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Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program

The Lt. Col. Luke J Weathers, Jr. VA currently offers year-long CPE residencies, accredited through ACPE – The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education, and administered locally through VA Chaplain Service, and VA Education Service.

CPE Residency application is available at the ACPE website:

 https://www.acpe.edu/ACPE/Resources/Forms.aspx

 

Send applications and all supporting documents via USPS to:

The Lt. Col. Luke J Weathers, Jr. VA Medical Center
Chaplain Service - 125
1030 Jefferson Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104

ATTN: The Director of CPE

Or via email to:  robert.whiteford@va.gov

Application packages are welcome year-long for consideration for an upcoming Residency year. 

For further information, please contact Chaplain Service at 901-577-7326

This ACPE accredited program does not discriminate against persons because of race, ethnicity, religious/spiritual tradition, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability.

 

Accreditation for the CPE Residency Program by:

ACPE – The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education,

We Work Floor 4, 120 West Trinity Place,

DECATUR, GA 30030
Telephone: 404-320-1472

 https://acpe.edu/

 

Resource Information

Dates: September - August (12 months)
Schedule: Monday – Friday, 0800 – 1630, with rotating weekend duty
Preference: One (1) Prior Unit of CPE
Stipend: $37,024 (including benefits – effective AY2023-24)
 

Requirements and Preferences for Admission to CPE Residency

  1. An M.Div. or equivalency is required and must be granted from a US Department of Education-vetted institution. Equivalency of a Master’s level degree can be obtained through any of the various chaplaincy certification organizations. Information regarding these organizations can be provided to you by our office. Please contact the Director of CPE.
  2. If ordained, please provide a Letter of Endorsement from your faith group endorsing your participation in CPE. If not ordained, please provide a Letter of Support from a representative of your faith group endorsing your participation in CPE.
  3. Preference for pastoral experience.
  4. Demonstrate ability to form significant pastoral relationships.
  5. Demonstrate ability to learn from experience through process education.
  6. Demonstrate ability to practice professional confidentiality.
  7. Demonstrate evidence of ability to work creatively with stress and conflict.

 

Process for Acceptance to CPE Residency

1. Submit standard ACPE application form with ALL required attachments and accompanying documents noted in the ACPE application, including copies of all evaluations from previous CPE units. Incomplete application packages will be held until all required attachments and accompanying documents are provided.

2. If ordained, please provide a Letter of Endorsement from your faith group endorsing your participation in CPE. If not ordained, please provide a Letter of Support from a representative of your faith group endorsing your participation in CPE.

3. Submit copies of both college and seminary transcripts. (photocopies are acceptable)

4. Interview with the Professional Advisory Group (PAG) admissions subcommittee. 

5. Acceptance by ACPE Supervisor