CPE and Chaplaincy

University of Colorado Hospital, Spiritual Care Services - CPE

Spiritual Care Services of The University of Colorado Hospital is an accredited ACPE center for clinical pastoral education (CPE). We serve the University of Colorado Hospital, University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center, and University of Colorado Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, and Physical Therapy.
We offer Level I, II, and the Supervisory Level of ACPE Clinical Pastoral Education. We are currently taking applications for: 
Extended Level I unit, January 4 to May 6, 2016
Summer Intensive Level I unit, June 6 to August 19, 2016
Year long Level II and Supervisory Education residencies, begin August 2016
For a full description of our programs...
Posted September 30, 2015

The Rev. Julie R. Swaney
Manager & Certified Supervisor, ACPE

San Francisco Night Ministry

Part time CPE Program

Beginning Fall 2015 (actual date TBD - probably November 2)
Ending Spring 2016 (actual date TBD) 
Clinical Focus:
Each CPE student will be involved in four areas of ministry
1. Paired with one of the staff night ministers providing spiritual care to people on the streets of San Francisco. 
2. Paired with a veteran Crisis Line Counselor serving as a San Francisco Night Ministry Crisis Line Counselor.
3. Participate in leading Open Cathedral, a worship held outside in an area where homeless people gather. 
4. Participate in leading a Bible study for homeless people in San Francisco. 
Group and Individual Supervision:
Along with other CPE student participants participate in weekly group learning activities. These include didactic seminars, presentation of verbatim, and Interpersonal Relations Group. Each CPE student will meet for individual supervision with the supervisor. 
All group meetings will be held on one afternoon (TBD).Clinical hours will be aranged according to your schedule. 
For more information contact:
ACPE Supervisor, Rev. Rod Seeger
Posted September 8, 2015 

1031 Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
ACPE Supervisor, Rev. Rod Seeger

Louis Stokes Veterans Administration Medical Center

2nd Year CPE Opportunities - Community Inclusion for Veterans / Couples and Family Therapy (2 Positions)

Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Administration Medical Center of Cleveland, Ohio currently offers Level 1 and Level 2 CPE through Spring/Fall Extended Units and Summer Intensive Units. There also exists a Residency Program from which the student receives four units of CPE. The center is currently accepting applications for two positions:
Community Inclusion for Veterans with Serious Mental Illness (September 2015 - August, 2016)
This Inter-Professional Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) 2nd Year Residency is focused on Community Inclusion with Veterans who experience serious mental illness (SMI) and is in partnership with Social Work and Psychology. The CPE Resident will learn/work alongside other Social Worker and Psychology trainees to assist individuals with attaining self-determined goals and roles in their communities of choice. The resident in this program will develop competency in and have significant exposure to offering spiritual care for individuals who experiencce serious and persistent mental illness, co-occurring addicative disorders, homelessness, and various health or life challenges. 
Couples and Family Therapy/Counseling (September 2015 - August, 2016)
This Inter-Professional Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) 2nd Year Residency is focused on Veterans and their families who are in need of couples and/or family counseling and therapy, and is in partnership with Social Work and Psychology. The CPE Resident will learn/work alongside other Social Work and Psychology trainees to inter-professionally assess the needs of the veteran and family member(s), and develop and carry out plans of care to help then reach their self-determined goals. The resident in this program will develop competency in and have significant exposure to offering spiritual care for veterns, families, and couples from a variety of patient populations which will include both individual and group counseling/therapy.
Qualified applicants will have successfully completed a CPE Residency and will have successfully met, or will be ready to meet, a consultative committee for moving to level 2 CPE Outcomes, which will be the foci of these 2nd year residency positions. 
For any questions or more information please contact Rev. Stacy Kenney at 216-791-3800 ext. 3408 or stacy.kenney2@va.gov
Posted July 24, 2015

Rev. Stacy Kenney
216-791-3800 ext. 3408

Extended Unit of CPE, Kaiser Walnut Creek

Fall/Winter Extended CPE Unit
September 8, 2015 - January 29, 2016


Clinical Pastoral Education at Kaiser Foundation Hospitals
Diablo Service Area (Walnut Creek, CA): 

  • Experience-based theological education in a clinical setting
  • Kaiser Permanente’s brand is Total Health: Body, Mind, Spirit
  • Provide patient care in the following areas: Hospice, Emergency Department, Intensive Care, Maternal Child Health, Oncology, Cardiac and/or Medical/Surgical units. 
  • KP Diablo has several staff chaplains with whom you interact and from whom you can learn.
  • Unit Fee: $500

