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CPE Available Programs and Dates

Program Elements

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) combines professional education and supervised ministry. It is this combined focus that helps maximize insight and growth from this experiential learning.

CPE uses an adult learning model of education wherein students set their own goals and contract for learning. It is in this setting that students reflect on and learn from their own experiences by seeking feedback from peers and educators. This type of learning aids students in developing self-awareness, both as persons and as pastoral ministers.

The patient or client to whom the chaplains minister is often referred to as “the living human document.” Each student is encouraged to develop various ways of ministering from these “documents.” Interactions with peers and educator, in this learning context, provides helpful critique for the student.

The CPE environment challenges the student to reach out in new ways and to take risks in an educational environment that is safe and conducive to learning and growing in pastoral identity.

Program Requirements

  • Learning contract negotiated with educator
  • At least 400 hours of combined ministry and participation in supervised group process under the direction of an Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) certified educator in an ACPE–accredited center
  • Recording and evaluation of ministry
  • Reflection on ministry with peers and educator
  • Individual education conferences
  • Final written self-evaluation
  • Final written evaluation by educator
  • Final goodbye session
  • Attendance at graduation

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate a solid range of pastoral skills, including listening, empathic reflection, conflict resolution, crisis management and the appropriate use of religious and spiritual resources.
  • Competence in providing pastoral ministry to a diversity of persons, with respect to the operative cultural and ethnic needs, social condition, systems and justice issues.
  • Provide accurate and goal-oriented spiritual assessments, integrating theology and behavioral sciences.
  • Demonstrate a high level of accountability, productivity, self-direction and clear, accurate clinical communication.
  • Demonstrate competent use of self in ministry and leadership functions, including emotional availability, appropriate self-disclosure, clear and responsible boundaries and a peaceful, non-judgmental presence.
  • Stand as a professional among professionals, establishing collaborative relationships with medical personnel and authorities.
  • To be capable of self-supervising through the realistic assessment of one's pastoral functioning.

Chaplain Certification

Certification as a chaplain requires 4 units of CPE, a Masters Degree in Theological Studies or in some cases an M.Div. and meeting with one of the National Committees: The National Association of Catholic Chaplains; The Association of Professional Chaplains; or Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains.

CPE Program Calendar 2021 and 2022

Individual Units/Level I and Level II

Summer CPE

For persons needing an intensive full-time program that falls outside the typical academic calendar from the end of May until early August. Although this program usually has mainly seminarians, other interested persons are strongly encouraged to apply. Beside regular daily meetings (Monday through Thursday), individual supervision and clinical time with patients, there is an on-call requirement of two nights and one weekend each month, all included in the required hours for the program. All inquiries should be sent to the Clinical Pastoral Educator at Catholic Health Services of Long Island Hospital.

2021 Summer: May 24, 2021 to August 5, 2021

2022 Summer: May 23, 2022 to August 4, 2022

Extended CPE

For persons able to make a part-time commitment. The extended CPE unit begins in mid-October and ends in mid April. The CPE program meets one day a week in group and runs for about 26 weeks. They require an average of 16 hours a week between group time, individual supervision and clinical work with patients. Beside regular group meeting, individual supervision and clinical time with patients, there is an on-call requirement of two overnights and one weekend night per month, all included in the required hours for the program. All inquiries should be sent to the Clinical Pastoral Educator at Catholic Health Services of Long Island Hospital.

2021 Extended: December 9, 2021 to April 28, 2022

2022 Extended: December 8, 2022 to April 27, 2023

Residency CPE

Individuals who have completed at least one full unit of CPE from an accredited CPE center are candidates for a year-long paid residency program. The residency program offers three CPE units over the academic year. This program requires residents to do 36 hours a week, which includes one overnight on-call each week and class time. Residents are also eligible for benefit time and have breaks scheduled in between each unit.

2021 Residency: September 14, 2021 to September 1, 2022

2022 Residency: September 13, 2022 to September 1, 2023

Listing of Assigned Placements

Each CPE participant will have the opportunity to practice providing spiritual care. It is expected that the CPE intern will initiate spiritual care visits, respond to referrals from the health care team and collaborate with staff chaplains in the assigned areas. The CPE intern will be encouraged to work closely with the health care team to foster the practice of interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration. A variety of clinical assignments are available through the various CHS facilities, including six acute care hospitals, three nursing homes, a home nursing service and hospice.


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