Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is an experiential learning program that teaches students how to provide spiritual care. At Mount Sinai, the CPE program is accredited for level 1, 2 and supervisory CPE by the ACPE: The Standard in Spiritual Care and Education and the curriculum focuses on:

  • Relational Flexibility
  • Narrative Reflexivity
  • Spiritual Assessment and Outcome-Oriented Chaplaincy
  • Anti-Racist, Anti-Oppression, and Structurally-Effective Care
  • Ethical Practice
  • Research Fundamentals
  • Leadership, Team Work and Boundaries
  • Reflective Practice and Self-Care

For more information about what CPE is and its essential components, please visit the ACPE’s FAQ page.

CPE Residency

The goal of Mount Sinai's CPE residency is to prepare residents to become board-certified health care chaplains who advance the field of spirituality and health. Mount Sinai offers a yearlong CPE residency program that includes three units of CPE.

The 2021 CPE residency begins on 7/11/2022 and ends on 7/7/2023.
The application deadline is 12/01/2021.
All applications will be reviewed in December and interviews will occur in January.

CPE residents serve at one of five Mount Sinai locations including:
Mount Sinai Beth Israel
Mount Sinai Hospital
Mount Sinai Morningside
Mount Sinai West
New York Eye & Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai

$45,000 plus benefits.

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.

Online CPE

Mount Sinai offers CPE to students anywhere in the world through an innovative, online form of CPE, which uses video-conferencing technology and a learning management system to provide quality clinical pastoral supervision. The Online CPE program includes 1 unit of CPE.

Requirements for online CPE include:

  1. Access to a computer with a camera and microphone, and a private or quiet space.
  2. Ability to use Google Classroom and Zoom.
  3. A place to provide spiritual care on a weekly basis. This may be a congregational or community setting. Students will not be able to serve the Mount Sinai patient population; a separate institution must be utilized for clinical hours.
  4. Opportunity for, and commitment to, providing 300 hours of spiritual care.
  5. An onsite preceptor or administrative supervisor who oversees your practice of spiritual care.

CPE students accepted into this program participate in a mandatory, online orientation at the beginning of the program. There are no in-person educational requirements for this program.

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

  1. Be enrolled in or have completed a graduate theological degree, or be actively considering a career in chaplaincy.
  2. Complete Mount Sinai’s online CPE application.

Dates and Deadlines

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How to Apply to Mount Sinai’s CPE Programs

  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. If you have any questions during the application process, please contact the Department of Spiritual Care at 212-241-7262.

Tuition and Deposits

  1. Upon acceptance, a non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot in the program.
  2. Tuition is due at the beginning of the CPE program.
  3. Payments may be made by credit card.

Tuition & Fees

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CPE Certified Educators

The Rev. David Fleenor, BCC, ACPE
ACPE Certified Educator
Director of Education for the Center for Spirituality and Health
Assistant Professor of Medical Education at the Icahn School of Medicine

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 completed an ACPE-accredited CPE residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and an ACPE-accredited CPE supervisory education program at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and NYU Langone Medical Center, through the non-profit HealthCare Chaplaincy. David has received training in systems-oriented theory through the Systems-Centered® Training and Research Institute (SCTRI), in modern analytic group leadership from The Center for Group Studies (CGS), and communications training in the System for Analyzing Verbal Interactions (SAVI®), and he is currently a student in Rush University’s Ph.D. in Health Sciences program. David has worked as a clinical chaplain in oncology, psychiatric and medical settings, and as a CPE educator and chaplaincy administrator. He is the Director of Education at the Center for Spirituality and Health at Mount Sinai and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Education at the Icahn School of Medicine. His research and publications focus on how to best educate chaplains and physicians to provide effective and ethical spiritual care. He is an advisor to the Boston University-Chaplaincy Innovation Lab project Educating Effective Chaplains, funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. 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

Rabbi Jo Hirschmann is a board-certified chaplain (with Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains and the Association of Professional Chaplains) and an ACPE Certified Educator. She currently serves as the Director of Spiritual Care and Education for Mount Sinai Beth Israel and Mount Sinai Downtown. Jo has adapted CPE’s learning model for healthcare managers and directors and, in partnership with Mount Sinai’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion, she co-created a series of training videos on best practices in the spiritual care of transgender patients. She is a co-author of Maps and Meaning: Levitical Models for Contemporary Care, and she teaches and writes about chaplaincy practice and pastoral education.

Rabbi Rachel Van Thyn, BCC, ACPE
Staff Chaplain and ACPE Certified Educator

Rabbi Rachel Van Thyn is a board-certified chaplain and an ACPE Certified Educator.  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 before returning to chaplaincy. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Rachel facilitated CPE units online, where students learned to provide spiritual care in the midst of a global crisis. Rachel has worked as a chaplain in a variety of medical settings including cardiology, pre/post-operative areas, and palliative care. She currently serves on the ACPE Advocacy Committee, which engages with issues of justice within the fields of chaplaincy and education.


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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