Clinical Pastoral Education

Why CPE?

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) began in 1925 as a method of practical learning for seminary students within clinical settings where ministry is applied. In CPE the primary text is the “living human document,” and students learn as they participate in supervised encounters with individuals in crisis. Unlike traditional CPE programs, TACC is one of few centers nationwide that offer CPE within an urban setting. Instead of completing service hours at a hospital or hospice, TACC’s CPE students are involved in ministry at one of five nonprofits located in downtown Atlanta. These sites, Crossroads Community Ministries, Emmaus House, Central Outreach & Advocacy Center, Church of the Holy Comforter, Trinity House/Big Bethel Recovery House and Church for the Common Ground, serve clients who are homeless, drug addicted, unemployed, mentally and physically disabled, and/or youth at-risk. TACC accepts 15-20 students each year who are either in their second year of seminary, have graduated or are in the ordination process. Once accepted, students are required to complete 300 hours of service at their clinical site and 100 hours of supervision in a peer group reflection process. During peer group sessions, students present clinical material which reflects their involvement with clients/guests at their assigned site. Within the context of intentional learning, students discover both their gifts and limitations as they are challenged to grow in their faith and their pastoral identity.

TACC's CPE Offerings
Under the supervision of Rev. Miriam A. Needham, TACC offers Level I/II CPE as an intensive Summer unit (10 weeks) and as extended, 14-week units in the Fall and Spring. Admission to the program is based on the completion of the CPE application and interview.  Application Fee: $50.00

Upcoming CPE Sessions
  • Summer 2013: June 3 - Aug 9 (FULL)
  • Spring 2014: January 27-May 2
  • Summer 2014: June 2-August 8
Adjunct Faculty
Dr. John Blevins, Rollins School for Public Health, Emory University
Rev. Dr. Thee Smith, Religion Department, Emory University
Rev. Nibs Stroupe, Oakhurst Presbyterian Church
Rev. Robin Brown-Haithco, Emory Center for Pastoral Services
Rev. Dr. Luther Smith, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
Rev. Martha Wright, Egleston Children's Hospital
Rev. Dr. Bill Harkins, Columbia Theological Seminary
Rev. Dr. Gene Robinson, Emory Center for Pastoral Services
The Rev. Mary Wetzel, Church of the Common Ground
Rev. Dan Matthews, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Application Process:
Send a completed ACPE CPE application, found on the website, with the $50 application fee to:

Rev. Miriam A. Needham
435 Peachtree Street NE
Altanta, GA 30308

TACC is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
1549 Clairmont Road, Suite 103, Decatur, GA 30033. (404) 320-1472