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Clinical Pastoral Education


The Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program is an experience-based pastoral learning program, designed to help clergy fulfill a variety of educational requirements. It meets the following educational needs:

  • Pastors seeking one more unit of CPE for a board certification.
  • Annual conference requirements for ordination or a degree program.
  • Standard skill-building for pastoral care.
  • Increasing pastoral capacity for inter- and intra-personal awareness.  

Apply here. There is a $30 application fee and a $500 deposit to hold a program spot. Tuition must be paid in full before the unit starts.

The Center for Integrative Pastoral Practice (CIPP) offers hybrid and community-based CPE. Each unit begins with an in-person retreat. Subsequently, ACPE certified educators will lead regular individual supervision and group supervision through web-based videoconferencing. Participants are required to provide pastoral/spiritual care for at least twenty hours per week. They must also be U.S. citizens or have the right to work in the U.S.

The United Methodist Endorsing Agency and the GBHEM Office of Research and Evaluation conducted an extensive study on the effectiveness of the hybrid model. The program evaluation report for the pilot program was published in December of 2015. Read the full report.

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