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Clinical Pastoral Education Training at UAMS Medical Center

CPE Training 1
The CPE program at UAMS Medical Center has a history that extends over twenty years. Chaplain interns and residents serve as hospital chaplains and provide pastoral care and counseling to inpatients, families and hospital staff. Each chaplain in training is assigned to a number of floors and units, providing an opportunity for the trainee to experience the full range of care settings in a modern medical facility. The trainees are required to provide 24 hours on-call coverage for the Medical Center. In addition, each trainee is required to present case studies, attend didactic seminars, provide written reflections upon reading reviews, meet with their supervisors for individual supervision sessions, conduct a weekly ecumenical worship service and take part in group relations seminars.


The UAMS Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program consists of a three components:

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  1. CPE Residency Program - one year September through August
  2. Part-Time Extended Program - September through May
  3. Full-Time Summer Program - 11 weeks

CPE Training 2
The CPE program focuses on the development of self-awareness, formation of pastoral identity, professional functioning, and the ability to address issues from a competent clinical and pastoral perspective.

The residency program is designed for the ordained person with a seminary degree and at least one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education. On occasion, a lay person may qualify for admission. CPE residents and interns serve as ecumenical chaplains, under supervision, to assigned areas throughout the UAMS Medical Center and clinics. The setting provides a rich base for clinical experience and opportunities for continued personal, professional and pastoral development.


Pastoral Care Services
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
4301 W. Markham St. #561, Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 686-6217