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Clinical Pastoral Education Program

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is clinical training for ministers that focuses on:   

  • Learning by providing spiritual care to persons in need
  • Reflecting on that ministry with colleagues and supervisors
  • Exploring theological issues, behavioral science theories and their integration
  • Gaining information, perspectives and interpersonal skills that increase effectiveness in any ministry setting, whether in a congregation, parish, institution or agency

The Partnership for Clinical Pastoral Education

Located in scenic Tampa Bay, The Partnership for Clinical Pastoral Education is a joint venture between Morton Plant Mease Health Care and Suncoast Hospice. Leaders in these two organizations envisioned and brought to reality a CPE program designed to meet the spiritual care needs among Pinellas County's more than one million residents. Benefits of our CPE partnership include:

  • Opportunity for learning in two clinical health care settings
  • A curriculum focused on both end-of-life and acute care
  • An interdisciplinary faculty with experts from both hospice and hospital settings
  • Training utilizing three clinical databases for health care/chaplaincy
  • Intern units and a residency program are offered
  • Residency is a 12-month stipend position beginning in mid-August. Applicants must
    have one previous unit of CPE and a graduate degree in theology or related field.
 Intern Units  Length of Time
 Fall  16 weeks
 Fall - Spring  26 weeks
 Spring  16 weeks
 Summer  10 weeks

E-mail for specific start and end dates.

Application Fee: $30 (made payable to Morton Plant Mease Health Care)
Tuition: $450 per unit

The Partnership for CPE: Morton Plant Mease Health Care & Suncoast Hospice offers Level I/Level II CPE as an Accredited Center for Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, 1549 Clairmont Road, Suite 103, Decatur, GA 30033; (404) 320-1472


  • The Partnership is managed by a certified supervisor who is a member of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.
  • A professional advisory group and an executive committee provide visionary leadership that spans Pinellas County and beyond.
  • Pastoral leaders from Morton Plant Mease Health Care and Suncoast Hospice are actively involved in the success of the program.

Suncoast Hospice

Suncoast Hospice is one of our nation's leading not-for-profit, community based providers of hospice and palliative care. The Hospice provides care for tens of thousands of people annually, and leads innovative service delivery, social change advocacy, technology development and other end-of-life initiatives. The Hospice goal is to help each person in our community find quality of life and live each day with meaning and purpose. The Hospice is constantly adding new programs and services to meet the community's changing needs. Care is provided by interdisciplinary teams working in a variety of care settings. Some teams specialize in at-home care, others specialize in facility-provided care - nursing homes and assisted living communities. The Suncoast Institute is also a nationally recognized provider of hospice educational resources.

Application Information

If you are interested in more information about The Partnership for Clinical Pastoral Education please contact us in one of the following ways:

1. Contact the department at (727) 461-8045 or e-mail to request an application packet, or ask to speak to the manager of clinical pastoral education for more information.

2. Download an application from the ACPE Web site and e-mail or fax the application to us at (727) 461-8071, along with a $30 application fee payable to Morton Plant Mease Health Care.

3. Write, call or e-mail Rev. Connie Bonner at:

The Partnership for Clinical Pastoral Education
Morton Plant Mease Health Care
Mail Station #44
300 Pinellas St.
Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: (727) 461-8045