Ascension Saint Thomas/Nashville CPE Partnership

The Ascension Saint Thomas/Nashville CPE Partnership offers a wide range of pastoral experiences to better enhance learning and pastoral growth.

The Ascension Saint Thomas/Nashville Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Partnership is a multi-site, fully accredited CPE program in Nashville, Tennessee. From hospitals to hospice, pediatrics to geriatrics, urban ministry to retirement communities, we offer a wide range of pastoral experiences to better enhance learning and pastoral growth.

Programs

CPE is practical theological training for persons in pastoral ministry. It is suitable for religious leaders, lay persons, seminarians, and others who have a sufficient degree of theological knowledge in order to benefit from it.

Options:

  • Residency
  • Intensive summer internship
  • Extended unit

Residency

Ordinarily for a Residency, we expect a Masters of Divinity Degree (M.Div. or equivalent), ordination or endorsement of faith group, and a previous unit of CPE. This program is full-time.

Other requirements:

  • Full-time plus some on-call time
  • Stipend: $31,500/year plus co-pay health benefits
  • Requires one completed unit of CPE and M.Div. or equivalent
  • Student receives three units of ACPE- CPE upon satisfactory completion
  • Tuition: Self-pay $160 per unit
  • Deposit upon acceptance into program (applies to tuition): $100

PROGRAM DATES AND APPLICATION DEADLINES

Intensive Summer Internship

Most working in the Intensive Summer Unit are either seminary students or others on sabbatical. This program is full-time.

Other requirements:

  • Full-time plus some on-call time
  • No stipend or housing is available at this time
  • Student receives one unit of ACPE-CPE upon satisfactory completion
  • Tuition: Self-pay $500 per unit; for academic credit. Institutions Pay $1,000 per unit
  • Some site placements may not participate in the summer internship program
  • Deposit upon acceptance into program (applies to tuition): $100

PROGRAM DATES AND APPLICATION DEADLINES

Extended Unit

For an Extended Unit, we accept qualified lay persons and students. This program is part-time.

Other requirements:

  • Requires 4 hours of group supervision time per week in addition to 14-16 hours of clinical work on-site at the assigned Partner institution per week plus some on-call time
  • Some flexibility in the scheduling of on-site time and on-call time
  • No stipend, housing, or scholarships are available
  • Student receives one unit of ACPE-CPE upon satisfactory completion
  • Tuition: Self-pay $500 per unit; for academic credit. Institutions Pay $1,000 per unit
  • Deposit upon acceptance into program (applies to tuition): $100

PROGRAM DATES AND APPLICATION DEADLINES

General Program Requirements

  • Applicants for all positions will serve on-call time and will need transportation.
  • There are certain other health screening requirements of each institution which must be met before beginning the placement.

Placements

One of the great strengths of our program is its use of multiple sites for placement of chaplains. From hospice to hospitals, geriatrics to pediatrics, urban ministry to senior living, we offer a wide range of learning opportunities to our students. In addition, in group work as well as didactics and seminars you have the opportunity to hear how care is being done in the other clinical settings. This makes for a deeper and more complex learning environment where all of our students leave the program with a diverse skill set that can be used in a multitude of chaplaincy opportunities.

Sites of Care:

Clinical Educators

Reverend Diane Tugel

Rev. Diane L. Tugel is a Certified Educator and an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ. She is a certified CPE Supervisor with the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education and a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains. She worked in the parish as an Associate Minister with Union Congregational United Church of Christ in Green Bay, WI. She also served as a hospital chaplain with Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center and as a hospice chaplain with a local Richmond, VA hospice. Diane has served as the CPE supervisor for Ministry Health Care, Inc., Carolinas Healthcare and McLeod Regional Medical Center. Diane is married with two adult children, ages 22 and 18. Diane and her family moved to the Nashville area in 2017 to begin work with the Nashville/St. Thomas CPE Partnership. Besides her work, Diane enjoys swimming, reading, golfing, and being in the outdoors.

How to Apply

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What is CPE?

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) was begun in 1925 as a form of theological education that takes place not exclusively in academic classrooms, but also in clinical settings where ministry is being practiced. CPE is offered in many kinds of settings: in hospitals and health care including university, children's, and veterans' facilities; in hospices; in psychiatric and community care facilities; in workplace settings; in geriatric and rehabilitation centers; and in congregational and parish-based settings. The textbooks for CPE include in-depth study of "the living human documents." By "living human documents," we mean both the people who receive care as well as a study of ourselves, the givers of care. Through the practice of ministry and the reflection thereon with supervisor and peers, the experiential learning that is CPE takes place.

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.

Among the 2,600 members that make up the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education are almost 450 ACPE Accredited CPE Centers and about 600 ACPE certified faculty members (called CPE Supervisors). There are 113 Theological Schools Members and 23 Faith Groups and Agencies who are partners with ACPE in seeking to provide excellence in theological education. Other groups of ACPE members are Clinical Members (over 500), students, individuals, Retired Supervisors, retired members, and ACPE Networks.

Since ACPE formed in 1967 (as a merger of four CPE organizations), nearly 150,000 units of CPE have been offered to about 65,000 individuals from the United States and many other countries internationally. Approximately 7,000 units of CPE are completed annually. CPE students come from many different ethnic and cultural groups. Individuals from many faith traditions -- Protestant, Roman Catholic, Judaism, Islam, Orthodox Christian, Native American religions and Buddhism -- have taken CPE.

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.

For more information, visit the ACPE website.

Contact Us

Saint Thomas West Hospital
4220 Harding Road
Nashville TN 37205
Phone: (615) 222-6602