Center for Pastoral Education

The Center for Pastoral Education was established in 2009 with the goal of teaching the art of pastoral care to seminary students—Jewish and non-Jewish—and ordained clergy of all faiths. Studies at the center combine rigorous academic courses with the transformative learning process of Clinical Pastoral Education. Our Clinical Pastoral Education programs enable interns to connect with vulnerable people in their shared humanity as they search for meaningful responses to the challenges of life and death. Interns engage in small group seminars and receive individual supervision, deepening their pastoral identities, theology, and skills.

Accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) to offer level I, level II, and Certified Educator CPE, the Center for Pastoral Education at The Jewish Theological Seminary turns day-treatment programs for the mentally ill, nursing homes, hospitals, senior housing, hospices, and congregations into virtual classrooms.

The Center for Pastoral Education Offers the Following Courses and Certificates:

1.  One unit of CPE (400 hours)

1.1.   Full-time summer CPE programs for seminarians, with placements in hospice, elder care, and prison/reentry settings.

1.2.   Part-time CPE programs during the full academic year, with placements in hospice and prison/reentry settings.

2.   Half-unit of CPE (240 hours): part-time multi-faith CPE program for ordained clergy and religious community leaders, either in person (monthly) or via Zoom (biweekly).

3.   Certificate in Pastoral Care and Counseling

4.   Academic courses in Pastoral Care and Counseling

Course of Study for Units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

PART-TIME ACADEMIC YEAR PROGRAM: OCTOBER 5, 2021 – APRIL 26, 2022

Tuesdays, 1:00–5:30 p.m. plus 12 clinical hours/week

In the part-time unit, students meet at JTS on Tuesdays from 1–5:30 p.m. It has not been determined yet if the class will meet in person or online. Students spend 12 hours of clinical work a week on a flexible schedule with an end-of-life, elder care, mental health, addiction recovery, and prison reentry settings. In-person and telechaplaincy (via telephone and videoconferencing) placements are available, though not in all settings.

Tuition: $800
Students in this program are eligible for tuition scholarships and stipends provided by generous donors to JTS.

PART-TIME HALF-UNIT PROGRAM FOR CLERGY AND RELIGIOUS LEADERS

Meets one Monday a month beginning October 18, 2021, plus 20 hours of pastoral work per month in their places of emplacement

If in person, this program will meet monthly on Mondays from 9:00am-4:00pm. The schedule will be published once it is determined if this will be an online or in-person educational program. Participants in this part-time program delve into the unique aspects of pastoral work that arise in congregational settings and other places of professional pastoral practice. Participants in this program complete 20 hours of pastoral work per month in their places of employment.

Students in this program complete the requirements to earn a Half Unit of credit with the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education.

Tuition: $900

FULL-TIME SUMMER PROGRAM: MAY 18, 2022–AUGUST 7, 2022

Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

In the full-time Summer CPE Unit, students spend two days a week in the CPE class and three days a week providing pastoral care. It has not been determined yet if the class will meet in person or online. Students provide pastoral care with an end-of-life, elder care, mental health, addiction recovery, or a prison reentry setting. In-person and telechaplaincy (via telephone and videoconferencing) placements are available, though not in all settings.

Tuition: $800
Students in this program are eligible for tuition scholarships and stipends provided by generous donors to JTS.

Policies and Procedures for All JTS CPE Students

The Center for Pastoral Education meets all ACPE standards, including ensuring that students are informed in writing of all policies, procedures, rights, and responsibilities that pertain to them as participants in ACPE programs at JTS.

Certificate in Pastoral Care & Counseling

The Certificate in Pastoral Care and Counseling is open to graduate-level students and represents an integrated pastoral care curriculum that includes academic learning, professional skills, and religious and personal identity formation. Students who are interested in preparing themselves for the world of professional chaplaincy will be in an excellent position to become leaders in the field. Students who wish to become clergy or religious professionals in agencies or schools will have the in-depth pastoral training to serve the needs of their congregants, clients, and students on a high level, and with expertise in the rich pastoral resources of Judaism.

Academic Courses in Pastoral Care & Counseling

PAS 7431: BASICS OF PASTORAL CARE AND COUNSELING

Theoretical approaches to counseling individuals and families, developing language for care, boundaries, confidentiality, initiating contact, interviewing, active listening, assessment, referrals, and communal resources. Requires two hours a week of volunteer pastoral work in a local hospital or nursing home.

PAS 7434: PASTORAL THEOLOGY

This course prepares students for the inevitable moment when a person suffers a calamity and turns to the clergy asking, “Why?” Through engagement with a range of sources and with one another, students develop pastoral responses and cultivate theological beliefs that are grounded in Jewish traditions and are robust in the face of acute suffering. Prerequisite: PAS 7431 or equivalent.

PAS 7407: THE PRACTICE OF BIKKUR HOLIM IN LIGHT OF TRADITIONAL JEWISH SOURCES

This seminar covers bikkur holim as a powerful tool to transform a community, and practical guidelines for mentoring lay volunteers. We will look at halakhic, theological, and spiritual dimensions of bikkur holim. We will also learn concrete methods of integrating traditional and contemporary approaches into practice, and how to translate them into community action.

PAS 7426: BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ISSUES FOR CLERGY

Surveying the basics of many mental illness and substance abuse challenges currently facing the Jewish community, this course explores the spiritual dimensions of mental health and recovery, the pastoral roles of k’lei kodesh, and related problems and potentials in synagogue and Jewish communal life.

PAS 7428: TRAUMA IN THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL

Students will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the broad scope of the trauma phenomenology and its collective historical sources and their intergenerational transfer, interfacing with current threats and stressors in daily life. The personal impact and post-traumatic consequences of extreme life events will be explored at various levels: personal, familial, communal, and social, including in the context of the military.

PAS 7551: SEXUALITY AND GENDER ISSUES FOR RELIGIOUS PROFESSIONIALS

This course will equip students to engage issues of sexuality, sexual identity, and gender that emerge and develop throughout the lifespan. We will draw on traditional sources and values in dialogue with current communal realities. Critical approaches will be coupled with pastoral skill development in areas such as boundaries, marital counseling, coping with fertility issues, and sexual abuse prevention and counseling.

Financial Aid

JTS provides financial aid on a need basis. For details of eligibility, visit the Registrar. Students must be citizens of either the United States or Canada to qualify for aid, although certain categories of non-citizens of the United States may be eligible.
 
To continue to receive Title IV student financial assistance student loans, students must complete at least one-fifth of the required curriculum each year in order to meet the requirement of maintaining satisfactory progress.
 
Some fellowships are available to other international students on a highly competitive basis through the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, 15 East 26th Street, New York, New York 10010, (212) 679-4074.

Academic Standards

The Center for Pastoral Education follows the academic standards of The Rabbinical School.

Union Theological Seminary & Hebrew Union College-JIR

In accordance with agreements between JTS and Union Theological Seminary (UTS) and between JTS and Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), students may take courses at UTS or HUC, subject to the approval of the director of the Center for Pastoral Education and the instructors. Tuition will be covered by the tuition paid at JTS. Students interested in specific courses at UTC or HUC-JIR should consult with the director prior to registration.

Graduate Placement

In the final year of the program, students meet with the director of the Center for Pastoral Education to discuss career choices. They are guided in the possible pursuit of Clinical Pastoral Education residencies, chaplaincy positions, other forms of pastoral work, and certification by Neshama: The Association of Jewish Chaplains or the Association of Professional Chaplains.