Clinical Pastoral Education
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is a learning program that teaches students how to provide spiritual care.
At Chabad On Call, the CPE program is accredited for Level I, Level II and Certified Educator Candidates, by the ACPE: The Standard in Spiritual Care and Education.
Chabad On Call provides students of all religious and spiritual backgrounds with a rich, well-rounded learning experience. Students in our accredited ACPE clinical pastoral education (CPE) program provide spiritual care to patients, families, and hospital staff from diverse backgrounds—and they play an important role in the healing process.
Our program offers a collaborative, interfaith, clinical learning environment in which CPE students develop their skills in pastoral reflection, formation, competence, and specialization. As a CPE student, you will learn how to provide spiritual support in a clinical setting via a multi-faith professional education program.
For more information about what CPE is and its essential components, please visit the ACPE’s FAQ page.
What is CPE?
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is a professional course of blended learning that arranges supervised encounters between students and persons coping with life-altering Situations.
CPE students learn how to listen and attend to patients more effectively through a mix of hands-on practice, clinical supervision, and academic study.
One unit of CPE consists of 300 hours of interaction with patients and community members and 100 hours of classroom and individual education, totaling 400 hours of training.
Four units are required to become a Certified Chaplain.
Benefits of CPE Training:
Recognition as a certified pastoral care provider
Great source of supplemental income for shluchim
Hospital-approved access to Jewish patient lists*
Acquire the medical and halachic knowledge to be a valuable part of the healing team
Learn to observe, listen, and communicate more effectively
Invaluable advice on working with individuals coping with a life-changing situation
Get paid to train**
* HIPPA regulations prevent open access to patient lists. As a result, many shluchim find it increasingly more difficult to find and service Jewish patients. The exception: hospital chaplaincy. Accredited chaplains still maintain the right to access patients lists and therefore are in the best position to offer spiritual guidance to patients and their families in their time of need.
** Option varies by hospital
Current CPE programs:
Winter 2024 (Men) - Registration Now Open
Duration: 20 weeks
Total hours: 400
300 Clinical hours (contact us to discuss approved hours)
Weekly class time: 4 hours
Class size: 8 students
The applicant must be prepared to provide spiritual care to individuals in challenging situations.
The applicant must be open to learning through a new action model.
Chabad On Call will review recommendations and conduct an admissions interview prior to registration.
Space is limited!
Upon receipt of the form submission below, we will contact you to arrange an interview for the upcoming course.
Provisional Accredited Center of ACPE:
The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education
to offer Level I and Level II CPE and CEC Education
Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
55 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, Suite 835
Atlanta, GA 30308
“I had the great fortune of receiving two units of CPE through Chabad on Call. The insights and skills transmitted in the course have endowed me with greater skills in fulfilling my shlichus, in the medical community and beyond.” - Rabbi Boruch Wolf, Chabad at the Medical Centers
“The CPE unit was challenging, but well worth the time and effort. It transformed the way I handle visits to those in the hospital.
If helping people in spiritual or emotional distress is a significant part of your shlichus, I strongly recommend taking a unit of CPE.”
- Rabbi Shlomie Deren, Chabad of the Hospitals, Pittsburgh, PA
"I highly recommend the Chabad on Call ACPE course for anyone who works with hospital patients. The classes and discussion went very in-depth. The instructor customized the course to each individual and gave valuable guidance on how to better connect with patients."
- Rabbi Shimon Partouche, Chabad of Westmount