Clinical Pastoral Education Program
What is Clinical Pastoral Education?
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is an interfaith, professional ministry
education program, which brings students into a supervised setting where
they encounter people in need of care. Through extensive engagement with
people in need of care and reflection with peers and teachers, students
develop awareness of how their personhood influences the care they provide.
Students also develop spiritual care skills, which help them to identify
the hopes, needs and resources of the people in their care.
Through reflection on particular human situations and relationships, students
deepen their competency in ministry. CPE is an educational process of
spiritual formation for the purpose of becoming an effective spiritual
caregiver. Working within the interdisciplinary team process with staff
chaplains, nurses, social workers and physicians, students develop skills
in interpersonal and professional relationships.
Essential elements of CPE
Spiritual Care with people in crisis
Learning through the process of action and reflection
Learning goals based on the student's learning needs
Written theological reflection and evaluations
Peer relationships in a shared learning experience
Individual and group supervision
Why take CPE?
CPE is often a required component of one's preparation for ministry
in many denominations and faith groups. Many students take one unit of
CPE to fulfill this requirement and go on to be parish pastors, missionaries
or a member of a religious order.
Many others take at least four units of CPE as part of their training and
requirements to become a board certified chaplain. Some students, after
completing several units of CPE, choose to enroll in Supervisory CPE working
toward certification as a CPE supervisor.
Why take CPE at St. Joseph Hospital?
St. Joseph Hospital has a long history of providing quality CPE training
for over 35 years. We are accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral
Education (ACPE) to offer Level 1 and Level 2 CPE, as well as Supervisory
CPE. As part of St. Joseph Health, students in our program have the opportunity
to learn in a variety of settings including: St. Joseph Hospital in Orange,
CA; St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, CA; Mission Hospital in Mission
Viejo, CA; and St. Mary Hospital in Victorville, CA.
St. Joseph Health is a Catholic health system with a reputation for excellence
in medical and spiritual care. We are a culturally and religiously diverse
community guided by the core values established by the Sisters of St.
Joseph of Orange: Dignity, Service, Excellence and Justice. Our spiritual
care team strives to provide care with humility and respect for the social
locations and faith traditions of those we serve. Our CPE students are
guided in this approach, even as they develop a deeper understanding of
their own faith and cultural uniqueness.
The Summer Intensive Unit is a full-time unit requiring 40 hours a week
of participation over the course of 11 weeks. Students work Monday through
Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and have additional on-call duties.
The spring and fall units are part-time units requiring approximately 30
hours a week of participation over the course of 16 weeks. Students have
one class day a week from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., which is approximately
20 hours of clinical work per week with additional on-call duties. Each
unit has a requirement of 400 hours:
Supervisory education is limited to applicants who have completed Level
1 and Level 2 CPE (four or more units of CPE) as positions become available.
Supervisory CPE is a full-time commitment over the course of several years
with the goal being to become a certified CPE supervisor. Ask our CPE
Supervisor for more information.
Admission to St. Joseph Hospital CPE
Our center is committed to giving fair and thorough consideration to all
qualified applicants. We select students who are seminarians, clergy and
lay persons with consideration of aptitude for learning, capacity for
self-reflection and potential for ministry without regard to age, gender,
ethnicity, national origin, disability, religious affiliation or sexual
Most successful applicants have already begun graduate theological education
or other specialized training in their respective religious traditions.
Tuition for a Summer Intensive or Extended Unit of CPE is $625. Tuition
for Supervisory CPE is $200.
Clinical Pastoral Education Schedule 2019 and 2020
2019 Winter/Spring Unit: January 14, 2019 thru May 24, 2019 (FULL)
2019 Summer Unit: June 3, 2019 thru August 23, 2019 (FULL)
2019 Fall 2019 Unit: September 23, 2019 thru January 7, 2020
2020 Winter/Spring Unit: January 13, 2020 thru May 20, 2020
2020 Summer Unit: June 8, 2020 thru August 19, 2020
2020 Fall Unit: September 21, 220 thru January 6, 2021
Apply six to eight months in advance as positions are limited for each unit. For further information and application
materials contact the Spiritual Care Department at (714) 771-8137.
St. Joseph Hospital
Spiritual Care Department
1100 West Stewart Drive
Orange, CA 92868
One West Court Square, Suite 326
Decatur, GA 30030