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Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education

The Clinical Pastoral Education Program at New Hanover Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.  NHRMC is an acute care medical center providing inpatient and outpatient services and designated by the state as a Level II Regional Trauma Center for Southeastern North Carolina.  Students who minister and study with us encounter a broad spectrum of the human condition from the celebration of life to the mourning of death. 

What Is Clinical Pastoral Education?

Clinical Pastoral Education is interfaith professional education for ministry, where learning is derived from the supervised practice of ministry.  The foundation of CPE at NHRMC is ministry with patients, families and staff; the student functions in a pastoral role providing spiritual care to persons in crisis.  This ministry is then critically, yet supportively, reviewed by the participant’s supervisor and peers in the training program through a variety of focused seminars.  Personal reflection on one’s ministry is also facilitated through structured written reports designed to support the learning process.

At NNHRMC, the educational philosophy is informed by a “theology of hospitality” which means to create a friendly space where the student feels welcome and safe.  This invitation fosters trust in peers and supervisor(s) in developing the learning alliance.  In a parallel process, it is our hope that students who feel welcomed will extend hospitality to patients and families who are guests in the medical center.


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