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Clinical Pastoral Education

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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

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  • 2015 SUMMER UNIT: IU West Hospital 05/18/15-08/07/15

    2015 SUMMER UNIT: IU West Hospital 05/18/15 - 08/07/15
    Details: Full-time program, Monday-Friday, plus on-call (40+ hours per week)

    For more Information: Debbie Mansell, dmansell@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; Anastasia Holman, aholman1@iuhealth.org

  • 2015 SUMMER INTENSIVE: IU Health Bloomington Hospital - 06/01/15 – 08/14/15

    2015 SUMMER INTENSIVE: IU Health Bloomington Hospital - 06/01/15 – 08/14/15
    Details: Hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30 am-5:00pm with one weekend on-call per month.

  • 2015 SUMMER INTENSIVE: IU Health North Hospital - 06/08/15 – 06/21/15 (full-time)

    2015 SUMMER INTENSIVE: IU Health North Hospital - 06/08/15 – 06/21/15 (full-time)
    Details: Summer 11-week Intensive unit is full-time. Evening and weekend rotation of on-call is required in addition to regular hours.

  • 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

  • 2015 FALL EXTENDED UNIT: IU Health Academic Health Center (Methodist, University, Riley) 09/08/2015 - 12/18/2015

    2015 FALL EXTENDED UNIT: IU Health Academic Health Center (Methodist, University, Riley) 09/08/2015 - 12/18/2015
    Details: Orientation, September 8-11, Regular Schedule, Group Seminars Tuesdays 8:00-4:30, Patient Care 16hrs per week plus 8 weekend on-call shifts over the duration of the unit.

    For more information: Anastasia Holman aholman1@iuhealth.org

  • 2015 FALL/WINTER EXPANDED: IU Health North Hospital - 09/14/15 – 01/15/16

    2015 FALL/WINTER EXPANDED: IU Health North Hospital - 09/14/15 – 01/15/16
    Details: Expanded Units are 18-23 weeks, clinical hours are 16 hours per week. Classes will meet for 6.5 hours on Thursdays.  Exact time of classes will be negotiated with students who are accepted into the program. Evening and weekend rotation of on-call is required in addition to regular hours.

  • 2015 FALL EXTENDED UNIT: IU Health West Hospital 09/14/15-03/18/16

    2015 FALL EXTENDED UNIT: IU Health West Hospital - 09/14/15-03/18/16
    Details: Extended program, 5 hrs/wk group time (day TBD); 8 hours clinical per week (partial parish-based available upon request); overnight and weekend on-call in rotation with peers – must be able to report to hospital within 45 minutes.

    For more information: Debbie Mansell dmansell@iuhealth.org

  • 2015 FALL EXTENDED UNIT: IU Health Arnett Hospital 10/12/15-04/27/16

    2015 FALL EXTENDED UNIT: IU Health Arnett Hospital - 10/12/15-04/27/16
    Details: Orientation October 12-13 and October 19-20 (two sequential days for two weeks); Regular schedule from October 26-April 27, Group meets on Tuesdays, 9:30-4:00, Patient Care 10hrs per week, plus scheduled on-call hours

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

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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