Mount Sinai Health System is an accredited provider for Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). CPE is a clinical training program that teaches interns and residents to provide chaplaincy care to patients and loved ones within the Mount Sinai Health System while under supervision.
CPE Internships are offered to students from divinity and rabbinical schools for which CPE is a required (or encouraged) component of their theological degree-granting program. Interns may also be seasoned clergy members who have decided to specialize in health care chaplaincy as they transition from congregational ministry to professional health care chaplaincy. The curriculum teaches CPE interns to initiate, develop and deepen, and bring to an appropriate close a mutual and empathic relationship with the patient, family, and/ or staff member.
Mount Sinai Health System also offers yearlong CPE Residency programs. The goal of the CPE Residency is to prepare residents to become board-certified health care chaplains. Applicants must have already completed a CPE internship, received a graduate theological degree, and have been endorsed by their religious/spiritual community to provide spiritual care in a health care context. Building on the internship’s focus on developing students’ capacity to enter into genuine, empathic, and mutual relationships, the Residency curriculum focuses on the Standards of Practice for Health Care Chaplains.
Our outstanding CPE Residency offer three units of CPE and includes a $30,000 stipend and benefits. Qualifications include a graduate theological degree, one unit of CPE, faith group endorsement, and an admissions interview.
The Rev. David Fleenor, BCC, ACPE Supervisor
Director of Clinical Pastoral Education
The Rev. David Fleenor is a board certified chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) and a certified supervisor and former board member of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). After earning his Master of Divinity degree at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary, David completed a CPE Residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He then earned a Master of Sacred Theology in Christian Spirituality at the General Theological Seminary and was ordained an Episcopal priest at Church of the Transfiguration in New York City, where he continues to preach and preside on a regular basis. He successfully completed HealthCare Chaplaincy's CPE Supervisory Education program while serving as a chaplain at Griffin Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Mount Sinai's St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital. After serving as the CPE Supervisor and manager of Chaplaincy Services at NYU Langone Medical Center for four years, David became the Senior Director of Chaplaincy Services and Clinical Education at the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network. He now serves as the Director of Clinical Pastoral Education for the Mount Sinai Health System.
Rabbi Nathan Goldberg, ACPE Supervisor
Rabbi Nathan Goldberg is certified as an Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) Supervisor, one of only two in America who is Orthodox Jewish. Originally from Nashville, TN, he is a graduate of Yeshiva University and Beit Midrash L'Torah in Israel. After completing chaplaincy training at Memorial/Sloan Kettering, he served as Kansas City's Jewish Chaplain. Rabbi Goldberg's professional life has taken him to many NY area hospitals where he has been Chaplain, Director of Pastoral Care and Chaplain Educator. He now serves on the National Certification Commission for the ACPE.
Rabbi Jo Hirschmann, BCC
ACPE Supervisory Candidate
Rabbi Jo Hirschmann is a board certified chaplain and an ACPE Associate Supervisor. A chaplain who has worked in hospice and psychiatric settings, she currently serves as the Director of Spiritual Care and Education at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. She is a co-author of Maps and Meaning: Levitical Models of Contemporary Care, published by Fortress Press and a number of articles about chaplaincy practice.
Tuition and Fees
- The application fee for internships is $50 and for residencies is $100. Application fees must be paid at the time the application is submitted. Applications will not be reviewed until the application fee has been paid.
- Tuition is $750 for internships. Residents receive a full scholarship for tuition.
How to Apply
- Download and complete the Mount Sinai CPE Application
- Download the attached Mount Sinai CPE Reference Form. Fill out the first page and send it to three reference persons. They will send the form directly to Ms. Norma O’Neill in the Mount Sinai Spiritual Care and Education Department.
- Pay the application fee by check or credit card. Make the check out to Mount Sinai Medical Center and add “CPE Application Fee” in the notes section of your check. Mail it to the address below. Alternatively, you may pay the application fee by credit card by calling Ms. Norma O’Neill at 212-241-5280.
- Email the application to Norma.O’Neill@mountsinai.org.
- As an alternative, you may mail your application along with the application fee by snail mail to:
Ms. Norma O’Neill
Clinical Pastoral Education Registrar
The Mount Sinai Medical Center
One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1036
New York, NY 10029
For more information please call 212-241-7262 or email David.Fleenor@MountSinai.org
Mount Sinai’s CPE program is accredited by:
Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE)
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