Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education is a dynamic and creative program that uses the "action-reflection" method of learning.

Typical learning structure includes:

  • A small interpersonal group
  • Verbatim clinical presentations
  • Didactic seminars
  • Spiritual reflection
  • Individual supervision

Preparation involves:

  • Journaling
  • Reading
  • Meditation
  • Articulation of one's spiritual journey
  • Practicing pastoral care

Areas of focus

  • Pastoral Reflection- Reflecting on oneself as a person and pastor in relation to people in crisis - through feedback offered by the supervisor, peer group members; through the curriculum and written learning tools. 
  • Pastoral Formation- Increasing awareness of one's pastoral identity through ministry provided in the clinical setting; integrating one's family history and Theological heritage with practical ministry. 
  • Pastoral Competence- Developing ways to broaden one's ministry based on existing and newly learned skills and resources.
  • Pastoral Specialization- Ministering to persons facing end-of-life issues and trauma.
  • Discover the opportunities that await YOU

A Guide for International Students interested in CPE in the United States

About the CPE Program
  • Dates and Costs

    One Year CPE Residency

    • Program dates: September -- September
    • Hours: Full-time 40 hrs/wk + on-call
    • Prerequisite: One unit CPE preferred; Master of Divinity or master equivalent
    • Stipend: $35,568 plus benefits
    • Tuition: $400 -- 1st Unit; $300 -- each successive unit

    Full-Time Introductory Summer CPE Unit

    • Program Dates: June -- August
    • Hours: Full-time 40 hrs/wk + on-call
    • Prerequisite: Pursuing seminary degree
    • Stipend: $3,000
    • Tuition: $400

    Extended Introductory Fall or Spring CPE Unit

    • Program dates: September -- January or January -- May
    • Hours: Part-time 20 hrs/wk + on-call
    • Prerequisite: lay minister, pastor, high school diploma, college student
    • Stipend: $3,000
    • Tuition: $400 (on-site)

    Application Fee $35

    Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South is approved for Montgomery GI Bill veterans and other persons covered under this program.

  • A Typical Day

    A typical day in CPE is a day of administration, self-reflection, peer consultation, theological reflection, didactics on various topics and patient visitation. You are assigned to a parish (clinical area) and meet regularly with a CPE Supervisor and professional chaplain regarding your ministry. Your pastoral ministry includes on-call, which you are responsible for every death, code, advance directives, etc.

  • Who May Participate?

    CPE at Texas Health Huguley is designed for people who are interested in:

    • Learning about end-of-life issues
    • Deepening their own spirituality and understanding of Theology
    • Enhancing their pastoral care skills
    • Increasing their understanding of medical ethics and related issues
    • Improving their ability to process through reflection
    • ministry to trauma

    Persons interested in CPE at Texas Health Huguley should have a desire to work with others in an interfaith and interdisciplinary setting. Texas Health Huguley does not discriminate based upon race, gender, age, faith group, national origin, sexual orientation, or physical disability.

  • How to Apply

    Complete the following:


    Submit completed forms.

  • Contact Information

    Pastoral Care Department

    11801 South Freeway
    PO Box 6337
    Fort Worth, TX 76115

    Phone: 817-551-2733
    Fax: 817-551-2439
    Email: THHPastoralCare@AdventHealth.com

    **Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE).

    One West Court Square, Suite 325
    Decatur, GA 30030

    Phone: 404-320-1472
    Fax: 404-320-0849
    Email: acpe@acpe.edu

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