Professional Chaplaincy Training

We are the first and only Buddhist-based organization to be fully accredited by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education to offer professional chaplaincy training—Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). Our ACPE Clinical Pastoral Education Training Program is open to those who have completed our Foundations in Buddhist Contemplative Care Training Program. Our CPE Training Program is a professional level training and is designed for those interested in becoming professional chaplains, and anyone interested in deepening their spiritual practice.

Our Clinical Pastoral Education Program is an interfaith, professional education, from a Buddhist perspective, in providing contemplative care, as a chaplain or lay person. Our Training brings students into supervised encounters with hospital patients at pivotal moments in their lives. Coming from a reflective, intimate involvement with people in both crisis and celebration, and with feedback from peers and teachers, students can develop a new awareness of themselves and, of the needs of those they care for. In the Center’s CPE program, we emphasize the training of being with others, as differentiated from doing or helping another. From deep contemplative practice and reflection, students begin to acquire a new understanding of care giving. Within the interdisciplinary team process of helping professions, students develop skills in intrapersonal, interpersonal and interprofessional relationships.

The Pastoral Advisory Committee oversees our Chaplaincy Training. The Committee consists of interdisciplinary professionals who meet at regular intervals to consult and advise us on the development of our Chaplaincy Training Program. The Committee helps insure that the CPE Training Program is well integrated within our organization and provides feedback for quality assurance.

Program Components per Unit

  • The 300 hours of clinical practice of chaplaincy to patients and staff
  • 100 hours of education in 10 monthly daylong trainings held on Wednesdays or Thursdays and one four day retreat
  • Detailed reporting and evaluation of that practice
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Monthly peer meetings
  • Monthly readings and written papers

Areas of Focus:

  • Contemplative care of those facing the crisis of illness and loss
  • Spiritual assessment
  • Spiritual diagnosis
  • Transference and Countertransference
  • Archetypal Approaches to Contemplative Care
  • Spiritual Bypassing
  • Care of dying persons and their loved ones
  • Medical and spiritual ethics
  • Buddhology of suffering
  • Buddhology of contemplative care
  • Contemplative care in multicultural and multi-faith settings
  • Elective Study

To complement the training program, the New York Zen Center offers public talks, retreats, workshops, and other training programs. To view Upcoming Events, click here.

Location & Dates:

Group Locations & Dates

2014 – 2015

Groups 1 & 2 (regular classes)
Location: Karpas Health Information Center, 311 First Ave. @ 18th Street

Group 3 (regular classes)
Location: Mount Sinai Medical Center

Groups 1, 2, & 3 (combined classes)
Location: New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, 119 W. 23rd St., Suite 401

Group 4
Location: New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, 119 W. 23rd St., Suite 401

Scheduled Dates for 2014-15 CPE Classes

GROUP 1

All classes will be held at Karpas Health Information Center (311 First Avenue @ 18th Street) from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.

2014

Wednesday, Sept. 10: Required orientation for students whose placement is Mount Sinai Beth Israel campus (location: Podell Auditorium, Beth Israel Medical Center)

  • Tuesday, Sept. 16
  • Thursday, Sept. 18 (all CPE groups together, location: NYZCCC)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 23
  • Tuesday, Oct. 7
  • Tuesday, Oct. 14
  • Thursday, Oct. 30 – Sunday, Nov. 2: Contemplative Care Retreat, required (location: Garrison Institute)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 11
  • Tuesday, Nov. 18
  • Tuesday, Dec. 9
  • Thursday, Dec. 18 (all CPE groups together, location: NYZCCC)

2015

  • Tuesday, Jan. 6
  • Thursday, Feb. 5 (all CPE groups together, location: NYZCCC)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 10
  • Tuesday, Feb. 17
  • Tuesday, Mar. 3
  • Tuesday, Mar. 10
  • Thursday, Mar. 12 (all CPE groups together, location: NYZCCC)
  • Tuesday, Apr. 7
  • Tuesday, Apr. 14
  • Tuesday, May 5
  •  Thursday, May 14: Completion Ceremony, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. (location: NYZCCC)

GROUP 2

All classes will be held at Karpas Health Information Center (311 First Avenue @ 18th Street) from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.

