Clinical Pastoral Education Residency

Clinical Pastoral Education Residency

Community Howard Regional’s Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program is one of only approximately 450 accredited CPE centers in the United States. The Clinical Pastoral Education program, with its 40 years of history, is designed to support the student chaplains’ goal of pursuing board certification by credentialing bodies such as the Association for Professional Chaplaincy, the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, and the National Association of Jewish Chaplains.

Student chaplains develop ministry confidence by establishing and maintaining professional relationships with worship communities, seminaries and other agencies. Our Professional Consultation Committee (PCC) is composed of a variety of professionals, including medical, administrative, chaplain and faith community representatives.

Accredited by ACPE (Association for Clinical Pastoral Education), Inc.
One West Court Square, Suite 325
Decatur, Georgia 30030

About Community Howard

Our Mission: Deeply committed to the communities we serve, we enhance health and well-being.

We at Community Howard Regional Health (CHRH) care about our patients and their families, and we care about our community. A regional acute care health system, we have two hospitals on three campuses with a total of 136 beds. Community Howard Specialty Hospital is an acute rehabilitation facility with 30 beds. This facility includes a Sleep Center. Accredited by The Joint Commission, CHRH earns consistently strong patient satisfaction ratings. The system provides a broad range of acute care and ancillary services creating a variety of learning and service opportunities for chaplain residents and interns who desire to implement a continuum of care for our patients.

2017 – Selected Best Place to Work and Best Nurse by the Kokomo Tribune’s “Best of Kokomo” competition
2018 – Selected Best Place to Work, Best Hospital, Best Doctor and Best Nurse by the Kokomo Tribune’s “Best of Kokomo” competition

Program Objectives and Methods

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is a creative movement that prepares persons who engage in theological education for ministry. It has its roots in the efforts of pioneers who sought to bring the theological students into supervised encounters with persons in crisis. Students learn about the human condition, their spiritual needs and the care of souls through a holistic approach in ministry. Hence, the concept of learning from the “Living Human Documents” is central in CPE. It is an experienced-based, process-oriented, person-centered theological education. CPE at CHRH offers you the opportunity to learn and discover some of the following, which are competency criteria in chaplaincy board certification.

  • Cultivate listening skills: spiritual assessment, support and crisis intervention.
  • Develop sensitivity and knowledge in ethics, psychology and cultural issues in patient-care ministry.
  • Advocate for the well-being of staff and organization.
  • Develop cultural competence in inter-ethnic and inter-cultural relationships.
  • Nurture and sustain ministry relationships with an inter-disciplinary team.
  • Deepen the ability to reflect theologically and critically.
  • Respect differences in religions, cultures and theological perspectives.
  • Identify specific goals in ministry formation with references to personal strengths and weaknesses.
  • Demonstrate ministry competence in the practice of continuous quality improvement.
  • Demonstrate a working and culturally relevant knowledge of current theory and practice.
  • Effective use of Family System Theory in ministry.
12-Month CPE Residency (4 CPE Units)
  • Requirement: Graduate theological degree, Master of Divinity or equivalent, no prior CPE is required
  • Applicant maintains good standing in her/his faith group
  • August 26, 2019 – August 23, 2020
  • Four units of CPE
  • Full time; on-duty shifts required
  • Stipend plus benefits
  • PTO (paid time off)
  • On-duty suite in a secured site
  • Access to Community Health Network’s EAP (Employee Assistance Program)
  • Tuition of $200.00 each unit
  • Find ACPE application at
  • Application fee, non refundable—$35.00
  • Rolling admission
  • Earn 4 CPE units
Extended Intern (1 CPE Unit)
  • On-duty shifts
  • Tuition fee of $500.00
  • Application fee, non refundable—$35.00
  • Rolling admission
  • Basic theological knowledge
  • Applicant maintain good standing in her/his faith group
  • Earn 1 CPE unit

Spiritual Services Team

Learn more about Howard's spiritual services leadership and chaplains.

