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Clinical Pastoral Education

Northeast Georgia Medical Center is home to a Clinical Pastoral Education center, which is focused on offering our area clergy practical theological education in a clinical setting through the CPE model.

Our center is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE):
1549 Clairmont Road, Suite 103
Decatur, GA 30033
Phone: 404-320-1472
Fax: 404-320-0849


The CPE Educational Model

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) uses the clinical method of learning.  This is an educational model that uses data from the actual practice of ministry as the content for reflection.  The CPE experience addresses many aspects of ministry.  Out of an intense involvement with persons in need, and feedback from peers and supervisor, CPE participants develop a new awareness of themselves as persons, of the needs of those to whom they minister, and of God’s presence in ministry situations.

The elements of CPE include:

  • Detailed reflection, reporting and evaluation of ministerial encounters
  • Pastoral Supervision
  • A theological and theoretical perspective on all elements of the program
  • A small group of peers in a common learning experience
  • An individual contract for learning consistent with the objectives of CPE
  • An opportunity to explore your pastoral authority and pastoral formation
  • An opportunity to continue to develop your pastoral theology
  • An opportunity to learn pastoral care across cultures 

What are the CPE programs offered?

Northeast Georgia Medical Center offers both Level I and Level II units using an extended model of training.  The Unit is structured for the full-time minister.  The Unit of training consists of a 16- week period.  The Spring Unit begins the first week of January and is completed the second week of May.  The Fall Unit begins the first week of September and ends the third week of December.

The unit requires 25 hours per week.  This time breaks down as follows:

  • At least 16 hours per week in a ministry of pastoral care, 4 hours of which may be contracted with one’s faith community for Level I students
  • 9 hours for seminars, readings, and reports

Clinical placements for ministry are varied.  These include ER, ICU, CCU, Pediatrics, Oncology, Orthopedics, Mother/Baby, Urology, Rehab, Neurology, Hospice, Long-term Care, Chemical Dependency and Adult and Adolescent Mental Health.  There is some evening clinical coverage required, but there is no on-call.  Clinical placements are based on the student’s experience and the hospital’s needs.

How do I apply?

If you are interested in participating in this educational experience, then the application process is as follows:

  1. Download the Clinical Pastoral Education application
  2. Complete the application and return it, along with a $60 non-refundable application fee, to the Pastoral Care Department.  The address to mail the application is:

    The Department of Pastoral Care
    743 Spring St.,
    Gainesville, GA 30501

    You may also fax the application to the Pastoral Care Department at 770-219-5077.
  3. The cost of a full-unit of training is $500.  There is a non-refundable $100 payment the time of acceptance.      
Have Questions? Call (770) 219-9000
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