Community Hospice & Palliative Care is a training center accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. to offer Level I and Level II CPE.

What is Clinical Pastoral Education?

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is interfaith professional education for ministry. It brings theological interns and ministers of all faiths (pastors, priests, rabbis, imams and others) into supervised encounters to help patients facing death.

What is involved in the CPE Program?

At Community Hospice & Palliative Care, the CPE program focuses on ministry with patients, families and staff, and learning from that ministry through reflection, discussion and evaluation with other interns and an ACPE Certified Educator. The interns work with an interdisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, certified nursing assistants, psychosocial specialists, chaplains and volunteers.

CPE interns gain an understanding of theological issues arising from the many end-of-life issues and from the variety of theological perspectives that come from the interfaith dialogue. They also learn how human actions affect relationships and decision making while reflecting theologically.  Interns are challenged to think about groups, social structures and individuals in defining their ministry.

Each CPE program provides at least 100 hours of educational time, and at least 300 hours of clinical time, which includes regular, overnight and on-call responsibilities. A final evaluation must be written by the interns to receive credit for the CPE program. 

Program Dates

Extended Unit: Oct. 7, 2018 to March 31, 2019 -- Enrollment Filled

Summer Intensive Unit 2019: Accepting Applications

Extended Unit: Oct. 6, 2019 - Mar. 31, 2020 -- Accepting Applications


  • Summer Intensive Unit 2019

    Summer Intensive Unit 2019

    Summer Intensive Unit (11 Weeks)
    June to mid-August 2019
    Monday - Friday (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

    This program is designed for theological students and individuals, such as parish clergy and those who wish to pursue professional chaplaincy as a vocation. Selected lay persons may be accepted for the program and are encouraged to apply.

    See admission requirements below.

    The program challenges students to learn something about themselves as persons and spiritual caregivers while becoming acquainted with patients and their families in the environment of hospice by dealing with illness, fear, anxiety, grief, loss and death. Students also learn about the relationships between illnesses and other crises, and persons' beliefs and behaviors.

    To achieve these objectives, the program employs supervised pastoral work, seminars, lectures, conferences, guided reading and study. Emphasis is placed on the formation of pastoral identity and learning pastoral reflection so that pastoral relationships will be supportive and helpful. The development of specific skills in ministry is also addressed.

  • Extended Unit

    Extended Unit

    Currently accepting applications for:

    Extended Unit (Six Months)
    Oct. 6, 2019 to March 31, 2020
    Sundays, 3 to 8 p.m.

    This CPE program is designed for interfaith clergy and selected lay persons. Students are required to spend one day per week in group meetings. Clinical requirements beyond the classroom include eight hours per week visiting hospice patients, plus rotation of on-call with student peers.

    Patient visitation time requirements are as flexible as possible to fit the needs and schedules of participants. Supervision is provided for spiritual/pastoral work done at Community Hospice & Palliative Care in inpatient, long-term care and homecare settings. Ample opportunities are offered throughout the program for intensive clinical study and theological reflection in the area of interpersonal relationships.

    See admission requirements below.

Admission Requirements for the CPE Program:

  • Minimum of high school diploma or completion of GED.
  • Ability to self-reflect and exhibit genuine openness to multi-faith perspectives.
  • Affiliation with a faith community (endorsement by leadership to apply for CPE is preferred). 
  • Completed CPE Program application and $25 non-refundable application fee.
  • Three CPE letters of reference: academic, ecclesiastical and personal.
  • If completed previous CPE, submit all final evaluations and a sample verbatim.
  • $500 tuition per unit (application fee is applied toward tuition).
  • Three written references: academic, ecclesiastical and personal.

Tips for Completing the Application:

  • Organization, clarity and grammar.
  • Thorough response to application questions and topics.
  • Transparency of feelings and reflection upon significant life events and relationships.
  • Inclusion of personal and professional strengths and limitations.
  • Demonstrated openness to diverse faith, cultural and socioeconomic perspectives.
  • Motivation to learn about oneself and spiritual care.

Screening Requirements if Accepted into CPE:

  • A Level II background check including fingerprinting.
  • TB skin test and titer.

How to Apply:

Download and complete the CPE Program application and the CPE Letter of Reference form and mail them with your $25 application fee (check payable to Community Hospice & Palliative Care) to:

Ed Wilder, ACPE Certified Educator
Manager of Spiritual Care and CPE
Community Hospice & Palliative Care
4266 Sunbeam Road
Jacksonville, FL 32257

Please send the reference form (included in the CPE application) to the references listed on your application. After receipt of your application, fees and references, your materials will be reviewed for a possible interview. Only 4-7 students are accepted into each class. you are welcome to inquire regarding space available prior to submitting your application.

If you have questions, please contact Ed Wilder at 904.407.6217 or

Statement of Accreditation:

Community Hospice & Palliative Care is a training center accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. to offer Level I and Level II CPE.

ACPE is the premier, U.S. Department of Education-recognized organization that provides the highest quality CPE programs for spiritual care professionals of any faith and in any setting.

ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education
One West Court Square, Suite 325
Decatur, Georgia 30030
Phone: 404.320.1472

*The Clinical Pastoral Education program of Community Hospice & Palliative Care does not discriminate against any person on the basis of age, citizenship, color, handicap, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era.