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Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education


WellSpan Health has sponsored Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) training programs at WellSpan York Hospital since 1972 and at WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital since 2001. WellSpan Health is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education to offer Level I CPE, Level II CPE, and Supervisory CPE.

Over the years, more than 400 students have participated in our various CPE programs. The clinical opportunities for ministry in the WellSpan setting are vast and varied. This site will help you understand opportunities in Clinical Pastoral Education and will provide information on the educational program.

Summer CPE Units and Extended CPE Units are available at WellSpan York Hospital and WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital. The CPE Residency of WellSpan Health is only available at the WellSpan York Hospital site. Please review the requirements for CPE Residency.  To apply online, click here.

Supervisory CPE at WellSpan Health is only available at the WellSpan York Hospital site, although a student in Supervisory CPE may supervise units at WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital during the course of his or her training.

What is Clinical Pastoral Education?

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is theological and professional education for ministry. Our program is designed to emphasize the importance of pastoral relationship and the centrality of each person's sacred story. The curriculum integrates personal history, theology, the behavioral sciences, and spiritual development with pastoral skills.

CPE is a clinical experience of learning using the action/reflection/action model of education. This model allows us to study the "living human document"—a term pioneered by the Rev. Anton T. Boisen, which helps us capture the idea of the case study method in theological education. A Professional Consultation Committee assists the director of Spiritual Care and Education and the managers of Spiritual Care in the supervision of the program.

Giving to Spiritual Care and Education

The department of Spiritual Care and Education is deeply invested in broadening its mission of highlighting the relationship between spirituality and health in WellSpan.  We make spiritual care available to all patients, family and staff, as well as offering programs of Clinical Pastoral Education.  

To learn more about how you can make a gift to support this mission, please contact the York Health Foundation at 717 851-3595 or make a donation today at

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