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Clinical Pastoral Education

About the Program

Beginning in the early 1960’s the CPE Programs of Indiana University Health have been instrumental in facilitating the integration of spiritual care with an interdisciplinary approach in holistic healthcare.  Beginning in Methodist Hospital, Indiana University Hospital and Riley Hospital for Children, CPE at IU Health has grown to include 5 CPE Component Sites located throughout central Indiana:

  • IU Health Academic Health Center (Indianapolis - IU Health Methodist, IU Health University and Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health)
  • IU Health Arnett (Lafayette)
  • IU Health Bloomington (Bloomington)
  • IU Health North (Carmel)
  • IU Health West (Avon)

Clinical settings include urban and suburban hospitals with specialization in adult and pediatric trauma, cancer care, orthopedics, cardiovascular, women’s health, intensive care, and neuroscience.   

CPE is a component of theological education that is learned through providing spiritual care under the supervision of a certified CPE Supervisor. Students engage in practical experiences through caring for a variety of patients, families, and staff and reflecting on these encounters in a small group of peers and their CPE Supervisor (Pastoral Educator). The textbooks for CPE include in-depth study of "the living human documents." By "living human documents" we mean both the people who receive care as well as a study of ourselves, the givers of care. Through the practice of ministry and reflection thereon with supervisor and peers, CPE exemplifies an experiential learning process.

We welcome persons of all faith traditions who are seeking to develop knowledge and skills as spiritual care providers.

Duration of Training

Each unit of CPE requires a minimum of 400 hours (300 hours in direct patient care and 100 hours in direct instruction). IU Health conducts both full- time and part-time units throughout the year. For more information, review our Program Offerings.

Admissions and Application Process

Please read the Admissions Policy carefully before filling out the CPE Application. No application fee is required. 

Applications may be sent USPS to:
Indiana University Health CPE Program
550 University Boulevard, UH 1410
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202-5250
317.944.7415

The CPE Program at IU Health is Accredited by the ACPE, Inc. One West Court Square, Suite 325 , Decatur, GA 30030.
Tel: 404.320.1472
Fax: 404.320.0849

Program Offerings

  • 2014 FALL EXPANDED UNIT: IU Health Arnett Hospital - 09/30/14 – 04/21/15

    2014 FALL EXPANDED UNIT: IU Health Arnett Hospital - 09/30/14 – 04/21/15
    Seminars: Tuesdays, 9:00 AM – 5 PM
    Patient Care: 10 hours per week
    On-Call: 10 shifts over the duration of the unit; 6 weeknight shifts (5PM-8AM) and 4 24-hour weekend shifts 8AM-8AM. On-call from home will be possible for nearby students.

    For more Information: Charles Self, Lead Chaplain, cself@iuhealth.org

  • 2015 WINTER/SPRING EVENING/WEEKEND ½ UNIT: IU Health Methodist Hospital - 1/22/15 – 5/8/15 (FOR CHRISTIAN THEOLOGICAL STUDENTS)

    2015 WINTER/SPRING EVENING/WEEKEND ½ UNIT: IU Health Methodist Hospital - 1/22/15 – 5/8/15
    Beginning Day: Thursday, January 22, 2015
    Seminars: Selected Thursdays, 4pm-9pm
    Patient Care: On-call weekend hours/90, No Sunday Mornings required. Additionally 90 required hours can be completed on weekend/weekdays/evenings. The “Additional 90 required hours” may be possibly fulfilled in another ministry setting.

    For more Information: Mike Saxton, msaxton@iuhealth.org

  • 2015 WINTER/SPRING UNIT: IU Health West Hospital - 1/12/15 – 5/8/15

    2015 WINTER/SPRING UNIT: IU Health West Hospital - 1/12/15 – 5/8/15
    Orientation: Week of January 12
    Seminars: 8 hours per week, Day of Week TBD
    Patient Care: 12 hours per week, up to 6 of which may be done in a congregation where you work
    On-Call: Overnight and weekend on-call responsibility (response time must be within 45 minutes)

    For more Information: Debbie Mansell, dmansell@iuhealth.org

  • 2015 WINTER/SPRING UNIT: IU Health Academic Health Center (Methodist, University, Riley) - 01/05/15 – 05/8/15

    2015 WINTER/SPRING UNIT: IU Health Academic Health Center (Methodist, University, Riley) - 01/05/15 – 05/8/15
    Orientation: The week of January 5
    Seminars: Tuesday –Thursdays, 8:30 – 12:30  PM
    Patient Care: 16 hours per week
    On-Call: 8 weekend on-call shifts over the duration of the unit.

    For more Information: Marcos Collado, mcollado@iuhealth.org; Netetia Walker, Nwalker6@iuhealth.org; Anastasia Holman, Aholman1@iuhealth.org

  • 2015 WINTER/SPRING UNIT: IU Health North Hospital - TBD

    2015 WINTER/SPRING UNIT: IU Health North Hospital - TBD
    Seminars: Mondays and/or Thursdays (Exact time of classes will be negotiated depending on student(s) and supervisor schedule)
    Patient Care: Clinical hours are 12-14 hours per week.
    On-Call: Evening and weekend rotation of on-call is required in addition to regular clinical hours.

    For more Information: Marla Coulter-McDonald, mcoultermcdo@iuhealth.org  

  • 2015 SUMMER UNITS: IU Health Academic Health Center (Methodist, University, Riley) - 06/01/15 – 08/16/15

    2015 SUMMER UNITS: IU Health Academic Health Center (Methodist, University, Riley) - 06/01/15 – 08/16/15
    Details: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Monday – Friday, 8 weekend on-call shifts over the duration of the unit

    For more Information: Marcos Collado, mcollado@iuhealth.org; Netetia Walker, Nwalker6@iuhealth.org; Anastasia Holman, Aholman1@iuhealth.org

  • 2015 SUMMER UNITS: IU Health North Hospital – TBD

    2015 SUMMER UNITS: IU Health North Hospital – TBD
    Details: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Monday – Friday, Additional Weekend On-Call Shifts

    For more Information: Marla Coulter-McDonald, mcoultermcdo@iuhealth.org

  • 2015 SUMMER UNITS: IU Health Bloomington Hospital - TBD

    2015 SUMMER UNITS: IU Health Bloomington Hospital - TBD
    Details: TBD

    For more Information: Shawn Gerber, Sgerber4@iuhealth.org

  • 2015 YEAR-LONG RESIDENCY: IU Health Methodist, University, and Riley Hospitals - 08/31/15 – 08/31/16

    2015 YEAR-LONG RESIDENCY: IU Health Methodist, University, and Riley Hospitals - 08/31/15 – 08/31/16
    Details: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Monday – Friday, Additional Weekend On-Call Shifts

    For more Information: Carol Green, Lgreen18@iuhealth.org

Additional Forms and Policies

Tuition and Costs

Financial Policy

Annual Notice and Informed Consent

Annual Notice
Informed Consent Form

Contact Information

Frank Impicciche
Manager, Pastoral Education
IU Health
550 N. University Blvd. UH 1410
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5250
Phone: 317.944.7415
Fax: 317.944.7440

The CPE Program at IU Health is accredited by:
The Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
One West Court Square, Suite 325, Decatur, GA 30030
Telephone: 404.320.1472
Fax: 404.320.0849
Email: acpe@acpe.edu

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