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Kaiser Foundation Hospitals Diablo Service Area (Walnut Creek, CA) is a Satellite CPE Center of Stanford Health Care, which is accredited for Level I and Level II and Supervisory CPE  by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., One West Court Square, Suite 325, Decatur, GA 30033-4635 (p: 404/320-1472; web: www.acpe.edu)


To receive more information or to apply for this part-time (21 hrs/week) extended unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Kaiser Foundation Hospitals Diablo Service Area (Walnut Creek, CA), a satellite of the CPE program at Stanford Health Care, please contact:
Rev. Jürgen Schwing
Director of Spiritual Care
and ACPE Associate Supervisor 

Kaiser Foundation Hospitals: Spiritual Care 
1425 South Main Street
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
posted: June 16, 2015 

Part-time Chaplain, Los Gatos Meadows

Los Gatos Meadows offers a positive work environment where teamwork, open communication, and professionalism are emphasized. Los Gatos Meadows is owned and operated by Episcopal Senior Communities which has earned a place on the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Best Places to Work in the Bay Area list as reported by the San Francisco Business Journals.

The overriding goal of every ESC employee is to provide gracious, exceptional service to residents, visitors, and fellow employees.

Primary Purpose:

The role of chaplain at ESC is based on the recognition that all human beings have spiritual needs, whether such needs are specifically religious or not (e.g. for meaning and purpose; for love; for forgiveness; for creativity; for hope). The chaplains of ESC engage the spiritual needs of residents, enhance the spiritual life of every person in the community, and advocate for spiritual values in community life through explicitly religious channels and spiritual programs; through spiritual programs that are open to those of all faiths or those of none; and through their care, presence, and counsel.

Part Time position: 15-18 hours a week, ideally spread over three days a week.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Build relationships of trust through visits, presence, counsel and conversations with residents, staff, visitors, and others.
  • As part of the Interdisciplinary Team, regularly visit residents in Memory Care, Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing in the community and chart activity and observations. Visit residents in outside hospital facilities as appropriate.
  • Collaborate with staff in assessing resident needs and proposing and/or delivering appropriate responses or care plans, especially when facing transitions of level of care. (For example, by attending Continuation of Care and/or individual care conferences.)
  • As appropriate, counsel residents and their families, as well as staff, especially in response to issues of life transitions, end of life, grief, and loss.
  • Work with residents and staff to assist new residents in their transition into community life.
  • Lead or provide regular worship services and sacramental rites appropriate to constituencies in all levels of care within the community.
  • Lead or provide special services that are inclusive and welcoming to all faiths and denominations. Such as: celebrations, Memorial Services. etc.
  • Collaborate with staff to initiate or participate in programs and activities aimed at fostering wellness and spiritual well-being.
  • Collaborate and consult regularly with the Executive Director regarding the overall spiritual care program and spiritual health of the community.
  • Consult and attend chaplain’s meetings with the Director of Spiritual Care and chaplains of other communities.
  • Provide oversight and training for resident volunteers assisting with chapel activities (such as altar guild, ushering, etc.).
  • Participate in staff and resident committee meetings, as appropriate.
  • Provide oversight and management of chapel funds, as appropriate.


  • Master of Divinity (MDiv) or Master of Theological Studies (MTS) or equivalent from an accredited college or university or theological school.
  • Ordained in good standing with their denominational judicatory and/or ecclesiastical endorsement for specialized ministry.
  • One or more units in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). A CPE residency program is preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience working in environments that foster religious diversity and inclusion.
  • Ability to provide pastoral care to residents and staff, regardless of religious or spiritual background or belief and to support the whole community as an ongoing, organic system.
  • Special skills in non-judgmental listening and providing counsel, guidance in ethical decision making, and mediation and conflict resolution.
  • Ability to work collaboratively.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality in accordance with Canonical practice and California-mandated reporting requirements.
  • Ability to distinguish between spiritual counseling and psychotherapy, and—in consultation with other staff members—a willingness to make referrals to appropriate professionals.
  • Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.
  • Training in gerontology, geriatric care, and/or the spirituality of aging.
  • Experience in a residential/clinical setting.
  • Experience with palliative care, hospice, or end of life services.
  • Experience leading a congregation.
  • Some prior experience with business or in a business environment.
  • Required to talk to and listen to residents, families, and staff.
  • Sit, stand, bend, lift and carry during working hours, including the ability to sit with residents and family members during counseling.
  • Must be able to travel to other locations as needed.
  • Must clear FBI/DOJ Livescan, TB and Physical.

