Clinical Pastoral Education

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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.

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.

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.

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

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

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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

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