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Griffin Hospital
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Clinical Pastoral Education at Griffin Hospital

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Griffin Hospital

Griffin Hospital offers a twenty-five week, part-time “extended unit” program of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) that runs from September to February. This program is intended to meet the needs of clergy in active ministry, seminary students and selected laypersons who wish to:

  • Develop their capacity for theological reflection.
  • Enhance their sense of pastoral identity.
  • Improve their pastoral ministry skills.

From four to six students will be selected to participate in each unit of CPE.

What to Expect

Students enrolled in our CPE program will be expected to perform ten hours of pastoral ministry per week. Pastoral assignments will be negotiated with students, based on their learning goals, from a variety of clinical services at Griffin Hospital. Students already engaged in ministry, however, may, with the supervisor's permission, arrange to complete some hours of pastoral care in their places of ministry. In addition, students will take part in structured group learning sessions on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  They will also be encouraged to participate in educational events taking place in their assigned areas of ministry, and throughout Griffin Hospital. Students will negotiate a time with the supervisor for one hour of individual supervision every other week. In addition, the supervisor will be available as needed for consultation.

Curriculum and Methodology

Clinical Pastoral Education incorporates behavioral science and theological reflection to help students better understand the human condition. Focus is on both the chaplain's experience and that of those receiving ministry.

Students will:

  • Utilize verbatims, case studies and other ministry descriptions to present their ministry to their peers and supervisor.
  • Think about groups and social structures as well as individuals in defining their ministry.
  • Be an active part of a dynamic learning group comprised of other students and supervisors, who provide opportunities for mutual supervision, care giving, challenge and appreciation.


Our Clinical Pastoral Education program is accredited by:

The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.

One West Court Square
Suite 325
Decatur, Georgia 30030

Phone: 678-320-0849
Fax: 404-320-0849


Application Process

To apply, candidates must submit the necessary application materials. They will then be scheduled for an admission interview. Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to reflect upon the psychodynamics and cultural/spiritual implications of significant events in their lives, as well as the ability to minister under stress.

Download Application

Contact Information

For more information, or to request an application, please contact:

The Rev. James (Jay) Cooke, S.T.M.
ACPE Supervisor
Department of Spiritual Care and Education
Griffin Hospital
130 Division Street
Derby, CT  06418

Annual Notice for Student Records

The Griffin Hospital ACPE accredited CPE program guarantees to its students the rights to inspect and review education records, to seek to amend them, to specified control over release of record information, and to file a complaint against the program for alleged violations of these Family Education and Privacy Act (FERPA) rights. 

Directory information for the CPE program contains name, address, phone numbers, email address, and a photo on the main office staff poster. The only information to be used is provided by each student for the purpose of program information, changes in schedule and/or personal contact among peers and staff for reasons of on-call coverage, illness reporting, disaster or weather emergency, etc. A student may opt out of providing certain identifying information by requesting such of the supervisor, as long as the center has sufficient information to contact the student in an emergency.

Student records include any documents which include more than directory information, such as a face sheet, self-evaluations, supervisory evaluations, ACPE application forms, applications for employment, letters of reference and employee performance evaluations.   Please see the policy on Student Records in the CPE Handbook.  A student has the right to object to record content. If not negotiable, the written objection will be kept with and released with the record. Grades are exempted from this right. 

An ‘educational official’ is an ACPE Supervisory Education Student (SES), Candidate or Supervisor, selected members of the Pastoral Services Staff and Professional Advisory Committee. A ‘legitimate education interest’ is entry into the file for the purposes of entry and exit interviews, record keeping and filing, accreditation reviews and 10-year culling of files. 

Violations of these protocols may be reported to the Chair of the Accreditation Commission at: ACPE, One West Court Square, Suite 325, Decatur, GA 30030. 

Persons Seeking Certification as a CPE Supervisor: Persons seeking certification as a CPE supervisor shall not use personally identifying material about CPE students without the written permission of the student. Thus, either the identity of the student must be redacted or the student must give written permission to use the material.  Following the action of a regional certification committee or the Certification Commission, and when the time limit for appeal has lapsed, all materials submitted about students will be destroyed.  A regional certification committee and the Certification Commission may keep on file a face sheet of the person seeking certification, copies of the Presenters' Reports, and copies of all Action Reports on the person seeking certification. Other materials should be returned to the person seeking certification.  ACPE may keep on file a copy of the face sheet and regional certification committee Action Reports, copies of all Certification Commission Presenters' Reports, and copies of all Certification Commission Action Reports. 

Research: If information in student records or in a CPE supervisor’s records is considered of research value, and a CPE center or ACPE desires to collect and use such material for research, a release form shall be made available for the person's signature. No personally identifiable material will be used for research without the person's written permission for its use.

CPE Program Application41.25 KBDownload

The Department of Spiritual Care and Education at Griffin Hospital provides spiritual and emotional support to patients, families, and staff. Our chaplains are available 24 hours a day seven days a week to provide spiritual care through direct patient interaction, crisis intervention, provision of religious resources, and assistance of area clergy members.