About the Clinical Pastoral Education Program

The CPE Program provides students with an opportunity to learn through a balance of:

  • Providing spiritual care to persons in crisis
  • Reflection in didactic seminars and workshops
  • Case reports
  • Case conferences

Individual and group supervision integrates theory, practice and personal history of participants.  Students learn as members of a peer group, which aims for diversity in gender, race, culture and spiritual/religious tradition.  Functioning within the Cedars-Sinai Hybrid-Liaison model of spiritual care, CPE Interns are assigned to patient care units, attend interdisciplinary rounds, participate in the on-call rotation and serve as integral members of the interdisciplinary health care team.

Components of the CPE program include approximately seventy percent of time in clinical practice, including patient care and attending interdisciplinary rounds, and thirty percent of time in educational activities including individual supervision and structured group learning times.  Educational guidance includes didactic seminars with interdisciplinary faculty, and clinical seminars based on student verbatims/case studies. Group supervision includes attention to interpersonal relations and group dynamics.