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clinical pastoral education

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Advocate BroMenn's Mission & Spiritual Care department is pleased to offer several clinical pastoral education, or CPE, programs to help seminarians, clergy, members of religious orders and qualified laypersons in learning to minister to people in crisis.

CPE is theological and professional education for ministry, and CPE students develop skills in pastoral care and discover more about their personal identity in the context of faith as expressed in the terms of pastoral care. Students serve as chaplains in various sections of the hospital, share on-call responsibilities and conduct chapel services. Through intense involvement with supervisors, other students, people in crisis and other professionals, combined with written case studies and verbatims, individual supervision, seminar participation and relevant reading, students learn to develop authentic, caring pastoral relationships.

The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., or ACPE, is nationally recognized as an accrediting agency in the field of clinical pastoral education by the U.S. Secretary of Education through the U.S. Department of Education. At the ACPE website, you may download an application and view a list of accredited centers and certified supervisors.

Advocate BroMenn offers four distinct ACPE-accredited programs that support the hospital's commitment to healing the whole person, body and spirit: two internships, a chaplain residency and a supervisory education residency.

CPE Internships

Advocate BroMenn's hospital-based CPE internship is designed primarily for seminarians and other qualified students. This full-time, summer program focuses on a wide variety of topics in pastoral care. The congregation-based internship, offered in the spring, is aimed at ministers and staff members in full-time congregational work and is designed to enhance the ministry of pastors in local congregations.

Clinical Pastoral Education Residency

Advocate BroMenn's CPE residency is a community-centered, hospital-based program designed to train pastors for a specialized ministry and to enhance their caregiving skills. Residents grow as pastors and as people, acquiring life-changing, hands-on experience in a clinically supervised setting.The residency program also allows students the unique opportunity to specialize in a particular area, such as hospice, addiction recovery, mental health, gerontology and other areas by consultation with the CPE faculty.

Residents are provided with a stipend ($27,500 for the 2012-13 year), plus benefits such as medical insurance and vacation days. The program runs for 12 months, beginning in late August.

BroMenn prefers applicants who have earned a Master of Divinity degree or the equivalent from an accredited seminary or University and who have completed one unit of CPE. Selected candidates are interviewed on-site by a committee composed of the CPE faculty and members of the interdisciplinary team. Up to four applicants are chosen for the residency each year.

Supervisory Clinical Pastoral Education

Supervisory CPE is designed for qualified persons with demonstrated pastoral, professional and clinical competence. Supervisory CPE Students engage in a three-year residency program designed to teach them the art of pastoral supervision through:

  • education in supervisory theories by using conceptual models drawn from theology, behavioral science and education
  • practicing supervision under an ACPE supervisor
  • forming their identity as educators by a focus on integrating theory and practice with their distinct and personal attributes and life history
  • peer group seminars where the emerging supervisor's understanding and practice are tested.

For more information about applying to one of Advocate BroMenn's CPE programs, please contact the Rev. Mollie Ward at 309 268 2116 or


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