Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is a 400 hour training program for professional clergy and laypersons to learn about ministry.  The CPE curriculum provides the student the opportunity to deeper their pastoral identity, explore and solidify their theological paradigms and integrate the behavioral sciences. The unique clinical method of action-reflection-action offers the opportunity for adult learning.  Students are offered a rich curriculum that is geared toward achieving the Objectives and Outcomes of ACPE. This curriculum utilizes a number of elements which encourage self-reflection as well as the development of theoretical foundations and skills for the work of chaplaincy.

Providing excellent patient care is the foremost priority of the Carilion Medical Center’s Department of Chaplaincy Services and CPE.  Chaplains (students, staff and supervisors), are providers of chaplaincy services and members of the healthcare team. This experience offers interprofessional opportunities for learning about the uniqueness and the commonality of the care provided. Our intrinsic concern for patient care provides the context for the development of personal and professional identity and enhanced professional competence as ministers. It is to these important pedagogical objectives that this curriculum is addressed.

The CPE curriculum is enhanced and supported by the Carilion Clinic’s five core values, which are:

  • CommUNITY: Working in unison to serve our community, our Carilion family and our loved ones.
  • Courage: Doing what’s right for our patients without question.
  • Commitment: Unwavering in our quest for exceptional quality and service.
  • Compassion: Putting heart into everything we do.
  • Curiosity: Fostering creativity and innovation in our pursuit of excellence.

Department Director and CPE Supervisor

Richard B. Brown, M.Div., BCC, ACPE
ACPE Clinical Educator

Director of Chaplaincy Services and Clinical Pastoral Education, Carilion Medical Center, Roanoke Virginia
Assistant Professor, Interprofessional Education, Jefferson College of Health Sciences Instructor, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine


B.A., Religion, Averett College
M.Div., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Professional Affiliations, Advanced Training and Committees

Board-Certified Chaplain, Association of Professional Chaplains
Certified Supervisor, Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
Member and consultant of the Carilion Medical Center, Ethics Committee


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Roanoke VA 24014



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