CPE Education Programs

CPE Residency Program

CPE Summer Program

CPE Extended and Extended Bilingual Program

CPE Supervisory Program

CPE Residency Program
The CPE Residency Program is a year-long program primarily for students who are exploring chaplaincy as a ministry career. The residency year starts on the Monday nearest to September 1 and ends on the Friday nearest to August 31 of the following year. The year includes three 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 weekend, holiday and equitable weeknight coverage through 12-hour on-call shifts (7 a.m. – 7p.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 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 March, 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 Supervisory CPE. A consultation with CPE supervisors and chaplains from the Texas Medical Center will be available for all residents during the third unit of CPE. Students who wish to move to Level II or to be admitted to a second year of residency must have a successful consultation.

Admission Requirements
Admission requires graduation from an accredited college with a bachelor's degree or equivalent, successful completion of one previous unit of CPE, 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 an Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) application form and have a successful admission interview with a panel consisting of supervisory 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
$28,500

Benefits

  • 15 days vacation
  • 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


CPE Summer Program
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 starts on the Monday closest to June 1 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 (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 the CPE supervisor. 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

  • Monetary compensation for all on-call hours
  • Meals during work hours
  • 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


CPE Extended and Extended Bilingual Program
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 on the Tuesday nearest to September 1 and concludes at the end of May (no classes the week of Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day and 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, holiday and occasional weeknight coverage through 12-hour on-call shifts (7 a.m.–7 p.m. or 7 p.m.–7 a.m.). 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 supervisor. 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

  • Monetary compensation for all on-call hours
  • 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


CPE Supervisory Program
The CPE Supervisory Program is a multi-year program exclusively for students who are exploring CPE supervision as a ministry career. The program starts on the Monday nearest to September 1 and ends on the Friday nearest to August 31 of the following year. Students are expected to meet with the Certification Committee of the Southwest Region within the first unit of the program for readiness. During the first unit of the second year, students are expected to meet the certification committee for candidacy. 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.

Supervisory students will experience a mixture of patient care and CPE supervisory educational experiences. Students will provide coverage to assigned units and will be 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 supervisory 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 value, and a heart for the ministry of supervision and education. Students must also have a successful admission interview with a panel consisting of ACPE supervisors and hospital chaplains.

Compensation
$29,000 (full-time position)

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