Clinical Pastoral Education
Northwell Health trains professional chaplains by offering clinical pastoral education recognized by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE).
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)
CPE offers an action/reflection/new action model of learning. CPE students actively visit patients, family and staff and reflect on that experience in a structured learning environment.
- Pastoral care skills
- Theological reflection
- Hands-on ministry
- Interpersonal relationships
- Human development
- Peer group experience
- One to one supervision by an ACPE supervisor
- Theological beliefs
- Knowledge of behavioral sciences
- Personal awareness
For more information, see FAQ at Association of Clinical Pastoral Education
- CPE residency—full year, 40 hours/week with stipend and benefits
- Summer intensive unit—11 weeks, 40 hours/week
- Fall extended unit—16 weeks, 25 hours/week
- Spring extended—16 weeks, 25 hours/week
- Evening extended—30 weeks, 12 hours/week
Clinical training opportunities
- Palliative care (certified by the Joint Commission)
- Behavioral Health Spirituality Groups
- Rehabilitative medicine and long-term care
- Women’s health
- Simulation lab learning (residents and staff)
- Regional Level 1 Trauma Center
- Cushing Neuroscience Institute
- Stroke Center certification by the Joint Commission
How to apply
Applicants must complete the standard ACPE application which is available at acpe.edu/ACPE/Resources/Forms.aspx.
- Completed ACPE application
- Completion of one-year theological education or its equivalent
- One-time $50 application fee
- Admissions interview
Tuition is $600 per unit.
- Click the link to download the standard application form.
- Print the form, fill in the requested information and complete the required essays.
- Fax all materials to the registrar at (516) 562-3994.
This ACPE CPE center/program guarantees its students the rights to inspect and review education records, to seek to amend them, to specified control over the release of record information, and to file a complaint against the program for alleged violations of these Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) rights.
A student has the right to object to record content. If not negotiable, the written objection will be kept with and released with the record. Grades are exempted from this right.
Violations of these protocols may be reported to the Chair of the Accreditation Commission at ACPE, 1 West Court Square, Suite #325, Decatur, GA 30030.
Patients are in the hospital because of a medical crisis. As they struggle with their illness, a natural inclination is to ask: “Why me?” Let’s visit with the professionals who are called into service when a medical crisis is accompanied by a crisis of faith.
Michael Dowling discusses pastoral care.