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Clinical Pastoral Education

What is Clinical Pastoral Education?

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is a method of learning ministry by means of pastoral functioning under supervision. One CPE unit is 400 hours and typically takes place in a hospital or hospice, although other sites are sometimes utilized. CPE units are administered through the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy http://www.cpsp.organd the Center for Spiritual Care and Pastoral Formation in the United States; and the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care; and the Australia & New Zealand Association for Clinical Pastoral Education

- Meadville Lombard Student Handbook, 2023-2024

Unitarian Universalist Ministry and CPE

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is a requirement for the Unitarian Universalist fellowshipping process. For those of other faith traditions, check with your ordaining body as to the specific requirements.

- Meadville Lombard Student Handbook, 2023-2024

CPE at Meadville Lombard

Because of the costs, applications process, and limited availability, students must be proactive in order to be able to complete this requirement. We require CPE before the internship begins so that a student may enter their internship having worked on their ministerial presence.

Master of Divinity students must complete one unit of CPE during the summer after their first year in order to be approved to begin an internship in the Fall.

- Meadville Lombard Student Handbook, 2023-2024

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