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Clinical Pastoral Education

Our Foundation: the Action/Reflection Model of Education

The action/reflection model of education is the foundation for learning in the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program at East Jefferson General Hospital (EJGH). It is process learning. It is a model that begins with a clinical experience, followed with reflection of the experience that generates critical feedback, consultation, and hopefully, new insight that can be utilized in the next clinical experience.

Applicant interviews

A face-to face interview is required for all programs. The applicant incurs travel expenses for interviews. Applying to a program does not assume that an interview is automatically to follow. For the residency group, experience in ministry and an awareness of the CPE model of learning is required. Such experience is best demonstrated through one unit of ACPE CPE.

The ACPE CPE interview process is more than a job interview, but an interview concerning the applicant’s ability for self-reflection, self-awareness, personal flexibility and an ability and willingness to learn about self.

Program information

Residency Year (Level I and Level II)

Four Unit Program – 12 months, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, with shared on-call responsibilities 24 hours a day. Responsibilities include assigned areas of the hospital where pastoral care is provided to patients, family members and staff; on-call responsibilities that are shared with peers; participation in the ACPE CPE curriculum; participation in the continued growth and functioning of the Pastoral Care Department. Stipend provided. Tuition is charged.

Requirements for the residency position:

Must have completed a high school education. College degree and seminary education from an institution recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation is required for the Residency Program. One unit of ACPE CPE is preferred. Ordination and/or ecclesiastical endorsement preferred. At least two-years of ministry experience is strongly preferred that demonstrates an ability to minister during crisis and in a constantly changing environment.

East Jefferson General Hospital Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program

East Jefferson General Hospital CPE Program offers opportunities for Residency in Level I/Level II Clinical Pastoral Education.

The year-long, full-time, Four Units, Residency challenges CPE students to integrate theological studies with hands-on ministry experience.

2020/2021 Residency

Dates: August 17, 2020 – August 13, 2021
Tuition: $250/Unit
Stipend: $35,568/YR
Benefits: Medical and dental insurance, PTO (paid time off), on-call meal tickets


  • Master of Divinity degree or equivalent (completed or in process)
  • One Unit of CPE preferred
  • On-site interview with CPE screening committee

Application form is available on this website and/or at

Please address Inquiries, and Applications with a non-refundable application fee of $25.00 to:

Rev. Jo Clare Wilson
Interim ACPE Educator
East Jefferson General Hospital
Phone: 203.209.6841
(Completed applications may be submitted by e-mail).

EJGH CPE Program is accredited by ACPE, Inc., 55 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, Suite 835, Atlanta, GA

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