Clinical Pastoral Education


Our mission is to educate ministers in the art and science of pastoral care according to the standards of ACPE, Inc. and to provide other educational events that help local ministers in maintaining the health of people they serve.

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is an experience in process education which has been shaped by history and yet remains responsive to the present day cultural developments. Believing students bring much experience with them to CPE, we seek to create a learning environment based on respect for the learner, mutuality, clear expectations and a mutual covenant.

Scott & White recognizes the importance of the mind, body and spirit connection and therefore provides a supportive environment for pastoral ministry. Scott & White CPE delivers round-the-clock pastoral care as a clinically integrated patient care service.

Clinical assignments allow students to witness the effectiveness of ministry in real-life situations. Because of the complete range of services at Scott & White, CPE students are ensured a wide variety of ministry experiences and opportunities to function as members of many clinical teams.

Accredited by:
The Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
1549 Clairmont Road
Suite 103
Decatur, GA 30033

Program History

In the spring of 1983, The Rev. Larry Easterling was hired as a second chaplain. He set in motion the necessary procedures to establish a CPE program. By 1984, the first CPE program had begun at Scott & White Hospital. Scott & White currently offers CPE programs including a Summer Intensive Program, First Year Residency program and a Supervisor-In-Training program.

Scott & White continues to recognize the importance of the mind, body and spirit connection and provides a supportive environment for pastoral ministry and educational opportunities for those interested in training as chaplains. Scott & White is committed to providing a well-rounded pastoral care program. Each CPE program has left its mark on not only the Department of Pastoral Care, but also on the patients, families, and staff in the "renewal" and "refinement" of our mission and goals. We look forward to partnering with students and the significant ministry they provide to our hospital community.


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