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Clinical Pastoral Education

Baptist Health Medical Center - Little Rock was a pioneering center in the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) movement in the mid 1960's through the late 1970's, but ceased to be a center in 1977. After 30 years, ACPE returned to Baptist Health in 2008 and we have been a fully accredited center with the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education since April 2010.

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Clinical Pastoral Education is the only chaplaincy training program that opens the door for Board Certification as a chaplain by the Association of Professional Chaplains. Each unit of CPE is 400 hours, and in the year long residency students earn four units of CPE.

What is CPE?

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is an intensive experiential educational program for pastors and religious leaders interested in developing their clinical skills. Students engage in pastoral work and reflect on their experience with a certified supervisor and a peer group. Key areas for learning include integrating theology into pastoral practice, formation as a religious leader, and self-reflection and knowledge. CPE can be an excellent tool for discernment, self-care and renewal. The CPE participant's contract is developed around the learning goals of:

  • Pastoral Reflection - reflection on one's self as person and pastor in relationship to persons in crisis, the supervisor, and peer group members, as well as the curriculum and institutional setting.

  • Pastoral Formation - focus on personal and pastoral identity issues in learning and ministry.

  • Pastoral Competence - deepening and unfolding of competence in pastoral function, pastoral skills and knowledge of theology and the behavioral sciences.

The CPE Residency at Baptist Health Medical Center - Little Rock

Interviews for the four resident positions begin in December and end in March each year for the following August. The program consists of a one-year, full-time CPEl Residency program from August through August. For exact dates contact our center.

Benefits currently include:

Stipend of $24,000 for the year; no or low cost health and dental insurance (depending on the plan selected) with an option to purchase family coverage; life insurance; earned personal time off, and the other benefits that employees of Baptist Health enjoy.

How to Apply:

The application and instructions can be found at ACPE.EDU under the forms tab on the left column. Email your intentions to apply along with the completed application materials to carpwf@cs.com or Stan.Wilson@baptist-health.org. There is no application fee or tuition for the Residency at Baptist. Previous CPE is not necessary. We do require a bachelors degree in religion and prefer seminary hours. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Bill Carpenter, ACPE Supervisor, or Dr. Stan Wilson, System Director of Pastoral Care at 501-202-2569 or at the above email addresses.


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