Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

CPE 1/2 Unit: Spring 2023

Registrations is per semester.

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 6 PM Eastern on Tuesday for dinner together. Meals together are an important part of the retreat. We will depart at 9 AM Eastern on Friday. 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 $925

  • Due when you register below: $300

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

  • Due at the retreat: $25 to CPE accrediting agency, check or money order

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.