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Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education

The CPE program at Rex is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE) to offer programs of Level I, Level II, and Supervisory CPE.
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is an interfaith professional theological education for ministry utilizing the clinical method of learning. In CPE, clergy, seminary students and qualified laypersons learn and practice the art of pastoral care in diverse contexts of ministry under supervision.

Out of intense involvement with persons in need and with feedback from peers and supervisors, students in CPE develop a new awareness of themselves as persons and pastors, of the needs of those with whom they minister and of the systems in which they give and receive care. From theological reflection on specific human conditions, they gain a new understanding of ministry. Within the interdisciplinary team process of helping persons, they develop skills in interpersonal and inter-professional relationships.

The first unit of CPE was conducted in 1925 by the Reverend Anton Boisen who expanded the case study method of learning to include a theological inquiry into the "living human document." ACPE programs promote the integration of personal history, faith tradition and the behavioral sciences in the practice of spiritual care.

The focus of the CPE program at Rex Healthcare is on pastoral reflection, pastoral formation and pastoral competence through:

  • A Level I curriculum which addresses basic competencies and issues of pastoral reflection, pastoral formation and pastoral identity and functioning in one or more units of CPE; and
  • A Level II curriculum which addresses advanced competencies and issues of pastoral function, pastoral reflection and pastoral integration. A pastoral specialization may be offered at this level.
  • A Supervisory CPE curriculum which focuses on the development of competence in the art, theory, and practice of pastoral supervision.

CPE at Rex

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Internship Programs
Extended Unit (September - May)
A part-time program which extends over two academic semesters. This unit requires 15 hours a week with educational seminars being held one morning or afternoon each week. It is designed to offer a more flexible schedule for students. Occasional overnight and weekend on-call duty is required.

Summer Unit (June - August)
A full-time program is offered each summer. This unit requires 40 hours a week plus overnight and weekend on-call duty.

Residency Program
Residency (August - June, break, August - June)
A part-time program consisting of four units of CPE over a two-year period with an eight week, uncompensated break during the summer. This program provides a more in-depth learning experience for persons wishing to learn the art of pastoral care in preparation for institutional or parish ministry. The educational and clinical requirements include 20 hours a week. Salary and benefits are provided. Completion of at least one prior unit of CPE is required.

Supervisory CPE Program
Supervisory CPE: an on-going program designed for qualified persons seeking to become certified ACPE supervisors. This program focuses on the development of competence in the art, theory, and practice of pastoral supervision.


The CPE curriculum is designed to give the CPE student an opportunity to learn from giving and receiving feedback on their actual ministry to patients, family members and staff. The feedback comes from the CPE supervisor, the peer group, and other professionals in a variety of seminars and individual supervision.
  • Verbatim/Clinical Seminars: a review of verbatim/clinical reports of actual pastoral conversations and relationships.
  • Interpersonal Relations Seminars: an open agenda time to explore personal, pastoral and interpersonal issues arising from the practice of ministry and the process of learning together.
  • Didactic/Reading Seminars: readings and presentations on topics relating to pastoral care, theology and social justice, behavioral sciences, ethics, healthcare, etc.
  • Theological Integration Seminars: a focus on integrating emerging theological insights with actual ministry events.
  • Individual Supervision: an opportunity for one-on-one reflection by the student and the supervisor.

Application Process

Application for the CPE program can be found below or requested from the Pastoral Care Services office.
Application - PDF
Application - Word format

For Summer and Extended Units:
Completed ACPE application.
Screening interview with an ACPE supervisor or other qualified person.

For Residents:
Completed ACPE application
Completion of one prior unit of CPE.
On-site interview with Rex supervisory staff

For Supervisory CPE:
Completed ACPE supervisory application
Completion of four prior units of CPE.
On-site interview with Rex supervisors

Pastoral Care's Services' CPE admission policy does not discriminate against people because of race, gender, age, faith group, national origin, sexual orientation or physical disability.


Logan C. Jones, Director and ACPE Supervisor

For more information, contact:
Pastoral Care Services
Rex Healthcare
4420 Lake Boone Trail
Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 784-3371; (919) 784-3086 (Fax)