Each year Cincinnati Children’s offers four full-time, first-year Clinical Pastoral Education residency positions. Residents receive credit for each successfully completed unit of CPE. They also receive a stipend and additional benefits, including excellent health and dental insurance, meal tickets, paid vacation days and holidays observed by the medical center. Our Clinical Pastoral Education residency program helps residents prepare for a variety of ministries including institutional chaplaincy, pastoral ministry in a congregation setting, volunteer ministries and pastoral counseling.
The residency is structured to provide students with a clinical area of the hospital for which they are solely responsible. Residents are also supported in learning through mentorship in two critical care areas of the hospital on a half-year rotational basis. In addition, first-year residents participate in an on-call rotation where they gain extensive experience in trauma ministry and providing supportive care in times of crisis.