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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 is led by the Rev. Dr. Scott Brooks Cope, Director, Pastoral Care Services, who is ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA with dual standing in the United Church of Christ, a certified CPE supervisor since 2004, and Board Certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains.

2019 Winter/Spring CPE left to right: Alex Rodriguez, Chera Wertz, Jamie Edelman, Jeffrey Carlton, and
Rev. Dr. Scott Brooks-Cope

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
Click here to view Phoebe’s CPE brochure.

Upcoming Clinical Pastoral Education Classes in 2021:

Summer CPE Program
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  • Ten weeks beginning May 24, 2021 through July 30, 2021
  • This program is full-time, 40-hours per week
  • Three and a half days are spent in clinical assignments available at Phoebe Berks in Wernersville, PA and Phoebe Richland in Richlandtown, PA.
  • Group seminars include one day on the Allentown campus and four hours virtually.

Deadline to Apply: May 1, 2021

Applications may be emailed to Dr. Scott Brooks-Cope. Students may apply to our CPE program by completing a standard CPE application and returning it to:

Rev. Dr. Scott Brooks-Cope
Director, Pastoral Care Services
Phoebe Ministries
1925 Turner Street
Allentown, PA 18104
Email: [email protected]

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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