Clinical Pastoral Education

Maureen Shelton

At Emory Center for Pastoral Services (ECPS), we offer a unique and creative environment where students engage in diverse activities of pastoral care, education and research. Students enrolled in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program at ECPS have the opportunity to provide pastoral care and to participate in reflective education in a broad range of settings: Emory University Hospital (campus setting) Emory University Hospital Midtown, Wesley Woods Geriatric Center and Emory Clergy Care, VistaCare Hospice (inpatient and outpatient care at the end of life). At each of these sites, students have the opportunity to interact with the interdisciplinary staff in providing a complete continuum of care to patients of different ages and levels of sickness. Augmented by University-affiliated resources, these training sites provide enriching opportunities to learn and to identify and strengthen each student’s pastoral authority.

Our residency and internship programs involve daily interaction in a clinical area, as well as in pastoral care in the evening through the night/weekend duty element of our program. In the clinical setting and in weekly overnight responsibilities, students provide spiritual solace in moments of crisis and end-of-life care, as well as pastoral care to patients, families and staff.

Our year-long residency program offers focused opportunities to increase awareness in developing individual theologies and provides the opportunity to participate in research. At ECPS, resident are place at on clinical site for the year, with the additional benefit of rotating to a separate site where they perform overnight/weekend duty. This offers students the ability to gain pastoral care experience in geriatric, hospice, pediatric, emergency and adult medicine within the one-year training period.

The educational aspect of the program is structured in small groups and individual supervision. Small group and individual sessions are led by ACPE supervisors. In these settings, clinical cases are shared and discussed utilizing the action/reflection/action format. The use of written accounts of the visits (verbatims) is a key tool in this type of reflective education. Students also receive opportunities for mentorship with staff chaplains assigned to the various units.

A highly regarded education center for pastoral care and chaplaincy training, ECPS also offers contextual education for students in theology school and training for laity in the art of pastoral care. Emory’s program provides the most comprehensive and diverse CPE experience in the Southeast.

The diverse, well-trained ECPS faculty and supervisory staff provide excellent instruction and curriculum, and the accredited program accepts candidates from all faiths.

ECPS is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), which provides CPE at all levels: Level I, Level II and Supervisory. Visit www.acpe.edu for more accreditation information or call 404-320-1472.

How to Apply

Click on the “CPE Application” link below and print. Send your completed application along with the application fee of $50 payable to Emory Center for Pastoral Services to:

Emory Center for Pastoral Services
550 Peachtree Street NE, Room 1303
Atlanta, GA 30308
Attn: Maureen Shelton

We prefer to receive all applications in electronic format via email (amvince@emory.edu). We do, however, accept applications on paper. If you are sending a paper application, please:
 
Do not use spiral binding.
Do not use three (3) ring binders.
Do not use page protectors.
• Send only single sided prints. Do not send any double sided prints.
 
If you are sending the application electronically, please send the application fee to the address above. Contact our office at 404-686-2764 to inform us that your application fee is on its way. If you have any questions about submitting an application, please call Toni Saint-Ile at 404-686-2764 or email amvince@emory.edu.

Related Links:

CPE Application
CPE Calendar Dates

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) – FAQs

What is Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)?

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is interfaith professional education for ministry. It brings theological students and ministers of all faiths (pastors, priests, rabbis, imams and others) into supervised encounter with persons in crisis. Out of an intense involvement with persons in need, and the feedback from peers and teachers, students develop new awareness of themselves as persons and of the needs of those to whom they minister. From theological reflection on specific human situations, they gain a new understanding of ministry. Within the interdisciplinary team process of helping persons, they develop skills in interpersonal and inter-professional relationships

Who is eligible to enroll in CPE?

For Units of CPE: An individual who, through a written application and an admissions interview, has demonstrated the ability to participate in CPE, usually one who has successfully completed at least one year of theological school. And such other requirements or education and experience as a specific CPE center may require.

For Supervisory CPE programs: An individual who has successfully completed several units of CPE and has demonstrated a readiness to utilize Supervisory CPE, usually one who has a theological degree and several years of pastoral experience.

Where can I get a CPE application?

You can download the CPE application from the ACPE website (www.acpe.edu). Please be sure to use the application checklist and explain any items that may be missing from your application submission.

Where do I send my application?

Emory Center for Pastoral Services

550 Peachtree St. NE, Room 1303

Atlanta, GA 30308

Attn: Maureen Shelton

In what form or media would you prefer to receive my application?

We prefer to receive all applications in electronic format via email (amvince@emory.edu). We do, however, accept applications on paper. If you are sending a paper application, please:
Do not use spiral binding.
Do not use three (3) ring binders.
Do not use page protectors.
• Send only single sided prints. Do not send any double sided prints.

If you are sending the application electronically, please send the application fee to the address below. Contact our office at 404-686-2764 to inform us that your application fee is on its way. If you have any questions about submitting an application, please call Toni Saint-Ile at 404-686-2764 or email amvince@emory.edu.

Send paper applications to:
Emory Center for Pastoral Services
550 Peachtree St. NE, Room 1303
Atlanta, GA 30308
Attn: Maureen Shelton

What is the application fee?

The application fee is $50 and is payable by cash, personal check or money order. If paying by check or money order, please make it payable to:

Emory Center for Pastoral Services
550 Peachtree St. NE
Room 1303
Atlanta, GA 30308

Is the application fee refundable?

No.

Where does Emory Center for Pastoral Services currently offer CPE?

We offer the following CPE site placements: Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Wesley Woods Center, Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Southern Regional Medical Center, and Emory Clergy Care Parish Based.

What is the cost of tuition for a unit of CPE?

The tuition is $500 for each unit of CPE.

Is the tuition refundable?

Tuition is not refundable after the first week. A refund of $250 is given if the withdrawal occurs during the first week of the unit.

I am an international student. How do I enroll in CPE?

International students should apply to the center of their choice. Once accepted, the student should contact the ACPE national office (email: tobey@acpe.edu) to apply for a visa. The visa process can take from six to nine months to complete. The visa must be obtained before you can begin CPE. Additional considerations are discussed on the International Student Information page.

Can I get CPE credit for previous work/ministry experience?

No, ACPE credit is not granted for previous work experience. However, your previous work/ministry experience will be considered during the interview/acceptance process.

What is the CPE Learning Environment?

If you have never participated in a dynamic, interpersonal, process educational experience, you may be concerned about what it will be like. A foundational task will be for the other students, your supervisor and you to share with each other in such a way that all are cared for, supported, and challenged without being belittled. Furthermore, since an individual best knows his or her own limits, everyone will need to respect other’s boundaries and work to negotiate appropriate learning relationships. Developing a learning environment that is supportive, stimulating, and safe will make the risks of interpersonal learning and growth work taking.

After I’ve completed my CPE, how long will ECPS hold my final evaluations?

We are required to hold your final evaluation for ten (10) years. For this reason, we encourage everyone coming through our program to maintain a copy of their evaluation.

How can I become a member of ACPE?

There is a Student Affiliate level of membership with ACPE. Membership with ACPE allows you the opportunity to participate in the National and Regional conferences, a subscription to The Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling, and the ACPE News, a quarterly newsletter. Log on to the ACPE website at www.acpe.edu to retrieve the membership application.