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We are proud to offer specialized training for professionals seeking to advance their experience in geriatric care. Our programs offer training opportunities in pastoral care and hospice and palliative medicine.

Clinical Pastoral Education

Established in 2005, our Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program is currently the only Jewish CPE program in the Washington, D.C. area. It is also one of the few CPE programs in the region specializing in long-term care. The program offers 400 hours of clinical training and is accredited by the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy.

Our CPE training integrates religious perspectives, personal experiences and behavioral sciences with the realities of pastoral care. The program is designed for those who work, or seek to work, with people facing life-changing events.

A fundamental part of Charles E. Smith Life Communities’ mission is to respect the personal choices, beliefs and dignity of all. The curriculum teaches students to minister to patients, families and team members of all backgrounds, and provides students with educational and emotional support through individual supervision and peer group seminars.

The tuition cost of a CPE unit on our campus is $800. Please contact Rabbi Michaels for more information.

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Questions about the Clinical Pastoral Education program.

Call 301-816-7711
or email Rabbi James Michaels.

To apply for the CPE program, please download and fill out our application.

Application Form

National Institutes of Health Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

The National Institutes of Health Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship is a program that works in collaboration with Charles E. Smith Life Communities. It is a one-year fellowship for candidates who have academic and clinical career goals in hospice and palliative medicine and seek board eligibility.

As part of the program, fellows spend four weeks working alongside practitioners at Hebrew Home of Greater Washington. This is an opportunity for fellows to work with Hebrew Home of Greater Washington’s care team of physicians, nurses, and social workers, among others.

Fellows learn holistic approaches to palliative medicine and long-term hospice care and meet patients with varying illnesses and at different stages in their lives. They also provide consultations for medical and psychological concerns and coordinate team-based approaches.

For more information, please visit the National Institutes of Health Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship website.