From its inception in 1948 Bishop Anderson House has been involved in education.  In the 1950’s it was a place–a real house in fact–to support young graduate students in the medical and nursing colleges in the Illinois Medical District, offering a space to integrate ethics, spirituality and medicine.

In the 1990’s the mission expanded to the education of pastoral care volunteers in hospitals, nursing homes, congregations, and other institutions in the northern Illinois. Over 500 alumni have graduated from the Spiritual Care Visitor Program, which is offered in the spring and fall of each year. The course is a 10-week session of 2 1/2 hour classes on Saturday mornings, and location rotates regionally.

As healthcare has evolved, Bishop Anderson House has adapted to meet the needs of patients and the communities of support to which those patients belong.  Recently, we developed programs focused on professional chaplaincy and community wellness.  Our chaplains are integrated members of care teams in the Cook County Hospital system.  We host continuing education seminars for professional caregivers.  We lead retreats for both professionals and volunteers to promote self-care.

In 2017 we began a community-based Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program, in partnership with RUSH University Medical Center. The next session will run September 18, 2017- March 23, 2018, with classes will held at Bishop Anderson House Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Rev. Thomas S. Rogers, III ACPE, Inc. Supervisor will be supervisor for the group. Students in the unit will need to secure their own clinical placement site. Some options include: a local faith community, a continuing care retirement facility, or a nursing home.