Clinical Pastoral Education Center

Clinical Pastoral Education Center


In the past decade, Denver Seminary’s Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Center has trained hundreds of students to serve in a variety of diverse ministry contexts and is one of the few community-based programs accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). As a seminary and a community-based program, we are able to place students in clinical sites that match their unique interests and passions. We have placed students with hospitals, hospice, the U.S. military, churches, senior adult communities, urban ministries, first responders, and other unique ministry contexts.

Program Overview

At Denver Seminary, one unit of CPE is required in order to graduate from our chaplaincy degree programs. As a result, we are only able to provide CPE to currently enrolled Denver Seminary students. Learn more about our degree programs

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) provides students with the opportunity to integrate their personal history and their theological heritage into an authentic pastoral identity. Students work with their ACPE Certified Educator to craft individual learning goals that will guide the students' educational process.

At Denver Seminary, we offer 15-week Extended CPE units in the Fall (August-December) and the Spring (January-May), mirroring the academic school calendar. Each extended unit of CPE consists of at least 400 hours of training – 100 hours of group and individual education/supervision and 300 hours of person-centered clinical site work. In our program, a typical week of CPE will require between 25-30 hours.

Our curriculum is based on the clinical “action-reflection-action” method of learning, utilizing information from the actual practice of ministry as the context for learning with one’s peers, ministry site mentor, and CPE Certified Educators.

The following will be a part of your CPE experience:

Clinical Work

Students experience firsthand a wide variety of real-life ministry situations while engaged in direct, person-centered care. These interactions will look different depending on ministry site placement. Denver Seminary students have been placed in many different sites depending on their interests and desired training.

Individual and Group Supervision

Students present weekly written verbatim reports of interactions with care recipients to their CPE Certified Educator(s) and peer group. These opportunities for feedback help assess one’s strengths and areas for growth for providing pastoral care. Additionally, students will have one hour of individual supervision with their ACPE Certified Educator every other week.

Didactic Seminars

Formally structured seminars on a variety of ministry-related subjects are presented by professional chaplains, clinical health care professionals, Denver Seminary faculty, and ACPE Certified Educators. Each seminar provides helpful, practical, theoretical and theological foundations for pastoral care development.

Group Life

Sharing personal experiences in a small-group setting teaches group process and leadership skills. Students learn from insights gained from peers about their pastoral effectiveness, from situations other colleagues encounter, and their interpersonal relationships.

CPE Faculty & Staff

How to Apply

At present, we are only able to provide introductory Level I CPE units for students currently enrolled in degree programs at Denver Seminary.

  • All CPE students must meet the requirements for entrance to Denver Seminary prior to being considered for CPE.

  • No CPE applications from non-enrolled Denver Seminary students will be accepted.

  • Because of the size of our CPE program, we have a two-year waitlist for our currently enrolled students. At present, we do not offer residencies and we are not accepting new applications for CEC training.

  • For current Denver Seminary students, CPE will require a $300 fee in addition to class tuition.

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