Rotations and Curriculum — Clinical Pastoral Education


St. Mary's Hospital

St. Mary's Hospital


Clinical pastoral education (CPE) students enrolled in our program at St. Mary's Hospital in Richmond, Va. will enjoy a rich variety of clinical rotations and specialties: 

  • Adult and Pediatric Emergency Room
  • Women’s Specialty 
  • Labor and Delivery
  • Oncology
  • Palliative Care
  • Pediatric 
  • Intensive Care
  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care
  • Coronary Care
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Behavioral Health
  • Hospice 
  • Neurological Care
  • Orthopedic and Spine
  • Cardiovascular Services
  • Intermediate Care
  • Telemetry
  • Bariatric
  • General Medicine and Surgical
  • Outpatient Services


The basic components of our CPE curriculum include but are not limited to:

  • Clinical Ministry
  • On-Calls
  • Verbatim Reports
  • Weekly Reflection Papers
  • Personal History Papers 
  • Rituals of Life
  • Process Group
  • Individual and Group Supervision
  • Didactics
  • Book Review
  • Integration Weeks
  • Webinars
  • Immersion Experiences

Curriculum Themes:

  • Introduction to Spiritual Care
  • Culture and Narratives
  • Religions and Spiritualities
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Ethics
  • Professional Readiness

Our Philosophy of Education:

  • Adult learners are responsible for their learning experience.
  • During the CPE unit, each student enters a co-creative learning covenant with the ACPE Certified Educator and their peers to meet the ACPE Level I and II goals and outcomes.
  • In CPE, the clinical setting and the CPE cohort serve as catalysts for students’ relational learning experiences.
  • Our basic educative assumption is that everyone within the CPE peer group has something to teach and something to learn. Also, CPE students are expected to learn from patients, families and teammates. 
  • To learn, grow and develop in CPE requires humility, curiosity, vulnerability and critical thinking. The primary resources we use include introspection, creative expressions and dialogue. 
  • In CPE we work with people’s stories, emotions, feelings, experiences and theories to assist students in developing their self-awareness, self-understanding and personal/professional identities.
  • CPE is an intense, experiential, co-creative and transformational form of education.