Clinical Pastoral Education

Elmhurst Hospital offers a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program for seminarians interested in professional development for ministry. Required for Board Certification, which is the Gold Standard in Chaplaincy, this graduate level, experiential theological education program is designed to improve the quality of pastoral care offered by spiritual caregivers of all faiths.

Accredited for Level I, Level II, and Supervisory CPE by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. 
One West Court Square, Suite 325, Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 320-1472

Examining both personal and professional issues, CPE invites students to answer three questions:
  • Who am I?
  • What do I have to offer?
  • How do I offer who I am and what I have both personally and professionally?

About the program

CPE uses an action-reflection model of learning that integrates spiritual care, personal and theological reflection, supervision, peer review and supportive group process.  

Students will increase their competency through participation in self and interpersonal awareness, conceptual ability, pastoral functioning, ministry development and management. 

The participant’s contract is developed around the learning goals of pastoral formation, competence and reflection. Our program utilizes education methods to complete your CPE using personal learning goals, reading, covenant community, story theology, didactic and clinical seminars. Participants will also have individual supervision, reflection papers and written evaluations.

Enroll today

Summer intensive: June through August 2016
Applications can be found on The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. website.
Send the CPE application to the address below or email
The Rev. Dr. Curt Baxter 
Spiritual Care
Elmhurst Hospital
155 E. Brush Hill Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Residency program: September 1 – August 31, 2016
Three-unit year. One unit prerequisite, stipend application accepted Dec. 1 – Dec. 31, 2015
Follow this link to apply for residency.
In the keyword box, enter “Chaplain” and click search.
Follow prompts and attach CPE application.