One-of-a-Kind Clinical Pastoral Education
Hebrew SeniorLife’s Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program in Boston, MA, provides geriatric-focused spiritual care training for seminary students of many faiths, future clergy seeking spiritual care skills, and aspiring or current health care chaplains. We are proud to offer the country’s only Jewish geriatric CPE program accredited by ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education.
Students leave the program trained to support seniors and families through the joys and challenges of aging, loss, and end of life. They also provide 5,000 hours of care to patients at HSL’s Hebrew Rehabilitation Center each year as part of their training. The program attracts students from across North America and as far as Israel.
What is a Jewish CPE Program?
Hebrew SeniorLife’s CPE program approaches spiritual care through a Jewish lens. We welcome both Jewish and non-Jewish applicants. Learning is informed by the integrated study of relevant Jewish texts, ongoing reflection on the role of Jewish cultural and religious influences on the spiritual care relationship, and clinical experience gained with a predominantly Jewish population.
About the Curriculum
CPE students learn to develop their personal gifts for spiritual care through a disciplined program of learning, self-reflection, supervision, and clinical application.
The general CPE curriculum focuses on spiritual care as it relates to aging, illnesses of aging, bioethical decision-making, dying, and bereavement. Special attention is given to cultural and demographic diversity as they impact spiritual issues. Additional areas of focus, which may also be offered as specialty units, include:
- Trauma-informed care
- End of life
- LGBTQ older adults
- Secular spirituality