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Clinical Pastoral Education

What is CPE?

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is an interfaith professional training program in the skills and art of spiritual care. Using an action/reflection model of training, participants have the opportunity to grow personally and professionally in their effectiveness in providing spiritual care. Wes McIntyre (pictured at right) is the Director of Spiritual Formation and is a certified CPE Supervisor at The Chaplaincy.

Through intense involvement with people in need of spiritual care, and the feedback that the student receives from both teachers and peers, a new awareness is developed of skills necessary for interpersonal and inter-professional relationships.

The CPE program at The Chaplaincy offers participants a unique opportunity to provide spiritual care in a multiplicity of sites and to work as a team with our professional staff chaplains. Students paired up with on-site staff chaplain mentors have named this teamwork as an outstanding part of their learning experience.

The Chaplaincy offers two 24-week extended (part-time) units of CPE a year. One a unit runs January through mid-December and the second starts in July and runs through mid-June.

A typical week in one of the two 24 week extended units is divided between 5 hours of peer group seminar and 11 - 12 hours of clinical time at one of the various settings where staff chaplains work. 

The peer group seminars include case review, theological reflection seminars, didactic presenters, reading discussions, group process, and use of various media for reflection and learning. Clinical time is spent providing spiritual care to patients, families and institutional staff in one of 7 different clinical placements. The clinical placements include hospitals, hospice, an outpatient cancer treatment center and detention facilities for youth and adults. On-call experiences (about once every two weeks) find students working in sites other than their primary clinical placement. Having one’s own transportation is essential though no facility is more than 20 minutes away from another.

Our Center has been a nationally accredited Clinical Pastoral Education training center for over 30 years. Chaplains trained here have been successful in getting their professional certification and work in health care systems throughout the Northwest.

Recently we joined in a collaborative endeavor with St. Vincent Healthcare (SVH) in Billings, Montana. SVH is now an accredited ACPE Satellite training program of The Chaplaincy. Using video conferencing technology, SVH is making CPE possible throughout the greater region of the state of Montana. SVH offers one 30-week unit of CPE a year and beginning in 2015 a full time intensive summer unit as well. The 30-week unit involves 4 hours of group time each week and 8-10 hours of clinical time each week.

Inquiries for either program can be made by contacting Wes McIntyre, the ACPE Supervisor overseeing both programs.

Further information on ACPE can be found at http://acpe.edu/


Chaplain Wes McIntyre
Director of Spiritual formation
CPE Supervisor

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Read what our students have to say about the program: Participant Responses




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