The Clinical Pastoral Education & Research Center, Japan

  The Clinical Pastoral Care Education and Research Center, JAPAN (henceforth Center) envisions the availability of Pastoral Care for patients and whoever experiences the need for Pastoral Care within the Japanese society at large.

  The Center regards the following as its philosophy and values concerning human beings:

The person
  • a valued unity of body, intellect, mind, heart, spirit and soul
  • a being who deserves permanent respect
  • whose birth and completion (death) are of equal worth
  • whose upbringing, culture, faith, etc., deserve respect
  • whose total dimensions are entitled to be developed like the bodily dimension
  • whose total dimensions have the right to be healed and to be cared for in times of illness; i.e., when the body's wholeness is off balance.


  • Dignity of the person and right of protection
  • Each person is to be loved
  • Relationships and communication based on sincerity and truth
  • Compassion at the existential level
  • Communication between equal partners
  • Allowance for plurality and multiformity
  • High quality
  • Justice
  • Creative care
  • True spirituality


  • Education of caregivers who, while based on Christian philosophy, respect all creeds, faiths, and convictions when participating in spiritual care (i.e., professional care of the heart, spirit and soul)
  • Support of the right of patients to receive spiritual care, the obligation to provide spiritual care, as well as the promulgation of spiritual care
  • Provision of total care in the context of a team approach. As a consequence, clinical pastoral care workers have to be educated as professionals in the same way as are medical doctors, nurses, and clinical psychologists
  • Cooperation with groups engaged in the formation of professionals in spiritual care


  In the context of the above-mentioned philosophy and values, the Center aims at the formation of the following personnel:
  1. Regardless of one's belief, persons who have stable personalities, keep in high regard the spiritual aspect of one's own person as well as that of other persons; who own a personal conviction, a philosophy of life and of the world in order to develop spirituality
  2. A person with sound personality combined with a genuine and living faith and beliefs, as well as a solid psychological foundation
  3. Persons, who have psychologically, philosophically, and theologically integrated personalities.
  4. Persons owning a calling to spiritual care.