Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education

Pine Rest has been an accredited location for Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) training since 1970.

CPE is a professional, experienced based education program, which allows each participant to develop their own pastoral ministry and leadership skills. The program is open to pastors, chaplains, seminary students, and lay persons.

  • Since 1970, Pine Rest’s CPE program has served over 1,000 seminarians, pastors, chaplains, and parish nurses.
  • Pine Rest offers Level I and Level II training. Specific level objectives and outcomes are available at the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education website.
  • Participants can take multiple units of CPE training through Pine Rest as they work toward board certification as professional chaplains through the Association of Professional Chaplains.
  • Pine Rest CPE students have come from across the United States, North and Central America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
  • CPE student interns can complete their training at their own ministry location or at Pine Rest.
  • CPE Interns placed at Pine Rest are fully integrated into the treatment programs and provide spiritual care for patients and staff. Pine Rest’s CPE program is accredited through the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.

The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.

55 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd.
Suite 835
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 320-1472

Clinical Pastoral Education includes Pastoral Reflection, Pastoral Formation and Pastoral Competence. Pastoral Specialization may also be an option for 4th unit participants.


CPE Components

The program is designed to train participants in pastoral care ministry through:

  • Active engagement in ministry
  • Reflection on pastoral experience
  • Assimilation of learning into ongoing ministry
  • Exploration of personal and pastoral identity
  • Examination of attitudes, values and assumptions
  • Reflections on relationships in ministry

Opportunities for clinical reflections occur in group settings, individual supervision and seminars with professionals from other disciplines.


Denominations Participating in CPE

Pine Rest CPE Interns represent a diverse, broad range of denominations, including:
• Reformed Church in America • Christian Reformed Church • Baptist • Roman Catholic • United Church of Christ • Episcopal • Evangelical Lutheran Church of America • Evangelical Presbyterian • Pentecostal • Non-Denominational • Church of God • 7th Day Adventist • United Methodist • Evangelical Covenant • Independent Free Church of America • Disciples of Christ • Wesleyan • Lutheran Church Missouri Synod • Presbyterian Church (USA) • Anglican • Antiochian Orthodox


Comments from Graduates

“I don’t know how I would ever have been able to complete 20 years of inner city type ministry without having gone through the CPE course. The classroom education, the practical application, the fellowship of staff and other students were extremely invaluable to me in my responsibilities as a pastor, but equally so as a husband and father.”

“CPE is one of the best educational opportunities I have found in and for my ministry development both personally and professionally. I have grown so much through this process of CPE. I feel that I am becoming the minister God called me to be—whole and holy. I hope that more Catholic lay ministers would take at least one unit as part of their ongoing formation in ministry.”


Application Form

Please click to access a PDF application.

You may also access the application from the Association For Clinical Pastoral Education Website

Completed applications, along with the $75.00 non-refundable application fee, should be mailed to: ATTN: Pastoral Services & CPE, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, Attention Pastoral Services, 300 68th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49548

Contact and Information

For additional information and/or application, please contact us using the form below or calling 616.281.6363 x2566.

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