Program Requirements

Each year we offer two single-unit Chaplain Intern training programs that combine Level I and II CPE students in a supervised ministry experience. Weekly evening rotation and direct spiritual care with patients and families is required. Training groups are limited to a maximum of six students.

In order to apply you must have graduated from high school or hold a GED and be able to adequately read and write in English. You can be ordained, a seminarian or layperson from a recognized faith tradition who desires to learn the art of pastoral care in a clinical setting. You must be emotionally and spiritually mature, be a team player, be able to work with a supervisor, be willing to share yourself with peers and the supervisor, demonstrate the ability to take responsibility for your learning and have sufficient physical stamina to function within a demanding clinical setting.

Extended CPE Unit

  • Runs for 32 weeks from September through April (dates vary by year)
  • Requires 15 hours weekly of direct ministry at Upstate, or if currently employed in ministry, a combination of hours from both settings
  • Requires 5 hours weekly of instructional learning that includes didactics, verbatims, supervision and Open Agenda Group
  • Requires additional hours outside CPE for reading and writing reflections and verbatims
  • Tuition: $900
  • Application fee: $0
  • Application deadline: June 1st

Intensive CPE Unit

  • Begins the third week of May and runs for 12 weeks (dates vary by year)
  • Requires 30 hours weekly of direct ministry at Upstate. If you are currently employed in ministry, some hours from that setting may count.
  • Requires 10 hours weekly of instructional learning
  • Requires additional hours outside CPE for reading and writing reflections and verbatims
  • Tuition: $900
  • Application fee: $0
  • Application deadline: January 31st

If you need to apply after the deadline, please email Rev. Terry Culbertson, ACPE Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor.

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Accreditation

The Upstate CPE Program is accredited through the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
Location: 1549 Clairmont Road, Suite 103
Decatur, GA 30033
Phone: 404 320-1472
Fax: 404 320-0849
Email: acpe@acpe.edu