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CPE Location and Study Options

EMS offers CPE in various locations and study formats. Explore all our options for to complete your training below. 

See 2021-22 CPE options

Harrisonburg CPE Units

Extended (Part-Time) CPE Unit

This unit spans the two semesters of the school year, beginning the first week of the fall semester and concluding at the end of the spring semester in April. Four hours each week are scheduled for group education. Students are expected to serve approximately 10 hours per week as chaplain interns at a local hospital and/or retirement community. Students may schedule much of their “clinical” time (including daytimes, evenings, and weekends) to fit their own schedules. Semester breaks will be observed.

Summer CPE Unit

The Summer unit is a full-time ten week program beginning near the end of May and concluding in early August. Monday through Friday (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) is spent in clinical ministry or in the nearly 12 hours of group seminars. Students typically divide ministry time as chaplain interns between Rockingham Memorial Hospital (RMH) and a local retirement community. Students are expected to provide occasional “on-call” coverage in the hospital on evenings and weekends.

Congregation-Based CPE Unit

This unit is designed for those holding at least a half-time position of ministry in a congregational setting. The congregation serves as the student’s ministry assignment. Learning in this unit includes gaining an understanding of the congregation as a family system or emotional unit. Characteristics of a “healthy congregation” will be explored along with the qualities and dynamics of “differentiated” leadership. Is incorporated into either Summer or Extended units.

Placement Options for Harrisonburg:

Pennsylvania CPE Units

Extended (Part-Time) CPE Unit

This unit is planned to begin on October 5, 2021 and conclude on April 26, 2022. Students will serve a minimum average of 12 hours of ministry per week in pastoral ministry or as chaplain interns at Landis Homes, Lititz, PA; Garden Spot Village, New Holland, PA; or Menno Haven, Chambersburg, PA or, a combination of the two settings. Students will meet as a group alternatively at Landis Homes and online to engage the various seminars that make up the CPE curriculum. Application deadline is July 1, 2021.

Advanced Units of CPE

These units are particularly intended for those who have completed at least one unit of CPE in the EMS Program and who seek an additional unit for a certification process or to refresh and build on the learning gained in the first unit. 

CURRICULUM: Emphasized will be self-learning through case study seminars, group and individual coaching, personal reading and writing, didactic presentations, audio-visual resources, individual learning goals and applying theory to one’s practice of ministry. Foundational to this effort will be studying one’s own relationship systems---family, workplace and/or faith community through the lens of Bowen Theory. 

OUTCOMES: This program is designed to assist participants to demonstrate the Objectives and Outcomes of ACPE. On this behalf participants can expect to develop the following capacities: increased ability to identify common symptoms of anxiety in self, families and communities and more effectively engage challenging family, work and/or ministry relationships.

FORMAT: These units will be “hybrid” units---group meetings will include face to meetings as well as online by video-conferencing technology. Meeting schedule will be informed by participants. Intended to be accessible to students beyond Virginia.

For more information:

Penny Driediger
ACPE Certified Clinical Educator and CPE Director
(540) 432-4218

Eastern Mennonite Seminary is accredited to offer CPE Levels I & II and Supervisory CPE by the: Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. 55 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, Suite 835, Atlanta, GA 30308 Phone: (404) 320-1472    Fax: (404) 320-0849   Email: 

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