Program Descriptions

CPE Residency

Description: Full-time, twelve-month, four-unit CPE program from late August to late August, intended for persons aiming at a level of competence that permits them to attain professional board certification as chaplains and/or admission into Supervisory CPE.

Pre-requisites:

  • Education: Graduate theological degree (Master of Divinity; may be theology, religious studies, pastoral ministry, pastoral studies, spirituality if accepted by certifying body). If a person has not yet completed such a degree when beginning a residency it is understood that (s)he would be able to be certified within 24 months of completing the residency.
  • Experience: Pastoral experience. Successful completion of one previous CPE unit.
  • Skills and knowledge: appropriate to, and sufficient for, expectations and realities of the program. Evidenced in application materials, interview, and references.

Stipend and benefits: CPE Residents receive a stipend and benefits. They are St.Vincent Associates for the time that they are in the program.

Tuition: $150 per CPE unit, payable at the beginning of the respective unit, unless financial payment plan is worked out in advance with CPE Supervisor.

Calendar: Limited group work on breaks between CPE units and around holidays, but clinical responsibilities continue.

Applications are accepted after October 1 of the previous year. Application deadline: when program is full. No application fee.

Certification: consult www.nacc.org or www.professionalchaplains.org for chaplain board certification requirements. Consult www.acpe.edu for supervisory certification process and requirements.

Summer Unit (Interns)

Description: Full-time, 11-week program from early June to August. One unit of CPE. Intended for seminarians as part of their ordination process and for other qualified persons—lay and ordained—who wish to discern their future ministry options, hone their ministry skills, or prepare to do a CPE residency.

Pre-requisites:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree or other professional designation; e.g. RN, with sufficient theological background for program.
  • Experience: Pastoral experience sufficient for program.
  • Skills and knowledge: Appropriate to, and sufficient for, expectations and realities of the program. Evidenced in application materials, interview and references.

Stipend and benefits: No stipend. Benefit: meal discount.

Tuition: $500 per CPE unit, payable at the beginning of the unit, unless financial payment plan is worked out in advance with CPE Supervisor.

Calendar: the program is fulltime for the 11 weeks of its duration. July 4 is a holiday.

Applications are accepted after October 1 of the previous year. Application deadline: when program is full. No application fee.

Extended Unit (Interns)

Description: Part-time, five-month program for CPE Interns. One unit of CPE. Intended for qualified persons—lay and ordained—who wish to discern their future ministry options, hone their ministry skills, or prepare to do a CPE residency. The program seeks to accommodate persons with commitments (e.g. job or profession) that do not permit fulltime CPE.

Pre-requisites:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree or other professional designation; e.g. RN, with sufficient theological background for program. Any person who has two units of CPE is expected to do a consultation for Level II CPE and not to amass any more CPE units before completing graduate theological degree as explained above.
  • Experience: Pastoral experience sufficient for program.
  • Skills and knowledge: Appropriate to, and sufficient for, expectations and realities of the program. Evidence in application materials, interview and references.

Stipend and benefits: No stipend. Benefit: meal discount.

Tuition: $500 per CPE unit, payable at the beginning of the unit, unless financial payment play is worked out in advance with CPE Supervisor.

Applications are accepted year-round. Application deadline: when program is full. No application fee.

Program Calendar

Duration   2 programs per year: Fall (August-December) and Spring (January –May)
Orientation   Five (5) full days (8:00-4:30) at beginning of unit.
CPE Group Work   Six (6) hours weekly, currently on Mondays, 8:00-3:00. Subject to change.
Individual Educational Supervision   One (1) hour every week. Schedule negotiated between CPE Supervisor and Intern.
Clinical Work   15-16 hours weekly. Schedule negotiated between CPE Supervisor and Intern.
On-Call   Six (6) overnight and/or weekend shifts.

Occasionally, St.Vincent offers a CPE extended unit off-site. The decision is based on need, interest and availability of supervisory personnel. For information contact the St.Vincent CPE Center, 317.338.3554 or 317.338.9874.

Supervisory Education

For information about supervisory education, contact the St.Vincent ACPE Supervisor: bbrumlev@stvincent.org or 317.338.9874.

Consult www.acpe.edu for supervisory certification process and requirements.


CPE is not a trademark and variously accredited programs are advertised and offered. The CPE program at St.Vincent Hospital is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc (ACPE), 1549 Clairmont Road, Suite 103, Decatur, GA 30033. Phone: (404) 320-1472. Fax: (404) 320-0849. Email: acpe@acpe.edu. Web: www.acpe.edu.