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Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

The Institute of Pastoral Studies does not offer CPE or have a CPE placement. CPE is conducted in accredited sites (generally but not exclusively hospitals) around the country. CPE is required of all IPS M.Div. students and open to all students at IPS. The Institute works with students to make connections to CPE and in the fall annually offers an information session. 

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is an interfaith method of theological education through which a student exercises and learns pastoral skills within a context of responsible relationships to people and under the direct supervision of a certified pastoral supervisor. It provides a learning situation for a ministerial student and continuing education for ministers in which they may develop awareness of the theological and psycho-social concerns of persons in crisis. CPE addresses personal growth matters of self awareness and self reflection, a key ministry concern.


While enrolled in any of the IPS programs, persons may take CPE as an elective part of their academic program or simply in addition to their program. CPE is a required component of the M.Div. degree. CPE may also be taken by MAPS students in fulfillment of their Field Education requirement.


The objectives of the CPE program are: 


The following outcomes for Level I CPE have been developed by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) and are used as the guidelines for evaluating students' progress.

Application and Timing

IPS does not provide CPE training. Persons apply to CPE programs by completing a common CPE application, which can be located on the ACPE website, www.acpe.edu. This website lists accredited ACPE programs by geographical region. Your completed common application can be sent to CPE supervisors at multiple CPE programs. The application procedure normally includes an interview with a CPE Supervisor. For placements outside the Chicago area, CPE interviews can be facilitated by William Schmidt, a member of the IPS faculty who is a certified CPE supervisor. Applications for a full-time summer unit (ten 40 hour weeks) are best completed during the previous fall semester. Applications for an extended unit (twenty 20 hour weeks) should be made six months in advance.

CPE Information Sessions

Each fall semester, IPS holds orientation sessions for students interested in learning about CPE. Information will be sent by email regarding the date, time and location of this orientation.

CPE Information Session Jerry Kaelin

CPE Information Session Student Speakers

Navigating the CPE Website

Directions for navigating the CPE Website at http://www.acpe.edu:

For general information: 

To locate sites: 

To obtain an application form: 

To view objectives and outcomes for Level I CPE: 

For any questions regarding CPE, please contact: Dr. Therese Lysaught at mlysaught@luc.edu.


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