Clinical Pastoral Education Program

During periods of illness and injury, many people take comfort from spiritual guidance. Teaching the art of caregiving through the practice of ministry, our Clinical Pastoral Education Program trains individuals to provide compassionate and appropriate pastoral and spiritual care to those facing health crises. We welcome the enrollment of:

  • Clergy
  • Theological students
  • Interested allied health professionals
  • Qualified laypersons

The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) has accredited our program with commendation.

Course Offerings

The program consists of two levels:

  • Summer, Fall, Spring, and Extended Internships
    This Clinical Pastoral Education (Level I) internship is designed for both clergy as well as individuals with no previous experience in Clinical Pastoral Education.
  • The Chaplain Residency
    (Level II) is a one-year paid program that allows participants to join Reading Hospital’s chaplaincy staff and practice advanced skills in pastoral/spiritual care of the sick.

Supervisory Education

Supervisory Education is an extended educational program that prepares a professional chaplain to successfully complete the Certification Process of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE) to become a Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor. The educational process can take from one to three years to become an Associate Supervisor. Students in Supervisory Education do some of their educational work at Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences in conjunction with the curriculum provided by the Eastern Pennsylvania Institute for Clinical Supervision (EPICS) that meets bi-monthly at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

For more information on the Eastern Pennsylvania Institute for Clinical Supervision (EPICS), please click on the following links:

If you have questions about the program or would like more information, call 484-628-0205.