Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL)/Hebrew Rehabilitation Center (HRC) is pleased to provide a high quality Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program. Our program is currently the only Jewish geriatric CPE program in the country accredited by ACPE: The Standard in Spiritual Care and Education. In 2008, the CPE program received an award for “best new program” from the Association of Jewish Aging Services. Since that time, all but one of the certified Jewish chaplains in the Boston area have studied with us during their education and certification process. We are proud to have provided the education and training for a Jewish ACPE certified educator, who, as one of only 18 Jewish certified educators in the country, joined our Chaplaincy Institute staff in 2015.

CPE clinical training at HSL provides important resources for the congregational rabbinate or ministry, as well as for aspiring or current healthcare chaplains. Using an adult education model of action/reflection/integration, CPE students learn to develop their personal gifts for spiritual care through a disciplined program of learning, self-reflection, and clinical application.

The general CPE curriculum at HSL moves through the continuum of spiritual care as it relates to aging, illnesses of aging, family caregivers, bioethical decision-making, dying, and bereavement. Special attention is given to cultural and demographic diversity as it impacts spiritual issues. Additional areas of focus include dementia, trauma, LGBT seniors, and secular spirituality. Specialty units are sometimes offered on such themes. Check the CPE Dates page to see when general and specialty units are next being offered.

HSL CPE approaches spiritual care through a Jewish lens. Students who wish to learn about Christian spiritual care may make this one of their learning goals. Both Jewish and non-Jewish applicants are welcome to apply. English is the predominant language of the educational program, and applicants must be fluent in spoken English, have strong comprehension of written English, and good ability to write in English. Special opportunities are available for Russian-speaking applicants, as a significant portion of HRC patients speak Russian; some allowances can be negotiated individually for Russian-speaking students or Israeli students who would benefit from doing some of their assignments orally rather than in writing.

Starting in 2014, HSL created summer half-units of CPE, in part to serve Israeli chaplains seeking training in spiritual care. We are pleased to partner with several Israeli chaplaincy organizations to offer this unique opportunity. Check the CPE Dates page to see when such a half-unit will next be offered.