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Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

*FULL* CPE 1/2 Unit: Spring 2023

Registration is closed for Spring 2023!

Description: This is a non-degree, hybrid program for those seeking CPE in an Orthodox Christian environment. Students must have a bachelor's degree to receive credit for the class. The course begins with an in-person retreat. After the retreat are 14-15 sessions (depending on the liturgical calendar). This course is for clergy only. A detailed schedule is posted below the registration forms.

Retreat Information: Please arrive by 5 PM Eastern on Tuesday for dinner together. Meals together are an important part of the retreat. All attendees must check out of their room by 11 AM. Physical attendance at the retreat is required for this course.

Virtual Retreat: After the last class, a lengthy video-teleconference session will take place for final evaluations and debriefing (4-8 hours).

Program Mentor: His Grace Bishop JOHN, Diocese of Worcester and New England (bio)

Supervisor: Fr. David Alexander

Course Dates: Jan 20- April 7, 2023

Retreat Dates: Feb 7-10, 2023 at the Antiochian Village
Length of spring course: 14 weeks/classes PLUS one retreat
Time: Fridays, Cohort A 11-12:30 PM (FULL), Cohort B 12:30-2 PM, times are Eastern
Class length: 90 minutes per class
Maximum Number of students per cohort: 6
Jurisdiction: Open to all jurisdictions.

Cost: Three payments are scheduled totaling $900

  • Due when you register below: $300

  • Due December 1: $600 for single occupancy retreat (Feb 7-10, 2023)

Deacons: We presume that deacons who register have received a blessing from their priest to take this class.

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Saint Athanasius is a theological learning experience for seasoned Orthodox clergy serving in either parochial or non-parochial settings. Learning is facilitated under the supervision of a certified Orthodox teacher-practitioner of pastoral ministry, and in the company of peers. CPE provides a process for clergy to strengthen their theological foundations while exploring various psychosocial helping practices, all in the pursuit of building a more balanced and effective approach to pastoral care in their local ministry contexts. The units offered through Saint Athanasius follow the CPE standards of the College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy (CPSP), and a local CPSP chapter provides collegial oversight to the Saint Athanasius CPE Supervisors.

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