Units of CPE
CPE sites often offer several options for program enrollment. Most students complete standard or extended units, but some have enrolled in yearlong/residency programs after graduation.
Standard Unit: The standard unit is a minimum of 400 hours in a sequence of 11 weeks. Most students opt to enroll in a standard unit during the summer. It is useful to note that some sites also offer standard units during the fall, winter, and spring.
Extended (part-time) Unit: The extended unit is 400 hours of training spread over a longer period, usually 16 hours a week for 25 weeks and can be done during the academic year.
Yearlong Unit: The yearlong CPE programs (offered at some, but not all centers) consists of three to four consecutive units.
Residency: A residency is a 9 or 12 month program, for which one successful unit of CPE (Level I) is a prerequisite. It is usually a position that pays a stipend.
Units of Clinical Pastoral Education are offered at three different levels: Level I, Level II, and Supervisory. Program levels are sequential;l therefore the outcomes for each level must be completed before moving to the next level.
Level I CPE addresses basic competencies and issues of pastoral reflection, formation, identity and functioning. Level I CPE focuses on pastoral identity formation and initial pastoral function.
Level II CPE addresses advanced competencies and issues of pastoral function, reflection and integration. Level II CPE programs provide training aimed at a specialization or ministerial goal, such as institutional chaplaincy, pastoral counseling, or parish, appropriate to the training setting. Completion of two basic units and consultation with a committee of supervisors are typically required.
Supervisory CPE addresses the supervision and education in the theory and practice of supervision of Clinical Pastoral Education. Some students, after completing several units of CPE, choose to enroll in Supervisory CPE working toward certification as a CPE supervisor. In Supervisory CPE the student learns the theory and practice of supervision and has an experience of supervising CPE students under the guidance and with the consultation of a CPE supervisor.