Clinical Pastoral Education
The Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE) educates professionals and lay persons for ministry in hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, mental health centers, congregations and other settings. Through Gundersen Health System Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), you'll develop skills and understanding to serve people at crossroads in their lives. Some are dealing with serious illnesses; some are aging or facing new challenges; others are dealing with death.
Our CPE program offers education for ordained and lay ministers to develop into pastoral care. Programs include:
- Yearlong residency (Preferred - 1 credit of prior CPE)
- Summer intensive unit
- Basic extended unit
- Certified Educator Candidate Training Program
Students serve in the hospital, hospice and other clinical settings in our community. CPE students work closely with our faculty, Gundersen Health System professionals and with a rich diversity of patients and residents.
Four to six positions are available for the summer full-time unit beginning May 31, 2022 and ending Aug. 13, 2022.
Five to six positions are available beginning Aug. 23, 2021, for a 12-month plus one week residency comprised of three four-month terms. Clinical assignments are in our Level III trauma center and hospital setting with possible hospice placement. Pre-requisite is successful completion of one CPE unit. Consult the program brochure for benefit details.
Four to seven positions are available for part-time CPE. The class meets on Fridays from 7:45 a.m. - 2 p.m. from mid-October through April, with the exception of orientation during the first two weeks when students will meet on Thursdays and Fridays from 7:45 a.m. - 4 p.m. Each student is on call at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center an average of two times each month. The program is open to clergy, seminarians, and Jay persons. Our next Extended CPE unit begins Oct. 7, 2021 -April 29, 2022.
Certified Educator Candidate Training Program
One position is available as a certified educator candidate (CEC) for the purpose of becoming certified as an ACPE educator.
- Successful completion of a minimum of four units of CPE.
- Demonstration of spiritual care and conceptual competence as evidenced by the completion of Level I/Level II ACPE Outcomes.
- Graduate theological degree or equivalent.
- Ordination or commissioning to function as a spiritual care provider by an appropriate religious/spiritual authority as determined by ACPE.
- Endorsement/statement of accountability from an appropriate religious/spiritual authority as determined by ACPE.
- Completion of ACPE CEC application including essay questions. (set up of ACPE portfolio is not necessary to apply)
For more information, a description of the CEC educational process and the CEC application please visit the ACPE website.
Tuition per unit
Thanks to generous support from Gundersen Medical Foundation, tuition cost is only $200 per unit.
Stipends and Benefits
- Extended - $750 (subject to approval)
- Summer - $750 (subject to approval)
- CPE Residency - $40,000
- Supervisory - $51,000
* All stipends subject to change based on labor laws and budget approvals.
Benefits: Please consult brochure for benefits for your specified program.
- Rev. Edith Finsaasal, ACPE Certified Educator
- Rev. Tara Shilts, BCC, CEC
- Rev. Israel Mutema, CEC
- Sr. Marcia Baumert, BCC
- Rev. Christian Ricker, BCC
- Rev. Marvin Jonasen
- Rev. Anna Gordon
- Sharon Lukert, ACPE Associate Certified Educator
- Thomas Harter, PhD, Clinical Ethics
- Karen Hayter, MS, RN, PhD
- Andrew Borgert, PhD, Biostatistician
- Eileen Severson, MLIS
- Denise Nicholson, RN, Caritas Coach
Contact Spiritual Care
Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
55 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, Suite 835
Atlanta, GA 30308
Fax: (404) 320-0849
Monetary contributions allow students opportunities for growth and discovery in spiritual meaning.