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The Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program at Atrium Health began in 1982. Our program is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE).

The National Office of ACPE
55 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Suite 835
Atlanta, GA 30308
(p) 404-320-1472
(f) 404-320-0849

The CPE Program provides interfaith professional training for clergy and lay people. This exciting type of adult learning combines the action of ministry with reflection through diverse seminars, individual supervision and conceptual material. The focus is on pastoral identity, pastoral authority and pastoral functioning in the midst of a supportive, structured and compassionate setting. In this unique type of theological education, the adult learner has the opportunity to integrate knowledge from medicine, psychology and spirituality into pastoral theology/philosophy of ministry.

The essentials of clinical pastoral education include:

  • Actual practice of ministry
  • Reporting of visitation
  • Pastoral supervision
  • Process model of learning
  • Theoretical presentations
  • Small group of peers
  • Specific time period of 400 hours including 100 hours of structured group and individual education
  • Individual learning contract
  • CPE Program under the auspices of an ACPE-certified educator at a ACPE-accredited center

The Atrium Health Department of Spiritual Care and Education is accredited as a system center and is made up of seven component sites.

Atrium Health's CPE Program offers Level 1 CPE, Level II CPE, Certified Educator training. Residency Program, Summer Unit (10-12 weeks, full-time) and Extended Unit (26 weeks, part-time)

Faculty located at Atrium Health's Carolinas Medical Center:
David Carl, M.Div., Executive Director, ACPE Certified Educator
Greg Hathaway, M.Div., Director of Operations, ACPE Certified Educator
Angela Janssen Keenan, M.Div., Director of CPE, ACPE Certified Educator
Veronica Martinez Gallegos, M.Div., Faculty, ACPE Certified Educator

Faculty located at Atrium Health Cabarrus:
Lisa Jeffcoat, M.Div., Assistant Director, ACPE Certified Educator

Faculty located at Atrium Health Mercy, a facility of Carolinas Medical Center:
Terri Bolotin, M.Div., Director, ACPE Certified Educator

Faculty located at Atrium Health University City:
Daniel Miles, M.Div., ACPE Certified Educator

Faculty located at Atrium Health Cleveland:
Chuck Godfrey, M.Div., ACPE Certified Educator Candidate

Faculty located at Atrium Health Behavioral Health - Davidson:
Bettyanna Bremer, M.Div., Director, ACPE Certified Educator

All applications are sent to the CPE Secretary located at Carolinas Medical Center and all educational files are housed in the CPE education building (see FERPA).

See our financial policy and admission policy.

See our flyer of upcoming programs.