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Clinical Pastoral Program

Minister where you’re needed most.

The provision of clinical spiritual care has been an integral part of the philosophy and services of ECU Health for over 40 years. We are proud that our Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program has been instrumental in training clergy, laypersons and chaplains to serve in various caregiving and educational roles. CPE is a postgraduate allied health and interfaith professional education program. It brings laypersons and ministers of all faiths (pastors, priests, rabbis, imams and others) into supervised encounters with people in crisis, trauma and end of life. CPE students are entrusted with the unique opportunity to develop practice and interpersonal skills for spiritual care and education. Are you ready to grow? Let's get started.

Program Overview

Your Training

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is interfaith professional education for ministry. Persons in CPE engage humans in crisis and learn from that interaction under the supervision of an ACPE Certified Educator. In CPE, students work in group settings to receive and offer feedback on their pastoral ministry. CPE makes best use of the disciplines of theology, behavioral sciences and adult education. While CPE learning happens in a group context, it is also a dynamic, individualized style of learning that seeks to enhance students’ pastoral identity through the areas of pastoral formation, pastoral competence and pastoral reflection. Students in CPE are entrusted with the unique opportunity of bringing their cultural and theological heritage along as part of the learning process.

CPE students collaborate in the care of patients and families with the health care team, comprised of dedicated professionals and students from various disciplines. CPE students also have opportunities to learn with and from clinical staff chaplains who have a deep passion for pastoral care and theological education.

Management and Executive Exposure

ECU Health Medical Center’s program is accredited by ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education to offer programs of Level I and Level II Clinical Pastoral Education.

For More Information

For information about CPE at ECU Health Medical Center, call us at 252-847-4790.

For more information on the ACPE, contact them at:
ACPE, Inc.
1 Concourse Pkwy, Suite 800
Atlanta, GA 30328
Phone: 404-320-1472
Fax: 404-320-0849

Ready for the Next Step?

Application Process

If you are interested in applying for a CPE Program at ECU Health Medical Center, please download and print the application.

Submit By Mail:

ECU Health Medical Center
Clinical Pastoral Education Program
P.O. Box 6028 Greenville, NC 27835-6028

Submit By Email:

Emailing application to [email protected]

Please mail the $25 application fee to:
ECU Health Medical Center
Clinical Pastoral Education Program
P.O. Box 6028 Greenville, NC 27835-6028

Please note - the application fee may be paid by check, money order or Cashier's Check. Make the check or money order out to ECU Health Medical Center. On the memo line on the bottom left side of the check, write CPE Application Fee.

If you are sending a paper application, do not use spiral binding, three ring binders or page protectors. Do not send materials printed double sided; send only single-sided prints. This makes the processing of your application more timely and efficient, and we thank you for your consideration.