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Types of CPE Programs

Seven types of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Programs are offered at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Programs include:

  1. Part-Time Program
  2. Part-Time Community Partners Program
  3. Summer Intensive Program
  4. Residency Program
  5. Specialized Residency Program
  6. Supervisory Education Program
  7. Distance CPE Program

Part-Time Program

The Part-Time Program offers a flexible schedule for those seeking to learn more about chaplaincy in a hospital and to develop pastoral skills. Typically four to six students per campus are accepted into this program, which lasts for six months. The groups meet weekly for lectures, discussion and student presentations. Each student is responsible for on-call coverage of the hospital, typically weekends, and for eight to ten hours of visitation each week. The hours of visitation often can be negotiated so that students may integrate this program into their regular work schedule. This program is recommended for persons with ministry experience who are unable to leave their current employment, and who have an expressed interest in chaplaincy and pastoral skill development. Groups begin in the Fall and the Spring on both campuses.

Pre-requisites include:

  • Graduation from an accredited college
  • A completed application form and fee
  • An interview with a qualified interviewer
  • Eligibility to be a volunteer

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Part-Time Community Partners Program

The Part-Time Community Partners Program offers a flexible schedule for those seeking to learn more about spiritual care in a community and medical center partnership. Typically four to six students per campus are accepted into this program, which lasts for nine months. The groups meet weekly for lectures, discussion and student presentations. Each student will have some pastoral care responsibility in the medical center, no more than eight hours, and a community ministry assignment each week. The hours of visitation can be negotiated so that students may integrate this program into their regular work schedules. This program is recommended for persons with ministry experience who are unable to leave their current employment for a full-time residency or CPE unit, and who have an expressed interest in community and medical partnership as well as pastoral skill development.  Groups begin in the Fall at both campuses.

Pre-requisites include:

  • Graduation from an accredited college
  • A completed application form and fee
  • An interview with a qualified interviewer
  • Eligibility to be a volunteer

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Summer Intensive Program

The Summer Intensive Program offers a full-time CPE experience for those who seek to complete their one-unit CPE requirement in 13-14 weeks. Typically beginning in May, this program is competitive and often is coordinated with the curriculum of the Residency Program. Students will have the opportunity to cover multiple on call shifts for our hospitals and will contribute to day to day ministry of their respective departments. The Summer Intensive Program is the program of choice for seminarians seeking to complete their CPE requirements. Typically ten to twelve students are accepted into this 40+hour/week program. Group and supervisory times will occur throughout the week.

Pre-requisites for all summer intensive program include:

  • Graduation from an accredited college
  • A completed application form and fee
  • An interview with a qualified interviewer
  • Eligibility to be a volunteer

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Residency Program

The Residency Program is designed primarily for ordained persons with theological degrees. This is a full-time, year-long, experiential program at JHH that allows students to complete three consecutive units of CPE. Students accepted into this program are expected to work 40+hours/week including on-call coverage year-round. Students are challenged through assignments to specific clinical areas within Johns Hopkins for longer periods of time, while developing key relationships within the interdisciplinary team. The curriculum focuses on professional development as much as personal and pastoral reflection. Because the core group remains intact for a year, depth and learning occurs on many levels. A stipend in the amount of $27,000 is offered in addition to a complete benefit package to those who are accepted into this competitive program.

Pre-requisites include:

  • Master of Divinity Degree
  • Minimum of one ACPE, Inc. accredited CPE unit completed
  • Ecclesiastical endorsement or in good standing with a faith group
  • A completed application form and fee
  • An interview with a qualified interviewer
  • Eligibility to be an employee of The Johns Hopkins Hospital

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Specialized Residency Program

The Specialized Residency Program is competitive and is designed for the exceptional CPE student interested in furthering their education, while developing a specialty.

The specialized students at JHH join the current residency group for didactics, presentations, and supervisory sessions. At times, the curriculum will differ for specialized residents as each student is invited to take a more active part in developing their learning opportunities. Second year residents will also participate in the on-call ministry with the first year residents. A stipend in the amount of $29,000 is offered in addition to a complete benefit package to those accepted into this specialty program.

Pre-requisites include:

  • Master of Divinity Degree
  • Minimum of four ACPE, Inc. accredited CPE units completed
  • Ecclesiastical endorsement or in good standing with a faith group
  • A completed application form and fee (including the additional questions for second year)
  • An interview with a qualified interviewer
  • Eligibility to be an employee of The Johns Hopkins Hospital

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Supervisory Education Program

The Supervisory Education Program is designed for the CPE student who has completed a minimum of four units of ACPE, Inc. accredited CPE and has met the Outcomes for Level II functioning set forth by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. Students considering supervisory education should become familiar with the certification process within ACPE, Inc. and should be prepared to make a long-term commitment to their education. Supervisory education students are part of a regional peer group and are trained, one-on-one, with their supervisor. Exposure to theory and group facilitation is often the beginning as a student enters this intensive education at the JHH or Bayview location, and will last three years.

Please call the CPE Registrar for the most current information related to openings in this program.

Pre-requisites include:

  • Master of Divinity Degree
  • Minimum of four accredited CPE units completed
  • Ecclesiastical endorsement or in good standing with a faith group
  • A completed Supervisory Education application form and fee
  • An interview with a qualified interviewer
  • Eligibility to be an employee of The Johns Hopkins Hospital or Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

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Distance CPE Program

The Distance CPE Program offers a level I CPE unit by utilizing technology to provide credit to students who cannot participate in any of our part-time CPE programs.  Typically, five to seven students participate in an on-line based, interactive CPE unit that requires written and video participation for class and individual sessions.  The hours of visitation, as well as the placement site(s) for ministry, are negotiated for each student.  Students that are accepted must own the technology required to participate in the educational seminars and sessions, as well as the ability to travel to Baltimore, Maryland three times during the unit. In addition to the ministry you offer, the estimated online educational time will be 7-8 hours per week.  This group commences at the beginning of each calendar year.   

Pre-requisites include:

  • Graduation from an accredited college
  •  A completed application form and fee
  • An interview with a qualified interviewer
  • Skillset basics for video conferencing
  • Ownership of equipment required for participating

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