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For Health Professionals

Clinical Pastoral Education

Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center combines an expansive learning environment, innovative curriculum, and a creative three-person faculty to provide collaborative Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)—interfaith professional education for ministry. The program brings theological students and ministers of all faiths (pastors, priests, rabbis, imams, and others) into supervised encounters with persons in crisis. From intense involvement, feedback from peers and teachers, theological reflection on human situations, and an interdisciplinary team process, students develop:

  • New awareness of themselves and the needs of those to whom they minister
  • Clearer understanding of ministry
  • Increased skills in interpersonal and inter-professional relationships

Staff and students minister at Baylor St. Luke’s, a premier adult hospital, and at Texas Children’s Hospital, a nationally recognized Level One trauma facility. These settings provide invaluable learning opportunities, ranging from “routine” ministry on assigned floors to crisis-based spiritual care, while on-call.

The CPE curriculum rigorously supports clinical learning through a wide scope of relevant topics. The curriculum is augmented by outside consultants, including psychotherapists and pastoral theologians, who work directly with program participants to assist with special projects that address personal and spiritual narratives. Our Visiting Scholars Series draws upon renowned professors who explore topics that emerge from our diverse student groups. Every day, the seasoned experience and innovative expertise of our knowledgeable faculty promote personal and professional growth. 

Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is fully accredited to offer Level I, Level II, and Supervisory CPE by: 

Association For Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
1549 Clairmont Road, Suite 103
Decatur, Georgia  30033