Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Palisades Medical Center brings lay persons, ordained clergy, seminarians, and leaders of various religions into a supervised encounter with patients in crisis.

CPE trainees work alongside members of an interdisciplinary healthcare team. The program creates a space where trainees intentionally reflect on their pastoral care relationships and experiences. CPE provides an opportunity for each trainee to learn the integration of his or her own theology with ministry. Trainees will be trained to explore, assess, and work with the unique spiritual dimensions of each patient.

Who is eligible to enroll?

CPE trainees typically come from seminaries, colleges, Bible Institutes or from diverse communities of faith. Many trainees respond to a call to deepen and enhance their ability to care for those who suffer.

Prospective trainees must complete a written application and participate in an admission interview.

They must also demonstrate personal maturity and the potential to critically reflect on their work with people in crisis.

Learning Goals

  • Establish pastoral bonds
  • Perform basic counseling skills
  • Provide spiritual assessments
  • Engage in ministry
  • Evaluate ministry
  • Work as a member of an interdisciplinary team

CPE helps provide patients with comprehensive spiritual care during their health care experience. Palisades Medical Center's CPE program is accredited by the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP).

For more information, please contact:

Rev. Dr. Eliott Cruz, D. Min., BCCC, BCPC

(201) 854-5796

Rev. Suleima Rosario-Diaz, MDiv, MSN, AGNP-BC

Coordinator of Faith-Based Initiatives
(201) 854-5793

Chaplain Assistant Program (CAP)

Palisades Medical Center's CAP is a 10-week, supervised course that focuses on ministering to a spiritually diverse population. CAP is approved and accredited through a collaborative agreement with the following:

  • Graduate Theological Foundation
  • New Brunswick Theological Seminary
  • New York Theological Seminary
  • St. Peter's University