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Clinical Pastoral Education Program

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Spiritual Care Services Bay Area Center for Clinical Pastoral Education

St. Mary's Medical Center
Saint Francis Memorial Hospital
Sequoia Hospital

Dignity Health is committed to the mission of healing and learning and therefore supports the program of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. The mission of the Bay Area Center for CPE is to provide accredited clinical pastoral education that develops spiritual care providers and educators skilled in delivering theologically informed, clinically competent, and culturally sensitive spiritual care within our hospitals, congregations, and the communities we serve.

CPE fulfills this mission by creating a collaborative, interfaith, clinical learning environment in which CPE students develop their skills in pastoral reflection, pastoral formation, pastoral competence and pastoral specialization. CPE has 14 one-year ACPE Residency positions at three hospitals in suburban and urban locations. The program at each site includes a rich mix of clinical environments, robust academic and skills-focused curriculum, active participation with interdisciplinary care teams, and pastoral mentoring with emphasis on awareness of self.

In the CPE educational program and spiritual care delivery, we affirm and uphold the Dignity Health core values of dignity, collaboration, justice, stewardship, and excellence.

Program Overview 

How you can Participate

Skills you will Learn

Type of Programs Available

CPE Center and Faculty

Admission Requirements, Application and Accreditation

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education 

Frequently Asked Questions

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Healthy spirit, healthy body. At Dignity Health, we incorporate them both into our standards of care and provide resources to help individuals and families draw upon their religious traditions, faith, or spirituality in facing difficult health or crisis situations.


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