WASHINGTON – The Howard University School of Theology is delighted to announce the launch of its Clinical Pastoral Education Program in the fall of 2022. The HUSD CPE program is fully accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education and will provide Level I and Level II programming.

The goal of CPE training is to prepare leaders to effectively serve people in a variety of pastoral care settings, including: hospitals, hospices, prisons, universities, and corporate workplaces. Using clinical methods in a variety of settings, the HUSD CPE program will enable the pastoral training, pastoral skill, and pastoral reflection necessary to provide quality pastoral care in clinical and non-clinical settings. CPE instruction includes hands-on ministry at a designated site; the participation of students in a weekly individual and group reflection on pastoral care with a supervisor; as well as the study of theoretical material from theology, behavioral sciences and pastoral care. Preparation for CPE integrates theological understanding and knowledge of behavioral sciences into pastoral functioning.

A national advisory group of pastors, chaplains and clinicians, along with Barbara Fears, assistant professor of religious education, and Michael Washington (diploma), certified CPE educator, have worked together diligently for two years to meet the requirements of accreditation from a recognized agency of the US Department of Education. Washington will host the inaugural class in the 2022-23 academic year.

To apply for the program, go to “CPE Program” on: https://acpe.edu/education/cpe-students/cpe-application

The HUSD CPE program is unique in its explicit focus on cultural competence, racial justice, and clinical work outside of medical settings. The program is designed to be affordable for any minister or lay leader with an MDiv degree who wants a practical and caring clinical pastoral education program. For registration information or to learn more, call 202-806-0500 or email [email protected]


About Howard University

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private research university comprised of 14 schools and colleges. Students follow more than 140 study programs leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to excellence in truth and service and has produced one Schwarzman Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 12 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Scholars, and more than 165 Fulbright recipients. Howard is also producing more African-American doctorates on campus. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information about Howard University, visit www.howard.edu.

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