Clinical Pastoral Education

Providence Portland Medical Center offers clinical pastoral education (CPE), bringing together theological students, qualified laypersons, and clergy of all faiths (pastors, priests, rabbis, imams and others) into supervised encounter with persons in crisis. The CPE program is an in-depth learning opportunity for people who wish to develop or enhance their personal, professional, and theological competency in the art of spiritual care. CPE asks that students take risks, try new approaches to ministry, reflect on their assumptions, and believe that every experience is an opportunity for learning. The program is accredited by ACPE, the standard for spiritual care and education, a U. S. Department of Education recognized organization.

Our curriculum embodies the mission of the ACPE as well as the mission and core values of Providence St. Joseph Health. We believe that learning is enriched by diversity. We are committed to providing a clinical learning environment that fosters human growth and dignity. Our educational philosophy is participatory and collegial. This philosophy is congruent with the mission and core values of Providence St. Joseph Health, where we are committed to being a workplace where diversity is honored, the spirits of caregivers and patients are nurtured, and where the core values of compassion, respect, justice, excellence, and stewardship guide our work.

Providence Portland Medical Center CPE Programs

Clinical Pastoral Education Residency
Clinical Pastoral Education Extended Unit
Clinical Pastoral Education Certified Educator Residency

ACPE Certified Educator

RevSandyWalkerRev. Sandy Walker is an ACPE Certified Educator by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. She is ordained and endorsed for specialized ministry by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Sandy has supervised CPE students in a variety of clinical venues for over twenty years. Her educational philosophy is informed by narrative theory, developmental psychology, and constructivist teaching. Her style is collaborative and relational. Sandy served on the ACPE Certification Commission for twelve years and currently serves as a member of the ACPE Pacific Area Accreditation Committee.

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Residency Programs

We begin accepting applications for 2021-2022 CPE Residency Program on October 15, 2020.

2021 Residency Program

September 10, 2021 to September 17, 2022
Tuition: $500 per unit
Applications accepted from October 15, 2020 until program is filled. Electronic copies preferred to sandra.walker@providence.org.

Application fee: $35

Application fee may be mailed to: 
CPE Program Spiritual Care Department
Providence Portland Medical Center
4805 NE Glisan St. Portland, OR 97213

Extended Units

At this time, we are not accepting applications for Extended Units of CPE.