ACPE Certified Educator: Rev. Dr. Yoke Lye L. Kwong, D. Min, BCC

Rev. Dr. Yoke Lye Kwong’s passion for ministry was inspired by her family of origin in Malaysia. Growing in the post-second-world war generation, her family worked hard on the farm to prevent starvation. Her mother reached out to homeless children by housing them in an already crowded home. Her father sent her daily to care for an elderly woman by bringing her a bowl of rice and a cup of water. Her grandmother gave her farm away to a needy neighbor when she was no longer able to work. Lack of healthcare availability, Grandmother died after a long term illness. Her childhood journey becomes the foundation in her commitment to ethics and service. Dr. Kwong has a B.A. in Economics and Business from Brandon University, Canada, M.A. in Theology (M.Div. equivalent) from Oral Roberts University, and Practical Theology from Christ for the Nations.  In 2016, Dr. Kwong earned her Doctor of Ministry degree from New York Theological Seminary. The title of her doctoral paper was “Mental Health of Chinese Americans – A Voice in the Wilderness in Search of Solidarity from their Indigenous Churches.” She has previously served on the ACPE Strategic Planning task force, as Vice President of REM (Racial Ethnic Multicultural) Network of ACPE Chair of the Diversity Task Force of East-Central ACPE Region, and on the accreditation for the Midwest AAPC (American Association of Pastoral Counselors) from 2008-2010. In addition, Dr. Kwong has previously served on the ACPE committees for Accreditation, Standards, and Ethics. At present, she serves on the Certification committee for ACPE.

Dr. Kwong is the first female American-Malaysian-Chinese certified ACPE Educator. She speaks and writes several languages and has lived in Southeast Asia, Canada and the United States. Her journey of immigration energizes her to teach and offer workshops that stimulate dialogue in exploring intercultural, interethnic spiritual care and supervision to promote justice, compassion, inclusion and collaboration in a growingly diverse and complex world. She is a member of Pacific, Asian, and North America Asian Women in Theology and Ministry (PANAAWTM). She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters. In 2017, two publications will be forthcoming through her work with PANAAWTM and AAPC. She is a guest lecturer at the School of Nursing, Indiana University Kokomo. She is the recipient of The Friend of Nursing for 2013 Nursing Excellence Award for Community Health Network. She received the Above and Beyond award at Community Howard Regional Health and the Emerging Leader award from ACPE, Inc.

She is married to Rev. Robert Lim. They have two adult sons, a daughter-in-law and a very beautiful granddaughter. The family enjoys music, travel and movies.

Staff Chaplain: Rev. Paul Newman-Jacobs

Paul completed a B.S. in Industrial Engineering at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. He attended Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL, earning a Master of Divinity in 1986. He is ordained in the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. Paul has served as a church pastor in Francesville, Medaryville, Warsaw and Leesburg, IN. He did his first unit of CPE at the Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne, IN and three units of CPE with the Parkview Hospital, also in Fort Wayne. He served as a staff chaplain at Parkview Hospital from 1997 to 2008. He then worked at St. Mary Medical Center, Hobart, IN as a staff chaplain from 2008 to 2016. Paul is married to Rev. Christine Newman-Jacobs and has two adult daughters.

Staff Chaplain: Elisa Rose, BCC

Mary “Elisa” Rose, MA, BCC is board certified through the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, with over five years of experience as a hospital chaplain. She is an alumnus of the Community Howard Regional Health CPE program, completing four units in June 2010.

Upon completing CPE, Elisa served the patients and staff of Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, IL, in the women and children’s service line, adult medical/surgical unit, and the emergency department as part of the Pastoral Services team of chaplains. Working in this regional trauma facility, she gained experience in caring for families and staff during difficult times in emergencies and in the neonatal intensive care unit. Elisa returned to Indiana to provide ministry at Franciscan Health Indianapolis – Carmel – Mooresville. Experiences included collaborating with medical staff to bring chaplains into the pre-surgery testing clinic to assist individuals with advanced directives well before their scheduled surgery date. She provided compassionate ministry to patients in geriatrics, medical and other hospital units.

Prior to entering the world of chaplaincy, Elisa worked as director of communication in a local parish. She was also a writer and an educator.

Elisa, and her husband, Ken, live in Sharpsville. They are proud parents of four adult children.

Why complete clinical pastoral education in Kokomo?

Kokomo is known as the "City of Firsts" thanks to its rich automotive heritage and history of technological discoveries. It is Indiana’s 13th largest city.

