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Clinical Pastoral Education

Career Description

The Clinical Pastoral Education program offers participants the opportunity to minister with people who are as diverse as the problems they face. CPE Fellows receive preparation for general congregational work, as well as ministries in chaplaincy.

Baystate Medical Center is accredited by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education to offer the following CPE programs:

  • Level I CPE addresses basic competencies and issues of pastoral reflection, information, identity and functioning in one or more units of CPE.
  • Level II CPE addresses advanced competencies and issues of pastoral function, reflection and integration.
  • Supervisory CPE addresses the competencies and issues of supervising and educating qualified persons in the theory and practice of supervision of Clinical Pastoral Education.

Current Training Opportunities

CPE Summer - Tuition: $800. May 31, 2016 to August 12, 2016

CPE group meets Mondays and Wednesdays for educational sessions from 8:30am - 4:00pm. Clinical hours are 15 per week and will be scheduled for Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 8:30am - 5:00pm. Three on-site overnight shifts per month.

Designed primarily for seminarians, qualified lay persons, local clergy, teachers, social workers desiring skills refinement and others who wish to explore more generally their vocation in ministry. The program involves over 400 hours of which at least 100 hours are devoted to educational programs and the practice of ministry. The curriculum integrates the experience of ministry with theology, personal history, behavioral sciences and spiritual development.

CPE Extended - Tuition: $800. October 6, 2016 to April 6, 2017

Class meets on Mondays from 8:30am - 3:00pm. Six hours of clinical time per week are required. Two on-site overnight on-call shifts per month.

Designed as a continuing education experience for selected lay persons and clergy to deepen one's own spirituality, learn new skills in one's ministry and explore a new career in the ministry. Program includes weekly classes, six clinical hours per week of spiritual care, and on-call opportunities.  Students in the program will have the opportunity to be part of the interfaith worship rotation. The program involves at least 400 hours, of which, at least 100 are devoted to education programs and the balance to the practice of ministry.

Parking and meals are provided during clinical on-call hours in all programs.

For more information, please contact:
Rev. Ute Schmidt
Manager, Spiritual Services Department
Baystate Medical Center
759 Chestnut St. (postal address)
Springfield, MA 01199
Phone: (413) 794-2899

Applications and Forms

Download and print the following documents.

Complete them and mail to:

Baystate Medical Center
759 Chestnut St.
Springfield, MA 01199
Attn: Rev. Ute Schmidt
Manager of Spiritual Services