Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is an experiential learning program that teaches students how to provide professional spiritual care. At Mount Sinai, the CPE programs aim to form emotionally intelligent, culturally effective, theologically reflexive, ethically guided, research-informed, outcomes-oriented professional and reflective practitioners of spiritual care. The CPE curriculum focuses on all eight of these areas and is accredited for level 1, 2 and supervisory CPE by the ACPE: The Standard in Spiritual Care and Education.

Online CPE

Mount Sinai offers CPE to students anywhere in the world through an innovative, hybrid form of CPE, which uses video-conferencing technology and a learning management system to provide quality clinical pastoral supervision online.

Requirements for online CPE include:

  1. Access to a computer with a camera and microphone.
  2. Ability to use Google Classroom and Zoom. To determine your readiness to meet the technology requirements for this CPE program, complete this survey.  
  3. A place to provide spiritual care on a weekly basis.
  4. Opportunity and commitment to providing 300 hours of spiritual care over the course of 20-weeks.
  5. An onsite preceptor or administrative supervisor who oversees your ministry.

CPE students accepted into this program must attend a mandatory, in-person two-day retreat at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City at the beginning of the program.

Pre-requisites:
To be considered for Mount Sinai’s Online CPE program, applicants must:

  1. Be enrolled in or have completed a graduate theological degree.
  2. Complete Mount Sinai’s online CPE application.
  3. Pay the application fee.

Clinical and Educational Requirements:

  1. Commitment to this 21-week CPE program from Oct. 15, 2020 to Mar. 5, 2021.
  2. Attend a two-day retreat at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City from 12 pm on Oct. 15 until 1 pm on Oct. 16 for orientation to the CPE program.
  3. 15 hours per week of spiritual care visits in a ministry site in your geographic area or at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City.
  4. 4 hours per week of synchronous group supervision.
  5. 1 hour every other week of synchronous individual supervision.
  6. 1 hour per week of asynchronous study.

Summer CPE Externship

Mount Sinai offers summer CPE externships to students from graduate theological degree-granting programs, such as divinity and rabbinical schools. Externs may also be clergy members who have decided to engage in continuing education in a health care environment. Some are in the process of deepening their spiritual care skills, while others are transitioning from congregational ministry to professional health care chaplaincy.

Pre-requisites: 
To be considered for Mount Sinai’s Summer CPE program, applicants must:

  1. Be enrolled in or have earned a graduate theological degree.
  2. Complete Mount Sinai’s online CPE application.
  3. Pay the application fee.

Clinical and Educational Requirements:

  1. Commitment to a full-time 10-week CPE program from June 1, 2020 to Aug. 7, 2020.
  2. Complete 300 hours of spiritual care visits at assigned Mount Sinai institution.
  3. Complete 100 hours of educational time including group and individual supervision.

CPE Residency

Mount Sinai offers yearlong CPE residency programs. The goal of the CPE residency is to prepare residents to become board-certified health care chaplains. CPE residents serve at one of five Manhattan sites, including Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, New York Eye & Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West.

Our outstanding CPE residency offers three units of CPE and includes a $45,000 stipend and benefits. The 2020 CPE residency begins on 7/13/2020 and ends on 7/9/2021. The window for submitting applications for the 2020-2021 CPE Residency program has closed. We will begin accepting applications for the 2021-2022 CPE Residency in September 2020. Please consider applying to our Online CPE program.

Pre-requisites:
To be considered for Mount Sinai’s CPE residency, applicants must have:

  1. Earned a graduate theological degree.
  2. Completed one to two units of CPE.
  3. Completed Mount Sinai’s online CPE application.
  4. Paid the application fee.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the CPE application.
  2. Ask three reference persons (academic, religious/denominational, and personal) to complete this reference form. It will be emailed directly to the CPE program.
  3. Pay the application fee by credit card or check made out to Mount Sinai with “CPE” noted on the check.
  4. If you have any questions during the application process, please contact the Department of Spiritual Care at 212-241-7262.

Tuition and Fees

  1. Application fees must be paid at the time the application is submitted. Applications will not be reviewed until the application fee has been paid.
  2. Upon acceptance, a non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot in the program. The deposit is applied to tuition.

Tuition is due at the beginning of the CPE program.

Online CPE
Application fees: $75
Non-refundable deposit: $250
Tuition: $2525
Stipend: $0
Total Cost: $2600

Summer CPE
Application fees: $75
Non-refundable deposit: $100
Tuition: $925
Stipend: $0
Total Cost: $1000

CPE Residency
Application fees: $100
Non-refundable deposit: $100
Tuition: $0
Stipend: $45,000
Total Cost: $200

CPE Certified Educators

The Rev. David Fleenor, BCC, ACPE
ACPE Certified Educator
Director of Education for the Center for Spirituality and Health
David.Fleenor@mountsinai.org

The Rev. David Fleenor is a board-certified chaplain and an ACPE Certified Educator. After earning two graduate degrees in theology, he was ordained an Episcopal priest at Church of the Transfiguration in New York City, where he served as an associate priest for ten years. He has worked as a clinical chaplain in oncology, psychiatric and medical settings, and as a CPE educator and chaplaincy administrator. He now serves as the Director of Education at the Center for Spirituality and Health at Mount Sinai. His research interests include prayer and novel approaches to chaplaincy education. His professional mission is to be a leader in the transformation of health care chaplaincy into an evidence-based profession.

Rabbi Jo Hirschmann, BCC, ACPE
ACPE Certified Educator
Director of Spiritual Care at Mount Sinai Beth Israel
Jo.Hirschmann@mountsinai.org

Rabbi Jo Hirschmann is a board-certified chaplain and an ACPE Certified Educator. A chaplain who has worked in hospice and psychiatric settings, she currently serves as the Director of Spiritual Care and Education for Mount Sinai Beth Israel and Mount Sinai Downtown. She is a co-author of Maps and Meaning: Levitical Models for Contemporary Care, published by Fortress Press in 2014, and a number of articles on chaplaincy practice. At Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Jo leads a CPE for Leaders program, which adapts the CPE learning model for healthcare managers and directors. Jo partnered with Barbara Warren, director of LGBT Programs and Policies for Mount Sinai Health System, to develop a series of innovative training videos on best practices in the spiritual care of transgender patients and she teaches and writes on this topic.

Rabbi Rachel Van Thyn, BCC, ACPE 
Certified Educator Candidate
Rachel.VanThyn@mountsinai.org

Rabbi Rachel Van Thyn is a board-certified chaplain and an ACPE Certified Educator Candidate. After working in the Jewish community in social justice-oriented positions and in the Jewish camping world, she discerned a call to the rabbinate. She was ordained through Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City and served as Associate Rabbi at Temple Beth-El of Great Neck on Long Island, NY. She completed her chaplain residency at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, primarily as part of a palliative care team. As a Certified Educator Candidate, she is working towards being certified as a CPE supervisor. Additionally, she works at Mount Sinai Hospital with patients, families, and staff in the pre- and post-operative settings. Her professional interests include chaplain research literacy, experiential learning, and staff care.

Accreditation

Mount Sinai’s CPE program is accredited for Level I, II and Certified Educator CPE by:

The ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education
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www.acpe.edu
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