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Clinical Pastoral Education

Residency Program

During this full-time, year-long program, the residents will complete three units of CPE as they enhance their ministry and prepare for a career in pastoral care. Integration periods between the structured CPE units provide opportunities to integrate theory with practice and work on on-going projects. In addition to pastoral care opportunities throughout the hospital, residents will become part of multi-disciplinary teams and focus their ministry in particular patient care areas, such as women and children’s health, cardiology, oncology, orthopedics and trauma/emergency care. By the end of the program they will have a clear understanding of the role of a chaplain in a healthcare setting. The knowledge gained, skills developed and personal growth experienced will help prepare them for certification - if that is the direction they choose. The residents’ schedule involves a combination of day, evening and night shifts. Some weekend and holiday shifts are required.

The curriculum in the residency program builds upon the students’ prior CPE experience and theological training. 
Relationship building is accentuated as the residents form a learning community with each other, become part of the inter-disciplinary healthcare teams, provide care to patients and family members and mentor CPE interns. The first unit focuses on Pastoral Theology and Contexts. The second unit focuses on Behavioral Sciences and Assessment and the focus of the third unit is Pastoral Integration.

Dates for the Residency Program

Applications accepted starting January. Program starts in late August each year.


Residency Admission Requirements

Since the residency program builds upon a previous unit of CPE from any ACPE accredited CPE program, satisfactory completion of a previous unit is required for admission. The residency program also requires Master’s level theological courses from an accredited graduate school or seminary. A theological Master’s degree is preferred. LGH is a tobacco-free facility.


Salary, Tuition & Fees

In recognition of the time commitment involved in a residency, the residents are paid a competitive salary for the year divided into bi-weekly checks. The residents are offered medical and dental insurance at nominal rates. Additionally, they receive 24 days of time off, such as holidays, vacations, sick time, and personal days. As much as possible, time off is not to interfere with educational seminars.

Upon acceptance, a non-refundable deposit of $100 is due. There is no further tuition or other fees for the residents.

Residents are responsible for submitting proof of three required background checks that cost approximately $50.

Proof of immunizations is also required and may involve the expense to verify or receive immunizations.  LGH is a tobacco-free facility.


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