For 85 years, many individuals in ministry have experienced the benefits of Clinical Pastoral Education. It began as part of an educational movement in the early 1900s that promoted the practical application of learning in graduate education.

This movement took root at Harvard and spread across the country, spawning law clerkships, medical residencies, chaplain internships & residencies, amongst others. An early partner in this movement, CPE utilizes the action reflection model of learning in all sorts of learning environments. This model requires the ability to reflect on experience, and places strong emphasis on the study of living human documents as offering the best understandings about faith, the human condition, and ourselves.

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is post-graduate allied health education and interfaith professional education for ministry. It brings theological students and ministers of all faiths (pastors, priests, rabbis, imams and others) into supervised encounters with persons in crisis.

Out of an intense involvement with persons in need, and the feedback from peers, mentors and supervisors, 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 interprofessional relationships. Upon completion of CPE training, it is our hope that you will feel significant accomplishment and will have grown in your personal, pastoral, and professional identity and practice.