Clinical Pastoral Education

A typical day in Clinical Pastoral Education is a day of administration, self-reflection, peer consultation, theological reflection, didactics on various topics and patient visitation.

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Clinical Pastoral Education


The Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program includes:  


Clinical Experience

By participating in Baylor University Medical Center’s CPE program, you will experience firsthand a variety of ministry situations. Service specialties offer occasions to minister in areas such as cardiology, oncology, transplantation, emergency/trauma, pediatrics, rehabilitation, geriatrics, outpatient services and chronic illnesses. An assignment to a specific area may mean you are the primary chaplain on that floor.


Individual and Group Supervision

You present weekly verbatim reports of interactions with patients to your CPE Supervisor and peer group. These opportunities for feedback help you assess your strengths and limitations in pastoral care.


Didactic Seminars

Formally structured seminars on a variety of ministry-related subjects are presented by professional chaplains, clinical health care professionals and CPE supervisors. Each seminar provides helpful theoretical and theological foundations for your pastoral care development.


Interpersonal Relations Seminar (IPR)

Sharing personal experiences in a small-group setting teaches group process and leadership skills. You learn both from insights gained from peers about your pastoral effectiveness and from situations other colleagues encounter and share with the group.


New CPE Pilot Program – Cultural Immersion CPE (2017 Spring Extended Program)

In this new Pilot CPE Program, you will be placed into an ethnic faith community for 20 hours during this 20-week CPE course and will be paired with a host family. You will have the opportunity to develop relationships and have a glimpse into the host family’s experiences, concerns and questions about obtaining health care in the United States. You will explore effective ways to meet the spiritual needs of patients from minority backgrounds in a culturally sensitive and helpful manner. The deadline for submitting an application is Monday, Oct. 31, 2016.


Cultural Immersion CPE Resources:



 CPE Schedule  



One Year






CPE Unit



Fall or Spring

CPE Unit


 Program Dates August-August June-August






40 hrs/wk

+ on-call 


40 hrs/wk

+ on-call 


20 hrs/wk 

+ on-call  









Lay Minister,

Pastor, or

College Degree 



A Typical Day

A typical day in CPE is a day of administration, self-reflection, peer consultation, theological reflection, didactics on various topics and patient visitation. You are assigned to a parish (clinical area) and meet regularly with a CPE Supervisor and professional chaplain regarding your ministry. Your pastoral ministry includes on-call, which you are responsible for every death, code, consult, advance directives, etc. that may come your way.



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