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Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical pastoral education (CPE) is supervised education usually in a clinical setting or a ministry that provide services to a population in crisis (hospital, 临终关怀, 城市政府部门, 等.). North Park Theological 神学院 highly values the CPE experience, and therefore requires all MDiv students to complete at least one half-unit. It is strongly recommended for others pursuing placement in congregations, 牧师服务, and many other ministry settings. CPE gives you the opportunity to develop confidence and skills in dealing with individuals in crisis situations. Most CPE centers are based in hospital settings, though there are alternate settings such as 城市政府部门, 临终关怀, and senior care centers in the 芝加哥land area.

A unit of CPE provides you an opportunity for personal and professional growth as part of an ecumenical and accountable peer group, as you will often be working alongside other students from a variety of schools. Working under the observation and instruction of a trained and credentialed CPE supervisor is invaluable preparation for these types of ministries.

It is recommended that you complete CPE as soon as possible after your first year of seminary and it must be completed before you enter the 学习结束 process in preparation for graduation. Program formats vary, but can be intensive or extended. Almost all programs also require 24-hour on-call experiences, usually once a week. CPE can be done concurrently with class work at some centers in 芝加哥 or nationwide. For more information on available programs, please visit the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education.

No academic credits are awarded for this requirement as fees are typically paid directly to you CPE site (varying from $400 to $800). Students who participate in the Swedish Hospital CPE program will be billed by North Park Theological 神学院. The Swedish site meets our 神学院 degree requirements, but is not an accredited CPE program.