Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

Thinking about a career in Chaplaincy and/or gaining valuable experience working with hospital patients, families and staff?

Not only is Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) required to become a professional Board Certified Chaplain, it is also invaluable training for working with people of all ages who are coping with a life-changing situation.


What is CPE?

Through hands-on practice, clinical supervision and academic study, CPE students are chaplain interns who learn how to listen and attend to patients more effectively. For instance – how to engage patients and their loved ones, establish rapport and maintain eye contact, pay attention and respond to both verbal and non-verbal communications, and better understand what they are observing during encounters.

CPE students also include seminarians who are required to take one unit of CPE as part of their degree program or who take more than one unit as their ministry internship. Students can also include clergy and non-certified chaplains who serve in congregations and other community settings and who want to improve their skills; as well as first responder chaplains, nurses, social workers, physicians, volunteers in hospitals, hospices, and rehabilitation and skilled nursing care facilities who provide emotional, spiritual and religious support and comfort to patients and families under the supervision of a professional chaplain.


The Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training (ICPT)



In January 2018, the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network (HCCN) and its affiliate, the Spiritual Care Association (SCA) partnered with the Nationally Accredited Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training (ICPT) to deliver the standardized evidence-based CPE program.

ICPT is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET). ACCET is a national accrediting agency recognized by the Secretary of Education as a reliable authority concerning the quality of education or training offered by the institutions of higher education they accredit. ACCET’s address is 1722 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20036 and their website is

Interested CPE students are now afforded the opportunity to enroll in the same high-quality online training they previously received from HCCN. Our partner, ICPT, is accredited to offer CPE Units 1-4 and CPE Supervisor-in-Training (SIT) Units 1-4, with each of these Units consisting of 400 clock hours.

Through the partnership with SCA and HCCN, ICPT delivers its 400-hour accredited CPE programs in a hybrid learning format. The partnership was established to integrate HCCN’s 40+ years of relevant, real world CPE experience onto ICPT’s award-winning learning management platform for all 4 levels of CPE training and SIT training programs. This collaboration is intended to improve student learning outcomes while simplifying ICPT’s CPE Supervisor’s efforts to integrate current CPE events into instruction.

ICPT’s CPE Supervisors using SCA CPE content on the ICPT Canvas Learning Platform will be supported by the Spiritual Care Association and the HCCN Community. HCCN’s global community of healthcare and spiritual care providers, connects members around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing and inspiration that helps transform CPE teaching and learning.

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Memorial Sloan Kettering Canter Center in New York City

HealthCare Chaplaincy offers you the opportunity to work with diverse populations at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

If you are in the New York City area and are interested in doing your CPE training at MSK, please enroll in an ICPT CPE unit and select MSK as your clinical training site. If you have any questions about doing CPE at MSK, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Here’s what students and alumni have to say about the value of their Clinical Pastoral Education experience at HealthCare Chaplaincy:

“HCC's CPE program was one of the best educational experiences I've ever had. I went into the program thinking it was primarily about learning how to minister to people in a hospital setting. I did learn about ministry in hospitals, but more importantly, I came away personally transformed. CPE was about who I am. A great combination of theory and hands-on training along with personal supervision and group work. It helped me identify and build on my strengths while also challenging and helping me grow in my weaknesses. I am better equipped for ministry because of CPE”. – Christine Lee

“HCC’s CPE program offered me critical skills in learning how to relate to patients, to other clergy, and to myself. I have never experienced such a rich, reflective and intense process as the CPE program. Now as a rabbi, I use the lessons I learned in CPE every day as I connect to students and fellow worshipers.” – Rabbi Eli Kaunfer

“After working in the field of religious education with a focus on sacred music for a number of years, I decided to explore my longstanding interest in the chaplaincy. I was privileged to take three units with HealthCare Chaplaincy, and it is not overstating it to say that they were transformative for me – these courses are what ignited my passion for chaplaincy and provided a sound professional foundation which I continuously draw upon. The quality of the instruction and supervision were outstanding.” – Margo Heda


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For more information or to register, please contact ICPT directly: Phone/Fax: (407) 218-6481, E–mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit


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