Clinical Pastoral Education Program
The Department of Pastoral Care offers Clinical Pastoral Education training
to qualified clergy and seminary students. The CPE program is accredited
by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., to offer Level
I, II, and Supervisory Education. CPE is graduate-level clinical training
in ministry. It provides students an opportunity to practice and reflect
on the act of ministry and the person of the minister within the individual
and group settings. An accredited unit of CPE requires at least three
students and at least one hundred (100) hours of structured group and
individual education, accompanied by at least three hundred (300) hours
of clinical practice in ministry.
Mary Washington Healthcare’s accredited CPE program offers part-time
sessions in the fall and spring, and a full time intensive intern program
for seminarians is offered in the summer. We also have five full-time,
year-long resident positions, in which students with one unit of introductory
CPE spends a year in specialized training for ministry.
Persons interested in applying for one of the CPE programs should complete
an ACPE application. These applications can be found on the ACPE web page at
www.acpe.edu and should be submitted to Rebecca Highfield, CPE Educator/Chaplain, ACPE
Associate Certified Educator, at
Students in the Clinical Pastoral Education Program have included students
and graduates of Asbury Theological Seminary, Eastern Mennonite Seminary,
Duke Divinity School, Gettysburg Theological Seminary, Lancaster Seminary,
Virginia Theological Seminary, the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond,
Liberty University, Virginia Union University School of Theology, Union
Presbyterian Seminary, Wesley Theological Seminary, Howard Divinity School,
Numerous current and former members of the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force,
Marine Corps, and even the Central Intelligence Agency have complete one
or more Units of Clinical Pastoral Education training at Mary Washington Hospital.
We have had students from Ghana, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kenya, Nigeria, and
of course, all across the United States.