The Center for Pastoral Education at The Jewish Theological Seminary offers the following multifaith units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE):
"CPE at JTS was the most transformative growth experience of my adult life."
-Matt Klein, cantor, CS '11
At the Center for Pastoral Education, we equip religious leaders to serve the most vulnerable members of their communities. Our students are immersed in expertly supervised clinical practice that fosters skill building, theological development, and pastoral identity formation. By re-envisioning clergy learning contexts to include hospice rooms, soup kitchens, nursing homes, and prisons, the Center has placed the life and death issues of real people at the heart of JTS education.
Hospice and Elder Care CPE for Seminarians (summer unit)
(May 23, 2016-August 12, 2016)
This 400-hour,12-week intensive training program teaches seminarians of all faiths how to best provide pastoral care. The center offers two unique summer programs: the Elder Care 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. Applicants who have a successful interview with a JTS CPE supervisor will then interview with a specific clinical site. Descriptions of current clinical sites are available upon request.
Hospice CPE for Seminarians (academic year, part-time)
(October 20, 2015- May 10, 2016; Tuesdays 1:00-5:30 p.m.)
This full unit runs the length of the academic year. Chaplain interns meet one afternoon a week at JTS and complete 11 hours of clinical work a 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. This stipend is intended to help offset the cost of tuition and living expenses. Descriptions of current clinical sites are available upon request.
Clergy and Religious Leaders (part-time, half unit)
Monday Program: One Monday each month, October 19, 2015-June 20, 2016
Tuesday Program: One Tuesday each month, October 20, 2015-June 21, 2016
Chicago Program: February 2016 – July 2016*
*Sessions will be conducted through a combination of in person and via videoconference meetings. In person meetings take place at JTS’s Chicago office at 65 E Wacker Pl, Chicago, IL 60601
Participants 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 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.
General Structure of the CPE Units
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 all documents to email@example.com.
In addition to the standard requirements, the Clergy and Religious Leaders program requires the following:
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. FERPA rights can be viewed here. The Center's Annual Notice on student records can be found here.
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.
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