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Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is a program for seminarians, clergy, and laity committed to developing their pastoral identity and function. CPE students minister to people in crisis and reflect on that experience in a peer group and with a certified supervisor.

The CPE program at Penn Foundation is unique because all clinical placements incorporate a behavioral healthcare perspective and clear emphasis is placed on theological education, integration, or training for ministry.

Penn Foundation’s CPE program is accredited by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE). Tuition is $550, which includes a $50 non-refundable application fee. The program coincides with the academic year and requires 4 hours of group education activities and 8 hours of clinical ministry each week.

Program Requirements

  • pdfSubmission of ACPE Application
  • Admissions interview at Penn Foundation
  • Orientation at Penn Foundation and designated clinical site
  • Weekly pastoral work
  • Weekly group educational work
  • Regular individual supervision
  • Various written materials
  • Participation in educational workshops and conferences
  • Selected readings

For more information about this program, call 215.453.5170.


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