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Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) was conceived as a method of learning pastoral practice in a clinical setting under supervision. The concept was promoted by Anton Boisen, a leading figure in the clinical pastoral education movement of the early 20th century, to include a case study method of theological inquiry—a study of “living human documents.”

For more than 80 years, CPE has developed and enhanced its methodology by close interaction with persons from the disciplines of medicine, psychology, the behavioral sciences, as well as with theology.

The College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy, Inc. (CPSP) offers its programs in clinical pastoral education, pastoral psychotherapy, pastoral counseling and clinical chaplaincy as a unique form of ministry and education. The respect of the intern chaplain’s personal growth, professional development and unique integration of the personal and professional is central to the CPSP mission. Persons come to CPSP programs as part of theological education, continuing education for ministry, training for pastoral counseling, training for certification as a clinical chaplain. Theological schools may give academic credit for work successfully completed.


Members of the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP) are spiritual pilgrims seeking a truly collegial professional community. Our calling and commitments are, therefore, first and last theological. We covenant to address one another and to be addressed by one another in a profound theological sense. We commit ourselves to a galaxy of shared values that are as deeply held as they are difficult to communicate. "Recovery of soul" is a metaphor that points toward these values. We value personal authority and creativity. We believe we should make a space for one another and stand ready to midwife one another in our respective spiritual journeys. – from the CPSP covenant

Why Capital Health?

Many students are required to have a hospital experience as part of their seminary. Aren't all programs the same? Many hospital programs have become machines for serving patients and processing students. This is not Capital Health. We are centered around growth and transformation. Talk to students who have completed our program. Better yet, come in and see it for yourself. Reverend Stephen Faller is a board certified chaplain, a published author, and has been working with students since 2001.