Clinical Pastoral Education
During periods of illness and injury, many people take comfort from spiritual guidance. Teaching the art of caregiving through the practice of ministry, our Clinical Pastoral Education Program trains individuals to provide compassionate and appropriate pastoral and spiritual care to those facing health crises.
We welcome the enrollment of:
- Theological students
- Interested allied health professionals
- Qualified laypersons
The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) has accredited our program with commendation. The address and phone number of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) are:
- 1 West Court Square, Suite 325, Decatur, GA 30030
- 404 320-1472
- 404-320-0849 fax
Learn more about the Spiritual Care at Reading Health System.
Courses & Tuition
The program consists of two levels:
- Level I is designed for both clergy as well as individuals with no previous experience in Clinical Pastoral Education.
- Level II assists students to develop a coherent and well-integrated approach to the care of persons and the development and management of spiritual care of the sick. Completion of the CPE Residency meets the clinical requirements for certification by the chaplain certification bodies.
Supervisory Education is an extended educational program that prepares a professional chaplain to successfully complete the Certification Process of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE) to become a Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor.
The educational process can take from one to three years to become an Associate Supervisor. Students in Supervisory Education do some of their educational work at Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences in conjunction with the curriculum provided by the Eastern Pennsylvania Institute for Clinical Supervision (EPICS) that meets bi-monthly at Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia.
Download the Eastern Pennsylvania Institute for Clinical Supervision (EPICS) Bibliography [PDF].
If you have questions about the program or would like more information, call 484-628-0205.