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St. Joseph of Orange CPE Center in Orange County

Department of Spiritual Care

St. Joseph Hospital Orange

1100 W. Stewart Dr., Orange, CA 92868

714-771-8000 ext. 17716

St. Joseph of Orange CPE Center Internships

St. Joseph of Orange CPE Center offers three CPE internship units annually that are designed for clergy, seminary students and qualified laypersons. We offer two extended part-time CPE units each year. One is held in the fall and the other in winter/spring. Both are 18-weeks long and ask for approximately 22 hours per week commitment. We also offer a full-time summer CPE unit each year. This is 10-weeks long and asks for a 40-hour per week commitment. CPE interns are not salaried or benefited St. Joseph Health employees.

The fall CPE internship unit begins in September and ends in December. The winter/spring CPE internship unit begins January and ends in May. Chaplain interns may take up to four consecutive CPE internship units. However, chaplain interns must apply for admission to each consecutive unit. There is no guarantee that a chaplain intern will be accepted into consecutive units. Upon successful completion of each unit a chaplain intern’s participation in the program will be registered with the ACPE upon the recommendation of the Certified CPE Educator. Units of ACPE CPE are recognized as graduate theological education by member seminaries of ACPE.

The part-time nature of the CPE extended unit provides an opportunity for persons who are otherwise unable to enroll in a full-time program. Some applicants are hoping to take one unit of CPE to gain basic pastoral care skills. Others are in the process of discernment concerning their future vocational goals. Still others are hoping to complete four consecutive units of CPE as a prerequisite for board certification.

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