Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

What is Clinical Pastoral Education?

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is theological and professional education for ministry.  It brings theological students, ordained clergy, members of religious orders and qualified laypeople into supervised encounter with persons in various clinical settings.   Out of an intense involvement with persons in need, and the feedback from peers and supervisors, trainees 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 inter-professional relationships.

CPE at New York Theological Seminary

New York Theological Seminary has long been recognized for its innovative programs, its pioneering spirit, and its commitment to training women and men for ministry in the real world.  NYTS is a diverse and inclusive community of learning with a historic urban focus In this diverse and inclusive community of learning along with various clinical settings, NYTS provides Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) programs for Levels 1 and 2, which is accredited by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) through our satellite contract with Norwalk Hospital.

Our CPE programs are intended to meet the needs of clergy in active ministry, seminary students and selected laypersons who wish to:

  • Enhance their sense of pastoral identity
  • Develop their capacity for theological reflection
  • Improve their pastoral ministry skills
  • Deepen their own spirituality

CPE at NYTS provides a range of ministry training experiences for trainees.  Some of the training focus on short term and crisis intervention, while others allow the trainees to develop ongoing relationships with patients, families and staff.  CPE trainees are usually able to do their clinical assignment in the setting that is best suited to their needs, as determined by their learning covenant, interests, and/ or skill level.

CPE Faculty, Staff & Lecturers

  • The Reverend Carlos Alejandro
    ACPE Supervisor
  •  The Reverend Debra Slade
    Associate Supervisor
  • The Reverend Nancy Fields, D. Min.
    Director of Supervised Ministry, NYTS
  • Chaplain Thomas Rowan
    Director of Pastoral Care, St Barnabas Hospital
  • The Reverend Sandra Comerie-Smith, MD
    Director of Pastoral Care, Morningside House

CPE Units Offered:

CPE at NYTS is offered three times each year:

Spring Extended Unit (16 weeks) 

  • Level 1 and Level 2 CPE students are considered for this unit
  • Comprises 400 hours of educational components and patient pastoral care

-   19 hours of pastoral care per week at select clinical placement site(s)

-   7 hours of group educational classes per week

-   Ten (10) individual supervisory sessions during the unit, 45 minutes each

Summer Intensive Unit (11 weeks)

  • Level 1 and Level 2 CPE students are considered for this unit
  • Comprises 400 hours of educational components and patient pastoral care

-   28 hours of pastoral care per week at select clinical placement site(s)

-   10.5 hours of group educational classes per week

-   Ten (10) individual supervisory sessions during the unit, 45 minutes each

Fall Extended Unit (16 weeks) 

  • Level 1 and Level 2 CPE students are considered for this unit
  • Comprises 400 hours of educational components and patient pastoral care

-   19 hours of pastoral care per week at select clinical placement site(s)

-   7 hours of group educational classes per week

-   Ten (10) individual supervisory sessions during the unit, 45 minutes each

Admission Requirements & Criteria

  • Submission of ACPE Application with the one-time, non-refundable application fee of $25

(Check Payable to “NYTS CPE”)

  • Admission Interview
  • Bachelor Degree & completion of, at least, one year theological education or its equivalent

Admission

Admission Deadline: Rolling Admission

Tuition: $1000 per unit (payable to “NYTS CPE”)

CPE Application form can also be found in ACPE Website: www.acpe.edu 

Microsoft Word Document: www.acpe.edu/word_docs/app_cpe.doc

PDF Format: www.acpe.edu/acroread/CPE_application.pdf

Contact Information:

The Reverend Nancy Fields, D. Min.
Coordinator of Clinical Pastoral Education
Director of Supervised Ministry
ACPE Supervisory Candidate
nfields@nyts.edu
Phone: 212-870-1269
Fax: (212) 870-1236

 

Ms. Wanda Lang
CPE Business Office
Wlang@nyts.edu
P
hone: 212-870-1219

 

Please send completed application to:

The Reverend Nancy Fields, D. Min.
Coordinator of Clinical Pastoral Education
New York Theological Seminary
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 500
New York, NY 10115

 

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