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WellSpan Health is accredited by ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education, We Work, Floor 4, 120 West Trinity Place, Decatur GA 30030, (404) 320-1472,, to offer Level I CPE, Level II CPE, and Certified Educator CPE. WellSpan Health is accredited by the ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education to offer Level I CPE, Level II CPE, and Supervisory CPE.

Over the years, more than 500 students have participated in our various CPE programs. The clinical opportunities for ministry in the WellSpan setting are vast and varied. This site will help you understand opportunities in Clinical Pastoral Education and will provide information on the educational program.

Summer CPE Units and Extended CPE Units are available at WellSpan York Hospital and WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital. The CPE Residency of WellSpan Health is only available at the WellSpan York Hospital site. Please review the requirements for CPE Residency.

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Supervisory CPE at WellSpan Health is only available at the WellSpan York Hospital site, although a student in Supervisory CPE may supervise units at WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital during the course of his or her training.

What is Clinical Pastoral Education?

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is theological and professional education for ministry. Our program is designed to emphasize the importance of pastoral relationship and the centrality of each person's sacred story. The curriculum integrates personal history, theology, the behavioral sciences, and spiritual development with pastoral skills.

CPE is a clinical experience of learning using the action/reflection/action model of education. This model allows us to study the "living human document"—a term pioneered by the Rev. Anton T. Boisen, which helps us capture the idea of the case study method in theological education. A Professional Advisory Group assists the director of Spiritual Care and Education and the managers of Spiritual Care in the supervision of the program.

Giving to Spiritual Care and Education

The department of Spiritual Care and Education is deeply invested in broadening its mission of highlighting the relationship between spirituality and health in WellSpan.  We make spiritual care available to all patients, family and staff, as well as offering programs of Clinical Pastoral Education.  

To learn more about how you can make a gift to support this mission, please contact the York Health Foundation at 717 851-3595 or make a donation today at