Frequently Asked Questions

What is Spiritual/Pastoral Health?

Spiritual/Pastoral Health is a burgeoning interdisciplinary healthcare domain addressing response to human suffering. The domain consists of three intersecting fields of concern: research, application and state of being. Research in Spiritual Health explores preventative, predictive and relational elements associated with spiritual well being, coping, resilience and other measurable health qualities in curative, palliative and care responding outcomes. The application of Spiritual/Pastoral Health is associated with relational, ethical and culturally responsive qualities of delivery in the healthcare continuum.  Empathic balance in care responding is at the core of these practice qualities and is personified in and through the nursing, medicine, allied health, public health and spiritual care professions. Spiritual/Pastoral Health as state of being is a composite initiative defined as institutionally and individually equal to and interactive with physical health states and mental health states contributing to overall human health.

For Spiritual/Pastoral support, please call the Center for Pastoral Services:
• Emory University Hospital (EUH): 404-712-7200
• Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM): 404-686-2408
• Wesley Woods Center (WWC): 404-728-6466
• Emory University Orthopedics & Spine Hospital (EUOSH): 404-251-3060
• Saint Josephs Hospital (SJH): 678-843-7316
• Emory Johns Creek Hospital (EJCH)

What is the Georgia Advance Directive for Healthcare; where can I get one?

July 1, 2007, the new “Georgia Advance Directive for Healthcare” replaced the Georgia laws on the Living Will and the Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare. This document combines the characteristics of both the living will and the durable power of attorney for healthcare and still allows people to choose for themselves the medical care they want when they are no longer able to communicate with doctors or family. Those persons who already had living wills and/or durable powers of attorney for healthcare are allowed to keep the forms that they have which are still legally binding until they are revoked.

For a copy of the Georgia Advance Directive for Healthcare, go online at and click on Publications or visit the Pastoral Services Department within the Emory Healthcare system.

What is the Atlanta Hospital Hospitality House?

The Atlanta Hospital Hospitality House is commonly referred to as “the house with a heart.” It is a lovely house and cottage set in beautiful historic Druid Hill neighborhood, offers a quaint and peaceful place to rest and relax. They offer lodging, meals, supportive companionship and comfort to families of hospitalized patients from a committed staff, volunteers, and fellow guests, during what is often a stressful time. Accommodation is mostly dorm style; beds are twin sized; linens and towels are provided. This non-smoking accommodation is open at 9 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. No alcohol, firearm or drugs are allowed.

Who can stay at the AHHH?

Anyone with a patient in an area hospital or medical facility (family members, patients, caregivers, pastors) or a patient undergoing outpatient treatment such as rehab, clinical trials, transplants, cancer, and post surgical checkups. They must live outside a 40 mile radius of Atlanta.

A referral is needed from the Pastoral Services Department, Nurses, Administrators, Doctors or the Social Service Department within the Emory Healthcare system.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative Care focuses on the relief of pain, symptoms and stress associated with serious illness. The goal of palliative care is to ease and prevent suffering and to offer patients and families the best possible quality of life. It may be beneficial at any stage of illness. And, it can be provided at the same time as curative treatment.

Ask your doctor or nurse for more information or call 404-778-6382 or 404-712-8979.

What is the C.A.R.E. Channel?

The C.A.R.E. (Continuous Ambient Relaxation Environment) Channel features stunning nature imagery accompanied by original instrumental music. C.A.R.E. with Guided Imagery provides exercises specifically for the inpatient setting and diverse levels of acuity. Both include a unique night-time program that assists patients with sleep. These highly effective and acclaimed health care programs have been successfully serving patients, families, and staff for years.

The premier relaxation channel, C.A.R.E. is produced to comfort patients, families, and staff in a variety of healthcare settings over the full 24-hour cycle. This highly effective therapeutic tool significantly contributes to improved satisfaction and patient outcomes, and in creating a healing environment.

The C.A.R.E Channel can be viewed on channel 15 at Emory University Hospital Midtown and Emory University Hospital Clifton.

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 ( 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 ( 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
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?


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, 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: 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 to retrieve the membership application.