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Clinical Pastoral Education

Providence offers Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) for theological students, qualified laypersons, and clergy of all faiths (pastors, priests, rabbis, imams, monks and others) in supervised encounters with persons in need. CPE is an in-depth learning opportunity for people who wish to enhance their personal, professional, and theological competence in the art of spiritual care. CPE residents and interns try new approaches to spiritual care, reflect on their assumptions, and use their experiences as an opportunity for learning.

We have two CPE Centers in Southern California that offer a variety of programs. They are Providence Southern California Center for CPE in the greater Los Angeles area and Providence St. Joseph of Orange CPE Center in Orange County. Both CPE centers are individually accredited by ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education, 55 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, Suite 835, Atlanta, GA 30308, 404-320-1472,, which is recognized by the US Department of Education.

Our curriculums embody the mission of ACPE and Providence Southern California. Our learning is enriched by diversity. We are committed to providing a learning environment that fosters growth and awareness. Our educational philosophy is participatory. Our educational approach is experiential. We are committed to a learning environment where the spirits of patients and caregivers are nurtured. Our work is guided by Providence St. Joseph Health’s values of Compassion, Dignity, Justice, Excellence and Integrity.

PSJH Southern California Center for CPE:

Clinical Pastoral Education Residencies

  • Providence Southern California Center for CPE
  • Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center, San Pedro
  • Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Burbank
  • Providence Saint John’s Health Center, Santa Monica
  • Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center, Tarzana

St. Joseph of Orange CPE Programs:

Clinical Pastoral Education Internships

  • Providence St. Joseph Hospital CPE, Orange County
  • Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo
  • St. Jude Medical Center, Fullerton
  • St. Mary Medical Center, Apple Valley

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Accredited to provide Level 1, Level 2 CPE, and Certified Educator CPE by ACPE: The Standard For Spiritual Care & Education, 1 Concourse Pkwy, Suite 800, Atlanta, GA 30328, Phone: 404/320-1472, Fax: 404/320-0849, Email:, Website: