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  
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.

CPE at BELLEVUE HOSPITAL   Lisa Simon 8/17/2017 3:07:05 PM    
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is experiential theological education designed to improve the quality of pastoral care offered by spiritual caregivers of all faiths and levels of experience. Our program uses a reflection-action model of learning that integrates components of direct spiritual care, personal and theological reflection, supervision, peer review and supportive group process. As a student in our program, you will 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.

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.

Fort Collins CPE now accepting Residency Apps!   Lisa Simon 4/21/2017 11:09:09 AM    
ACPE accredited CPE Residency program in Fort Collins, CO is accepting applications to its 12-month Residency program consisting of 3 units of Level I/II CPE. Clinical sites include healthcare, community, and senior-care ministry. This is a newly created program introducing CPE to the community.

CPE at Havenwood Heritage Heights in Concord, NH   Lisa Simon 12/6/2016 4:53:01 PM    
ACPE accredited Level I/Level II CPE in a vibrant faith-based retirement community in serene Concord, New Hampshire. Centered in a community dedicated to excellence in older adult spiritual care and end of life support, CPE interns are a welcome part of the staff and life at HHH.

Bellevue CPE Program has NEW SUPERVISOR!   Lisa Simon 11/30/2016 10:52:19 AM    
Chaplain Martin Montonye is replacing Rev. Paul Steinke at the Bellevue Hosp Ctr CPE program. During the transition, please use to contact Chaplain Montonye for information AND to SEND IN YOUR APPLICATION. Bellevue program info:
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