Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Mosaic Life Care Medical Center offers you a unique learning opportunity to engage in interreligious professional education to improve and enhance your abilities to provide spiritual care and healing to persons in need. The action-reflection, case study model of education offers you an opportunity to be with persons in crisis and to have a peer group and certified clinical educator accessible to you to process the experience and learn. Learning in CPE focuses on inviting greater self-awareness, increasing your understanding of the needs that persons may have during difficult times in life and inviting you to participate in theological reflection on specific human situations. You will become a member of the interdisciplinary team at Mosaic Life Care Medical Center. In your clinical work as a chaplain intern, you will work alongside doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals who will welcome you and value your perspective. You will develop skills in interpersonal and inter-professional relationships.

The CPE program at Mosaic Life Care Medical Center offers two types of extended CPE units; they are Level one and Level two. Level one is an initial unit after which an intern may apply to be awarded Level two status. Level one and Level two interns may work together in the peer group learning experience. Level one and Level two CPE follow curriculum guidelines set forth by the National Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. Each CPE unit or program is at least 400 hours of educational and clinical experiences.

The CPE program at Mosaic Life Care Medical Center is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), that is the standard for spiritual care & education. ACPE is the premier, DOE-recognized organization that provides the highest quality CPE programs for spiritual care professionals of any faith and in any setting. We do this through a rigorous accreditation and certification process for centers and educators that provide CPE. The depth of our training enables students to realize their full potential to strengthen the spiritual health of people in their care as well as themselves.

The Mosaic Life Care Clinical Pastoral Education program offers you:

  • Opportunities for ministering to people
  • Supervision and evaluation by Certified Clinical Educator in an ACPE accredited CPE center
  • A process method of learning
  • A small group of peers in a common learning experience
  • A specific period of learning
  • An individualized contract for learning consistent with ACPE's Outcomes and Objectives, focusing on:
    • Pastoral Formation - focus on personal and professional identity issues in learning and ministry.
    • Pastoral Competence - deepening and unfolding of competence in pastoral function, pastoral skills and knowledge of theology and the behavioral sciences.
    • Pastoral Reflection - reflection on one's self as person and spiritual leader in relationship to persons in crisis, the certified clinical educator, and peer group members, as well as the curriculum and institutional setting. 

CPE develops your capacity to engage in spiritual care for individuals, families, and social systems.

CPE is a helpful learning resource and prepares you for congregational ministry, chaplaincy, lay ministry, teaching, counseling and other related professional fields.

CPE is an opportunity for seasoned religious leaders to engage in focused continuing education with opportunities to develop individualized learning goals appropriate to the setting of your ministry.

CPE offers learning opportunities for clinical professionals, in disciplines other than religious education, to explore the importance of spirituality as an integral aspect of your clinical professional work.

CPE is individualized learning. Each intern creates a learning contract that may be focused toward integration of theological, psychological, and spiritual insights into spiritual and religious functioning for congregational work. Or, the contract may be designed with a career goal of chaplaincy, pastoral counseling or other related professional fields.

Some theological schools require one unit of CPE as a part of a theological degree program. Other schools accept a year of CPE as the required intern year of ministry for a theological degree program. Some religious organizations require CPE for ordination or endorsement for ministry.

Clinical Pastoral Education is designed to help you:

  • Learn basic spiritual care skills, both informational and experiential and apply academic knowledge in a clinical context.
  • Take part in highly individualized learning and move toward the development of self-initiated goals.
  • Understand how spiritual health influences physical, mental and emotional healing.
  • Gain awareness of common health problems.
  • Function as a member of an interdisciplinary health care team.
  • Reflect on relationships with other people, i.e. peers, patients, families, health care staff.
  • Develop an ability to ask for, to receive and to offer consultation in ministry with colleagues.
  • Develop a basic understanding of medical/ethical issues in today's health care.
  • Interpret the impact of your ministry through the examination of the cultural, sociological and economic issues.
  • Translate learning in this environment to a variety of professional and vocational places of service.

About the Faculty at Mosaic Life Care

Sally A. Schwab leads the Spiritual Health department, manages the CPE program, and provides clinical education for the CPE units. Sally is an ordained United Methodist Minister, an ACPE Certified Clinical Educator, and is a board chaplain certified with the Association of Professional Chaplains.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

  1. Individuals who, through the application and admissions process, demonstrate the ability to participate in CPE. Usually, applicants will have successfully completed some theological/religious education or have demonstrated the ability to think theologically about clinical work.
  2. Community persons who have demonstrated their ability to provide meaningful spiritual care, although they may not have formal theological training.
  3. Professionals from other clinical disciplines that are interested in developing skills in spiritual care.

2018 – 2019 CPE Units

Fall Extended

Weekly Mondays, September 24, 2018 – May 13, 2019

Extended Year Long

Weekly Tuesdays, March 6, 2018 – December 18, 2018

Admission Procedure

Each applicant must submit the standard ACPE application form, obtainable from any ACPE center or from the ACPE Web site, and have an interview with a CPE certified clinical educator. If it is not possible to interview at Mosaic Life Care Medical Center, a transcript of an interview with an ACPE Certified Clinical Educator may be sent to this center, and a telephone interview will be conducted by the Mosaic Life Care ACPE Certified Clinical Educator. For information, or to get an application for the program write, call or email us:

Spiritual Health
5325 Faraon Street
St. Joseph, MO 64506-3398
(816) 271-6040 or Toll Free: 1-800-447-2487

Apply today! Your ministry will be enriched!

CPE at Mosaic Life Care Medical Center is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., One West Court Square, Suite 325, Decatur, GA, 30030; (404) 320-1472, www.acpe.edu