Bay Area Center for Clinical Pastoral Education

Dignity Health is committed to the mission of healing and learning, and therefore supports the program of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) in accordance with the Standards of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), Inc.

Dignity Health's mission for this program is to promote the development and delivery of excellent spiritual care to patients, family members, and staff through the education and training of our students in ministry skills and in intra-personal and interpersonal awareness.

The Bay Area Center for CPE fulfills this mission by creating a collaborative, interfaith, and clinical learning environment in which CPE students develop their skills in pastoral reflection, pastoral formation, pastoral competence, and pastoral specialization. Bay Area Center for 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. CPE is interfaith professional education for ministry. It brings you into supervised encounters with people in crisis. Through intense involvement with people in need of spiritual care, and the feedback you receive from peers and teachers, you develop new awareness of yourself as a person, your abilities as a caregiver, and the needs of those whom you serve. Through reflection on specific human situations, you learn to utilize your faith tradition as a lens that informs your understanding of spiritual care. Within the interdisciplinary team process of helping people, you develop skills in inter-personal and inter-professional relationships.

Our CPE program benefits from the expertise of health care professionals, such as ACPE supervisor, supervisors in supervisory education and other professionals in Spiritual Care Services, who are engaged in a number of teaching responsibilities. CPE students regularly participate in educational workshops, didactic sessions with guest speakers and quarterly retreats. The Bay Area Center for CPE program is targeted to people preparing to enter professional hospital chaplaincy, seminary students, laypeople and others in graduate programs and denominations who are taking CPE to fulfill requirements. Students can participate either as interns (for a single unit) or residents (for four consecutive units).

The Bay Area Center for CPE program strives to maintain a diverse faculty and student population, including women and men of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds and faith traditions. CPE is committed to providing equal opportunity in the admissions process, without discrimination based on age, gender, race, national origin, disability, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, or veteran's status.

For more information about the Bay Area Center for Clinical Pastoral Education please call (415) 353-6737.