Clinical Pastoral Education Program Information

Clinical Pastoral Education Programs offer individuals an opportunity to gain basic and advanced competencies in pastoral care and counseling. Students experience hands-on spiritual care for hospitalized patients and families. Our Center offers Clinical Pastoral education in a variety of formats and locations.

Program objectives

Pastoral competence - CPE helps learners understand and integrate pastoral theology and the behavioral sciences. Course content includes not only a broad knowledge of religious practices and spiritual assessment, but also of the emotional and social dynamics of personal and interpersonal relationships.

Pastoral reflection - Students learn to identify spiritual and theological foundations of their pastoral ministry. Reflection on pastoral practice is prompted by relationships with individuals in crisis, peers, chaplain mentors, the CPE educator and the hospital staff.

Pastoral formation - CPE encourages participants to move toward a clearer understanding of their personal and pastoral identity – their gifts and graces for ministry. Students will also explore a variety of appropriate responses and interventions within the context of pastoral relationships.