CPE is theological and professional education for ministry. In CPE, theological students, ordained clergy, members of religious orders and qualified lay people minister to people in crisis situations while being supervised. Out of intense involvement with supervisors, other students, people in crisis and other professionals, CPE students are challenged to improve the quality of their pastoral relationships. Genuine caring pastoral relationships are enhanced through pastoral practice, written case studies and verbatims and individual supervision. Through viewing complicated life situations from different viewpoints, students are able to gain new insights and understandings about the human situation. Theological reflection is important in CPE as pastoral people seek ways to integrate theology with life experience.
Centra’s CPE Program is accredited by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). Our educational philosophy is a holistic, transformative, and integrative approach to pastoral education. Grounded in the clinical method of learning, our CPE Program fosters competent and compassionate spiritual care providers who are skilled in providing care rooted in the needs of patients, families, and staff that we serve. Our Program is aligned with the ACPE's mission, the depth of our training enables students to realize their full potential to strengthen the spiritual health of people in their care as well as themselves. CPE at Centra supports students in learning the tender and courageous work of caring for the human soul.
Please complete an *application and return via email:
After your application has been received, you will receive a confirmation email and will be instructed to remit the Application Fee.
CPE non-refundable application fee is $50.00. Please make check payable to Centra Health and send check to