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Clinical Pastoral Education

With a rich, 31-year history, Lehigh Valley Health Network is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education Inc. to conduct all levels of clinical pastoral education (CPE). Our mission is to educate and mentor individuals to become compassionate, competent spiritual caregivers in a diverse health care environment. Integrated into the interdisciplinary treatment teams throughout a premier three-campus community teaching hospital, our clinical pastoral education students are engaged in a curriculum that integrates theological reflection, clinical learning experiences and peer group interaction. They work toward personal awareness and professional competence in a structured, supervised environment.

Opportunities for students include clinical experiences in a Level I Trauma Center, emergency medicine, regional burn center, state-of-the-art critical care units, heart centers, cancer centers, pediatric services, maternal and perinatal services, hospice, behavioral health and medical-surgical units.

In our programs we:

  • Mentor the formation of pastoral/professional identity
  • Mentor the art of spiritual caregiving
  • Assist persons clarifying/discerning their vocation
  • Provide a culturally diverse learning environment
  • Educate through an experiential process method integrating theory and practice
  • Mentor qualified individuals toward becoming board-certified chaplains
  • Educate about critical thinking skills for spiritual care ministry and pastoral theology
  • Offer continuing education opportunities to local faith communities

Learn more about our pastoral care services.

We offer Level I, Level II and Supervisory Education programs through a yearlong residency program, an intensive summer unit, part-time extended units and a supervisory education program. Our programs combine the activity of spiritual caregiving with reflection about that care giving (through writing and discussion). We utilize a process-learning model that moves from the anxiety of not knowing enough of oneself and the skills and art of ministry, toward competencies that integrate compassion, self-awareness, theories and practice. Participants in CPE programs are guided by outcomes set by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, as well as their own particular learning covenants.


Our Faculty and Staff
You will find that our clinical pastoral educators come from diverse backgrounds and have a wide range of experiences. They will supervise your learning process, guiding you toward competencies that integrate compassion, self-awareness, theories and practice.

Programs We Offer
We offer Level I and Level II programs through a yearlong residency program, an intensive summer unit, extended (part-time) units and a supervisory education program.

Program Requirements
All of our programs vary in requirements for admittance. You will find a comprehensive guide to necessary and preferred requirements here. 

Tuition and Expenses
Find out about application fees, tuition expenses, tuition discounts and estimated costs here.

Application Forms
Download the forms and information you need to apply for our Clinical Pastoral Education program.

Resources for You
Learn about professional pastoral care organizations and link to the valuable resources they have available.