The CPE Process

The CPE process utilizes verbatim, case studies, and other methods for reporting one’s ministry and pastoral care for self-evaluation and group supervision. The discussions surrounding one’s ministry focus on what is happening with the caregiver, as much as what is happening with the people receiving ministry. 

CPE students structured education sessions involve weekly seminars, and supervision which focus on theological, medical, psychological, emotional, interpersonal and group dynamics. These sessions along with the clinical experience and related reading, provide opportunities for challenge, support, caregiving and personal reflection. 

In CPE, students enter a pastoral training program of small-group, action-reflection-action learning. Spiritual Care Leadership development is fostered by:

  • Personal goal-setting and ongoing reflection within a safe and respectful small group context
  • Theological, spiritual and personal reflection
  • Facilitated peer dialogue
  • Collaboration with doctors, hospital staff and a team approach to patient care
  • One-on-one consultation regularly with a CPE Supervisor
  • Reflective self and group evaluation process

As a CPE student at AdventHealth, you can expect:

  • To be involved in ministry in a wide range of clinical contexts and a diversity of patients, families and staff, while functioning as a part of the multidisciplinary care team
  • To be encouraged and challenged to become excellent in pastoral care ministry, to expect more from yourself than you imagine, and to participate in providing effective and meaningful pastoral care for every person, every time
  • To learn about yourself as person, as learner, as colleague in the learning process and as a minister to persons in crisis
  • To learn about how your strengths and weaknesses, your brokenness and wholeness, your faith and your doubts – inhibit and enhance your spiritual care practice

AdventHealth CPE System Center is accredited by ACPE, Inc. to offer Level 1, Level 2 and Certified Candidate Education, in a challenging and supportive learning environment.

Why CPE At An

ACPE, Inc. Center?

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What is CPE?

CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) is a method of theological education through practical training in pastoral care skills, concepts and ministry. ACPE, Inc. CPE is a professional standard for pastoral care education. ACPE and ACPE accredited centers and certified Supervisors have a history of quality education that is recognized by professional ministerial associations, judicatories, and accredited theological academic institutions and whose accreditation is recognized by the US Department of Education.

ACPE accredits centers for conducting CPE by utilizing a process and a structure to evaluate the institutional issues related to where CPE will be held. This assures the student that the institution that provides for their clinical experience is financially stable, employs qualified supervisors, provides curriculum that has been reviewed by others, offers evaluations and sets standards for treatment and safety of students. 

ACPE Standards

ACPE Standards for ongoing accreditation of a CPE Center are systematically reviewed to insure that there is consistency in practice for the center and its supervisors. ACPE is committed to quality and consumer protection; therefore as an association we have our Standards externally reviewed by the US Department of Education every five years and have their recognition as an indicator of our values and practice. We require all accredited centers undergo both five and ten year reviews in order to maintain their individual accreditation status. These strict guidelines for accreditation and recognition by the US Department of Education make CPE at an ACPE accredited program acceptable for academic credit and for VA benefits. 

ACPE has a process by which problems at an accredited center may be immediately addressed through a called review of accreditation in order to assure compliance and maintenance of Standards. ACPE accreditation and certification standards are approved for Board Certification by the Association of Professional Chaplains, the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, the National Association of Jewish Chaplains and other professional chaplaincy organizations.

ACPE Certified Educators

*+/-ACPE Certified Educators have completed a process of training that provides for multiple opportunities to have their work evaluated by other professionals in order for certification as a CPE Certified Educator to be granted. This process follows standards for training that have been scrutinized and recognized as part of the ACPE accreditation process.

ACPE Certified Educators are required to participate in regular review processes as well as continuing education in order to maintain their certification as Certified Educators.

ACPE CPE is guided by Standards as well as defined outcomes and objectives for student learning. These standards, along with certification and accreditation requirements are available for review by visiting the ACPE, Inc. website:

Meet the Team

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Sam Bryan, ACPE

Certified Educator

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Vivian Chico

Executive Assistant 

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Alisha Edwards, ACPE

Spiritual Care and Ministry Education Specialist

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Mary Foley, ACPE

Certified Educator

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Vaughan Grant, ACPE

Certified Educator

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Stephenie Hill, ACPE

Certified Educator

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Terry Hood, BCC


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Ngan Ling Lung, ACPE

Certified Educator

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Anurag Mani, ACPE

Certified Educator

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Orlando Jay Perez, ACPE

Certified Educator

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Ramona Reynolds, ACPE

Certified Educator

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Joey Rivera, ACPE

Certified Educator

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Deborah Rodriguez, CPE


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Jennifer Seberger, ACPE

Certified Educator

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Martin Shaw

Chaplain and Pastoral Education Fellow

Frequently Asked Questions

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Tuition Schedule

I.   Application/Admission Interview Fees

A.    Application Fee - $40.00US – due with application submission
B.    Admission Interview Fee - $50.00US – for people who would like AdventHealth Dept of Pastoral Education Faculty to conduct an interview for another Center.
C.    There is no fee for interviews for this System’s programs.