To apply: send resume to: mgolden[at]jtm-esc[dot]org or apply on site at 110 Wood Rd. Los Gatos, CA 95030.

Episcopal Senior Communities is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate with respect to any protected class. www.jtm-esc.org

Posted: May 11, 2015

Summer CPE Unit, David Grant USAF Medical Center

A Summer CPE opportunity is being offered through the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP) at David Grant USAF Medical Center, Travis Air Force Base.

This is a one-unit opportunity, supervised by Chaplain Joanne Martindale.


For more information, please contact Chaplain Joanne Martindale, joanne[dot]martindale[at]va[dot]gov.
Interested persons should get in touch with her ASAP.

Tenderloin Community Chaplain Resident (CPE) Position

Applications Accepted NOW; Interviews in April 2015!

The Tenderloin Community Chaplain Resident position is designed to create a bridge between patients served in the hospital and those same individuals living on the streets or in marginal housing in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood. This chaplain resident [CPE education student] will specialize their learning in a hospital/community context - half in a clinical setting at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and half in the community centers that support SFMH patient population. The resident will serve 12 hrs (weekly) of Spiritual Care Service at Saint Francis, plus overnight on-calls (5 monthly), plus 18 hrs (weekly) of Spiritual Care Services in the community centers and on the streets in partnership with three organizations (Faithful Fools, the Living Room, and Gubbio Project).

There is a need to more fully locate healthcare spiritual care in the context from which sickness and injury impacts the whole person. The environment itself educates - this particular setting from which indigent patients come and into which indigent patients reside in aftercare informs the chaplain in training, impacting both the healthcare context for spiritual care skill development in our hospital and the indigent life context that befriends patients where they reside.


Candidates for this innovative position are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, by submitting completed CPE application to:

"Street- Saint Francis Project",
Rev. Douglas Lubbers
c/o Saint Francis Memorial Hospital
900 Hyde Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

Clinical Pastoral Education and Training, Good Samaritan Hospital (San Jose)

A hospital-based Clinical Pastoral Education and Training program (CPET) is being initiated for the San Jose area starting Spring 2015. Good Samaritan Hospital is the Center.

The CPET program is an interfaith model for learning pastoral care and counseling in a clinical setting. The program is offered in a wide variety of settings including skilled nursing homes, hospices, congregations, psychiatric institutions, and correctional facilities, but it is most frequently offered in hospitals. The trainees (chaplain interns) study the patient as “a living human document”, learn counseling and care skills, group dynamics, and the intersection of medicine, psychology and spirituality. In addition to learning skills and theory, the trainees engage in an intensively self-reflective process in which they gain more insight and understanding about themselves, their motivations, and drives bridging to pastoral care and counseling at the “bedside” with patients, family, caregivers, and/or an interdisciplinary team member.

The CPET program is open to qualified lay and ordained professionals, students of theology and ministry from any faith tradition or those without faith affiliation. One unit of CPET consists of 400 hours of training seminars, which include: case study presentations, peer consultations, readings and didactics, individual weekly supervision and journaling, group relations work, direct pastoral care services to patients, families, caregivers, and/or staff, and mid- and final-unit evaluations. The CPET program provides educational opportunities for trainees to explore new areas of learning related to pastoral identity and authority, and the use of the self as a pastoral tool. At the completion of the unit, a certificate is presented to each trainee. The CPET program is also beneficial to any healthcare professional who desires to learn more about the integration of spirituality and healthcare, and who wants to learn to be an engaged listener, provide meaningful and effective interventions, and become a therapeutic presence, especially in stressful and complex situations.

The program is accredited by multiple accrediting agencies.


For more information and an application, contact the Director of Chaplaincy, Robert Bruce Mackay, at 408 559 2232 or chaplainmackay[at]gmail[dot]com.
The Program is now accepting applications and formulating dates and times.

Sutter Health/CPMC CPE

We are eager to let PSR students know that we are actively recruiting for Fall Extended Unit Interns at this time. In addition, we may possibly have 1-2 Year-Long Residency positions still open. All positions require a completed ACPE application.

