The ACPE Certified CPE™ program at Sutter Medical Center provides interfaith professional education for those seeking a career in spiritual care and those who require ministry training. It is accredited by the ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education in Decatur, Georgia, the only CPE organization which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The program is designed for those who have completed undergraduate degrees and have had some theological education. It is student-centered, vigorously reflective and potentially transformative. Students assume responsibility for their clinical work and learning, while serving as professionals within the hospital. The educational approach relies upon group process, is clinically based, and is grounded in the dialogue between theology and the behavioral sciences.
Students who have completed ACPE Certified CPE™ units have multiple professional opportunities:
- Institutional chaplaincy (hospital, prison, hospice)
- Community ministry
- Lay ministry
- Pastoral counseling
- Spiritual leadership in any faith tradition
- CPE Education
There are three levels of training: Level I, Level II & Certified Educator CPE.