II.   Tuition Per Unit

A.    Level 1 or Level 2 CPE at AdventHealth - $300.00US/per unit of CPE
B.    Supervisory CPE – No Tuition

III.  Deposit Fee

A.    Extended and Summer Internships - $100.00US
B.    Residency and Supervisory CPE - $150.00US

Application Fee – A non-refundable application fee is included with each submission of application materials. The application fee is: $40.00US. All application fees are non-refundable except in the instance when an application is received for a specific program and that program is filled and the application is not reviewed. The fee and the application materials will then be returned to the applicant.

Tuition for a unit of Level 1 or Level 2 CPE is due on the first day of the unit unless:

  1. The student submits in writing a payment or work-scholarship agreement before the end of the first week, orientation week, of that unit (see fee schedule included in this policy)
  2. The CPE Supervisor or Associate Supervisor responsible for that unit agrees to the work-scholarship plan
  3. The written plan is submitted to the Director of Pastoral Education through the CPE Registrar’s office with signatures of agreement from the student and the supervisor.

B.  All tuition must be paid by the last day of a unit. All work scholarship shift commitments must be completed within 30-days of the last day of the unit.

C.  Supervisory CPE – does not have a tuition payment for each unit.

A non-refundable deposit is required upon acceptance into any program of CPE, in order to hold a seat in that program. The deposit will only be refunded if the unit of CPE is cancelled by the Center.

CPE at AdventHealth Division - Center for Pastoral Education is accredited by ACPE, Inc. One West Court Square, Suite 325, Decatur, GA 30030   
Phone: Call404-320-1472   
Email: [email protected]

International Students

International students can apply to the center of their choice. Once accepted, the student should contact the ACPE national office to apply for a visa. The visa process can take from six to nine months to complete. The visa must be obtained before you can begin CPE. Additional considerations are discussed on the on the ACPE website or through contact with ACPE, Inc.

CPE at AdventHealth Division - Center for Pastoral Education is accredited by ACPE, Inc. One West Court Square, Suite 325, Decatur, GA 30030
Phone: Call404-320-1472
Email: [email protected]

CPE Sites

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AdventHealth Altamonte Springs

Since 1973, AdventHealth Altamonte Springs has been providing health care to the residents of Seminole, north Orange, East Lake and west Volusia counties. Each year this hospital treats approximately 14,000 inpatients, 97,000 outpatients, 43,000 emergency patients, and performs over 10,000 surgical procedures, making it the largest and most comprehensive hospital in Seminole county.

As a full-service 341 bed, acute care community hospital, AdventHealth Altamonte Springs offers a variety of medical specialties and programs where students may encounter pastoral care opportunities. These include:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiology – Cardiac and Neuro-diagnostic services
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family practice Medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Neurology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology – Maternity Services
  • Oncology/Hematology, Radiation Oncology
  • Orthopaedic Services
  • Pain Medicine
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Women’s Medicine


AdventHealth Apopka

AdventHealth Apopka is a 50 bed hospital which sees approximately 16,000 outpatients and 25,500 emergency patients and over 1,000 inpatients annually.

AdventHealth Apopka offers the following services and programs in which students may come into contact with patients and staff:

  • Cardiology Services – Stress testing, serum-marker blood studies, Echocardiography
  • Community Education Programs
  • Critical Care Services
  • Emergency Services
  • Endoscopy
  • Hearing Center
  • ICU and PCU units
  • Outpatient Services
  • Radiology Services
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Respiratory Services
  • Women’s Medicine


AdventHealth Celebration

AdventHealth Celebration is a 112 bed, full-service hospital providing inpatient and outpatient services, 24-hour emergency care, maternity, cardiac services, diagnostics and catheterization, wellness programs, women’s and men’s health programs, as well as primary care and physicians on-site.

AdventHealth Celebration is located in the heart of the tourism area and therefore has the opportunity to serve as a health care provider for families from all over the world who are vacationing in Central Florida.

In addition, AdventHealth Celebration is home to some of the following services in which CPE students may find opportunities for ministry and pastoral care:

  • Center for Digestive Health
  • Diabetes Center
  • Imaging Center
  • Pain Center
  • Pathways to Potential
  • Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine
  • Rippe Health Assessment
  • Sleep Center
  • Surgery and Endoscopy Center


AdventHealth East Orlando

Over 5,000 inpatients and 29,700 outpatients are treated at AdventHealth East Orlando each year. This 225 bed, full-service hospital provides health care close to home for East Orange County residents.

