CPE Residency

CPE Residency: August 29, 2016 – May 19, 2017

A nine-month residency experience is available for students who have successfully completed at least one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education, and have completed or nearing completion of formal academic theological education from an approved theological school (MDiv. or equivalency). The residency curriculum emphasizes spiritual assessment, medical ethics application, interdisciplinary team involvement, Quality Improvement, pastoral care leadership and pastoral authority. The residency program offers the opportunity to learn and work in different clinical settings and to develop a specialty in pastoral care. The program is structured into three units of CPE. Each unit is followed by a two-week integration period in which the student will be able to schedule time off and continue to provide ministry in the hospital setting.

The Residency is designed to help participants achieve the necessary clinical requirements to gain certification as a professional Board Certified Chaplain. Chaplain residents gain experience and expertise in the following areas:

Spiritual Care Reflection

Reflect on one’s self as a person and spiritual caregiver in relation to people in crisis, peers, CPE supervisors, staff chaplains, and the hospital and long term care setting where residents serve.

Spiritual Formation:

Develop and deepen one’s professional and personal identity by engaging in the process of learning spiritual care and counseling in a diverse urban setting.

Spiritual Care Competence

Deepen one's functioning as a spiritual caregiver, including skill development and knowledge in faith traditions, cultural traditions and the behavioral sciences.

Spiritual Care Specialization

Become competent, articulate and knowledgeable in a particular area of spiritual and pastoral care in a clinical setting.


The resident positions include a stipend of $23,500 plus basic hospital benefits. An on-site personal interview is required before acceptance into a residency group.

Criteria for Selection of Clinical Pastoral Education Residents:

Practical mastery of basic theological concepts and language, preferably through a Master of Divinity or equivalent degree from an approved theological school.

Motivation for a professional career in chaplaincy, preferably as evidenced by ordination, commissioning, endorsement by recognized faith group.

Capacity and willingness for self-reflection, self-awareness and use of one’s own feelings, experiences in conversation and learning.

Completion of a level 1 CPE unit that demonstrates successful experience in use of a peer group and supervisor.

Motivation for developing and providing excellent spiritual care and pastoral services.

Motivation for spiritual care learning as a lifelong process.

Capacity to articulate understanding of one’s own strengths and weaknesses as a care provider and awareness of one’s own personal growth and learning issues.

Successful experience and motivation for collaborative ministry on spiritual care and interdisciplinary treatment teams.

Capacity to interpret the spiritual values, beliefs and practices of the one's own tradition.

Willingness and motivation to be open to learning from other faith traditions.

Personal vigor and enthusiasm for spiritual care work, learning and theological reflection.

Cultural, religious and social system awareness and openness.

Successful interview with key department personnel and supervisors.