Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

What is CPE?

Through hands-on practice, clinical supervision and academic study, CPE students are chaplain interns who learn how to listen and attend to patients more effectively. For instance – how to engage patients and their loved ones, establish rapport and maintain eye contact, pay attention, and respond to both verbal and non-verbal communications, and better understand what they are observing during encounters.

CPE students also include seminarians who are required to take one unit of CPE as part of their degree program or who take more than one unit as their ministry internship. Students can also include clergy and non-certified chaplains who serve in congregations and other community settings and who want to improve their skills; as well as first responder chaplains, nurses, social workers, physicians, volunteers in hospitals, hospices, and rehabilitation and skilled nursing care facilities who provide emotional, spiritual and religious support and comfort to patients and families under the supervision of a professional chaplain.

The Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training (ICPT)

In January 2018, SCA and its affiliate, the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network (HCCN) partnered with the Nationally Accredited Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training (ICPT) to deliver the standardized evidence-based CPE program.

ICPT is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET). ACCET is a national accrediting agency recognized by the Secretary of Education as a reliable authority concerning the quality of education or training offered by the institutions of higher education they accredit. ACCET’s address is 1722 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20036 and their website is

Interested CPE students are now afforded the opportunity to enroll in the same high-quality online training they previously received from HCCN. Our partner, ICPT, is accredited to offer CPE Units 1-4 and CPE Supervisor-in-Training (SIT) Units 1-4, with each of these Units consisting of 400 clock hours.

Through the partnership with SCA, ICPT delivers its 400-hour accredited CPE programs in a hybrid learning format. The partnership was established to integrate HCCN’s 40+ years of relevant, real-world CPE experience onto ICPT’s award-winning learning management platform for all 4 levels of CPE training and SIT training programs. This collaboration is intended to improve student learning outcomes while simplifying ICPT’s CPE Supervisor’s efforts to integrate current CPE events into instruction.

ICPT’s CPE Supervisors using SCA CPE content on the ICPT Canvas Learning Platform will be supported by the Spiritual Care Association and the HCCN Community. HCCN’s global community of healthcare and spiritual care providers, connects members around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing and inspiration that helps transform CPE teaching and learning.


Click Here to Enroll.

For more information or to register, please contact ICPT directly:
Phone: (407) 218-6481
Or visit

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