• Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

  • "CPE was the first experience that required the ‘whole’ of me to show up—as a result, I have felt more integrated as a person and minister since.” -BC, CPE Intern and Local Seminarian

    St. Anthony North Clinical Pastoral Education

    As a part of the Centura Health mission, St Anthony North Hospital offers ACPE-accredited Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). We have year-long CPE Residency positions (both full-time and part-time). We also offer CPE Intern positions, single units of ACPE-accredited Clinical Pastoral Education. We are a component CPE site of the Centura Health CPE System Center, one of four health care sites within Centura Health who offer CPE programs that are accredited with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). 

    Clinical Pastoral Education is a dynamic learning experience that blends active ministry service to patients, their loved ones, and staff with engaged and supervised reflection. Members of various faith traditions are drawn to CPE to activate their caregiving passion and develop pastoral caregiving skills from reflection with peers and their supervisor on the many facets of the human condition—physical, emotional, spiritual, social and relational. Spiritual and theological reflection, systems and “living human webs” of care are explored together.

    At the heart of CPE is story—our own stories, those in our various faith and religious traditions, and those we care for as chaplains. The arts are engaged as expressions of our humanity, and tools for learning and for the provision of pastoral care to others for healing and wellness. Teamwork and whole person care hold great value in our learning and service at St Anthony North. Please see information about our affiliation with Planetree International, their 10 Components of patient-centered care and our continuous movement toward patient-centered care and culture.

    Personal and professional development and pastoral formation are primary goals in CPE that help participants become compassionate caregivers who will serve in a variety of religious and secular settings. CPE participants have the opportunity to engage theory with the active practice of pastoral care.

    We welcome people of various backgrounds and interests to consider CPE with us here at St Anthony North. CPE is a way for many people to hone their own care giving practice and professional discipline, including those serving in a variety of religious ministries, both lay and professional, parish pastors and chaplains, health care professions, including nursing and medicine, psychological care, crisis and trauma work, and counseling.

    Learn more about CPE at St. Anthony North in the boxes below, or for more information, please contact:

    The Reverend Janet Barriger, MDiv, ACPE
    Phone: 303-426-2053 

  • The learning opportunity with St. Anthony North CPE includes the following topics:

    • Advance Directives
    • Behavioral Health
    • Dying and Death
    • Empathy & Compassionate care
    • End of life or Terminal Diagnosis Care (Palliative Care)
    • Family Systems Theory
    • Grief, Loss, and Mourning
    • Healing and Meaning-making 
    • Medical Ethics
    • Spiritual Assessment
    • Trauma and Crisis Care
    • Worship and Ritual

    There are also opportunities during a unit to learn collaboratively with the three other CPE sites within Centura Health.

    Our ACPE-accredited CPE program at St Anthony North requires a minimum of 400 hours of learning, approximately 300 hours spent in clinical visitation in the hospital, and 100 hours of group and supervised reflection and learning.  Clinical time includes a variety of learning opportunities, including regular visitation during the week, with referrals and introductory visits, and on-call responsibilities to meet emergency needs within the hospital.  Opportunities for ministry and relational care include care to patients, their families and loved ones, and staff in the hospital and some of our outpatient settings. Our curriculum includes wellness components, such as hand massage training and aromatherapy, as well as crisis care and companioning those who are grieving or dying.

    We offer two extended units of CPE in the fall and spring (18 weeks), and a more time-intensive unit in the summer (12 weeks), as well as both full-time and part-time year-long CPE Residency positions.

    We welcome your applications throughout the year for our various program units of CPE. Please use the standard ACPE application for both internship programs and residency. To be considered for a residency position you must have first completed a single unit of CPE, at our hospital or with another ACPE-accredited program.

    Reverend Janet BarrigerThe Reverend Janet Barriger is the Manager of CPE and Pastoral Care at St Anthony North Hospital. She was fully certified as an ACPE Supervisor in 2006. Her first unit of CPE was in the summer of 1992 at the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. She completed her Residency year and Supervisory Residencies at The University of Colorado Hospital and Health Sciences Center in 2001 and 2004 respectively. She worked as a chaplain in Palliative Care, and supervised ACPE-accredited Clinical Pastoral Education programs in both hospital-based and community-based centers.

    She is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and graduated with her MDiv degree and a certificate in Religion and Art at Yale Divinity School and the Institute of Sacred Music (Worship and the Arts) at Yale University. Janet served in churches for over seven years, and was a part of community pastoral ministries in urban Washington DC, at the Women’s Prison at Niantic (Connecticut) and the rural Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky. Her interests include spending time in nature, creating art, as well as family systems theory, teamwork ministry, and whole person care in her work as an ACPE supervisor and Chaplain at St Anthony North.

    The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. is nationally recognized as an accrediting agency in the field of clinical pastoral education by the U.S. Secretary of Education through the U.S. Department of Education.

    At St Anthony North, as a part of the Centura Health CPE System Center, we are accredited to offer Level I, Level II, and Supervisory Education by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. One West Court Square, Suite 325, Decatur, GA 30030, Tel: 404/320-1472; Fax: 404/320-0849 acpe@acpe.edu

    The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE) is a multicultural, multifaith organization devoted to providing education and improving the quality of ministry and pastoral care offered by spiritual caregivers of all faiths through the clinical educational methods of Clinical Pastoral Education. (ACPE website, acpe.edu)