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What is CPE?


Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is the traditional pathway to professional chaplaincy, and is predicated on the model of action-reflection-action. CPE is a powerful tool for cultivating and deepening self-awareness. While it may seem counterintuitive, chaplains trained through CPE deepen their capacity for listening and understanding the experiences of others. 


In traditional CPE programs students come prepared with a seminary education and the CPE curriculum requires extensive written reflections. CFLC has adapted the CPE curriculum, making it more accessible and directly related to the actual practice of chaplaincy. 

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What are We Up To?


CPE for Everyone

One of CFLC’s core values is to make chaplaincy training as accessible as we can. From our experience training chaplains, we have learned that people engage in chaplaincy training for a variety of reasons. Some seek certification in order to pursue employed chaplaincy in traditional contexts. Some do not wish to be encumbered by the parameters of career chaplaincy and seek simply to develop their spiritual care skills, without further certification. While still others utilize the transformative process of CPE for their own personal growth and development. CFLC’s training program is designed to be flexible enough to support trainees as they pursue these diverse outcomes.


We created two tracks of training, both structured around the case study method pioneered by Anton Boisen and Dr. Richard Cabot. This method allows trainees to work at varying levels of intensity with an eye toward supporting different outcomes. Accessibility of this kind answers the growing need for adept and responsive lay chaplains, and to include under-represented voices in the practice of spiritual care. 

Pathways Through CPE

Parish and Diocesan Lay Licensing

*Important Note: All of our current training and education opportunities take place in and around the Greater Los Angeles Area.*

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Certified CPE Units

Certified Units of CPE fulfill requirements for ordination and certification for those pursuing professional chaplaincy. A certified unit requires 400 combined hours of clinical placement and class time.

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Information Sessions

There are many reasons why you may be considering a unit of CPE.  If you are unsure exactly which pathway is right for you or if you have more specific questions, you can join one of our Information Sessions happening on the 3rd Thursday of every month on Zoom.


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