Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) provides training for pastoral caregivers in actual ministry settings under supervision. The focus is three-fold: pastoral reflection, pastoral formation, and pastoral competence. Students work on developing themselves as the primary tool of pastoral care and developing their pastoral care skills. Reflection on students' history, actions, beliefs and relationships is a primary tool for learning.

Clinical experience is a major part of CPE training and we offer an excellent setting for that experience. Most CPE interns and residents will be based at Lancaster General Hospital in downtown Lancaster. Some residents will complete a significant portion of clinical time at Women & Babies Hospital.

The CPE Center at Lancaster General Hospital is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). CPE units completed here are recognized nationally. Certifying bodies for chaplains, such as the Association of Professional Chaplains, National Association of Catholic Chaplains, and National Association of Jewish Chaplains, all require CPE as part of the certification process. Many denominations require or recommend CPE as part of the ordination process. Taking CPE from an accredited center ensures your training will be recognized.

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Our Programs

Learn about our CPE programs.

The Application Process

Apply to one of our CPE programs.

Frequently Asked Questions

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