Field Education

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is a structured clinical experience designed to enhance and develop counseling skills as well as build student competency in pastoral care ministry. While most accredited centers are in hospitals, there are CPE programs in hospice and long-term care facilities as well as in prisons.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete at least one unit of CPE during their degree programs.

CPE is required for a career in chaplaincy. Some denominations also require CPE as part of the ordination process. Union gives up to 6 credits per CPE unit with prior approval of Prof. Su Yon Pak and with the completion of the prerequisite, PS 110.

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

Current Students: Click Here to Request to Receive Academic Credit for Clinical Pastoral Education AND TO CHECK OUT PLACEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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