Supervised Clinical Ministry (CPE)

The clinical term experience includes group and individual supervision, frequent pastoral contact with patients/clients/parishioners, written case study reflections, significant peer evaluation and support, integration of theology and practice, and intentional reflection on one's pastoral identity. 

The requirement of a clinical term may be fulfilled by enrolling in a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at a certified CPE site. ELCA candidates have the option of participating in an approved alternate clinical experience developed by the contextual education office in accordance with the guidelines established by the Congregational and Synodical Mission Unit of the ELCA. 

CPE programs are available in the summer and also during the academic year and typically involve 400 hours of experience. Students enrolling in a clinical term during the academic year will need to reduce their academic load.

The ACPE website can be consulted for the purpose of identifying possible CPE sites. All arrangements for the clinical term experience, CPE or otherwise, are to be made in consultation with the seminary's CPE coordinator.