Center for Pastoral Education Programs

The Center for Pastoral Education at The Jewish Theological Seminary offers the following programs and units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE): 

Certificate in Pastoral Care and Counseling
Full-Time Summer CPE Unit 
Part-Time Extended Hospice CPE Unit
Part-Time Extended Multifaith Half-Unit for Clergy and Religious Leaders (New York & Chicago)

General Structure of the CPE Units
Any seminarian or clergy interested in developing skills for helping people in crisis can enroll in a single CPE unit. The programs emphasize pastoral skill-building, the formation of a pastoral identity, and the articulation of a theology that emerges out of encounters with suffering.

  • All full units of CPE consist of 300 clinical hours of pastoral work in clinical settings and 100 hours of educational seminars.
  • The educational components of CPE include student presentations of verbatims—written reports of individual visits with patients—with extensive attention paid to pastoral skills, identity, and theology.
  • Students participate in regular individual supervision and regular Interpersonal Relations (IPR) seminars. IPRs are open-agenda seminars in which students focus on developing interpersonal skills by engaging in an in-the-moment learning process, with an emphasis on recognizing feelings and learning how to journey deeply with others.
  • In addition, students participate in seminars on a variety of pastoral topics with contributions by JTS faculty members and guest lecturers.
  • ACPE is grounded in the "reflective practitioner" model of learning, which helps students integrate their identities and prior knowledge with the new insights that emerge in the process of practicing pastoral care.

All units of CPE offered are accredited through the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). For comprehensive information about Clinical Pastoral Education, please go to ACPE.

Policies and Procedures for All JTS CPE Students 
The Center for Pastoral Education meets all ACPE standards, and ensures that students are informed in writing of all policies, procedures, rights, and responsibilities that pertain to them as participants in ACPE programs at JTS and UTS Satellite.

All CPE students are protected by FERPA rights.

Full-Time Summer CPE Unit (May 19, 2015–August 7, 2015)
This 400-hour, 12-week intensive training program teaches seminarians of all faiths how to best provide pastoral care. The center offers summer CPE in two unique programs: the Social Service CPE Program and the Hospice CPE Program. Chaplain interns spend three days a week providing pastoral care at clinical sites and the other two days at JTS for educational seminars. Students enrolled in this unit are eligible for a stipend granted through the Caring Commission of the UJA-Federation of New York. This stipend is intended to help offset the cost of tuition and living expenses.                                                                    
Tuition: $800

We accept applications on a rolling basis. Students who have a successful interview with the CPE supervisor will then interview with a specific clinical site. Descriptions of current clinical sites are available upon request.

Apply to the Full-Time Summer CPE Program (PDF). To submit a reference for an applicant, please use the reference form (PDF).

To submit an application or reference form or for further questions, please contact us.

Part-Time Hospice CPE Unit (October 21, 2014–May 10, 2015; Tuesdays 1–5:30 p.m.)
The Jewish Theological Seminary offers a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education to seminarians of all faiths during the academic year. There are five positions available for chaplain interns, who will complete 11 clinical hours per week on a flexible schedule. Placements are at the Mollie and Jack Zicklin Jewish Hospice Residence in Riverdale, New York, and other hospice sites that are part of the Metropolitan Jewish Health System. Students enrolled in this unit are eligible for a stipend granted through the Caring Commission of the UJA-Federation of New York (pending annual approval). This stipend is intended to help offset the cost of tuition and living expenses.
Tuition: $800

Apply to the Part-Time Hospice CPE Program (PDF). To submit a reference for an applicant, please use the reference form (PDF). 

We accept applications on a rolling basis. To submit an application or reference form or for further questions, please contact us.

Part-Time Multifaith Half-Unit for Clergy and Religious Leaders

New York Program: Monthly—Mondays, October 27, 2014–June 15, 2015 or Tuesdays, October 28, 2014–June 16, 2015

Chicago Program: Monthly—Thursdays, January 2015 through August 2015 

The Chicago program will take place at 65 E. Wacker Pl, Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60601

The part-time CPE program for clergy and religious community leaders allows participants to delve into the unique aspects of pastoral work that arise in congregational settings and places of professional pastoral practice.

