Our CPE programs are designed for seminarians, clergy, and lay people who wish to develop and deepen their pastoral skills in a supervised setting. Students complete clinical work in a hospital or long-term care setting and engage in educational seminars with their peers. The program's educational components combine verbatim clinics, small process group, individual supervision, and educational offerings (didactics) on topics including the Neurobiology of Trauma and Empathy, Transitions of the Caregiver, Spiritual Assessment, and Cultural Competence. In addition, reflective practices are integrated into each session.
Using an action-reflection-action model of learning, students offer pastoral care to people struggling with loss, illness, and uncertainty. Together, the students reflect upon this work, build practical skills, develop their pastoral identities, and articulate theologies that grow out of their clinical work. In addition, students develop awareness and practices to sustain them as they offer compassionate pastoral care to others.
Each program combines at least 300 hours of clinical work with at least 100 hours of educational time, in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). For more information, please visit acpe.edu.
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion/New York is an educational placement site of The Mount Sinai Medical Center. The Mount Sinai Medical Center is an accredited site of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) Inc., One West Court Square, Suite 325, Decatur, GA 30030.
Full-Time Summer CPE Unit (May 26 - August 7, 2015):
This full-time, intensive program is open to seminarians, clergy, and lay people of all faiths. Students conduct their clinical and educational work at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. They collaborate with other chaplains in the hospital’s busy Spiritual Care Department and have rich opportunities for learning in this large, urban hospital system. Students spend approximately ten hours per week engaged in educational seminars with their peers. Each student also has weekly individual supervision.
Deadline for applications: March 1, 2015
Part-Time Extended CPE Unit (covering the academic year, September to May):
This part-time program is open to seminarians, clergy, and lay people of all faiths. Students conduct their clinical work at either The Mount Sinai Medical Center or a community-based placement. Students spend ten hours per week at their clinical site and approximately 3.5 hours per week in educational seminars. Each student also has bi-weekly individual supervision.
Deadline for applications: April 15, 2015
CPE’s action-reflection-action learning model undergirds all of our programs, which include the following elements:
Our CPE programs are supervised by ACPE Supervisory Candidate Rabbi Jo Hirschmann, BCC, who works under the supervision of Rabbi Nathan Goldberg, ACPE Supervisor. We bring in guest teachers from HUC-JIR’s faculty, as well as pastoral caregivers, clergy, and other healthcare providers in the New York City area.