CENTER FOR ORTHODOX SPIRITUAL CARE

The Center for Orthodox Spiritual Care offers distinctly Orthodox opportunities for education, training, certification, and collegial practice in pastoral ministry and therapeutic spiritual care. The center is especially dedicated to extending and developing approaches in care which are grounded in Saint Sophrony’s hypostatic theology.

  • Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)
    The only CPE program worldwide designed exclusively for and facilitated by Orthodox clergy.
  • Professional Certification Board
    The only professional certification board worldwide dedicated specifically to certifying Orthodox chaplains and pastoral counselors.
  • Guided Peer Review (GPR) Cohorts
    Designed for continuing education, fellowship and peer support for Orthodox chaplains and pastoral counselors who have completed certification with COSC.

Description: This is a hybrid graduate-level professional training program in Orthodox spiritual care. Prospective students must possess a bachelor’s degree, have completed significant graduate work in theology, and be active in pastoral ministry. All students must be in a position to offer 150+ hours of spiritual care in their local ministry context during the half-unit (no placement will be offered or facilitated by the program faculty). The training, education and supervision components of the program are delivered via 15 90-minute group sessions on Zoom, and also during a 4-day residential retreat at the Antiochian Village. *Resident attendance at the retreat is a program requirement.

CPE Half-Unit, Spring 2024

  • Senior Program Mentor: His Grace Bishop JOHN, Diocese of Worcester and New England (bio)
  • Program Supervisor: Fr. David Alexander
  • Supervisory Associate: Fr. Theophan Buck
  • Course Dates: on Fridays from January 26 through the end of Lent
  • Retreat Dates: May 20-23, 2024 (arrival on Monday, departure Thursday)
  • Program Length: 16 weeks per half-unit
  • Zoom Meeting Times: Fridays from 10-11:30 AM (Eastern)
  • Maximum number of participants per half-unit: 7
  • Cost: The total cost of $1,200 includes registration for CPE plus the cost of the in-residence retreat.

CPE Half-Unit, Fall 2024

  • Senior Program Mentor: His Grace Bishop JOHN, Diocese of Worcester and New England (bio)
  • Program Supervisor: Fr. David Alexander
  • Supervisory Associate: Fr. Theophan Buck
  • Course Dates: Fall of 2024, details TBA
  • Retreat Dates: November
  • Program Length: 16 weeks per half-unit
  • Zoom Meeting Times:TBD
  • Maximum number of participants per half-unit: 7
  • Cost: The total cost of $1,325 includes registration for CPE plus the cost of the in-residence retreat.

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is a practical theological training experience for Orthodox clergy serving in either parochial or non-parochial settings. Learning is facilitated by certified Orthodox teacher-practitioners of pastoral ministry, and in the company of peers. CPE provides a process for clergy to strengthen the balance and
effectiveness of their pastoral care, while simultaneously expanding their pastoral theological foundations. The CPE standards developed and upheld by the Center for
Orthodox Spiritual Care meet or exceed the standards of other cognate CPE training organizations in North America.

Center for Orthodox Spiritual Care (COSC) Supervisory Team:

Fr. David Alexander is an Antiochian Archpriest and the senior Orthodox chaplain serving in the Armed Forces. He is a graduate of St. Vladimir’s Seminary, and holds a Ph.D. in Refugee Care from the University of Essex in the U.K. There he was supervised by Professor Renos Papadopoulos and Fr. Nikolai Sakharov (the nephew of Saint Sophrony and a hieromonk at the nearby Monastery of Saint John the Baptist in Essex). Fr. David completed his CPE supervisory training under Dr. Brian Childs in the University of Maryland Health System in 2013.

Fr. Theophan Buck is a priest of the Orthodox Church in America who serves a parish in Macon, Georgia. He is currently a Supervisory Associate in the Center for Orthodox Spiritual Care. Fr. Theophan is a graduate of Saint Tikhon’s Seminary, and also completed a Master of Theology degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling under
Professor Renos Papadopoulos and Fr. David Alexander at the Antiochian House of Studies. He has been working with Fr. David, Professor Renos, and Bishop John since
2019, and has been engaged in CPE supervisory training since 2022.

CPE Application

*Application does not guarantee acceptance