This singular program credits participants for the pastoral work which they complete in their places of employment. We focus on supporting the reflective practitioner, enhancing the art of pastoral care, and teaching advanced skills for meeting the pastoral needs of congregations.

The Part-Time Multifaith CPE Program is accredited through the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE).

  • Participants gather at JTS as a group once a month either on Monday or Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Participants will present written reports on their pastoral work and take part in educational seminars.
  • Once a month, participants will have individual sessions with one of the ACPE supervisors. These will take place at JTS, when geographically possible or by phone/Skype.
  • Chicago program follows the same model, but takes place at JTS in Chicago.

We accept applications on a rolling basis. Apply to the Part-Time Multifaith Program for Clergy and Religious Leaders (PDF). To submit a reference for an applicant, please use the reference form (PDF).

In addition to the application requirements, the Part-Time Multifaith CPE Program requires the following:

  • A letter describing the contexts in which they work and how they envision dividing their time so that they can demonstrate sufficient pastoral contacts to meet the 180-hour pastoral work component of the program
  • A letter from their community (PDF) affirming its support for the applicant to participate in this program. Attached is a letter to congregations (PDF) explaining the program.
  • The program fee of $600.

To submit an application or reference form or for further questions, please contact us.

Certificate in Pastoral Care and Counseling
Anyone with an MA or pursuing an MA in Jewish Studies or a related field can earn the new Certificate in Pastoral Care and Counseling, which includes academic learning, professional skills, and religious and personal identity-formation. The certificate is essential for students interested in becoming professional chaplains, as well as students training to become clergy or religious professionals in agencies or schools. The curriculum will provide them with in-depth, high-level training rich with the pastoral resources of Judaism to serve the needs of their congregants, clients, and students. View a detailed description of the Certificate in Pastoral Care and Counseling (PDF) program and its requirements. 

Apply to the Certificate in Pastoral Care and Counseling (PDF). 
For students currently enrolled in one of the graduate schools of JTS, please contact Rabbi Ute Steyer at utsteyer@jtsa.edu for application instructions. To submit a reference for an applicant, please use the reference form (PDF).

To submit an application or reference form or for further questions, please contact us.

Application Materials and Instructions for Submission
All application materials (forms, essays, letters of recommendations, etc.) must be submitted electronically (attached as a PDF or word document). Please send these documents to infocpe@jtsa.edu.

Please, refer your recommenders to this website to submit their recommendations through the online reference forms listed under each program to infocpe@jtsa.edu.

Clicking on the links listed under each program/unit opens a writable PDF form. You need to have Adobe Acrobat installed. Using third-party software such as Apple Preview corrupts the field data and the entered data will not show in the form fields when opened in Adobe Acrobat or Acrobat Reader on a Mac or PC.

SOLUTION
Follow the steps below to prevent this from happening:

  1. Download Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  2. Install Adobe Acrobat Reader following the prompts.
  3. Once Acrobat is installed, locate the PDF on your Mac.
  4. Right-Click (Control+Click) on the PDF file and choose Get Info (You can also press Command+I to pull up this same dialog box).
  5. Once the Information panel opens, look for Open With: section.
  6. In the drop-down menu, choose Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  7. Click the Change All... button to set all PDFs to open with Adobe Acrobat Reader. You will have to chose OK to verify the changes.
  8. Close all dialog boxes as this should take care of the issue from here on.

Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisors
The Rev. Beth Glover (Clergy Part-Time CPE)
Allison Kestenbaum (Clergy Part-Time CPE, Summer Social Service CPE)
Rabbi Mychal B. Springer (Summer Social Service CPE, Clergy Part-Time CPE)
Daniel Silberbush, Supervisory Education Student (Hospice CPE)