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Association for Clinical Pastoral Education

Providence St. Peter Hospital CPE Center

413 Lilly Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98506


Professional Education for Ministry

Front entrance to Providence St. Peter Hospital CPE CenterClinical Pastoral Education is professional education for ministry. It brings theological students and ministers of all faiths (pastors, priests, rabbis, imams and others) into supervised encounter with persons from a diverse population. Out of an intense involvement with persons in need, and the feedback from peers, medical staff, preceptors and educators, students develop new awareness of themselves as spiritual care providers and of the needs of those to whom they minister. From theological reflection on specific human situations, students gain a new understanding of ministry. Within the interdisciplinary team process of helping persons, they develop skills in interpersonal and inter-professional relationships.

Providence St. Peter Hospital offers Accredited CPE Program

The CPE Program at Providence St. Peter Hospital is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. and offers credit towards units of CPE. One unit includes a minimum of 400 hours of clinical experience, supervision and education. CPE students gain new perspectives on their ministry through theological reflections on real-life situations as they develop skills through interpersonal and inter-professional relationships.

ACPE Certified Educator at Providence St. Peter Hospital CPE Center

Rev. Beth EcholsThe Rev. Beth Echols is an ACPE Certified Educator (National Faculty), Board Certified Chaplain, Episcopal priest and a retired U.S. Army Chaplain. Beth has served across the country as an ACPE Certified Educator at various locations including: Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, TX; Joint Base Lewis McChord, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA; and the VA Puget Sound Seattle, WA.

The Providence St. Peter Hospital CPE Program is committed to providing an environment for learning that fosters human growth and dignity. The instructional curriculum embodies the mission of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. as well as the Mission and core values of Providence St. Peter Hospital. The educational philosophy is the clinical method of learning enriched by diversity as we strive to provide a relational learning environment that is participatory and collegial. This philosophy is congruent with the mission and core values of Providence St. Peter Hospital. As we are committed to being a workplace where diversity is honored, the spirit of caregivers and patients are nurtured, and the core values of compassion, dignity, justice, excellence, and integrity guide our caring service. CPE is a proven path where students can deepen their understanding of pastoral identity and authority, learn to work with other disciplines in the clinical setting and embrace their role as a spiritual care provider.

Type of CPE Units Offered

We offer three programs: Resident, Intensive and Extended. The Resident Program offers a stipend, $34,091.20 with health benefits and begins in later August. We offer Extended CPE Programs twice each calendar year from the last week of mid-September to late January and again from early February to late May for 17 weeks with 6 hours of class time a week and 15 hours of clinical hours per week. Intensive programs run during the summer months for 12 weeks, 40 hours/week. Students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of clinical settings that range. The program includes 100 hours of formal didactic time that utilizes the broad array of education resources that make the Pacific Northwest a unique training site.

The application fee is $35.00; tuition is $550 per unit. There are limited tuition scholarships available.

Tentative Upcoming CPE Units

Dates are tentative and subject to change. Each program offers credit for One Unit of Level I or II CPE.

2020 – 2021 Residency 2021 – 2020 Residency
Sep. 8, 2020 – Sep. 7, 2021 Sep. 7, 2021 – Sep. 6, 2022
2021 Spring Extended 2022 Spring Extended
Feb. 10 – May 31, 2021 Feb. 2 – May 31, 2022
2021 Summer Intensive 2022 Summer Intensive
June 8 – August 23, 2021 June 7 – August 22, 2022
2021 Fall Extended 2022 Fall Extended
Sep. 8, 2021 – Jan. 17, 2022 Sep. 7, 2021 – Jan. 16, 2022

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