Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

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.

The teaching faculty is led by the Rev. Leah Knox, Director of Pastoral Care Services, an ACPE-certified educator candidate.

Rev. Dr. Scott Brooks-Cope provides additional supervision as the certified educator on record while Rev. Knox is in the process of ACPE certification.

The CPE program at Phoebe Ministries is fully accredited by: 

The Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.,
55 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd, Atlanta, GA  30308
Telephone: 404-320-1472
Website: www.acpe.edu
Click here to view Phoebe’s CPE brochure.

Upcoming Clinical Pastoral Education Classes:

Tentative Dates: June 10 – August 16, 2024

It will be a full-time commitment:  40 hours a week for 10 weeks = 400 hours needed for a full unit with ACPE.

We do recognize, however, that students have other responsibilities and duties and may need to begin their clinical hours early and/or finish them after the official end of unit. We are willing to work with students on this if they are committed to completing a CPE unit with us at Phoebe this summer.

Currently accepting applications. $50 non-refundable application fee.

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

  1. An 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 the 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 in administrative roles offer supervision in various 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 unique learning programs to meet the requirements of their respective seminaries.

For more information, please contact:

Rev. Leah Knox
Director, Pastoral Care Services
[email protected]
610-794-5119