Congregation-Based Clinical Pastoral Education of Western New York website.

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            Congregation-Based CPE is a continuing education program offered in Western New York that teaches pastoral care and leadership and systems theory for clergy and lay ministers in the church.  It is designed for experienced pastors as well as ministers and seminarians new to pastoral work.   

         Three units are offered each year, fall/winter unit from September to January (one day per week), spring unit from February to June (two days every other week) and a summer/fall unit from July to November (two days every other week).  Units are currently available in Buffalo, Rochester and Jamestown, NY. 

   Reverend Robert Spilman is the CPE Supervisor.  He was certified as a Full Supervisor by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) in 1990.  He is an ordained pastor of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.  He received his B.A. degree from the University of Rochester and his M. Div. from Yale University.  He completed his theological education at Concordia Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO.          

            This program is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education as a Satellite of Sisters of Charity Hospital, Buffalo, NY. 

This program is also offered as a component of the ministry offerings of the Samaritan Pastoral Counseling Center of the Niagara Frontier.  It is certified for twelve (12) CEU credits by the Eastern District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

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