More About Kokomo, Indiana

“As a former resident of Carmel, Indiana, I wondered what it would be like living in Kokomo for my residency. How wonderful that most of the people I met were welcoming, family-oriented and ready to help with anything I needed. The hospital administration and staff are team-oriented and inclusive. I feel right at home!” — Rev. Suzi Keown, Chaplain Resident 2011-2012

  • Kokomo has a growing population and declining unemployment rate.
  • Kokomo is ranked as the 5th best city in Indiana for young families by "Apartment List Rentonomics."
  • Since 2008, major crime in Kokomo has gone down by 24%.
  • Since 2010, Kokomo has operated the City Line (Kokomo Trolley), the largest, free-to-ride, fixed route bus system in Indiana.
  • In 2013, Kokomo ranked 3rd in the nation for job growth.
  • In both 2013 and 2014, Kokomo was by ranked as the most affordable small city in America by the National Association of Home Builders.
  • In 2015, the city opened Kokomo Municipal Stadium, home of the Jackrabbits, a baseball expansion team playing in the Prospect League. The Stadium was voted "Best of the Ballparks" by the fans as reported by Ballparks Digest.
  • In the Kokomo Tribune's "Best of Kokomo 2012,” the following distinctive features of local culture made the list: the Kokomo Speedway, the abundance of drive-through drink places, Dan’s Donuts, “Kokomantis,” Hibachi Grill, WWKI radio station, Kokomo YMCA, Kokomo Beach, and Taste of Kokomo, noting that the "people, places, and things make Kokomo the best."

From Our Alumni

“I am so impressed by the magnitude of learning I am currently gaining at the clinical pastoral education at the Howard Community Regional Health-learning more about the ministry of presence, and identifying the need and also learning to listen more reflectively. I am so happy I was given this wonderful opportunity.” —P.D., BSc, MSc, MA, PhD

“This year has been one which required some time spent in the dark, like seeds that have been planted in the ground… but soon result in a glorious springing up of new growth, which for me took the form of new ideas, new behavior, new determination, and new confidence. This year of CPE can be likened to several rough rocks that have spent much time together in the pounding surf along the ocean shoreline, bumping against each other and inadvertently rubbing off some of the rough edges of their fellow rocks. Blessings!” —B.F., BSSW, MDiv

“My experience through CPE has become nothing short of challenging—personally, professionally, and theologically. CPE has provided me with the space to develop new behaviors and practices that are conducive for providing exceptional patient care as a clinically-trained chaplain.” —E.M., BA, MA

“’To prosper is to succeed and to succeed is to put forth effort.’ That success for me came to fruition when I began to not only acknowledge but also to be empowered by the reality of the existence and influence of feelings on my professional development.” —C.M., AS, BA, MA, DCCP

How to Apply

Each applicant must submit:

  • The standard ACPE application, available online here.
  • A screening/admissions interview with a CPE supervisor and members of the Professional Consultation Committee and/or medical faculty.
  • $35.00 application fee, non-refundable.
  • Payment of $50.00 acceptance fee.

International Students

International students should apply to the ACPE accredited Center of their choice. Once accepted, the student should contact the ACPE national office (email: to apply for a visa. The visa process can take from six to nine months to complete. The visa must be obtained before you can begin ACPE certified CPE (

More Information

Questions? Contact Us

For additional information, please contact:

Jodi Bebout-Guffey, BCC
Clinical Pastoral Education Registrar

Rev. Dr. Yoke Lye Kwong, D.Min, BCC, ACPE Certified Educator, AAPC Pastoral Care Specialist 
Supervisor, Clinical Pastoral Education
Community Howard Regional Health
3500 S. Lafountain Street
Kokomo, IN 46904-9011

Statement of Confidentiality and Student Rights

Annual Notice (published in accordance with ACPE Standard 304.4):

This ACPE CPE center/program guarantees to its students the rights 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 and Privacy Act (FERPA) rights.

A student has the right to object to record content. If not negotiable, the written objection will be kept with and released with the record. Grades are exempted from this right.

Violations of these protocols may be reported to the Chair of the Accreditation Commission at: ACPE, One West Court Square, Suite 325, Decatur, GA 30030.

About Board Certification and Degrees from Non-CHEA-Accredited Schools

The Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) sets the standards for certification by the Board of Chaplaincy Certification Inc. (BCCI). The standards require a bachelor’s degree in any subject from a school accredited by a member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, plus a master’s degree(s) from a theological institution(s) accredited by CHEA. Master degree(s) and any additional coursework must involve a minimum of 72 semester credits for BCC/PBCC applicants and 48 semester credits for ACC/PACC applicants.

The BCCI cannot review application materials unless both degrees (bachelors and masters) are from CHEA accredited schools. Applicants can complete a process to verify equivalency by submitting their undergraduate transcript to a school accredited by CHEA to determine if that degree is equivalent to a degree offered by the CHEA school. After this determination and the appropriate form and documents are submitted, BCCI will be able to evaluate the applicant’s graduate degree. Additional information about this process and the certification process in general may be found at