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Bay Area Center for Clinical Pastoral Education


Saint Francis Memorial Hospital is committed to healing and learning. Through the Bay Area Clinical Pastoral Education program, we 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 inter-personal awareness.

Through the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program and spiritual care delivery, we affirm and uphold the Dignity Health core values of dignity, collaboration, justice, stewardship, and excellence.

What Is CPE?

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.

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).

Learn More About The Clinical Pastoral Education Program

We offer a yearlong CPE Residency program where students receive the opportunity to develop their competence as spiritual care providers to patients, families, and staff. If you would like to apply to our CPE program, you can download the application at: www.acpe.edu/ACPE/Resources/Forms.aspx and then mail the completed application to:

St. Francis Memorial Hospital
Attn: Rev. Va’ Nechia Rayford
ACPE Certified Educator
Spiritual Care Services
900 Hyde Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94109

We begin reviewing applications each year in November for the following residency year and continue to accept applications until all available slots for the residency are filled.

For more information, please call Rev. Va’ Nechia Rayford, BCC, ACPE Certified Clinical Pastoral Educator at 415.353.6608 or email at va’[email protected].