Institute for Spiritual Health

About the Institute for Spiritual Health

CHRIS 180’s Institute for Spiritual Health focuses on educating and developing the next generation of pastoral care ministers and spiritual advisors.  We believe education is a journey that develops personal and professional core competencies using a student-centered, action reflective model of learning.

Our students come from diverse denominations, faiths, cultures, and backgrounds. Our inclusive environment supports this diversity and strengthens our shared learning from each other. 

 

 

The Institute for Spiritual Health is intimately connected to the mission and vision of CHRIS 180 to heal children, strengthen families and build community.  We believe that relevant, effective, Clinical Pastoral Education is part of our mission with a focus on the spiritual health and wellbeing of children, families and communities.

 

 

Our Clinical Pastoral Education program creates a learning environment that is relational, fostering mutual respect, openness, challenge, conflict, constructive confrontation, and dignity.  We seek out placements in hospital settings and in community placements within different types of situations.    We want our students to both learn and practice the art of pastoral care in a variety of settings.  

 

 

We are ACPE accredited with Certified Pastoral Educators providing the direct supervision and training for all the interns and residents.

 

See information on program dates and locations.

 

Contact us at CPE@CHRIS180.org

 

CHRIS 180 Locations 

Our administrative office is located at 1030 Fayetteville Road SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 (Map).

Our current educational placement sites known as satellite centers are:

Program Dates:

Residency Year:  September to August

Extended Internship (FALL):  September to December

Extended Internship (SPRING):  January to May

Summer Intensive Internship:  May to August

 

See definitions on each of the program categories for interns and residents 

Level I:  

Addresses basic competencies and issues of pastoral reflection, pastoral formation, pastoral identity and functioning in one or more units of CPE.

A CPE student must meet Level I CPE outcomes, as documents in the supervisor’s evaluation, as a prerequisite for acceptance in Level II CPE.

 

Level II:

Addresses advanced competencies and issues of pastoral functioning, reflectionand integration.

The goal is to accumulate four units of CPE, including CPE Level I units completed in one or more authorized ACPE Centers.

Types of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) experiences:

 

Extended Internship:

Successful completion of a 16-to-18-week unit for one credit unit of CPE Level I meets standards of Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE).  Students must satisfy the following requirements for course credit:

Completion of ACPE accredited CPE units are applicable towards eligibility for certification through the ACPE and Association of Professional Chaplains (APC).

 

CPE extended internship units are offered twice yearly, January to May and August to December.

 

Summer Intensive Internship:

Successful completion of 10-14 full time weeks of CPE Level I training for one credit unit of CPE meets the standards of the ACPE.  Students must satisfy the following requirements for course credit:

Completion of ACPE accredited CPE units are applicable towards eligibility for certification through the ACPE and Association of Professional Chaplains (APC).

 

CPE extended internship units are offered twice yearly, January to May and August to December.

Residency

Successful completion of 52 full time weeks of CPE Level I/II training for three credit units of CPE meets standards of ACPE.

Students must satisfy the following requirements for course credit:

With the prerequisites of one initial unit, the completion of the residency program will give a CPE resident three additional units of CPE.

Four units of CPE is part of the requirement for a person to qualify for board certification with the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC).

Certified Educator Student Program:

The CPE program of the Institute for Spiritual Health at CHRIS 180 occasionally has openings for Certified Educator Students.

CES applicants need to have met (or be able to meet within a reasonable time frame) the following prerequisites:

Ordination/religious certification by an ecclesiastical body

Denominational/faith group endorsement to train in the program

Graduation from an accredited seminary, rabbinic or divinity school, and conferment of an M.Div. degree or M.Div. equivalency as confirmed by an ACPE certification committee

Successful completion of Level I CPE and distinguished progress addressing Level II outcomes, usually at least 4 units of Level II CPE

Successful pastoral experience as a professional minister after completion of the initial theological degree, usually not less than three years. It is preferred that one’s pastoral experience be in both an institutional and congregational context.

For additional information and requirements please see CHRIS 180’s current admissions policy.  To inquire about current or future CES openings please contact the CPE program office at CPE@CHRIS180.org.