Qualifications for Supervisory Clinical Pastoral Education

The program of Supervisory CPE is designed for directors of pastoral care departments and experienced professionals (i.e. Board Certified chaplains). CPE supervisors are specialists in supervising programs of clinical pastoral education. Our clinical, theological educators meet the requirements for certification set forth in ACPE Standards, section 300. Candidates are responsible for demonstrating the personal skills and professional competence required by each standard. In addition, candidates must be acquainted with the history of clinical pastoral education, read the ACPE Bylaws, the ACPE Standards, and agree to abide by the ACPE Code of Professional Ethics.

The philosophy that outlines our supervisory training program is consistent with all aspects of our CPE activity. Clinical Pastoral Education at Beaumont Hospital provides professional education for ministry in a diverse environment of spirituality, learning styles, vocational formation and culture, that is valued, affirmed and honored.

  • Beaumont's non-discriminatory policy applies to the treatment of all supervisory CPE applicants.
  • Applicants must provide proof of ordination, consecration or endorsement by their respective faith groups or religious denominations.
  • Eligible applicants must have at least two each of Level I / Level II CPE units satisfactorily completed in the assessment of their primary CPE supervisor(s), or be affirmed by a Regional Certification Committee Consultation on "Readiness for Supervisory CPE."
  • Applicants are required to have a Masters of Divinity degree from an ATS accredited seminary. Equivalencies would need to be determined by the ACPE, Inc.
  • Applicants must submit the required Supervisory CPE application form, paperwork, documentation and references to the Beaumont CPE Department Director, be interviewed by the Beaumont Hospital Clinical Pastoral Education Center's Interdisciplinary Consultation Committee (ICC) Admissions Sub-Committee, and work out a contract and plan with the Beaumont, Royal Oak CPE Supervisor(s) for residency in Supervisory CPE and participating membership in the Sub-Regional S-I-T (supervisors-in-training) group.
  • As part of the admissions process, applicants will be required to craft a tentative Learning Contract worked out in collaboration with the designated, consenting CPE Supervisor.

Students who meet the ACPE requirements for admission to Supervisory CPE may request admission to Supervisory CPE. If a position is available, the CPE Center Supervisory staff will assess pastoral competence, clarity of pastoral identity, as well as learning and functioning potential of that applicant in the CPE environment. If the staff concurs with the student's request, the student and training supervisor will meet at an East Central Region Certification "Readiness" consultation committee. The meeting will involve consultation regarding the appropriateness and timing of the student's admission to Supervisory CPE, his or her learning issues and goals, and the educational program to be designed for this student.

The Supervisory Education Process

Our process encourages the student's development toward independent functioning with pastoral, conceptual, and supervisory competence as defined in the ACPE Standards. For a full definition of these, go to http://www.acpe.edu/

Students begin by assisting a supervisor with a group of students and gradually taking more responsibility for leadership and program development. Eventually the student will supervise the learning of students in CPE units independently with no direct intervention from the training supervisor, only receiving observation and feedback.

Throughout their supervisory experience, students carry a regular clinical assignment determined by their supervisory load. The timetable for progress through the process is fluid, conditional on the student's ability and demonstrated development through the ACPE certification process.