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Clinical Pastoral Education

UNC Hospitals offers a unique opportunity for theological students, clergy and qualified lay persons to learn the art and science of pastoral care with suffering persons in a fast-paced and supportive environment.

Pastoral Care and the CPE Program are well integrated into the life and mission of UNC Hospitals. CPE students are valued members of the health care team, and participate in patient care, family meetings and ethics consults. CPE students work alongside staff chaplains within a large pastoral care department, with opportunities for multidisciplinary learning throughout our hospitals. CPE provides students with the opportunity to integrate their personal history and their theological heritage into an authentic pastoral identity. Students work with their supervisor to craft individual learning goals in this adult education format.

Each unit of CPE consists of at least 400 hours of training, 100 of which are spent in group and individual supervision. The curriculum is based on the clinical method of learning, utilizing information from the actual practice of ministry as the content for reflection.

Upcoming Programs

Term

Dates

Program Type

Application Fee

Application Deadline

Spring 2018

January 8-May 11

UNCMC Semester Internship

$25

Rolling*

Spring 2018

January 8-May 11

Community-Based CPE Internship

$25

Rolling*

Summer 2018

May 29-August 10

UNCMC Summer Internship

$25

Rolling*

Summer 2018

May 29-August 10

Community-Based CPE Internship

$25

Rolling*

Summer 2018

May 29-August 10

WakeBrook CPE Internship

$25

Rolling*

2018-2019

July 1, 2018– June 30, 2019

Year-Long Residency

$25

December 31st, 2017**

2018-2019

July 1, 2017– June 30, 2018

Second-Year Residency

$25

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2018-2020

Supervisory Residency

$25

Currently Filled

*UNC uses a rolling admissions policy for internships. Students are encouraged to apply early as applications are taken until the unit is full.
** For residency applications, interviews are scheduled from December through February, and decisions are made mid-February.

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Certification

Many students take CPE at UNC Hospitals with the goal of becoming certified as a chaplain. Credit for completed units of CPE can be applied towards requirements for ordination, seminary degrees, or professional certification.

To Apply

UNC Hospitals accepts the standard ACPE application. Please read and follow the instructions carefully. We encourage all applicants to contact our office for more information before applying.

Applications can be faxed to 984-974-0330 or mailed/emailed to the following address:

Clinical Pastoral Education Program
Department of Pastoral Care
UNC Hospitals
101 Manning Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
984.974.4021
Pastoral.education@unchealth.unc.edu
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