AdventHealth East Orlando offers the following programs and services in which CPE students may come into contact with patients and staff:

  • Cardiology Services – external cardiac pacing, cardiac stress testing, ECHO
  • Center for Digestive Health – offers services to diagnose and treat digestive problems including heartburn, chronic or intermittent indigestion
  • Community Wellness Programs
  • Emergency Services
  • General Medical and Surgical Units
  • A Hearing Center
  • ICU and PCU units
  • Outpatient Services – including outpatient endoscopy
  • Pain Management Center
  • Radiology Services
  • Sinus Center
  • Urinary Continence Program
  • Women’s Medicine


AdventHealth for Children

For more than a century now, we have been offering children throughout the region, the nation and the world world-class, leading-edge care in a compassionate, caring setting. With our 300+bed facility in Central Florida, we are building on our rich legacy, offering even more services and programs to address a range of pediatric health issues, from diabetes and obesity to child development and cancer. While AdventHealth for Children offers comprehensive pediatric programs, we are particularly known for:

  • The only bone marrow transplantation program and pediatric transplant team in the region
  • A highly experienced team of 135 pediatric sub-specialists, representing more than 30 different pediatric specialties
  • Pediatric Emergency Department that is staffed by a physician 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is designed with children in mind, featuring a scare-free zone complete with customizable room themes
  • The most advanced pediatric imaging services, including PET, 64-slice CT and 3T MRI, one of only two hospitals in the country to have this technology
  • An 81-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with private, family-centered rooms
  • Pediatric oncology programs that are at the very forefront of research and clinical trials
  • Level IV Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Center generating seizure free outcomes 
  • The region's first neuro-oncology and neurofibromatosis programs
  • World-renowned pediatric cardiology and congenital heart surgery program
  • A pediatric sleep center to diagnose and treat sleep-related conditions for children as young as two-and-a-half years of age
  • Minimally invasive surgery, including robotic surgery, that significantly reduces pain and scarring and greatly shortens recovery time
  • Weight-management programs that emphasizes wellness and health to fight the epidemic of childhood obesity and children's diabetes


AdventHealth Kissimmee

Conveniently located near Walt Disney World in Kissimmee, Florida, this 83 bed, full-service community hospital offers health care to residents of Osceola and Orange counties. AdventHealth Kissimmee staff currently see an average of 2,600 inpatient and 14,000 outpatients annually.

AdventHealth Kissimmee offers the following services and programs in which students may come in contact with patients and staff:

  • Cardiac Catheterization Lab
  • Emergency Services
  • Community Wellness Programs                
  • Eye Surgery
  • Plastic and Foot Surgery
  • General Medical and Surgical Units
  • ICU and PCU units
  • Orthopaedic Services
  • Rehabilitation Services


AdventHealth Orlando

Located adjacent to downtown Orlando, AdventHealth Orlando uses the latest technologies to treat over 32,000 inpatients and 53,600 outpatients annually. This 1,150 bed acute care hospital also serves as a major tertiary facility for much of the Southeast, the Caribbean and South America.

Some of the comprehensive services at AdventHealth Orlando listed below offer ministry opportunities for CPE students:

  • AdventHealth Cancer Institute – a comprehensive oncology program, including inpatient and outpatient care, radiology, transplant and cancer and leukemia research, hematology and oncology for children and adolescents
  • Cardiology services – including cardiac rehab, chest pain center, cardiac surgery, catheterization, nuclear and echo-cardiology diagnostics.
  • Central for Behavioral Health – acute and longer term adult psychiatric care units.
  • Center for Community Health Ministry – parish nursing
  • Center for Women’s Medicine
  • Diabetes Center
  • Emergency Services – Chest Pain Center, Pediatric Emergency Center
  • Family Health Center – Family Practice Clinic
  • Fetal Diagnostic Center
  • Florida Heart Institute
  • Florida Flight 1 Helicopter Transport
  • Gamma Knife Center
  • Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care
  • ICU, PCU, CCU, Orthopedic ICU, Level III Neonatal ICU, Neuro ICU
  • Kidney Stone Center
  • Outpatient Services – radiology, surgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Pain Management Center
  • Sleep Disorders Center
  • Trans-Life Organ and Tissue Donation
  • Urological Services
  • Women’s Medicine


AdventHealth Tampa

AdventHealth Tampa was founded in the mid 1960's by a group of progressive businessmen who recognized the need for hospital services in a rural, yet developing north Tampa region. Today, AdventHealth Tampa has grown into a 475-bed facility with clinical leadership demonstrated in: diabetes care, cardiovascular care, women’s health, pediatrics, comprehensive emergency services, cancer care, surgical services specializing in orthopaedic, general, and vascular surgery. Pepin Heart Institute & Dr. Kiran C. Patel Research Institute officially opened its doors Southeast’s first free-standing, all-digital cardiovascular specialty facility.

AdventHealth Sebring

AdventHealth Sebring Division extends the healing ministry of Christ to our neighbors in Highlands and Hardee counties in Central Florida. Our highly-skilled team of 200 physicians and more than 1,400 medical and ancillary professionals combine their talents to offer unsurpassed compassion and comfort that aids in the healing process.

AdventHealth Winter Park

AdventHealth Winter park is located in a metro Orlando community that was originally developed as a winter respite for many northern families in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. AdventHealth Winter Park is a 331 bed, acute care facility chartered in 1951 by the residents of the community.

AdventHealth Winter Park offers the following services and programs in which students may come in contact with patients and staff:

  • Level II Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Labor and Delivery “The Dr. Phillips Baby Place”
  • Cancer Care Center
  • Emergency Department
  • Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab
  • Sleep Disorders Clinic
  • Women’s Medicine
  • Surgical Services
  • Orthopaedics
  • Rehabilitative Services
  • Pediatrics


Contact Registrar

Call: Mon to Fri, 9 am to 4 pm
[email protected]