Respect Graduate School is happy to launch a fully online Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program that offers 4 Units of Clinical Pastoral Education. The units will be taught and supervised by Dr. Ron Cockroft, a certified CPE supervisor and Chaplain Daniel Dávila. Each course will involve 400 hours of supervised learning, which covers 100 hours of online learning and 300 hours of practicum.  Intern Trainees can do their practicum in their respective communities or in any local institution where they can provide pastoral care.


Clinical Pastoral Education is a multidisciplinary field in which elements of theology, psychology, sociology, anthropology, ethics, and medicine are incorporated.  The discipline teaches the students to see patients as integrated and whole and it seeks to enrich them with the competency of pastoral care and counseling. The following chart lays out the themes of each unit:

CPE with Chaplain Daniel: Human communication, human development, crisis counseling, theological reflection – 1 Unit

Instructor: Chaplain Daniel Dávila, M.Div., MAR, BCCC, DIPLOMATE

Schedule: Every Thursday, from September 17, 2020 – February 11, 2021 (20 Weeks Total!)

Time: 1:00 – 5:00 PM EST

Registration Now Closed

CPE with Chaplain Ron: Contextual theology and theological assessment, human needs and responses, theories and strategies – 1 Unit

Instructor: Dr. Ron Cockroft

Schedule: Every Monday, September 12* – January 25, 2021**

Time:  10:00 am – 3:00 pm EST

Registration Now Closed

Upcoming Units:  Grief and bereavement, bioethics, mental illness and psychopathology

Upcoming Units:  Marriage and family, multicultural counseling, theodicy – God, evil and suffering

Content: The purpose of Clinical Pastoral Education is to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the trainees and accordingly to meet with their needs rather than following a set class curriculum. Having said that, the curriculum will still cover the themes of human communication, human development, crisis counseling, and theological reflection.  


Purposes for training:

  1. Learn to LISTEN
  2. Learn principles of effective pastoral care
  3. Practice pastoral care
  4. Learn about self in relation to others
  5. Practice in Theological Reflection
  6. Assess principles of personality ourselves and others
  7. Gain basics of counseling theories
  8. Gain basic understanding of ministry in special situations

What can I do with this Education?

In its essence, clinical pastoral education empowers the trainees with profound understanding of human being and with efficient human communication skills. Therefore, the education would improve the overall life quality of the trainee remarkably. 

Besides this life improvement, the trainees, after finishing Units 1 & 2 of CPE, can apply to CPSP (College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy) to obtain their associate chaplaincy certification and then apply for job positions as a chaplain. Similarly, the trainees who finish Units 3 & 4 may then also apply for full board certification. The trainees can learn more about the process at and they will be guided about the process by the program supervisor during their CPE education.