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Clinical Pastoral Education

UVA Health offers primary and tertiary care to people of Virginia and the entire world. In this rich educational setting, the Clinical Pastoral Education Program (CPE) provides an opportunity to learn the art of spiritual healing from caring mentors. You'll also learn about yourself through rewarding service in the challenging atmosphere of an acute-care hospital.

What is Clinical Pastoral Education?

Clinical pastoral education is interfaith professional education for ministry. It brings theological students and ministers of all faiths (pastors, priests, rabbis, imams and others) into supervised encounters with persons in crisis. Out of an intense involvement with persons in need, and the feedback from peers and teachers, students develop new awareness of themselves as persons and of the needs of those to whom they minister. From theological reflection on specific human situations, they gain a new understanding of ministry. Within the interdisciplinary team process of helping persons, they develop skills in interpersonal and interprofessional relationships.

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Our program is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.

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Discrimination Policy

The University of Virginia Health System Department of Chaplaincy Services and Pastoral Education does not discriminate against any person on the basis of age, citizenship, color, handicap, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era. The University of Virginia Health System operates equal opportunity and affirmative action programs for faculty, staff, and students. The University of Virginia Health System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.