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Pastoral Care - Clinical Pastoral Education Program

The Department of Pastoral Care provides supervision and training for ministry students in an accredited program, Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), under the guidance of ACPE (Association of Clinical Pastoral Education).   
The Sibley CPE program is an educational theological program designed for lay persons, seminarians, clergy persons, and pastors. The CPE program is the first step for the instruction of qualified persons as chaplains in any of the national cognate groups for certified chaplains such as the Association of Professional Chaplains and the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.  CPE gives students an opportunity to engage in components that include pastoral formation, pastoral competence and pastoral reflection.  
The program uses an experiential model of action-reflection-action that includes patient visits, interactions with peers in a group setting, seminars and lectures related to clinical and educational topics. At Sibley, CPE students, referred to as Chaplain Interns have the opportunity to develop their pastoral-spiritual skills with dedicated focus. This focus in part assists Interns to understand the contextual setting of Sibley as a community regional hospital. 
At Sibley, summer and extended unit Chaplain Interns, participate in patient visits, Community Interfaith Worship, evenings and Friday night/weekend on-call, surgery observation, group settings, and educational lectures - seminars.   
Applicants are invited for an Admissions Interview when applying directly to Sibley.  If the applicant desires a written Admissions Interview Report for admission to another center, please indicate this information to the supervisor before the scheduled time of the interview.

Sibley's Clinical Pastoral Education Program

Summer Unit

Dates: June 1, 2015 – August 14, 2015
Positions available: 5
Application Fee: $25
Tuition: $800.00
Daily, Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  This includes clinical visits and educational hours. This qualifies as one unit of CPE.  
Applications accepted November 1, 2014 until the program is filled.  Decisions made between December 2014 and April 2015. This is a full-time 40 hours per week program.  Applicants applying directly to Sibley are invited for an interview upon review and qualifications of the application. 
Extended Unit

Dates: November 2, 2015 – April 22, 2016
Positions available: 5
Application Fee: $25
Tuition: $800.00
Two one-half educational days, usually Tuesday and Thursday mornings or afternoons or one 6 hour educational day on Tuesday or Thursday. These educational options are selected dependent upon the consensus of accepted applicants. Beyond the educational time, students choose another day and time of your choice for clinical visits. Monthly participation including some Sundays and overnight Fridays is required as the on-call chaplain. This qualifies as one unit of CPE.  
Applications accepted April 1, 2015 until the program is filled.  Decisions made between June 2015 and early October 2015. This is a part-time 20 hours per week program. Applicants applying directly to Sibley are invited for an interview upon review and qualifications of the application. 
Students who complete the summer or extended unit CPE program receive credit for one unit of CPE equal to 400 clinical and educational hours in clinical pastoral education.

How To Apply for Sibley's Clinical Pastoral Education Program

  • Please complete the ACPE Application Form 
  • Send application form and applications fee to: Sibley Memorial Hospital, Attn: Pastoral Care Department/CPE Program, 5255 Loughboro Road, N.W., Washington, DC 20016
  • Applications are reviewed as they are received.  Interested students are encouraged to apply early.
  • Tuition is payable to Sibley Memorial Hospital.
  • No applications are accepted via email or fax. Please keep your autobiographical story (full account of your life) between 4 to 5 single-spaced pages.  
  • All students accepted are required through Sibley’s Human Resources Department to have a background check.  Accepted applicants are required to meet the medical requirements including a hospital drug screening and a physical examination by your personal physician that includes a negative PPD test.
  • The required general hospital orientation usually occurs one week prior to the start date of the CPE program.  The actual date and time will be communicated to students.


Sibley Memorial Hospital CPE Program is fully accredited by:
The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
1549 Clairmont Rd., Suite 103
Decatur, GA 30033.
Telephone: 404-320-1472
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