Clinical Pastoral Education – Distance Learning – Extended Unit

  • Extended unit is a 25-30 week program, offered each fall: October 1 – April 30
  • Extended unit is designed for people who have full-time commitments elsewhere and who wish to participate in a CPE unit.
  • Distance Learning CPE provides an opportunity for students who are geographically distant or in remote areas and wish to participate in a unit of CPE.
  • Distance Learning CPE will save time and expenses spent on travel when students will be able to join an online learning group from their offices and homes in any state.
  • In addition to our clinical site placements, we offer an opportunity of an External Agency – a clinical site of your choice: congregations, shelters, your local health care facility etc. Fees apply; please, see ‘Forms and Fees’ or ‘Contact Us‘ for more information.

Program requirements:

  • 10 clinical hours a week – at a site placement of your choice – make your own schedule with a clinical preceptor at a site.
  • 3.5 hours of group seminar a week – learning and reflection in an online form via Zoom and Google Classroom.
  • 10 individual supervision sessions per one unit – via Zoom; scheduled individually.

LSNYA-CPE Program is accredited by the ACPE (Association for Clinical Pastoral Education). This training program enables students to connect with people in their deep vulnerability, hurt, shame and pain. LSNYA-CPE offers training, which enables clergy and religious leaders to provide spiritual care and support to people in crisis.

Most of our clinical sites, where students provide one on one care and lead spirituality groups, are Lutheran based health systems. In the recent years we have been developing a concept of congregation based clinical sites, as well as clinical sites in other communities.

This is a program where pastors, seminarians and other ministry professionals dive into unique aspects of pastoral work in their congregations and other respectful places of ministry. It is an opportunity to brush up on “old” skills and routines, dive deeper into one’s self-awareness and revitalize pastoral care and ministry of presence. It provides an opportunity for pastors, priests and other religious leaders to engage in continuing education without taking time away from people in their congregations; but rather practice their new skills within their faith community.

Group educational time includes: presentations of cases from professional practice; receiving feedback, consultation and supervision; identifying learnings and solutions for the next action; seminars / didactics on pastoral care related topics, discussions; group process and personal sharing.