Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

If you would like to be on the waiting list for CPE, please contact Fr. Adam Roberts.

CPE 1/2 Unit: Fall 2023

Description: This is a non-degree, hybrid program for those seeking CPE in an Orthodox Christian environment. Students must have a bachelor’s degree to receive credit for the class. The first 14-15 sessions (depending on the liturgical calendar) are on Zoom. The course ends with an in-person retreat at a monastery in Colorado. This course is for clergy only. 

​Retreat Information: Please arrive in Canon City, CO by 6 PM Eastern on Monday for dinner together. Meals together are an important part of the retreat. Physical attendance at the retreat is required for this course.

​Program Mentor: His Grace Bishop JOHN, Diocese of Worcester and New England (bio)
Supervisor: Fr. David Alexander
Course Dates: August 18-December 01, 2023 (dates are subject to change for liturgies)
Retreat Dates: November 27-30 at The Monastery of Our Lady & St.Laurence
Length of spring course: 14 weeks/classes PLUS one retreat
Time: Friday; Cohort B 10-11:30 AM, Cohort A 11:30 AM-1 PM, times are Eastern
Class length: 90 minutes per class
Maximum Number of students per cohort: 6
Jurisdiction: Open to all jurisdictions.

Cost: Three payments are scheduled, totaling $525 (please note this is considerably cheaper than our previous semester and should help offset airfare).​

  • Due when you register below: $325
  • Due November 1: $200 for the retreat (Nov 27-30, 2023). Some of us will have to share a room. If you need your own room for medical reasons, please let Fr. Adam know.

Deacons: We presume that registered deacons have received a blessing from their priest to take this class.

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Saint Athanasius is a theological learning experience for seasoned Orthodox clergy serving in either parochial or non-parochial settings. Learning is facilitated under the supervision of a certified Orthodox teacher-practitioner of pastoral ministry, and in the company of peers. CPE provides a process for clergy to strengthen their theological foundations while exploring various psychosocial helping practices, all in the pursuit of building a more balanced and effective approach to pastoral care in their local ministry contexts. The units offered through Saint Athanasius follow the CPE standards of the College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy (CPSP), and a local CPSP chapter provides collegial oversight to the Saint Athanasius CPE Supervisors.