Curriculum — Clinical Pastoral Program at St. Vincent Medical Center

Our CPE program is conducted under the auspices of an ACPE-certified educator as part of an ACPE-accredited center. As part of this program, we offer residents:

  • The actual practice of ministry to persons
  • Detailed reporting and evaluation of that practice
  • Pastoral supervision
  • A process conception of learning
  • A theoretical perspective on all elements of the program
  • A small group of peers in a common learning experience
  • A specific time period
  • An individual contract for learning consistent with the objectives of CPE

Summer Intensive Unit

This program begins at the end of May and concludes in the beginning of August. Summer intern students complete four 8-hour clinical shifts as well as one 8-hour class period each week. Clinical work of 300+ hours will be completed at St. Vincent Medical Center. A full day each week is devoted to classwork which includes two verbatim presentations, a non-agenda group process and didactic input on aspects of chaplaincy ministry. Student clinical and academic commitment equates to 40 hours per week. 

Extended Unit

This program takes place mid-October through April. Extended students are required to complete a total of 12 clinical hours and 6 academic hours each week. Clinical work may be completed either at St. Vincent Medical Center, St. Charles Hospital or St. Anne Hospital. This unit is especially suited to persons working in full- or part-time ministry and other work situations.

3-Unit Residency Program

This final program lasts from August through mid September. Resident students engage in a 40-hour week, which consists of 8 academic hours and four 8-hour shifts of clinical work at St. Vincent Medical Center. The residency curriculum progresses from basic pastoral skills to health care teamwork integration, and includes a research literacy component. Upon completion, residency students are awarded 3 CPE units.