CHRIS 180’s Institute for Spiritual Health and Wellness focuses on educating and developing the personal and professional competencies of ordained clergy, seminarians, members of professional orders and qualified lay-persons in the community. Our students come from diverse denominations, faiths, cultures, and backgrounds.

 

The Institute for Spiritual Health and Wellness is intimately connected to the mission and vision of CHRIS 180 with a commitment to offer relevant, effective, Clinical Pastoral Education through the use of a student-centered, action-reflective, process model of learning. It is committed to providing an environment for learning that emphasizes human growth in pastoral formation, pastoral reflection and pastoral competence. The learning environment at the Institute is relational, fostering mutual respect, openness, challenge, conflict, constructive confrontation and dignity.

 

Regular reflection in group and individual supervision on actual ministry experiences enables Clinical Pastoral Education students in learning the art and practice of pastoral care. Among a number of options, students may use this educational experience as:

  • part of basic theological education;
  • continuing education for ministry;
  • education for institutional chaplaincy;
  • education for certification as a Supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education; and
  • education for other specialized ministries.

 

Locations 

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

Our current educational placement sites called 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

 

Levels of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

 

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, reflection, and 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:

  • 4 to 6 hours of group work one day per week
  • 1 hour of individual supervisions weekly
  • 10 to 17 hours of clinical experience weekly
  • On-call experience at the site assigned (if applicable)

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 to 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:

  • 6 hours of group work 2 to 3 times per week
  • 1 hour of individual supervision weekly
  • 40 plus hours of clinical experience weekly
  • On-call experience at the site assigned (if applicable)

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

 

CPE summer intensive internship units are offered yearly, May to August.

 

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:

  • 6 hours of group work weekly
  • 1 hour of individual supervision weekly
  • 40 plus hours of clinical experience weekly
  • On-call experience at the site assigned (if applicable)

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 and Wellness 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.