About Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education is experience-based theological education for seminarians, clergy and laity of diverse cultures, ethnic groups and faith traditions.

What is Clinical Pastoral Education?

  • Supervision of encounters in ministry with persons in crisis
  • Development of awareness of self and others
  • Focus on the goals of pastoral reflection, formation and competence
  • Development of the capacity for the pastoral and spiritual care of individuals, families and systems

The School of Clinical Pastoral Education includes two Sentara Hospitals: Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and Sentara Leigh Hospital. We provide both residency and internship programs.