Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

What is CPE?

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is a unique educational experience for individuals of all faith groups. CAREForce offers CPE to faith-based professionals, lay ministers, and theological students seeking professional growth and development within a clinical or community-based setting. 

CPE students learn through the action-reflection model providing them an opportunity to grow and learn in different settings.

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is an interfaith adult education preparing individuals for board certification. Most hospitals and hospices require CPE to be eligible for employment. certification requires four (4) units of CPE which consists of 300 clinical hours and 100 group and supervision hours.

CAREForce is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization providing crisis education, response, and organizational development for first responders and community-based organizations. Our Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program is accredited by Clinical Pastoral Education International (CPEI) and by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education & Training (IACET).

What does CPE consist of?

The CPE training program includes various methods of didactic and applied to learn:

  • Students participate in 100 hours of didactic lectures offered live and via zoom.
  • Students journal their learning in weekly Reflection Reports which depict significant experiences with patients and thoughts about ministry.
  • Students will prepare a verbatim that outline’s their interaction with patients or clients.
  • Students engage in weekly one-on-one Coaching/Supervisory Sessions with their CPE Supervisor. The weekly sessions allow students to receive personalized coaching and mentoring.
  • CPE students partake in 300 hours of supervised Clinical Training at their current place of ministry or any number of settings including but not limited to; hospitals, hospices, corporate settings, prisons, or nursing homes.


Applications and Enrollments are open 60 days before the beginning of the course and two weeks following.

Be advised that cohorts will be available during the day and evening, and which one you may attend will be determined between yourself and your CPE Supervisor once you have been accepted into the program. 


SPRING (2024)

Start Date: JAN 8

End Date: APR 28

Application Deadline: DEC 11

Payment Deadline: JAN 1

SUMMER (2024)

Start Date: MAY 6

End Date: AUG 25

Application Deadline: APR 8

Payment Deadline: APR 29

FALL (2024)

Start Date: SEP 2

End Date: DEC 22

Application Deadline: AUG 5

Payment Deadline: AUG 26

SPRING (2025)

Start Date: JAN 6

End Date: APR 21

Application Deadline: DEC 9

Payment Deadline: Dec 30, 2024

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