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Clinical Pastoral Education Program

The Mission of the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program at NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens is to provide a comprehensive, spiritually-based pastoral education program based upon the standards set forth by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education program.

The Borough of Queens, NY is unique insofar as it exhibits the greatest level of diversity of all NYC’s five boroughs. It is a totally urban area and home to people from all over the world. The ethnic and religious diversity of NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens’ patients is matched only by that of its staff and members of the CPE program. Because of its religious diversity, the hospital must attend to different religious practices and be sensitive to a wide range of religious and ethnic preferences. The social and economic needs of both its inpatients and extensive outpatient clinic population requires comprehensive services on site. The CPE program reflects the dynamics of the people served by the hospital.

Its purpose and design is to prepare chaplains for pastoral care in a manner that is spiritually grounded, interfaith and capable of ministering to all patients, families and staff with the highest standards of practice.

Clinical Pastoral Education is a professional level organization program based on a wellness model of healthcare – designed to provide pastoral education to persons interested in acquiring and honing ministry skills for use in a variety of institutional as well as community-based settings. CPE achieves this through student participation in an action/reflection, educational model which encourages the students to integrate the mental, physical and spiritual components of their lives into an integrated whole. It is this wholeness which allows the CPE student to effectively minister to persons in need and to achieve the ACPE foundational outcome levels.

The CPE curriculum enables the students to acquire the essential skills to effective ministry while at the same time becoming aware of themselves, their feelings, their inhibitions, cultural or religious expectations. The CPE process enables the students to know themselves better so as to be more attuned to the other person. The CPE emphasizes ministry in the world of the other while first being aware of self. Initial formation in the CPE process begins with self-awareness and ACPE Level 1 outcomes in Pastoral Formation, Pastoral Competence and Pastoral Reflection are foundational. The attainment of ACPE Level II outcomes enable the more advanced person to further develop outcomes toward greater depth and ministerial competence.

The CPE process enables students to acquire essential skills for effective ministry. CPE emphasizes the development of self-awareness in various treatment modalities and with a very holistic approach. The program includes clinical experience and pastoral ministry within an interdisciplinary model of service. Didactics on topics related to ministry inform the student concerning appropriate pastoral protocols. Developed curriculum in Ethics, Psychiatry and Addiction Ministry are part of the experience. Active involvement on the Hospital Ethics Committee and other NYC Health + Hospitals symposia supplement the usual clinical experience of CPE.

The CPE program is open to qualified students regardless of their religious beliefs and/or affiliations. This interdisciplinary program is one in which each intern learns much about themselves, their own feelings, inhibitions, cultural and/or religious expectations as well as the faith of others. The program reflects the commitment of individuals who minister to the sick, poor, aged, isolated, dying and alienated in harmony with the best practices of NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens.

The CPE program at NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens is unique in that it provides a total clinical experience which includes being a part of daily rounding as a member of the healthcare team, with an option for a partial field clinical at the student’s own place of ministry, if appropriate. The CPE groups meet a minimum of three (3) days weekly at the hospital with additional days scheduled according to availability and need.

CPE Program Supervisor:
Sr. Julie Houser, CSJ

NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens
82-68 164th Street
The Pavilion, Room 059
Jamaica, New York 11432
CPE Telephone: 718-883-2009
Fax: 718-883-2915

Fall, Spring, Summer (400 hours)
Tuition: $700.00; no stipends available


  • Baccalaureate Degree
  • Ordination/Religious Profession
  • Ministerial Background or Active Membership in a faith community or commission to minister by an appropriate religious authority

Completed ACPE application with attachments
Three (3) letters of recommendation
Verification of information provided
Admission interview by qualified interviewer
Acceptance by the Program Director
Application: click here

This NYC Health + Hospital/Queens CPE Program is a CPE Satellite of the CHSLI CPE Center which is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., One West Court Square, Suite 325, Decatur, GA 30033-4635; Telephone: 404-320-1472

NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens does not discriminate against persons because of race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.


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