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Qualifications for Clinical Pastoral Education

Westchester Medical Center is accredited by ACPE to offer Level I and II CPE units.

There are two options for participation:

Residency:

  • A theological degree, Certificate, or other documentation of Biblical/religious studies, depending on the requirements of the denomination or faith group of the applicant to be considered an equivalency of a M.Div. degree. At minimum, there must be an equivalent of 60 hours toward a M.Div. degree.
  • Evidence of faith group approval/endorsement for CPE training.
  • In the case of an applicant with a foreign degree, an equivalency of that degree must be ascertained by one of the equivalency organizations given out by the Human Resources Department.
  • Three years' prior ministry experience.
  • Completion of one prior unit of CPE.
  • A commitment to the clinical method of learning.
  • Emotional stability and maturity, allowing the student to enter into the in-depth process of the learning experience.
  • Adequate intellectual, emotional/tempera-mental, and spiritual ability to perform pastoral care. Physical ability and stamina to navigate in a large campus.
  • Demonstrated openness and commitment to the learning process as it relates to the field of spiritual care and multi-faith ministry including the ability to identify learning goals.
  • Documentary evidence of faith group approval/endorsement for CPE training.
  • Three letters of reference stating the applicant’s suitability to offering spiritual care in a multi-faith, chaotic, at times crisis oriented environment.

Part-Time Internship:

  • Some theological study, at minimum, there must be some documented leadership in the applicant’s faith group, and evidence of faith group approval/endorsement for CPE training.
  • Two years' prior ministry experience.
  • Completion of one prior unit of CPE, preferred.
  • Openness to the action-reflection model of learning.
  • Emotional stability and maturity, allowing the student to enter into the in-depth process of the learning experience.
  • Adequate intellectual, emotional/tempera-mental, and spiritual ability to perform pastoral care. Physical ability and stamina to navigate in a large campus.
  • Demonstrated openness and commitment to the learning process as it relates to the field of spiritual care and multi-faith ministry in a diverse setting, including the ability to identify learning goals.
  • Three letters of reference stating the applicant’s suitability to offering spiritual care in a multi-faith, chaotic, at times crisis oriented environment.