Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at St. John's Hospital
100+ structured classroom hours
10+ individual supervisory hours
300+ clinical ministry hours
St. John’s is a nationally accredited training center not only for persons pursuing employment and/or board certification as professional chaplains, but also for clergy wishing to enhance their pastoral skills, for students of ministry who need a clinical component as part of their formal studies, and for qualified lay persons who want to assist with and participate in pastoral care ministries.
Our accreditation is with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., Decatur, GA, (ACPE), which is recognized by denominations and seminaries across the United States and by the Department of Education. As such, the program meets requirements for veterans’ benefits.
Qualified students may enroll in single or consecutive units. We provide a clinically based, four-quarter, two-year, extended unit curriculum that utilizes a “one-room-schoolhouse” learning environment. Instruction is primarily provided by a certified ACPE Supervisor with assistance from chaplains and other health care professionals.
Each six-month quarter, or unit, involves an on-the-job, theological education program that uses an acute care hospital-based learning environment, a small peer group of three to nine, and curriculum that address:
Each quarter meets ACPE standards by offering a minimum 400
hours of combined supervised instruction and clinical ministry. A minimum 100
hours of the required 400 hour minimum must address “classroom instruction” and
individual supervision by an ACPE Supervisor. The clinical method of
adult education is used extensively, which requires students to report on
their actual ministry to persons and then provide written accounts of some of these pastoral encounters in individual and
group supervisory sessions. A program brochure, course syllabus and application
form are available by contacting:
Tammy CasparAdministrative AssistantClinical Pastoral Education DepartmentSt. John's Hospital800 E. CarpenterSpringfield, IL 62769Ph: (217) 544-6464, ext. 44408Email: Tammy.Caspar@hshs.org
If you have questions about the program, then feel free to contact our ACPE Supervisor, Fr. Charles Hart.
Fr. Charles Hart, O.F.M., M.DivPh: (217) 544-6464, ext. 46773Email: FrCharles.Hart@hshs.org
If you want more information about CPE in the St. Louis area visit: http://www.stlouiscluster-acpe.org or www.acpe.edu for a listing of nationwide CPE centers.