Clinical Pastoral Education

Fall 2020

September 12, 2020 – January 25, 2021

Registration Now Closed

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.  


Depth Reflection – Questions to be Addressed, Utilized, and Practiced

  • How do I convey God’s presence, love, and peace to someone who is suffering?
  • How can I be God’s instrument  for healing?
  • Who am I by myself, and Who am I when relating to others?
  • Theological reflection: When I conduct “Religious Rituals”, what am I doing  to the other person?


CPE with Chaplain Dr. Ron Cockroft: 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

Teaching Method: Online

*Saturday, September 12 – Orientation Day, begins 10:00 am EST

**A class break will be observed on December 21 & 28

October 5, 2020 is the last day to withdraw from the course with a full refund.


Application Requirements:

  1. Students must be minimum high school graduates (High school graduates are eligible for this education, yet finding job positions or to be board certified might require 4 years college education)
  2. They should be a part of a faith community
  3. Tuition is $ 750 per unit
  4. Students should submit the below online application form
  5. All students must pass the admission interview that will be conducted by the supervisor of the program

Admission Interview:

After the submission of the application, the program supervisor Dr. Ron Cockroft will contact the candidate to set up an appointment for the admission interview. If the candidate cannot pass the interview, the tuition will fully reimbursed by RGS. The interview aims to make an assessment in the following areas:

  • Understanding the background of the candidate
  • English speaking and listening competency of the candidate
  • Establishing the faith community of the candidate


Short Bio of Dr. Ron Cockroft, program supervisor:

Dr. Ron Cockroft is a Diplomate in Pastoral Counseling and Pastoral Education/Training with CPSP. Dr. Cockroft is also a retired Chaplain Director and the former Director of Spiritual Care at Austin State Hospital.  Ron had been at Austin State Hospital since January 2002. He has served hospitals in Bryan Texas, San Antonio Texas, and Lubbock Texas, before coming to Austin.

Ron also served and retired as a U.S. Army and Army National Guard Chaplain for more than 25 years.

Chaplain Ron obtained his Master of Divinity from the Golden Gate Baptist Seminary in Mill Valley, CA; an MA in Linguistics from the University of Texas Arlington, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Texas A&M University. 

Ron is a member of the Alamo Chapter of CPSP, and is currently president of the board of non-profit Focus Girls 4 Education Runner’s Pal.

Chaplain Ron is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor.


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