Unique and Creative Environment 

At Spiritual Health at Emory Healthcare (SHEH), we offer a unique and creative environment where students engage in diverse activities of spiritual care, education, and research. Students enrolled in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program at SHEH have the opportunity to provide spiritual care and to participate in reflective education in a broad range of settings: Emory University Hospital (campus setting), Emory University Hospital Midtown, Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods, and Emory Decatur Hospital. 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 spiritual authority. Our program provides the most comprehensive and diverse CPE experience in the Southeast.

Our Resident and Intern programs involve daily interaction in a clinical area, as well as in spiritual 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 spiritual 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 SHEH, Residents are placed at a clinical site for the year.

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.

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

SHEH is accredited by the ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education, which provides CPE at all levels: Level I, Level II and Supervisory. For more accreditation information, call 404-320-1472 or visit www.acpe.edu.

Unique Two Year Post CPE Fellowship Opportunity

How to Apply for Internship and Residency

Step 1: Complete the appropriate form below. 

Step 2: Email your completed application to Spiritual Health at Emory Healthcare. If you are mailing your application, please use the address below. 

Step 3: Mail the $60 application fee via check or money order, make payable to Spiritual Health at Emory Healthcare. 

Emory University Hospital Midtown
550 Peachtree Street NE, Room 1303
Atlanta, GA 30308
Attn: Maureen Shelton

If you have any questions about submitting an application, please call 404-686-2828 or email shcpe@emory.edu.

What are the Spiritual Health Admission & Financial Policies

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

For Internship 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 or is successfully completing at least one year of theological school.

For Residency of CPE: An individual who has successfully completed at least one unit of CPE. And completed or will complete by the start of residency year a theological master’s degree (preferably a Master of Divinity degree).

The “CPE application” and “CPE Supervisory application” can be printed from these links or you can download the application from the ACPE website (www.acpe.edu). Please be sure to read the application instructions. Explain any items that may be missing from your application submission.

Spring Intern Unit

January 8, 2020 - May 15, 2020 (18 weeks)
Emory University Hospital
Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
Emory Decatur Hospital

Online Spring Intern Unit

TBD: Fall 2020 (20 weeks)
Approved Facility Near You

Summer Intern Unit

June 3, 2019 – August 9, 2019 (10 weeks)
Emory University Hospital
Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
Emory University Hospital Midtown
Emory Johns Creek Hospital


May 27, 2020 - May 28, 2021
Application deadline is April 1, 2020

TBD: End of May or beginning of June 2020 – Rolling Admission and application deadline is March 2, 2020.

Emory University Hospital
Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital
EUH Wesley Woods
EUH Midtown
Emory Johns Creek Hospital
Emory Decatur Hospital


You may email your completed application to:


or via U.S. Mail:

Spiritual Health at Emory Healthcare

Emory University Hospital Midtown
550 Peachtree Street NE, Room 1303
Atlanta, GA 30308
Attn: Brenda Lopez

We prefer to receive all applications in electronic format via email (shcpe@emory.edu). We do, however, accept applications on paper.

If you are sending a paper application, please:

  • DO NOT use staple
  • DO NOT use spiral binding
  • DO NOT use three (3) ring binders
  • DO NOT use page protectors
  • DO NOT send double sided prints. Send only single sided prints.

If you are sending the application electronically, please:

  • Send the application fee to the address above.
  • Email shcpe@emory.edu to inform us that your application fee is on its way.

If you have any questions about submitting an application, please call Brenda Lopez at 404-686-2764 or email shcpe@emory.edu.

The application fee is $60 and is payable by cash, personal check or money order. Please make the check or money order payable to Spiritual Health at Emory Healthcare

Emory University Hospital
Robin Brown-Haithco, Director of Spiritual Health

Emory University Hospital is a facility which serves nearly 20,000 patients from all over the world every year. It is an approximately 523-bed tertiary care facility which provides highly specialized emergency medical and surgical care. Emory offers expertise in over 100 specialties and sub-specialties with focuses on the following: Cardiac Care, Transplantation, Oncology, Diagnostic Technology and Neuroscience.

Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
CG Gim, Manager of Spiritual Health Education

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1880, Saint Joseph's facility is Atlanta's oldest hospital. Today, the 410-bed, acute-care facility is recognized as one of the top specialty-referral hospitals in the Southeast. Saint Joseph's Hospital is a leader among Georgia health-care providers, respected for its expertise, innovation in health-care delivery and quality of care.

Emory Johns Creek Hospital
Timothy Park, Director of Spiritual Health

Emory Johns Creek Hospital is a 110-bed hospital featuring some of the most advanced medical technologies available. Serving the city of Johns Creek and the surrounding communities, Emory Johns Creek Hospital offers a full range of services, including Emergency Services staffed with board-certified emergency physicians, surgery, cardiology, oncology, advanced imaging capabilities and intensive care.

Emory University Hospital Midtown
Bridget Piggue, Director of Spiritual Health

Emory Midtown is a 511-bed acute care teaching facility located in downtown Atlanta. The hospital offers a full range of services which includes general medicine, maternal and infant care, orthopedics, and surgery. The patient services include: four adult intensive care units; level III neonatal intensive care unit; The Carlyle Fraser Heart Center, a nationally recognized heart center; an acute pain service and a labor, delivery and recovery unit.

Emory Decatur Hospital
Elizabeth Jackson-Jordan, Director of Spiritual Health

Founded in 1961, Emory Decatur Hospital offers a variety of premier services, including joint replacement, surgical weight loss, mammography, cancer treatment, heartburn solutions, a Medical Fitness Association Certified wellness center, and more. The Maternity Center is the first in Georgia to receive the international "Baby-Friendly" hospital designation. Emory Decatur Hospital is also a certified Primary Stroke Center. This operating unit has 627 licensed beds located on three campuses which include Emory Decatur Hospital (EDH), Emory Hillandale Hospital (EHH) and Emory Long-Term Acute Care (LTAC).

Emory Wesley Woods Center
Eugene Robinson, Manager of Spiritual Health

Wesley Woods Geriatric Center is made up of facilities which serve geriatric patients who are in independent living, assisted living and nursing home levels of care. It includes a 100-bed specialty facility, an outpatient primary care clinic geared to geriatric patients, a 195-bed nursing care facility, a 201-unit residential retirement facility, and a 22 bed assisted living facility. Wesley Woods is well known for its care of depression, Alzheimer's disease, movement disorders, and rehabilitation.

Spiritual Health Online Program (Internship Only)
Maurice Appelbaum, ACPE Certified Educator

Spiritual Health Online Program is a program for students who are unable to complete a CPE unit from an ACPE accredited center in a traditional way. All students will be supervised by a preceptor at their participating clinical placement site and ACPE Certified Educator (Maurice Appelbaum) with weekly group sessions.

The tuition is $500 for each unit of CPE. However, tuition is waived for the residency program.

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.

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.

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

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.

  • Competitive compensation including access to Emory health insurance benefits
  • Paid vacation/sick leave and holidays
  • Tuition waived
  • Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT®) provided by Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics®
  • Spiritual Health Research literacy opportunities

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 andsubscribe 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.