CPE Programs

Residency


The CPE Residency Program is a year-long program primarily for students who are exploring chaplaincy as a ministry career. The residency year starts the first week of September and ends in late August. The year includes four units of CPE. Each unit comprises a minimum of 300 hours of clinical work (patient care) and a minimum of 100 hours of group education through verbatim or case study reflection, reading seminars, didactic presentations and integrative seminars.

Students will provide coverage to their assigned units in cooperation with a seasoned chaplain and will be required to participate in holiday and equitable weeknight coverage through on-call shifts (typically 5 p.m. – 7 a.m.). Contact the Spiritual Care and Education Department for a detailed description of the residency curriculum.

The month of September consists of orientation to the hospital and the Spiritual Care and Education Department. Students choose their patient care areas and begin to provide patient care and on-call coverage to the hospital. Individual units run during the months of October through December, February through April and June through August. During January and May, students provide clinical coverage to their floors, attend selected workshops, field trips, seminars and retreats, and schedule vacation time.

Houston Methodist is accredited to offer Level I, Level II and Educator CPE. A consultation with ACPE Certified Educators and board certified chaplains from the Houston area will be available for all residents during the third unit of CPE. Students who wish to move to Level II must have a successful consultation.

Admission Requirements

Admission requires graduation from an accredited college with a bachelor's degree or equivalent,  active affiliation with a denomination or faith community, strong interpersonal skills, a commitment to the Houston Methodist I CARE values, and a heart for ministry to persons who are suffering. Students must complete an Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) application form and have a successful admission interview with a panel consisting of educators and chaplaincy staff. Strong preference will be given to students who have a Master of Divinity or equivalent from an accredited seminary or who are actively enrolled in such a degree program.

 

Compensation

Competitive, adjusted annually

Benefits

  • 15 days paid time off
  • Holidays*
  • Two professional days
  • Health insurance (provided for residents and available for a fee for dependents)
(* New Year's Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day)

Costs

  • Application fee: $25, due with completed application
  • Deposit: $50, due upon acceptance into program
  • Tuition, first unit: $250 (includes deposit), due on first day of program
  • Tuition, subsequent units: $200, due on first day of unit



Summer Internship


The CPE Summer Program is primarily for students who are enrolled in an accredited seminary and who are taking this unit to fulfill a denominational or seminary requirement for CPE as a field education placement. The summer unit begins the last week of May and concludes on the Friday nearest to August 15. The unit comprises a minimum of 300 hours of clinical work (patient care) and a minimum of 100 hours of group education through verbatim or case study reflection, reading seminars, didactic presentations and integrative seminars.

Students will provide coverage to their assigned units in cooperation with a seasoned chaplain and will be required to participate in weekend, holiday and occasional weeknight coverage through 12-hour on-call shifts (typically 7 a.m.–7 p.m. or 7 p.m.–7 a.m.). The program strives to give students an even distribution of day and night coverage. Contact the Spiritual Care and Education Department for a detailed description of the summer unit curriculum.

Admission Requirements

Admission requires graduation from an accredited college with a bachelor's degree or equivalent, active affiliation with a denomination or faith community, strong interpersonal skills, a commitment to the Houston Methodist I CARE values and a heart for ministry to the sick. Students must complete a standard ACPE application and have a successful admission interview with a CPE Educator. Strong preference will be given to students who are actively enrolled in a Master of Divinity or equivalent degree program from an accredited seminary.

Compensation

  • Hourly wage for on-call service
  • Hospital employee parking

 

Costs

  • Application fee: $25, due with completed application 
  • Deposit: $50, due upon acceptance into program
  • Tuition: $250 (includes deposit) due on first day of program



Extended Internship


The CPE Extended Program is primarily for students who want to develop their skills in hospital ministry, students who want to explore chaplaincy as a ministry career or ministers who are seeking a change in ministry focus. The unit starts the first week of September and concludes in late May (no classes the week of Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day and Christian Holy Week). The unit comprises a minimum of 300 hours of clinical work (patient care) and a minimum of 100 hours of group education through verbatim or case study reflection, reading seminars, didactic presentations and integrative seminars.

Students will provide coverage to their assigned units in cooperation with a seasoned chaplain and will be required to participate in weekend and holiday coverage through 12-hour on-call shifts (typically 7 a.m.–7 p.m. or 7 p.m.–7 a.m.) at Houston Methodist Hospital. Classes meet one evening a week for three hours, and clinical ministry involves approximately 45 hours of patient care per month, including on-call coverage. The program strives to give students an even distribution of day and night coverage. Students may choose to enroll for a single extended unit or to complete four units (as required for certification by the American Association of Chaplains or the National Association of Catholic Chaplains). Contact the Spiritual Care and Education Department for a detailed description of the extended unit curriculum.

Admission Requirements

Admission requires graduation from an accredited college with a bachelor's degree or equivalent, active affiliation with a denomination or faith community, strong interpersonal skills, a commitment to the Houston Methodist I CARE values and a heart for ministry to the sick. Students must complete a standard ACPE application and have a successful admission interview with the CPE educator. Preference will be given to students who are actively enrolled in a Master of Divinity or equivalent degree program from an accredited seminary or who already have such a degree.

Compensation

  • Hourly wage for on-call service
  • Parking validated for classes and clinical hours

 

Costs

  • Application fee: $25, due with completed application
  • Deposit: $50, due upon acceptance into program
  • Tuition, first unit: $250 (includes deposit), due on first day of program
  • Tuition, subsequent units: $200, due on first day of unit



Educator CPE


The CPE Educator Program is a multi-year program exclusively for students who are exploring CPE education as a ministry career. Each unit comprises a minimum of 300 hours of clinical work (patient care and/or supervisory experience) and a minimum of 100 hours of group education through verbatim or case study reflection, reading seminars, didactic presentations and integrative seminars.

Education students are required to participate in on-call coverage in rotation with staff chaplains and/or CPE students. Contact the Spiritual Care and Education Department for a detailed description of the supervisory curriculum. Houston Methodist Hospital is accredited to offer educator CPE.

Admission Requirements

Admission requires graduation from an accredited college with a bachelor's degree or equivalent, graduation from an accredited seminary with a Master of Divinity or equivalent, successful completion of a minimum of four units of CPE, demonstration of having met Level II outcomes, ordination and/or endorsement by a recognized denomination or faith community, strong interpersonal skills, a commitment to the Houston Methodist I CARE values, and a heart for the ministry of education. Students must also have a successful admission interview with a panel consisting of ACPE Certified Educators and hospital chaplains.

Compensation

Competitive, adjusted annually (full-time staff position)

Benefits

  • 15 days paid time off
  • Holidays*
  • Eight professional days
  • Health insurance (provided for student and available for a fee for dependents)
(* New Year's Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day)

Costs

  • Application fee: $25, due with completed application
  • Deposit: $50, due upon acceptance into program
  • Tuition, first unit: $250 (includes deposit), due on first day of program
  • Tuition, subsequent units: $200, due on first day of unit