IL 60608
8525 W. 183rd St., Suite M
Tinley Park, IL 60487
With three hospice programs in the Chicago metropolitan area, VITAS cares for 1,000-plus patients and families in this ethnically diverse area and offers the opportunity for ministering to people from many different cultural and religious backgrounds. Students may be placed in any of the three VITAS programs, each offering several clinical settings for spiritual care: visiting in private homes, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and inpatient hospice units.
CPE students function as chaplains and members of a hospice interdisciplinary team. They are supervised not only by the CPE program but by the VITAS management team and mentor-chaplains. Verbatim reports of pastoral visits are presented along with VITAS documentation. Seminars focus on palliative care, family systems and theological reflection through the use of stories, interpersonal relationships, grief dynamics, etc. Individual and group supervision fosters personal and professional growth.
Tuition: $500. A $100 deposit fee is required upon acceptance to hold a place in the program. The deposit is applied to the total tuition.
Beth Burbank, D. Min., is certified by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education as a CPE Supervisor. A member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker), she is endorsed in her ministry by Illinois Yearly Meeting of Friends. Beth has been a supervisor for more than 20 years, working in a variety of clinical areas. She has particular interests in spirituality and healing, and has developed a method of theological reflection called Story Theology.
Jeanne Hale is an ACPE Supervisory Candidate. Commissioned and endorsed by the Federation of Christian Ministries, she is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church. Jeanne has an affinity for working closely with students' stories. Some of the concepts integral to her supervision of students include transformative learning, self-psychology and cultural/relational theory.