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Clinical Pastoral Education

Phoebe Ministries is accredited as a center for Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.

The CPE program is designed to offer clergy, seminary students and qualified community members of all faiths the opportunity to practice ministry to senior adults in a variety of settings, including nursing homes and retirement communities.

These settings provide opportunities for students to develop long-term pastoral relationships comparable to parish experiences.

The Teaching Faculty includes:

Rev. Dr. Scott Brooks-Cope
Regional Director for Pastoral Care and Education

Scott is an ordained Pastor in the Presbyterian Church USA with dual standing in the United Church of  Christ.  He has been an ACPE Certified Educator since 2004, and is also a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains.

Rev. Leah Knox
Staff Chaplain for Phoebe Berks and ACPE Certified Educator Candidate

Leah is an ordained pastor with the Alliance of Baptists and she has dual standing in the United Church of Christ.  She is also a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains and a certified Spiritual Director.

The CPE program at Phoebe Ministries is fully accredited by: 

The Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.:
The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education
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120 West Trinity Place
Decatur, GA 30030
Telephone: 404-320-1472

2022 CPE Graduates Front row left to right: Susan Odessky and Jessica Hess
Second row left to right: Jay O’Rear, Leah Knox, Mannie Matthews, Scott Brooks-Cope and Paula Ireland

Upcoming Clinical Pastoral Education Classes:

Fall Semi-Intensive Extended CPE
September 5, 2023 – January 30, 2024
Please fill out the form below to apply for the fall 2023 class.

Spring Semi-Intensive Extended CPE
January 4, 2023 – May 24, 2023
Accepting applications on a rolling basis until the class is full for November 1, 2022.

The Clinical Pastoral Education Program of Phoebe Ministries will not discriminate against applicants on the basis of gender, age, sexual orientation, religion/faith group, ethnic/national origin, or disability. The following guidelines will be used for the selection of students:

  1. Active relationship with a faith group that recommends or endorses the applicant for training;
  2. Evidence of the capacity for intellectual performance congruent with program objectives;
  3. Adequate physical and emotional health to perform required tasks of the program without detriment to self, residents or other professionals;
  4. Positive assessment of applicant’s readiness to function as part of the training program;
  5. Correlation of the applicant’s goals for learning with opportunities at Phoebe communities;
  6. Availability to meet required program dates and specified hours;
  7. Either graduation from high school/GED or ordination by a faith community or commission to function in ministry by an appropriate religious authority as determined by ACPE.

Field Education Opportunities in Pastoral Education

Staff chaplains and clergy serving in administrative roles offer supervision in a variety of field education opportunities at Phoebe Ministries. Students may learn about chaplaincy by developing skills in leading worship, visitation, spiritual assessment, life review, and end of life care, or they may explore other areas of ministry such as nursing home administration and Institutional Advancement. Students are encouraged to design their own unique learning programs to meet the requirements of their respective seminaries.

For more information please contact:

Rev. Dr. Scott Brooks-Cope
Director, Pastoral Care Services
[email protected]

Rev. Leah Knox
Chaplain, Phoebe Berks
[email protected]


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