Association for Clinical Pastoral Education - CPE
What is CPE?
CPE is theological and
professional education for ministry. CPE at Centered Life is provided in a learning
environment which emphasizes human growth and dignity both of the CPE
participants and the people who are served.
Seminarians, institutional clergy and leaders, and chaplains learn practical, pastoral
ministry skills in an interfaith, interdisciplinary setting. Challenged
to integrate their religious perspectives, personal experience,
behavioral sciences and theological assumptions with the realities of
human care, participants will find both strong educational and
emotional support through individual supervision and peer group
seminars designed to encourage personal growth and professional
development. Each participant has the opportunity for reflection
through seminars, lectures, reading, writing, a group website, group process and hands-on individual ministry sites.
This training can be applied to: Association of
Professional Chaplains.professional board
certification; membership in ACPE, APC, NACC, NAJC:
ordination/seminary requirements; pastoral counseling and chaplaincy.
Graduate Theological Education credit can be received for persons
enrolled in participating theological school degree curricula.
What is Congregation and Community-based CPE?
Congregation and Community-based CPE is designed to meet the learning
needs for both newcomers in ministry and persons with years of experience in
ministry! CPE participants may use the context of their own parishes,
institution or agencies as clinical placements or CPE participants may wish
to be in a new clinical placement to enhance their learning of new skills.
type of CPE typically has people from diverse settings, diverse cultures, and diverse ethnicity which adds depth
to the supervision received in group settings. Many institutional clergy
appreciate the opportunity to receive consulting on their ongoing
pastoral work within their congregations. CPE in these settings promotes longer
term pastoral relationships, system dynamics and the power of
using systemic interventions.
Community-based placements can either be for a
single unit or multiple units depending on the needs of the learner and
the institution in which they are serving. We have multiple
clinical placements available locally or can contract clinical
placements in your community.
Ministry Sites and Placements
samples of ministry sites and placements that we use. Call
us if you have a question about another type of site.
- Medical Care Facilities
- Facilities offering Palliative Care
- Military Chaplaincy
- Community Agencies
- Dementia Care Facilities
- Senior Care Facilities
- Campus Ministry
- Agencies supporting low income families
Practical experiences offering spiritual care with individuals, families and groups.
Didactic Seminars include lectures and presentations from a variety of
resources. Program participants will have the opportunity to learn
about their leadership styles through their presentations.
Individual Supervision offers time to reflect and consult with the ACPE Supervisor.
Interpersonal Relationships (IPR) is a peer group learning experience
designed to assist participants in exploring personal and professional
issues that arise.
Theological Reflection Seminars focus on integrating formal theology
and operational theology by use of actual ministry events and right
brain modes of expression or storytelling.
Verbatim Seminars focus on pastoral skills by reviewing and critiquing verbatim reports of actual pastoral encounters.
Equine Facilitated Learning Experiences help participants learn to
manage their emotions while caring for others. Five horses teach
participants about pastoral authority, leadership, and use of self in negotiating caring
- Group Website provides a plethora of
reading, pertinent movies and video programs to provide both
theoretical and practical information on providing spiritual care
and leadership in various environments with various populations.
- CPE participants are encouraged to develop
their knowledge and skill of working with computers, websites and on
line programs as a way of using these modalities in their ministry with
varying generations of people..
Types of ACPE programs offered:
- Extended On site CPE
units are designed to match the schedules of the busy people who
participate in them. They can be either 18 weeks with a half day
of class per week OR 9 months with class one full day per month.
Individual supervision is offered either on the day of
class or on line, as it fits in participant and supervisor
schedule. Ministry placement hours are determined by the length of the
program. Call for more specific information. Extended units
are offered in Denver, Greeley and other areas of Colorado.
- Single or Multiple Intensive Onsite CPE
units are offered for seminarians and persons in a full time ministry
setting in the Colorado Springs, Denver, or Southern Colorado Area. .
These units are 12 weeks long and include a retreat in the
mountains of Colorado. Classes are held 1 day per week plus weekly
individual supervision. 32 hours per week are spent in a ministry
setting.. Classes for the intensive units are offered in Colorado
Springs. Some stipends available for persons doing 4 units as a
- Online CPE units
are offered for persons who live at a distance, in rural areas or other
locations in the world that want to do CPE with a clinical placement in
their home area. the length of the unit is 5 months and participants
must have atleast 17 hours per week spent in their ministry setting.
Class meets 2.5 to 3 hours each week on line. Classes may be held
during the day or in the evenings. Each on line unit begins with
a retreat in order to do orientation, and group building. Travel
to the retreat is required.
An application fee of $25 is required to accompany an electronic ACPE application, as well as, an interview with an ACPE Supervisor of Centered Life.
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND SPECIFIC DATES OF PROGRAMS
Call 719-471-2500 ext 2
Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc
One West Court, Suite 325
Decatur, GA 30030