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Clinical Pastoral Education Program

The Department of Pastoral Services provides Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) accredited clinical pastoral education (CPE) as a satellite center of Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. Education is offered to ministerial students, clergy, and interested lay people.

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is interfaith professional education for ministry. It brings theological students and ministers of all faiths (pastors, priests, rabbis, imams and others) into supervised encounter with persons in crisis. Out of an intense involvement with persons in need, and the feedback from peers and teachers, students develop new awareness of themselves as persons and of the needs of those to whom they minister. From theological reflection on specific human situations, they gain a new understanding of ministry. Within the interdisciplinary team process of helping persons, they develop skills in interpersonal and interprofessional relationships.

The essential elements of CPE include:

  • The actual practice of ministry to persons
  • Detailed reporting and evaluation of that practice
  • Pastoral Supervision
  • A process conception of learning
  • A theoretical perspective on all elements of the program
  • A small group of peers in a common learning experience
  • A specific time period
  • An individual contract for learning consistent with the objectives of CPE
  • The CPE program must be conducted under the auspices of an ACPE certified supervisor (faculty) attached to an ACPE accredited CPE center.

Extended Unit
January 15 through May 8, 2015
The Extended Unit Program allows students to complete one unit of CPE by attending the program on a part-time basis, typically about 20 hours per week. This program is especially suited for working pastors and others who wish to devote part of their time to learning the art of pastoral care and need flexibility in their schedules. Seminars are typically held for one-half day each week, with flexibility in scheduling hours for patient care. Students also participate in the chaplain on-call schedule. See Information booklet for further details. We recommend applying six-months in advance, as applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Tuition: $450.

Summer Intensive CPE
May 25 through August 11, 2015
The Intensive Program is appropriate for students in seminary and others who wish to complete a full unit of CPE in 11 weeks. This program is full-time, requiring 40 hours per week of pastoral care and educational responsibilities. Intensive units are well-suited for seminarians. Seminars are scheduled throughout the week, and students schedule patient care around these hours. Students also participate in the chaplain on-call schedule. Tuition is $450.



Persons interested in CPE should apply through the Pastoral Services Department. The following instructions will guide your application:

  1. Familiarize yourself with the schedule and requirements for the upcoming unit. Requirements, prerequisites and frequently asked questions are included in the application packet.
  2. Complete the CPE Application Form. The application should be completed in its entirety. McLeod's CPE programs operate on a rolling admissions policy. Once a unit is full, applications will be accepted for the following unit.
  3. The application process also requires an admissions interview. The interview may be conducted by any ACPE supervisor, Supervisory Education Student, or seminary professor. An interview summary may be submitted as part of an application. Interviews at our center are scheduled by the unit dean after the CPE supervisors have reviewed the applications.
  4. Once admitted, students will complete HR requirements, which include a background check, health screen, and may include other requirements that will be communicated to you through our office.
  5. Tuition is due at the beginning of the CPE Unit, and will normally be $450 for each unit. Checks will be processed through the CPE secretary at CMC-Main.

As an ACPE, Inc. accredited center, the McLeod CPE program does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, gender, age, faith group, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability.

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