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Clinical Training and Supervision


James Coffman is a Certified Supervisor in the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) (www.ACPE.edu).  Clinical Pastoral Education is a formal clinical training program first developed 75 years ago and usually conducted in hospitals, prisons, congregations and other clinical settings.  Many judicatories require their clergy to receive at least one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE).

Dr. Coffman has supervised CPE in Birmingham Baptist Medical Centers, the Nashville V.A. Medical Center, the Pastoral Counseling Centers of Tennessee, and Memphis' Methodist Healthcare System.  He was instrumental in creating a collaborative CPE program in Nashville with partner institutions:  Baptist Hospital, McKendree Village, St. Thomas Hospital, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

He is available to consult with and help develop CPE programming in the Mid-South area.


Dr. Coffman is a Diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) (www.AAPC.org) and provides supervsion for pastoral counselors seeking certification with that body.  In addition, he is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is designated as Mental Health Service Provider.  He is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist.  He provides supervsion for persons seeking training in these areas.

For sixteen years, he served as the clinical supervisor of the Ph.D. students in Religion and Personality at the Vanderbilt University Divinity School.  He continues to work with seminaries and graduate institutions in training candidates for ministry and for counseling fields.

Currently, he is supervising Memphis Theological Seminary students in  a group practicum on the seminary campus.

Contact him if you are interested in clinical supervision.