2014

Wednesday, Sept. 10: Required orientation for students whose placement is Mount Sinai Beth Israel campus (location: Podell Auditorium, Beth Israel Medical Center)

  • Saturday, Sept. 13
  • Thursday, Sept. 18 (all CPE groups together, location: NYZCCC)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 30
  • Saturday, Oct. 11
  • Tuesday, Oct. 21
  • Thursday, Oct. 30 – Sunday, Nov. 2: Contemplative Care Retreat, required (location: Garrison Institute)
  • Saturday, Nov. 8
  • Tuesday, Nov. 25
  • Saturday, Dec. 6
  • Tuesday, Dec. 16
  • Thursday, Dec. 18 (all CPE groups together, location: NYZCCC)

2015

  • Saturday, Jan. 10
  • Thursday, Jan. 15 – Sunday, Jan. 18: Silent Retreat, optional (location: Garrison Institute)
  • Tuesday, Jan. 27
  • Thursday, Feb. 5 (all CPE groups together, location: NYZCCC)
  • Saturday, Feb. 14
  • Tuesday, Feb. 24
  • Thursday, Mar. 12 (all CPE groups together, location: NYZCCC)
  • Saturday, Mar. 21
  • Tuesday, Mar. 24
  • Saturday, Apr. 4
  • Tuesday, Apr. 21
  • Tuesday, May 12
  • Thursday, May 14: Completion Ceremony, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. (location: NYZCCC)

GROUP 3 (Note: Class dates are subject to change. Schedule will be finalized in July 2014.)

All classes will be held at Mount Sinai main campus from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.

2014

  • Wednesday, Sept. 3
  • Wednesday, Sept. 10
  • Thursday, Sept. 18 (all CPE groups together, location: NYZCCC)
  • Wednesday, Sept. 24
  • Wednesday, Oct. 1
  • Wednesday, Oct. 8
  • Wednesday, Oct. 15, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (location: NYZCCC)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 22
  • Wednesday, Oct. 29
  • Thursday, Oct. 30 – Sunday, Nov. 2: Contemplative Care Retreat, required (location: Garrison Institute)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 5
  • Wednesday, Nov. 12
  • Wednesday, Dec. 3
  • Wednesday, Dec. 10
  • Thursday, Dec. 11, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (location: NYZCCC)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 17
  • Thursday, Dec. 18 (all CPE groups together, location: NYZCCC)

2015

  • Thursday, Jan. 15, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. (location: Garrison Institute, last day of first unit)
  • Thursday, Jan. 15 – Sunday, Jan. 18: Silent Retreat, required (location: Garrison Institute)
  • Thursday, Feb. 5 (all CPE groups together, location: NYZCCC)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 11
  • Wednesday, Feb. 18, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (location: NYZCCC)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 25
  • Wednesday, Mar. 4
  • Wednesday, Mar. 11
  • Thursday, Mar. 12 (all CPE groups together, location: NYZCCC)
  • Wednesday, Mar. 25
  • Wednesday, Apr. 1
  • Wednesday, Apr. 8, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (location: NYZCCC)
  • Wednesday, Apr. 15
  • Wednesday, Apr. 22
  • Wednesday, Apr. 29
  • Wednesday, May 6
  • Thursday, May 14, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (location: NYZCCC)
  • Thursday, May 14: Completion Ceremony, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. (location: NYZCCC)

GROUP 4

All classes will be held at New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  unless otherwise indicated.

2014

  • Wednesday, September 10: Orientation for students whose placement is Mount Sinai Beth Israel campus (location: Podell Auditorium, Beth Israel Medical Center)
  • Friday, September 19
  • Thursday, Oct. 2
  • Friday, October 17
  • Thursday, Oct. 30 – Sunday, Nov. 2: Contemplative Care Retreat, required (location: Garrison Institute)
  • Friday, December 12

2015

  • Friday, January 9
  • Thursday, Jan. 15 – Sunday, Jan. 18: Silent Retreat, optional (location: Garrison Institute)
  • Friday, February 6
  • Friday, March 20
  • Friday, April 17
  • Friday, May 1
  • Thursday, May 14: Completion Ceremony, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Guidelines for Enrollment

Our Buddhist CPE Training Program is designed for people who have taken our Foundation Training. If there is space in our upcoming training, those with previous CPE experience and significant Contemplative Practice experience will be considered.

  • 3 Letters of recommendation: from a Buddhist teacher or someone who knows your spiritual practice, from an academic reference, and one from a personal reference.
  • An in-person interview.
  • Availability to do all your clinical hours in one of our partner institutions in New York City.
  • Please email: francesca@zencare.org for an application.

Tuition

  • The cost for the ten-month program is $2550 + retreat fee
  • A limited number of partial work-exchange scholarships may be available.
  • Space is limited. Applications will be reviewed as they are sent in. Admissions are rolling and on-going.

Accreditation:

The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
1549 Clairmont Road, Suite 103, Decatur, GA 30033
Tel: 404.320.1472
Fax: 404.320.0849
www.acpe.edu

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