Clinical Pastoral Education

Northeast Georgia Health System is home to an ACPE accredited Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) center, which is focused on offering area clergy practical theological education in a clinical setting through the action-reflection-action clinical model.

The Integrative Process of CPE

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) provides graduate-level theological and professional learning. CPE students gain experience in a clinical setting, practicing the art and skill of spiritual and emotional care with patients, families and staff. This experiential educational model uses data from the actual practice of ministry as the content for reflection with an ACPE Certified Educator and a small group of peers.

The CPE experience addresses many aspects of ministry from which CPE participants develop awareness of how their personal histories, faith perspectives, and individual gifts influence their vocational practice. By setting their own learning goals and seeking resources to assist in meeting those goals, students grow in awareness of their spiritual identity and inner emotional landscape, of their unique way of caring for others, of the needs of those to whom they minister, and of God’s presence in ministry encounters.

In summary, CPE provides a unique mode, opportunity and invitation to explore the integrative question: Who am I in relation to the divine, to self, and to others as a spiritual care provider in a professional setting?

CPE: Integration of Identities

Spiritual Identity

  • Religious Tradition
  • Phillosophical Worldview
  • Spiritual Practice
  • Theology
  • Sense of Intuition
  • Polity Preference
  • Worship Style
  • Inter-religious Encounters

Vocational Identity

  • Sense of Calling
  • Deep Passions
  • Great Joys
  • Talents / Abilities
  • Gifts
  • Life Experiences
  • Mentors / Guides
  • Life Long Learning

Professional Identity

  • Academic Endeavors
  • Occupation
  • Career Path
  • Titles, Certifications, Licensures
  • Trade Organizations
  • Job Aspirations
  • Place(s) you earn a living

Personal Identity

  • Personality
  • Chosen Family
  • Cultural Influence
  • Familial Roles
  • Relationships
  • Learning Style
  • Family History
  • Gender / Relational Orientation

CPE Programs & Requirements of Participation

The Spiritual Care Department at the Northeast Georgia Health System offers several levels and formats of ACPE Clinical Pastoral Education. We are accredited to offer Level One, Level Two, and CEC (Educator in training) ACPE CPE.

Please be advised that all of our CPE student programs include an overnight and/or weekend on-call component, where students are required to be on-site in one of our hospitals responding to trauma, death, critical care, and referral calls.


We currently have four residency positions. Our residency program is a full-time, one-year program which will begin in late June and ends on June 30th the following year. The benefits are:

  • $36,400 annual stipend ($17.50/hr)
  • 10 Paid Days Off (PDO) days
  • Competitive Medical & Dental Benefits

In addition to Objectives and Outcomes of Levels One and Two CPE, our focus is to prepare students for board-certification through one of the professional chaplain cognate groups (APC, NAJC, NACC, AMC, CASC). We emphasize ministerial identity, theological reflection, vocational clarity and personal/professional development in the transition from student to professional. We accept applications for the residency program on a rolling basis, with interviews beginning in the spring of each year.


We also offer ACPE CPE internships. Our spring and fall extended units (17 weeks) are part-time. These intern units include:

  • 6 hours per week of group educational time
  • 1 hour of individual consultation
  • 18-20 hours of clinical time

In the summer, we offer an 11-week, full-time Monday-Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm program. The summer intern unit includes:

  • 6 hours per week of group educational time
  • 1 hour of individual consultation
  • 28-32 hours of clinical time.

Each of our intern units have a tuition of $500. With all three programs, an intern will earn one unit of ACPE CPE credit.

How do I apply?

If you are interested in participating in a NGHS CPE education experience:

  1. You may download the NGHS Clinical Spiritual Education Application.
  2. We prefer that you email your completed application to, although we will also accept a paper copy (one-sided only, no staples). You may also fax the application to the Spiritual Education Department at (770) 219-2904.

    Pay attention to these important details to include with your application:
    • Please use your handwritten signature on the form pages. These need to be actual signatures, and not electronic.
    • Make sure to include the essay answers (approximately 10 pages total for items 1-8). Do not staple your application.
    • If you have completed previous units of CPE, please double check that your signed educator and any self-evaluations from ALL previous CPE units are included. You will not be considered for an interview without these!
    • If you have completed previous units of CPE, please make sure you have included a verbatim as your helping incident AND make sure to include reflection of peer / educator feedback.
  3. You may pay in-person, or mail a $60 non-refundable application fee by cash, check (payable to NGMC with “CPE FEE” in memo line), or money order to “The Department of Spiritual Care, 743 Spring Street, Gainesville, GA 30501”.
  4. If you would like to pay this fee by credit/debit card in person or over the phone, please call Trey Morrison at (770) 219-3511 to make arrangements.
  5. If you are selected for an interview and subsequently an internship, the tuition for the unit is $500. A non-refundable $250 “Hold Seat” deposit, which will be applied to the tuition, is due at the time of acceptance. The remaining tuition will be required before the end of the unit. There is no tuition for the residency program, but a non-refundable “Hold Seat” deposit of $150 will be required at the time of acceptance.

Please feel free to contact Trey Morrison with any questions. Thank you for your interest in CPE at NGHS. We look forward to receiving your application.

Deep Peace, Great Joy!

All students please note the following:

This ACPE CPE center guarantees to its students the rights to inspect and review education records, to seek to amend them, to specified control over release of record information, and to file a complaint against the program for alleged violations of the Family Education and Privacy (FERPA) rights.