Statement of rights for participants in Clinical Pastoral Education programs

As students and supervisors within Advocate Health Care engage in programs of Clinical Pastoral Education, certain rights pertain to both.

  • The right to a program that meets ACPE and Advocate standards
    Students and supervisors have the right to expect Advocate CPE to insure an educational program/curriculum that complies with ACPE Standards and the Mission, Values and Philosophy of Advocate Health Care.
  • The right to be treated with respect and dignity
    • Students and supervisors are entitled to be treated with mutual respect for their person, values and faith tradition.
    • Students and supervisors have the right to expect sensitivity to the confidential nature of communication within the CPE context.
    • Students and supervisors have the right to be free from abuse, whether physical, sexual, emotional, or spiritual.
  • The right to information
    Students and supervisors have the right to expect Advocate CPE to insure the availability of the following information:
    • Credentials and qualifications of CPE supervisors.
    • Clinical and educational expectations and requirements of the program.
    • Policies and procedures of ACPE and the training site.
    • Policies and procedures regarding storage and release of confidential documents, particularly final evaluations.
    • Any training modalities or research related to the program requiring their consent and approval.
    • Policies and procedures of Advocate Health Care and ACPE related to grievances and complaints.

Annual notice:

Education records at this ACPE CPE System Center include a copy of the student’s final evaluation, the supervisor’s final evaluation, and the face sheet of the student’s application. These records are kept for ten years. This ACPE CPE System Center guarantees students the right to inspect and review education records, to seek to amend them, to specified control over release of record information, and to file a complaint against the program for alleged violations of these Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) rights.

Students have the right to object to the content of their educational record. If a resolution is not negotiable, a student’s written objection will be kept with and released with the educational record. Grades and Outcome scores are exempted from this right.

The CPE Director, the CPE Coordinator and ACPE accreditation reviewers are the only people beyond the student’s Supervisor or Supervisory Candidate who have access to the student’s records without the expressed permission of the student. Violations of this protocol may be reported to the Chair of the Accreditation Commission at: ACPE, One West Court Square, Suite 325, Decatur, GA 30030.

Students may request copies of their education record by emailing the CPE Coordinator: