Union Theological Seminary Academics


Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is a professional clinical education for ministry with people in crisis. Though most accredited centers are in hospitals, there are CPE programs in hospice, long-term care facilities, and in prisons. CPE is not required by Union for the M.Div. degree, but it is required by some denominations as part of the ordination process. Furthermore, CPE is required for professional training for a career in chaplaincy. Union gives up to 6 credits per CPE unit with prior approval of Prof. Su Yon Pak and with completion of one of the prerequisite courses (PS 204, PS 209, or PS 310).

Directory of accredited CPE centers is available at:

Association of Clinical Pastoral Education

Further links to CPE opportunities:

Healthcare Chaplaincy contact Amy Strano

College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy

Center for Pastoral Education at Jewish Theological Seminary 

Students planning to receive Union credits for Clinical Pastoral Education must complete the following three steps:

(1) Students must obtain and complete a Request to Receive Academic Credit for Clinical Pastoral Education Form by clicking here, and (2) attach a copy of the prospective on-site supervisor’s acceptance letter or email to the Request. Deliver documents to Dr. Pak.

(3) After the specified internship, students must have the on-site supervisor send verification of the successful completion of one unit of CPE to Dr. Pak. A copy of the Completion of CPE Certificate will also be accepted. In addition, students enrolled in an extended CPE program should have their on-site supervisor send a brief interim report to Dr. Pak during the month of January. 

For further details about the possibility of meeting field education requirement through CPE, see the entries for FE/PS 363-364 or FE/PS 366Q in the Course Catalog. 




Current Opening in CPE Programs
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Name Owner Date  
CPE/Prison Ministry: Park Avenue Christian Church   Lisa Simon 1/7/2015 3:19:21 PM    
Park Avenue Christian Church is offering an intensive unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) focusing on individuals and families affected by incarceration.The CPE program at The Park will focus on all facets of incarceration: the prisoner, their families and those who are targeted (the poor).

Supervisory CPE Training at Cleveland Clinic   Lisa Simon 10/7/2014 2:05:22 PM    
Cleveland Clinic is providing supervisory training in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE).

Apply Now! Jewish Theol Sem CPE Summer 2015   Lisa Simon 10/7/2014 1:38:02 PM    
Full-Time Summer CPE Unit (May 19, 2015–August 7, 2015) This 400-hour, 12-week intensive training program teaches seminarians of all faiths how to best provide pastoral care. The center offers summer CPE in two unique programs: the Social Service CPE Program and the Hospice CPE Program.

Bridgeport (CT) Hospital CPE Program   Lisa Simon 7/9/2014 11:41:32 AM    
Bridgeport Hospital, a part of the Yale-New Haven/Health System is a Trauma 1 designated facility. They have a respected teaching program - incl. specialties in cardiology,oncology, pediatrics, trauma, rehab and psychiatry. and a vibrant multi-faith hospital ministry with strong ties to local religious communities.

Bellevue Hospital CPE Program   Lisa Simon 5/30/2014 12:03:07 PM    
Winter, Spring, Summer CPE at Bellevue - If you want to learn pastoral caregiving of the suffering in a microcosm of the 3rd World, come to Bellevue to minister to the undocumented, the disenfranchised and impoverished.

Geisinger School of Spiritual Care CPE Program   Lisa Simon 5/23/2014 2:04:40 PM    
Geisinger Health System's School of Spiritual Care offers a summer program, an extended program and a CPE Residency Program.

VCU CPE Program & MS in Patient Counseling   Lisa Simon 5/23/2014 2:02:16 PM    
Earn a MS in Patient Counseling during a year of CPE. VCU is seeking students with a passion for urban ministry.

HealthCare Chaplaincy   Lisa Simon 5/23/2014 1:59:04 PM    
HealthCare Chaplaincy is one of the largest and most experienced providers of Clinical Pastoral Education. Through hands-on practice, clinical supervision and academic study, CPE students learn how to listen and attend to patients more effectively.

CPE at Greenwich Hospital   Lisa Simon 5/23/2014 1:26:00 PM    
Full and Half unit Clinical Pastoral Education Programs at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, CT.

CPE at Friends Hospital   Lisa Simon 4/29/2013 4:19:01 PM    
Level I CPE : Sept.- May. Philadelphia, PA.
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