Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Nationwide Children's Hospital is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) to provide Level I and Level II CPE, as well as Certified Educator Candidate programs. Full-time and extended part-time programs of CPE consist of regular verbatims of care encounters, inter-personal group seminars, didactics on topics relevant to spiritual care, reflection papers and a weekly individual education seminar with your educator. Each CPE student is assigned to several hospital clinical floors that become their “parish” for the unit, where the student builds relationships and provides spiritual care with patients, families and staff. In addition, the student will be on-call at the hospital on a rotation basis, approximately once a week.

Our philosophy of pastoral education centers around one primary objective: to aid clergy and lay people in making spiritual care a unique and integral part of themselves, and to accept this integration with enough pride so as to be able to participate in a creative and compassionate ministry. As this primary focus is related to an accredited program of CPE some of its objectives are to:

  • Develop a greater awareness of pastoral identity and authority
  • Think theologically about the meaning and implications of one's work
  • Develop self-awareness and self-understanding as these inform one's personal and professional identity and functioning
  • Develop sensitivity to the feelings of those with whom one works
  • Develop the ability to respond with empathy
  • Develop the ability to use appropriate religious resources in ministry
  • Come to an understanding of the hospital as a health care delivery system with its related issues

Additional information about CPE at Nationwide Children's Hospital may be found here. General information about CPE may be found on ACPE’s website, as well as answers to Frequently Asked Questions about CPE. Click here for a copy of our Annual Notice.

Applications

To apply, fill out the application, along with required essays. Email your application to Patricia Phillips, at Patricia.Phillips@NationwideChildrens.org or mail your application to:

Department of Pastoral Care
Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children’s Drive
Columbus, OH 43205

When your application is received, you will be contacted for payment of the required $25 application fee. Your application will then be reviewed and you will be contacted within approximately two weeks.

Applications for intern units are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year, until each unit is full. Applications for residencies are accepted beginning in the September before the beginning of the residency, until each residency position is filled. Contact us for current availability or additional information.

CPE Unit Dates for 2019 - 2020

Part Time Intern Units

  • Fall: September 14, 2020 – January 11, 2021 (18 Weeks)
    • Meets 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays, plus clinical hours (about 5 per week) and on-calls (about 1 per week)
  • Spring: February 25, 2021 – May 19, 2021 (17 Weeks)
    • Meets 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays, plus clinical hours (about 5 per week) and on-calls (about 1 per week)

Full Time Intern Units

  • Summer: June 1, 2020 – August 7, 2020 (10 Weeks)

All full time units meet 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, plus on-calls (about 1 -2 per week); 4 to 8 hours of “recovery” time is provided for each on-call.

Full Time Residencies

  • August 24, 2020 – May 28, 2021 (9 Months)

We have three residencies available: Critical Care Resident (open), Behavioral Health Resident (open) and South Side Community Resident (position filled).

Meets 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, plus on-calls (about 1 per week); 4 to 8 hours of “recovery” time is provided for each on-call.