How CPE.org works

CPE.org is like any other CPE unit, but it is more convenient and accessible.

CPE.org is made up of:

  • Online education
  • In-person clinical hours at a local center, under the supervision of a certified ACPE supervisor

What is Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)?

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) began in 1925 as a form of theological education that combines academics and hands-on training in clinical settings where spiritual care is practiced.

CPE is a form of chaplaincy internship in which students are taught through hands-on practice, clinical supervision, and academic study to more effectively observe, listen, communicate, respond and attend to someone’s spiritual and emotional needs.

CPE is offered in many kinds of settings: hospitals and other health care facilities; geriatric and rehabilitation centers; prisons; and congregations and parishes. Students of any or no faith can enroll in CPE units and learn how to be authentic to their own faith while respecting the faith of those in their care.

A “course” of CPE is referred to as a “unit.” One CPE unit consists of a total of 400 hours: approximately 250 hours of clinical time at a clinical center during which CPE students offer spiritual care to individuals, and approximately 150 hours of education consisting of educational modules, one-on-one supervision, group process time, didactics, and student presentations.

Who should take CPE?

CPE is for anyone who is interested in spiritual care education, or a career in the spiritual care field.

This includes:

  • Individuals interested in a career in chaplaincy
  • Chaplains interested in becoming a Credentialed Chaplain (CC)
  • Chaplains interested in becoming a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC)
  • Seminarians who are pursuing careers in ministry
  • Clergy who want more training in pastoral care
  • Volunteers in health care settings who provide emotional, spiritual and religious support and comfort to patients, families and staff
  • Anyone interested in a transformative experience for the purpose of caring for individuals in times of suffering

What is CPE.org?

CPE.org is provided by HealthCare Chaplaincy Network™ (HCCN), a global nonprofit founded in 1961, that offers spiritual-related information and resources, and professional chaplaincy services in hospitals, other health care settings, and online.

HCCN is accredited to offer Level I/Level II CPE by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE), One West Court Square, Suite 325, Decatur, GA 30030, phone 404-320-1472, www.acpe.edu.

CPE.org offers a standardized approach and a cutting-edge alternative to traditional CPE programs—designed to help you grow and for the field of spiritual care to grow. It offers CPE units built around convenience and accessibility. The online training is fortified with a robust curriculum, group process and other learning through live video conferencing. Clinical hours are performed on site at a local institution that is convenient for the student.

To apply for an upcoming unit, click here.

What makes CPE.org different than other CPE programs?

Traditionally, CPE students had to fulfill both educational and clinical hours on-site. However, many individuals cannot access CPE centers, or their work, personal or other responsibilities make taking an on-site CPE unit impossible.

CPE.org is built around convenience and accessibility.

With CPE.org, you can obtain much of your training online—from wherever you are.

You complete educational hours online via self-guided courses; undergo supervision, group process and other learning through live video conferencing; and perform clinical hours on site at a convenient institution.

This makes CPE.org fit into the student’s busy life. Using the Internet and working at a clinical setting that is convenient for each student, individuals who wish to take CPE will not have to put their life on hold in order to accomplish this dream. CPE.org makes it possible.

Additionally, CPE.org’s valuable online courses are designed by leaders in the field, and are based on the professional and evidence-based practice of spiritual care. This ensures that students are adequately trained and meeting objective standards that enable a smooth transition of skills to their professional or personal life trajectory.

How is taking CPE online possible?

Clinical hours--visiting patients/clients and offering spiritual care--are performed in person, and are overseen by a CPE.org supervisor in collaboration with an on-site coordinator.

The educational hours, however, are done online: 1) presentations, verbatims, didactics, group process, and individual supervision occur through live video conferencing, and 2) online self-guided courses developed by experts in the field and based on the professional and evidence-based practice of spiritual care are part of CPE.org’s program.

What does the live video conference involve?

A CPE.org supervisor will be your instructor for the live video conferences. CPE.org will set the days/times for these sessions, based on the majority input of students enrolled in the unit. Students will need a reliable Internet service and a webcam in order to participate.

Where can I do my clinical hours?

Clinical hours involve providing on-site spiritual care to patients/clients at a clinical center.

Clinical centers include, but are not limited to:

  • Hospitals
  • Hospices
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Nursing homes
  • Prisons
  • Houses of worship
  • Extended care facilities
  • Psychiatric wards
  • Military bases
  • Social service centers

How do I find a center to fulfill my clinical hours?

Click here for more details. You will find a facility to fulfill your clinical hours in providing spiritual care. Permission and clearance will be sought from the volunteer services department, chaplaincy/spiritual care department, or other appropriate department. The facility will likely be excited to accept more volunteers to attend to the needs of their patients/clients, especially those involved in spiritual care-related training. A facility that already has an ACPE accredited center should not be used as a placement site, unless explicit permission from the necessary personnel from that facility is attained. You can use more than one facility to fulfill your clinical hours and need a Placement Agreement signed for each site. The Placement Agreement must be signed, dated and returned to HCCN before the start of the unit. If you need help finding a center, please be in touch with us as we have relationships with facilities around the country and some internationally.

Is CPE.org accredited by ACPE?

Yes - the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network is a CPE center accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE). CPE.org follows ACPE standards.

For more information about ACPE accreditation:

ACPE, Inc.
One West Court Square
Suite 325 Decatur, Georgia 30030
404-320-1472
www.acpe.edu

What is a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC), and how do I become one?

A Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) has demonstrated competence to perform all of the normal tasks within the scope of practice of chaplains.

For those seeking Board Certification in Chaplaincy (BCC), CPE.org units will fulfill the requirements of various certifying bodies, including the Spiritual Care Association (SCA).

To view the requirements to become a BCC under the Spiritual Care Association, click here.

 

What is a Credentialed Chaplain (CC), and how do I become one?

A Credentialed Chaplain (CC) has demonstrated the competencies to perform normal chaplaincy tasks in non-complex settings, or under the supervision of a Board Certified Chaplain in complex settings.

The title of Credentialed Chaplain (CC) will attest to the chaplain’s level of competence in the profession.

Will my seminary accept credits from CPE.org?

HCCN, which is offering CPE.org, is a CPE center accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE). Just as with other traditional ACPE- accredited CPE units, online units from HCCN will also count for academic credit per the rules and regulations of each seminary.