Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is a professional clinical education for ministry with people in crisis. Though most accredited centers are in hospitals, there are CPE programs in hospice, long-term care facilities, and in prisons. Students are strongly encouraged to complete at least one unit of CPE during their degree programs. Some denominations require CPE as part of the ordination process. Furthermore, CPE is required for professional training for a career in chaplaincy. Union gives up to 6 credits per CPE unit with prior approval of Prof. Su Yon Pak and with the completion of the prerequisite, PS 110. 

Directory of accredited CPE centers is available at:

Further links to CPE opportunities:

Students planning to receive Union credits for Clinical Pastoral Education must complete the following three steps:

(1) Students must obtain and complete a Request to Receive Academic Credit for Clinical Pastoral Education Form by clicking here.

(2) attach a copy of the prospective on-site supervisor’s acceptance letter or email to the Request. Deliver documents to Dr. Pak.

(3) After the specified internship, students must have the on-site supervisor send verification of the successful completion of one unit of CPE to Dr. Pak. A copy of the Completion of CPE Certificate will also be accepted. In addition, students enrolled in an extended CPE program should have their on-site supervisor send a brief interim report to Dr. Pak during the month of January.

For further details about the possibility of meeting field education requirement through CPE, see the entries for FE/PS 363-364 or FE/PS 366Q in the Course Catalog.

CPE Openings
Name Owner Date  
CPE at Greenwich Hospital Summer 2018 Greenwich CT   Lisa Simon 2/19/2018 4:10:08 PM    
CPE Summer Unit for Level I and Level II students. Dates: May 29th through August 2nd, 2018 10 weeks, weekly classes, Tuition for all programs is $600. Scholarships are available. We are now accepting applications for this summer program. Greenwich Hospital, a major academic affiliate of Yale University and part of the Yale New Haven Health System.

JTS CPE programs in Hospice and Prison Re-Entry   Lisa Simon 2/13/2018 2:20:27 PM    
Our Clinical Pastoral Education programs enable interns to connect with vulnerable people in their shared humanity as they search for meaningful responses to the challenges of life and death. Interns engage in small group seminars and receive individual supervision, deepening their pastoral identities, theology, and skills. Seminary students, clergy, and professionals from all faith traditions and all Jewish movements are welcome to enroll in the center’s CPE programs. For more information, please visit

Mayo Clinic Clinical Pastoral Education Residency   Lisa Simon 1/24/2018 10:35:47 AM    
The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN three spots available in its CPE Residency program. Deadline for application for Fall 2018 is March 31, 2018. This program provides 3 unites of CPE over a 12-month residency beginning Sept. 4. To find out more about this highly regarded program see the attached materials.

Clinical Pastoral Education Internship at Bellevue   Lisa Simon 1/24/2018 10:26:53 AM    
If you are interested in doing a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Internship at Bellevue Hospital, check out their new website: Students in the program become a part of an interdisciplinary care team that serves hospitalized patients and their loved ones. This direct service facilitates the application of learned theory and your own personal and pastoral experiences as you minister to patients, families and staff. To find out more about stipend and classes see their attached flyer.

Mount Sinai Summer '18 CPE Programs   Lisa Simon 9/21/2017 1:30:49 PM    
Applications are now being accepted for summer CPE programs at Mount Sinai. Application deadline is 12/1/18. Start date is 6/4/18. Application and instructions may be found at

CPE Residency: Hebrew SeniorLife - LGBT Elders   Lisa Simon 8/17/2017 3:22:57 PM    
Hebrew SeniorLife’s CPE Residency in LGBT Spiritual Care will provide one student with a stipended, three-unit, ACPE CPE program. Curriculum and clinical work will support learning about spiritual care of LGBT elders, family members, and staff served by the HSL system of housing and health care. The first unit will be a condensed unit focusing on Spiritual Care of the Nonreligious, January 2 – May 1, 2018, with ACPE Certified Educator Rev. Mary Martha Thiel. The second, with a new cohort of peers, will be an intensive summer unit, again with Rev. Thiel, focusing on Spiritual Care of LGBT Elders. The third unit, with another new cohort of peers, will be an intensive fall unit focusing on Spiritual Care of Holocaust Survivors and Others with a History of Trauma, with ACPE Certified Educator Rabbi Beth Naditch. The resident will provide 40 hours per week, combined, of attendance at CPE education hours and clinical work hours. The total stipend for the 12 months will be $34,000, plus standard employee benefits.

Winter CPE program Mount Sinai Health System NYC   Lisa Simon 6/7/2017 9:31:51 AM    
MSH will offer an exciting new hybrid program this year that includes on-site supervision in addition to supervision via webcam. This may be beneficial for students who have a limited schedule and who prefer to use technology. Alternatively, for students who prefer a more traditional approach to CPE our MSBI CPE program will offer a high quality experience of onsite face-to-face supervision.

Christiana Health Care Syst CPE Extended Residency   Lisa Simon 6/1/2017 10:20:36 AM    
Academic Year 12-month residency & Fall Extended Program (Intern) in Newark & Wilmington, DE. Positions in Trauma, Palliative Care, Rehab, Family Med, Internal Med, Psychiatry, Cardiology and Vascular Health. Community-based. One of the largest systems in Mid-Atlantic.

Greenwich Hospital CPE Program   Lisa Simon 5/19/2017 9:52:17 AM    
Greenwich Hospital’s Department of Spiritual Care offers a Clinical Pastoral Education Program for clergy, seminarians and qualified lay people. CPE enables the development of ministry skills in a clinical setting through interaction with patients, staff, peers and a supervisor.

2-Year Post-CPE Fellowship VA Conn. Healthcare Sys   Lisa Simon 5/3/2017 9:51:14 AM    
The post CPE fellowship provides two years of postgraduate research, education, and clinical learning opportunities to eligible physicians and associated health professionals (including chaplains, psychologists, pharmacists, nurses, and social workers). Fellows spend approximately 75 percent of their time in research, program development, and education and 25 percent in clinical care. Mentors of national stature provide guidance to fellows in rich learning environments.
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