What is Clinical Pastoral Education

As clinical pastoral education has developed over the years, doors have opened toward integration into pastoral care services with knowledge garnered from medicine, psychiatry, psychology, social work, and other behavioral sciences.

The standards and objectives for the CPE Program at Ecumenical Institute's Cherokee Center are in accord with the national organization that sets standards and oversees the programs of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). Note to web designer: Make this an active link to www.acpe.org

Accredited centers such as Ecumenical Institute offer programs of clinical pastoral education as:

Many colleges, universities, and theological schools give academic credit for CPE training according to the curriculum standards of their respective institutions.

More information is available at www.acpe.edu.

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is a form of adult education. This sets it apart from other approaches to learning that some persons entering CPE are accustomed to. Adult education assumes that each person will:

CPE is one part of professional education for ministry. It brings seminarians, clergy persons, lay persons and chaplains into a supervised experience with people in crisis situations. Out of these intense situations with "living human documents" and feedback from peers, medical staff, other chaplains, and the supervisor, participants develop a new awareness of themselves as pastors and persons, as well as an ability to see those to whom they minister in new ways.

EI's CPE Program meets the rigorous requirements as set forth in the standards. Essential elements of basic clinical pastoral training include:

CPE is theological education in which theology is learned by reflecting on the crisis of ministry from a theological perspective.