California Pacific Medical Center Clinical Pastoral Education
2014-15 Academic Year Programs and 2015-16 Year Residency

Full-time Year-Long Residency 2015-16 (54 week academic year) 

  • August 10, 2015 – August 28, 2016 
  • Application deadline is January 31, 2015 
  • Four CPE Unit program 
  • $500 Tuition for each of the four units = $2,000  
  • Supervised Clinical hours = 1,200 minimum per year; 300 minimum per unit 
  • Structured Education hours = 400 minimum per unit year; 100 minimum per unit 
  • Current Residency stipend = $33,280/year plus basic medical benefits 
  • Weekly on-call rotations  

Fall Extended CPE Unit (21 weeks) August 31, 2015 – January 22, 2016 

  • Application deadline is May 31, 2015
  • $500 Tuition
  • Three full days of Orientation (week of August 31, 2015)
  • Education time after orientation = 5 hours per week (Tuesday afternoons)
  • Clinical hours = 15 per week and can be scheduled evenings and weekends
  • Supervised Clinical hours = 300 minimum
  • Structured Education hours = 100 minimum
  • On-call rotations per Unit = 9 

Clinical Practicum

CPE focuses on personal and professional growth and awareness. CPE students are assigned to hospital nursing units and departments where they learn to roles and develop t their skills as chaplains to patients, family, and staff.

Under close, personalized, individual supervision by the ACPE Supervisor and/or Supervisory Education Student (SES), the program provides CPE students with many opportunities to examine their relationships with other disciplines, beliefs, and world views, including: 

  • Interactions with acutely ill patients
  • Interactions with long-term care patients in our sub-acute unit
  • Interactions with other CPE students representing diverse theological backgrounds 
  • Interactions with families and hospital staff  


Clinical Group: CPE students meet with supervisors to discuss verbatim reports, case studies, and to hear didactic seminars that explore personal and professional issues that arise in ministry.

Covenant Group: There is no pre-set agenda for this group except the group itself, how students relate to one another and the supervisors, and the issues that they bring.

Program Admission Criteria

  • We require completion of a high school program, and give preference to those who have completed a master’s level program related to their faith tradition or pastoral formation.
  • We value diversity in the composition of the CPE group with student of different ages, gender identifications, religious denominations and spiritual practices, cultural, social, and familial backgrounds who can work together effectively to reach shared goals.
  • We prefer applicants who demonstrate a strong sense of personal and professional identity, have excellent communication skills, and are committed to working on personal dynamics and self-knowledge.
  • In the admissions interview, we seek to determine an applicant’s awareness of personal issues and readiness to engage the CPE process.  

CPMC is fully accredited to offer Level I, Level II, and Supervisory Education by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc (ACPE) One West Court Square, Suite 325, Decatur, GA 30033-4635, (404) 320-1472, www.ACPE.edu



How to Apply

Applying early is encouraged.  Please note the deadline for each unit/program.  
A $30 non-refundable application fee check, made out to Sutter West Bay Hospitals must accompany your application. Eligibility is determined as soon as possible after receipt of your application. The application process includes an hour-long interview for selected candidates.  
  • You may download application form from ACPE website: www.acpe.edu
  • Send Applications with a $30.00 non-refundable application fee to:

    Institute for Health & Healing
    Department of Spiritual Care - CPE Programs
    2300 California Street, Suite 201
    San Francisco, CA  94115

Contact Us: cpmc-cpe@sutterhealth.org

SF Night Ministry Full Time Summer CPE Program

Beginning June 10, 2015
Ending August 25, 2015
Clinical Focus
Each CPE student will be involved in four areas of ministry.
  1. Paired with one of the staff night ministers provide spiritual care to people on the streets of San Francisco.
  2. Paired with a veteran Crisis Line Counselor serve as a San Francisco Night Ministry Crisis Line Counselor.
  3. Participate in leading Open Cathedral, a worship held outside in an area where homeless people gather.
  4. Participate in leading a bible study for homeless people in San Francisco
Group and Individual Supervision
Along with other CPE students, participate in weekly group learning activities. These include didactic seminars, presentation of verbatim, and Interpersonal Relations Group.
Each CPE student will meet for individual supervision with the supervisor.
ACPE Supervisor
Rev. Rod Seeger
Full Time CPE Program
Full time CPE means you will participate in the program on a full-time basis (40 hours per week.) All group meetings will be held on two afternoons per week. Clinical hours will be arranged five nights per week plus an occasional afternoon.
The San Francisco Night Ministry CPE program is a Satellite program of Stanford Hospital and Clinics which is accredited for Levels I, II and supervisory education by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., 1549 Clairmont Road, Suite 103, Decatur, GA 30033-4635 (p:404-320-1472; web www.acpe.edu)

For More Information Contact Rev. Rod Seeger:
email: rodseeger@aol.com 
Cell Phone: 415-328-8281