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Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is a professional training and education program for ministry. It brings theological students, ordained clergy, members of religious orders and qualified laypersons into supervised encounters with hospital patients and nursing home residents. The program facilitates the development of pastoral identity, interpersonal competence, skills for pastoral assessment, professional collaboration, group leadership, pastoral care and counseling; and pastoral theological reflection.

CPE programs function at three levels: Basic, Advanced, and Supervisor-In-Training. Within this graded, competency-based curriculum, EHS-CPE trainees provide pastoral care service in hospitals, nursing homes and community based organizations under supervision. Supervision is the heart of the learning process, wherein trainees learn and acquire skills through multiple structures of responsibility (i.e., pastoral care service, group relations, and case presentations) and reflection (i.e., individual supervision, case presentations, and self, peer and group evaluations).


EHS' CPE Program, established in 1994 by the Rt. Rev. Orris Walker, Jr. for the Diocese of Long Island, is the only diocesan owned and accredited program in the United States. Over the years, this program has attracted and trained a diverse applicant pool. The diversity of our trainees and the skills of our supervisors make this program unique and outstanding.

The wide variety of patient/resident populations served by the CPE program also enriches the training experience. EHS' clinical sites are located in an inner-city/urban setting. The contrast between inner-city and urban settings lifts class differences, justice issues, as well as social and economic concerns. Our CPE Program is situated within minutes of Kennedy International Airport, an eastern gateway in America to the world. The populations of Kings, Queens, and Nassau counties represent a microcosm of the nations of the world. The ethnic communities served by EHS facilities include Russian, Italian, Chinese, Greek, African, Indian, Egyptian, Hispanic, Caribbean Islander and African-American. With pride, they preserve, express and share their cultural, religious, and ethnic heritages. Such diversity harbors potent experiences and lessons in pastoral care for students at this CPE Center.

To apply download and print the application or call 718-869-7411. The Clinical Pastoral Education Program office is open Monday through Friday 9am to 4pm.

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