Northeast Florida Community Hospice

Community Hospice of Northeast Florida has developed this Clinical Pastoral Education program as an accredited satellite of Baptist Health. The CPE program will help student interns gain insight into pastoral care within a hospice setting.

What is Clinical Pastoral Education?

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is interfaith professional education for ministry. It brings theological interns and ministers of all faiths (pastors, priests, rabbis, imams and others) into supervised encounters to help patients facing death.

What is involved in the CPE Program?

At Community Hospice, the CPE program focuses on ministry with patients, families and staff, and learning from that ministry through reflection, discussion and evaluation with other interns and a supervisor. The interns work with an interdisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, certified nursing assistants, psychosocial specialists, chaplains and volunteers.

CPE interns gain an understanding of theological issues arising from the many end-of-life issues and from the variety of theological perspectives that come from the interfaith dialogue. They also learn how human actions affect relationships and decision making while reflecting theologically.  Interns are challenged to think about groups, social structures and individuals in defining their ministry.

Admission Requirements for the CPE Program:

  • Minimum of high school diploma and life experience sufficient to demonstrate openness to self-reflection and to thinking beyond one’s own faith tradition.
  • College degree and 1 year of seminary or the equivalent is preferred. 
  • Affiliation with a particular faith community. Endorsement by a leader in that community to enter into this theological training is preferred. 
  • Completed CPE Program application and CPE Letter of Reference form.
  • $70 non-refundable application fee.
  • $500 tuition per unit; application fee is applied.
  • Three written references: academic, ecclesiastical and personal.
  • An online application to become a Community Hospice Volunteer
  • A Level II background check including fingerprinting (conducted by Community Hospice).
  • TB skin test and titer (conducted by Community Hospice).

Each CPE program provides at least 100 hours of educational time, and at least 300 hours of clinical time, which includes regular, overnight and on-call responsibilities. A final evaluation must be written by the interns to receive credit for the CPE program. 

Positions are offered on a space available basis. We encourage you to contact Community Hospice Chaplain Karen Heistand at 904.407.7211 or kheistand@communityhospice.com to check on space availability before submitting your application.

  • CPE Program-Intesive Summer 2014 Unit

    Session duration: First Monday of June to Mid-August: 1 unit Level I/Level II 
    Deadline for Application: April 1, 2014

    This program is designed for theological students and individuals, such as parish clergy and those who wish to pursue professional chaplaincy as a vocation. Selected lay persons may be accepted for the program and are encouraged to apply.

    See admission requirements above.

    The program challenges students to learn something about themselves as persons and spiritual caregivers while becoming acquainted with patients and their families in the environment of hospice by dealing with illness, fear, anxiety, grief, loss and death. Students also learn about the relationships between illnesses and other crises, and persons' beliefs and behaviors.

    To achieve these objectives, the program employs supervised pastoral work, seminars, lectures, conferences, guided reading and study. Emphasis is placed on the formation of pastoral identity and learning pastoral reflection so that pastoral relationships will be supportive and helpful. The development of specific skills in ministry  also is addressed.

  • CPE Program-Extended Fall 2014 Quarter Unit

    October-March: 1 unit Level I/Level II 
    Deadline for Application: August 15, 2014

    This CPE program is designed for parish pastors and selected lay persons. Students are required to spend two days per week (Monday for group work/clinical time and another 8 hours for clinical work) for approximately 25 weeks at Community Hospice.

    Time requirements are as flexible as possible to fit the needs and schedules of participants. Supervision is provided for spiritual/pastoral work done at Community Hospice in inpatient, long term care and home care settings. Ample opportunities are offered throughout the program for intensive clinical study and theological reflection in the area of interpersonal relationships.

    See admission requirements above.

How to Apply:

Download and complete the CPE Program application and the CPE Letter of Reference form and mail them with your $70 application fee (check payable to Community Hospice) to:

Karen Heistand, Chaplain
Community Hospice of Northeast Florida
4266 Sunbeam Road
Jacksonville, FL 32259

Please send the reference form (included in the CPE application) to the references listed on your application. An interview will be arranged upon receipt of application, fee and references.

If you have questions, please contact Community Hospice Chaplain Karen Heistand at 904.407.7211 or kheistand@communityhospice.com

Statement of Accreditation:

Community Hospice of Northeast Florida has provisional approval to conduct CPE as an ACPE Satellite of Baptis health, a CPE program accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.

The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., is nationally recognized as an accrediting agency in the field of Clinical Pastoral Education by the U.S. Secretary of Education through the U.S. Department of Education.

*The Clinical Pastoral Education program of Community Hospice of Northeast Florida does not discriminate against any person on the basis of age, citizenship, color, handicap, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era.