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Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Level I and Level II

Clinical Pastoral Education is a dynamic and creative program that uses the "action-reflection" method of learning.

Chaplains Team Summer 2020
Typical learning structure includes:

  • A small interpersonal group
  • Verbatim clinical presentations
  • Didactic seminars
  • Spiritual reflection
  • Individual supervision

Preparation involves:

  • Journaling
  • Reading
  • Meditation
  • Articulation of one's spiritual journey
  • Practicing pastoral care

Areas of focus

Pastoral Reflection - Reflecting on oneself as a person and pastor in relation to people in crisis - through feedback offered by the supervisor, peer group members; through the curriculum and written learning tools. 

Pastoral Formation - Increasing awareness of one's pastoral identity through ministry provided in the clinical setting; integrating one's family history and Theological heritage with practical ministry. 

Pastoral Competence - Developing ways to broaden one's ministry based on existing and newly learned skills and resources.

Pastoral Specialization - Ministering to persons facing end-of-life issues and trauma.

Discover the opportunities that await YOU

   One Year CPE Residency Full-Time Introductory Summer CPE Unit  Extended Introductory Fall or Spring CPE Unit  
 Program Dates  September -- September     June -- August       September -- January or January -- May
 Hours  Full-time 40 hrs/wk + on-call  Full-time 40 hrs/wk + on-call  Part-time 20 hrs/wk + on-call
 Prerequisite  One unit CPE preferred; Master of Divinity or master equivalent Pursuing seminary degree  lay minister, pastor, high school diploma, college student
 Stipend  $35,568 plus benefits      $3,000 $3,000
 Tuition  $400 -- 1st Unit; $300 -- each successive unit  $400  $400 (on-site)

Application Fee $35

Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South is approved for Montgomery GI Bill veterans and other persons covered under this program.

A Typical Day

A typical day in CPE is a day of administration, self-reflection, peer consultation, theological reflection, didactics on various topics and patient visitation. You are assigned to a parish (clinical area) and meet regularly with a CPE Supervisor and professional chaplain regarding your ministry. Your pastoral ministry includes on-call, which you are responsible for every death, code, advance directives, etc.


A Guide for International Students interested in CPE in the United States

Who may participate?

CPE at Texas Health Huguley is designed for people who are interested in:
  • Learning about end-of-life issues
  • Deepening their own spirituality and understanding of Theology 
  • Enhancing their pastoral care skills
  • Increasing their understanding of medical ethics and related issues
  • Improving their ability to process through reflection
  • ministry to trauma 

Persons interested in CPE at Texas Health Huguley should have a desire to work with others in an interfaith and interdisciplinary setting. Texas Health Huguley does not discriminate based upon race, gender, age, faith group, national origin, sexual orientation, or physical disability.

How to apply

Complete the following:

Standard ACPE application form (Word or Adobe PDF format) 

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Form.

Submit completed forms.

Contact Information

Pastoral Care Department

11801 South Freeway

PO Box 6337

Fort Worth, TX  76115

phone at 817-551-2733

fax to: 817-551-2439

e-mail at

**Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE).

One West Court Square, Suite 325

Decatur, GA 30030

Tel: (404) 320-1472 Fax: (404) 320-0849