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Clinical Pastoral Education

Memorial Hermann Health System is accredited by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE) and recognized by the Department of Education, Washington, D.C., and the American Association of Theological Schools.

The ACPE contact information is:

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
One West Court Square, Suite 325
Decatur, GA 30030
Phone: 404-320-1472


To become a Board-Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains, CPE is required. Our program is a theologically based, experiential education program that equips clergy, seminarians and lay people with knowledge and skills to provide spiritual care.

How to Apply
CPE Staff


Summer CPE is a 10- or 11-week ministry and training experience. The course of study focuses on ministry formation, development and pastoral skills. It provides clinical education for theological students, clergy and lay persons.

Community CPE (extended) is designed for the seminary student, local clergy or lay person who wishes to complete one or more units of training on a part-time basis. These units usually begin in the fall and end in the spring. No stipend is available.

CPE Residency is a ministry and training experience designed for the clergyperson or advanced seminarian. It provides a more in-depth learning opportunity for those wishing to increase their pastoral care skills in preparation for parish or institutional ministry. Stipends and employee benefits are provided.

Supervisory CPE Residency is a two-year residency for the clergyperson who has successfully completed minimally four units of CPE, has additional pastoral experience and is seeking certification to teach clinical pastoral education. This residency is renewable on a year-to-year basis.

For more information about stipends for residencies and tuition for all programs, contact CPE Director at 713-704-0733.

The CPE residency will provide:

  • A developmental perspective of human growth and personality
  • Various literature and perspectives on theology and behavioral sciences in pastoral care
  • The rationale and procedures for referral
  • Theories and models of pastoral care and counseling

As a CPE resident, you will:

  • Develop your own personality and spiritual path
  • Learn how your thoughts, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors affect the way you do ministry
  • Explore the relationship between your beliefs and behaviors
  • Identify your weaknesses and strengths as person and pastor
  • Learn to articulate and modify your goals for personal and professional development
  • Fine-tune your skills and knowledge through assessment and supervision
  • Cultivate effective pastoral relationships with the health care team through your emerging understanding of self
  • Articulate a theological perspective congruent with your understanding of people
  • Make pastoral assessments using psychological, social and faith perspectives
  • Develop a pastoral plan in ministry
  • Lead worship using your pastoral identity and the needs of patients and hospital staff

The CPE residency may include seminars and other learning opportunities such as:

  • Bioethics
  • Case conference seminars
  • Death, dying and grief ministry
  • Interpersonal relationship seminar (IPR)
  • Multidisciplinary seminars (MDS)
  • Multidisciplinary rounds
  • Pastoral conversation seminars
  • Theological integration seminars
  • Theological and psychosocial dynamics of the human life cycle seminars
  • Theological reflection seminars
  • Worship and spirituality
  • Verbatim seminars
  • Family systems theory
  • Preparation for board certification

How to Apply

For summer CPE:

  • Send a completed ACPE application and a non-refundable $25 application fee
  • Send a screening interview from ACPE supervisor (or interview in Houston when possible)
  • Have completed the first year of seminary (exceptions may be made for lay people)

For CPE residency and extended programs:

  • Send a completed ACPE application and a non-refundable $25 application fee
  • Send a copy of previous CPE evaluations (student and supervisor)
  • Interview with Memorial Hermann supervisors and screening committee
  • Have completed or in process a Master of Divinity degree or equivalent (not required of extended CPE students)

For supervisory CPE residency:

  • Send a completed ACPE application and a non-refundable $25 application fee
  • Send a copy of previous (student and supervisor) CPE evaluations
  • Interview with Memorial Hermann supervisors and screening committee
  • Have successfully completed minimally four units of CPE
  • Have completed a Master of Divinity degree or equivalent
  • Have ecclesiastical endorsement

Notice Regarding Privacy of Records

  • This ACPE CPE Center/Program guarantees to its students the rights to inspect and review education records, to seek to amend them, to specified control over release of record information, and to file a complaint against the program for alleged violations of these Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) rights.
  • A student has the right to object to record content. If not negotiable, the written objection will be kept with and released with the record. Grades are exempted from this right.
  • Violations of these protocols may be reported to the Chair of the Accreditation Commission at: ACPE, 1549 Clairmont Road, Suite 103, Decatur, GA 30033.

For more information and an application, contact:

CPE Director
System Clinical Pastoral Education
Cullen Bldg., Box 31
6411 Fannin
Houston, Texas 77030
713-704-5694 Fax